I’ve got a fun recipe for you, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! This one is quick and easy enough for the kiddos to help prepare.
You know that green shake a certain fast “food” company rolls out for St. Patrick’s Day? Yep, that one. (It’s trademarked, so I can’t name it here.) I was shocked to discover it contains 27 ingredients! A chemistry degree will be helpful when perusing that list.
That tally is especially surprising when you consider that only seven of those ingredients meet my decidedly unscientific definition of real food: made in nature, not in a factory. If you exclude the water, and eliminate the two sugars, you’re left with milk and cream.
The good news is that you can make a delicious, minty shake at home in minutes, using just a few simple ingredients. As an added bonus, you’re likely familiar with these ingredients and may have them in your kitchen right now. You can feel good about serving this to your family, but you don’t have to tell them it’s good for them. It’ll be our little secret.
Real Food Mint Shake
Made without food dyes, this refreshing shake is gluten free, dairy free and delicious! The avocado adds a creamy richness to the shake; the perfect treat for St. Patrick’s Day or anytime.
- 2 c. unsweetened coconut or almond milk
- 2 c. ice
- 1 avocado
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 large handful fresh mint leaves, or to taste (can substitute 1 tsp peppermint extract)
- 1 T. honey, or to taste
- pinch of salt Optional garnishes:
- mint leaves
- dark chocolate shavings
Remove the mint leaves from the stems. Cut the avocado in half lengthwise and remove the seed. Scoop the avocado flesh into a blender. Add all remaining ingredients to the blender and process until smooth. Garnish if desired and serve immediately.
If you’ve got a patch of mint growing in your garden, this is a great way to use some of that bounty.
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