Homemade Shamrock Shakes

With St. Patty’s day coming up this weekend I thought it would be fun to make something “green”! Having spent three formative years growing up in Ireland, I have an appreciation for this special day approaching! I can tell you that when we showed up for the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin 25 years ago (wow, I’m old!) I would say 75% of the people attending the parade were decked out in green, shamrocks, etc. and were American. So, I wouldn’t consider this snack Irish per se…but the kids find St. Patty’s day a blast – and so do I!

The idea to try a shamrock shake stemmed from our recent car trip “up north”. We stopped at McDonald’s and my husband ordered a Shamrock Shake. It was as green as you can imagine and it made my stomach hurt just looking at it! He drank about a 1/4 of it and that was enough! Melissa, who helped start this blog and was my co-blogger until recently, shared with me her version of a shamrock shake in a popsicle. They were called St. Patrick’s Day Popsicles. So between the shamrock shake and Melissa’s “pea pops”, I figured I could use something other then food coloring to turn these shakes green.

Here is my own “healthier” version. Don’t be afraid of the peas. My mom spent a half an hour this morning trying to convince me I should use anything but peas in this shake. Kiwi, broccoli, kale…but she is a pea hater. I can promise you that your pea haters won’t know there are peas in this tasty ice cream treat! Try it out and let me know what you think! And Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Sierra’s Shamrock Shakes

1 cup vanilla ice cream (or frozen vanilla yogurt)
1 cup skim milk (you could easily use whole milk or cream or anything to thicken it up a bit – it’s just what I had on hand)
1/2 cup frozen peas (do not defrost)
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 tsp fresh mint leaves, chopped


1. Add all the ingredients to a blender. Blitz until mixed, smooth and creamy.

2. Add more of anything you think it needs.

3. If you are dying to make it greener…add a drop or two of green food coloring.

4. Enjoy after a nice Irish dinner of corned beef and hash or lamb stew with potatoes!


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