Real Food Shamrock Shake?
There’s an oxymoron if I’ve ever heard one.
I have to admit, though, to getting at least one shamrock shake each year around St. Patrick’s day when I was growing up. I love mint, and couldn’t resist the fun of having something “special” to celebrate the holiday. We didn’t even ever really go to Mc Donald’s, but would actually make the special trip to get the shake because I loved them so much.
It has been years since I’ve had my last “real” (but not real food) shamrock shake. They don’t serve them here in Spain, so even if I were to want to buy one, I can’t. To be honest, knowing the crazy artificial ingredient list of the original would make me feel too guilty to be able to drink one anymore anyway. I do admit to missing some of the nostalgia and fun that I associate with them, though.
Lucky for me, making my own with healthier ingredients is actually quite simple.
Real Food Shamrock Shake (Makes several small shakes)
Blend the first 5 ingredients together well; these ingredients will be forming the mint ice cream for our shake. The spinach adds a natural green coloring, along with some vitamins, but doesn't add any strange flavors. (I promise!) I add in the raw (pastured) eggs because not only does it add in protein, but it also helps the texture of the ice cream. If you don't want to use raw eggs, you can eliminate them, or make a custard by heating the eggs with the honey and cream over medium heat. If you do it this way, I'd wait to add in the peppermint oil and spinach until you are ready to blend the milk with the ice cream.
Taste your mixture and add more honey or peppermint oil or extract, if you feel you need it.
I ended up with about 2 cups of liquid. Freeze it overnight to make a mint ice cream.
The next day, blend your frozen mint ice cream with 2 cups of the milk of your choice. You can add in a little ice to make it thicker, and a little less rich, if you like.
Taste it, and adjust to your own taste. I added in a few more leaves of spinach to make it a little greener, and decided to add a little more honey.
Serve topped with whipped cream, if you like.
Using spinach to color the shake definitely is healthier than using yellow 5 and blue 1.
I had originally tried to boil some spinach in water to obtain a natural green food coloring, but unsuccessfully. Not only did the green color in the water not become concentrated enough for using here, but as it was boiling, the green turned a brownish green color that I didn’t find very appealing!
Adding the spinach right into the mix was definitely easier, and turned the shake the perfect shade of shamrockiness.
(Is that not a word?)
Keep in mind that you should do your own research when it comes to using Essential Oils, particularly when children will be using/consuming them. I have used an essential oil that is meant to be ingested. Make sure that you choose a trustworthy brand meant for consumption when using them in this way. Also, be conscious of the amount of essential oils that you are consuming at once.
Here in the Valencian region, St. Patrick’s day always falls during the week that we are celebrating our fallas festival. So, I will be showing you some interesting Spanish holiday fun in the coming weeks. I didn’t want to let St. Patrick’s day fly by, though, without at least a post or two as a tribute to my American holidays. Hopefully you will enjoy both.