Now that Valentine’s Day is over all the retail stores are going to start focussing on the next holiday and that means you’ll probably see more of the McDonald’s Shamrock Shakes around. Last year around this time I decided to look around the internet and play in the kitchen and I came up with my own recipe for a shamrock shake. This year I decided to go back and create a Primal version of the Shamrock Shake.
One recipe I really wanted to find when we started eating Primal was ice cream. It’s funny that the first recipes I wanted to make were desserts and now all I really want are the savory meals.
I found a bunch of different ice cream recipes online that called for the use of an ice cream maker and I didn’t have one, so I kept looking and finally found this 3 ingredient recipe. It was perfect! We were surprised to find it tasted exactly like vanilla ice cream and I’ve made numerous variations by adding chocolate chips, cacao, mint and other ingredients.
To make the Primal Shamrock Shakes you’ll first need to make the ice cream and continue from there. Here we go!
Primal Shamrock Shake
- 3 frozen bananas
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups organic whole milk (or organic coconut milk, or almond milk, etc.)
- 1/2 teaspoon pure mint extract
- 3-5 drops green food coloring, optional
- Prep First: One day or more prior to making the recipe, peal the bananas and place the whole bananas in a gallon-size zip lock or glass container in the freezer.
- Ice Cream Next: Break the frozen bananas up into small pieces with your hands.
- Add the bananas, coconut milk and vanilla extract to a blender.
- I use the Crush Ice setting on my blender, but I need to stop the blade and mix everything around every five seconds so the bananas continue to meet the blade. (This may not happen for everyone, it definitely depends on your blender, but this is how I do it.)
- You'll know it's done when you can blend for longer than 5 seconds and it is all mixed and not chunky bananas anymore.
- Shamrock Shake Time!: Add the milk, mint and food coloring (if using) to the ice cream already in the blender and blend for several seconds until fully mixed.
- Try a bit and see if it needs a bit more mint extract. Just be sure to not add too much otherwise it'll be way too minty. Believe me when I say - that's not a good thing.
- Depending on the color, you may need a few more drops of food coloring, if you’d like it to be greener. (Mine, as shown in the picture above, could have probably used a few more drops.)
- Pour into glasses and serve.
- Enjoy! :)