Learn to make the GastroGays' healthy, green and very tasty Shamrock Shake
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Learn to make the GastroGays' healthy, green and very tasty Shamrock Shake

THE Shamrock Shake is that brain freeze-inducing childhood favourite. Developed in the 80s in America, it's now sold across the States, Canada and Ireland each March as a seasonal menu special in McDonalds restaurants.

Sometimes we can't wait for March to roll around and hope it appears on the menu and other times, we just crave it out of nowhere.

So us, being us, we wanted to recreate this classic at home, and maybe make it even better. Well, at least a little healthier.

For parents who want to recreate this at home for little ones or for those watching their weight, this is miles healthier than the fast food original.

It's got Greek yoghurt, no added sugar, fresh herbs and some goodness from kale and spinach. It is still a treat, but you'll be safe in the knowledge it satisfies a craving, soothes a sweet tooth and takes you on a trip down memory lane without the 500-600 calorie sacrifice.

The fun of recreating it at home is tailoring it to your exact taste. Want it super minty and vibrantly green? Go right ahead! Want it silkier and sweet, a far more drinkable treat? We've got you covered. Adapt and tweak this recipe as you see fit. You deserve this.

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Makes 500-600ml, to serve two


200ml whole milk

1 handful of spinach

1 handful of kale, tough stalks removed

1 tbsp honey (optional)

2 dessertspoons Greek yoghurt

2 tbsp full-fat vanilla yoghurt

Ice cubes

30g pack of fresh mint (though you may want more for an extreme minty flavour)


1. Begin by making your green colouring using kale and spinach. Put them both into a Nutribullet (or similar) with around 4 tbsp of water and the optional honey then attach the extraction blade. Blitz up until it becomes a green pulpy liquid. Using a sieve, pass the green mix through into a jug or bowl, encouraging it further with a spoon or spatula. Discard the pulp.

2. Add the yoghurts, ice, fresh mint and milk to a clean large Nutribullet container. Attach extractor blade and blitz together until you can't hear the ice anymore and it's a smooth texture. The mint will turn the mix a pale green. Have a quick taste, add more mint if you want the flavour turned up, or add more honey if you want it a bit sweeter. If it's too thick, add a few more drops of milk. Blitz again.

3. Slowly dribble in a bit of the green colouring, but not the whole thing. Treat it like any colouring – be slow and steady as you can add it but you can't take it away. Give the mix a shake, a stir or another blitz until you're happy with the colour.

4. Serve the shamrock shake and drink immediately.

Note: Because of the fresh nature of the ingredients, the mix may slightly separate if left for a while. You could blitz together once again, but we'd recommend drinking it right away 

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GastroGays is a food and travel blog run by Patrick Hanlon and Russell Alford, originally from Ireland but now based in London.

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