This all natural mint shamrock milkshake recipe was my attempt to show my kids how delicious something natural can taste. What is it about kids that seems to make them obsessed with things that are artificially colored? If it is blue, neon green, or hot pink my kids want to eat it. Now, I certainly let them indulge on occasion….Cheetos don’t come that pretty shade of orange naturally, now do they? But, sometimes I find it a fun challenge to make something one hundred percent natural and/or organic that is also brightly colored. I think I just like to hear them say “Yes, mom. This organic and natural thing you made tastes just as good as that fake thing my friend was eating!”
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Saint Patrick’s Day Shamrock Milkshakes
The other day, my daughter’s best friend showed up with a pretty green shamrock milkshake in honor of Saint Patrick’s Day. Of course, my daughter started begging me to get her one of these pretty things as well. I decided that I could easily recreate that green deliciousness with all natural ingredients. Depending on your local grocery store and it’s natural food selection, you may or may not be able to find the same ingredients I did. The shamrock milkshake recipe that I made contained: organic ice cream, organic milk, and organic peppermint extract. It was tinted green with kale juice. Yes, I really said kale juice!
How to Make Natural Green Food Coloring
I used about a half a bag of fresh kale and put it through my Omega Juicer. I highly recommend you get one of these lovely appliances! Definitely made making this shamrock milkshake recipe lot easier. I have tried pureeing and boiling kale to dye things with and it just doesn’t work. See last year’s post on how to dye frosting green naturally. That was quite an experiment! I topped the shamrock milkshake recipe with homemade whipped cream made with organic heavy cream and even organic powdered sugar. I found naturally colored sprinkles from India Tree.
Let me just say that my kids slurped this shamrock milkshake up and declared it absolutely delicious. You do NOT taste even one hint of kale in this treat, I promise! You only need a few tablespoons of juice to turn it a nice, bright green and if you do it without the kids around they wont even know the green didn’t come from a little bottle in your pantry.
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Shamrock Milkshake Recipe
So, Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to all and I hope you enjoy this all natural shamrock milkshake recipe! Let me know if you try it!
NOTE: My camera didn’t pick up the ‘green’ as much as I would have liked but trust me, it really is GREEN!
All Natural Mint Shamrock Milkshake
- 3 cups organic vanilla ice cream
- 1 cup organic low fat milk
- 1 tsp organic peppermint extract
- 3 to 4 TBSP kale juice (as shown in post above)
- 1 cup organic heavy whipping cream
- 3 to 4 TBSP organic powdered sugar
- naturally colored green sprinkles
- Put ice cream, milk, peppermint extract and kale juice in blender. Blend until smooth. Add icecream or milk to adjust to desired thickness if needed.
- To make whipped cream: Place heavy whipping cream and powdered sugar in large bowl and beat on high until stiff peaks form.
- Pour milkshake into large glass, top with whipped cream and sprinkles. ENJOY!
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Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.