I've got mad love for the McDonald's shamrock shake. I swear every March I can hear it whispering to me. "Come on Sarah. You know you wanna. Just a little taste..." Mmmm sweat minty goodness.
Unfortunately our dear friend Shamrock isn't so healthy. AND I have a pot of mint going crazy on the deck right now (sorry rest of the world. It's California. That's why we live here) so I set out to make my own version. Well let me tell ya- it's pretty darn good- and could actually be called healthy to boot!
2 1/2 cups non dairy milk (almond, soy, coconut. I used a half & half mixture of almond & coconut)
1 cup loosely packed mint leaves (You can use more for more mint flavor, but it will make the final shake very green. Alternatively you can add mint extract for a more intense flavor)
1 1/2 tsp sugar (if you are also trying to avoid sugar, stevia or agave nectar can be used)
1 tsp vanilla
Blend the first 4 ingredients in blender until smooth. Check for taste at this point, you can adjust flavor if you like it more minty or sweet.
Pour the mixture into a freezer safe container and freeze for at least 3 hours. Using an ice cube tray would work well for this as well.
Put the frozen mixture back into the blender. (Run under hot water briefly to loosen it in the container. This is why the ice cube tray works so well)
Blend until slightly coarse. Then add the avocado and blend until smooth but still frozen.
The avocado gives it a nice smooth texture. Without it, it ends up having a more slushy consistency. A banana could also be used, but it does impart a slightly banana flavor.
For an even easier version, use a creamy coconut ice cream instead of milk and just blend ingredients- you wouldn't even need the avocado. It's maybe not QUITE as healthy, but really, who cares?!