Confession: I am a sucker for a limited time offer. (or LTO as they’re called in this Time Magazine article ).
I am their target audience. To me, fall means Pumpkin Spice lattes. Christmas isn’t Christmas without a McRib and Egg Nog Milkshake. And in early Spring, I have to have a Shamrock Shake.
I like to think its because I don’t visit Starbucks and McDonalds every day that these Seasonal items find themselves on my calendar. I’ve just named the two times a year I eat at McDs. So, when I do go its for something “special”. Or maybe it’s just because THEY ARE DELICIOUS. Whatever the reason, it happens.
But this year, I gave into my Shamrock Shake craving too early in the season. My husband had gone off skiing in France for a week with some friends leaving me at home alone with the baby. I love my little girl. But, around day 4 I lost it. We’re lucky that a Shamrock Shake was the worst casualty. So anyways, I found myself needing another hit a few weeks later. Since one shake is my annual limit, I thought I’d experiment with a healthy vegan version. And it turned out pretty great. It’ll never match a true Shamrock Shake in a blind taste test. But, its delicious in spite of lacking the McDonalds sickly sweet syrup (or because of it).
Vegan Shamrock(ish) Shake
Serves 2 (or one person who is very hungry after running with a baby jogger)
2 frozen bananas (peeled and chunked)
1 big handful of spinach
1 small handful of mint leaves
2 cups almond milk
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 can full fat coconut milk (chilled in the fridge for at least 4 hours before using)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 Maraschino cherries
Open the can of coconut milk and scoop the thick cream from the sides into a bowl. Discard the watery milk or save for another purpose. Add the 1/2 tsp vanilla extract. Whip on high for several minutes or until stiff peaks form.
Blend together the frozen bananas through the 1/4 tsp vanilla extract until desired consistency 1-2 minutes.
Pour into glasses. Top with coconut whipped cream and cherries.
And check out my pal’s blog for more delicious & healthy St Patricks day fare.
The Culinary Enthusiast
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