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(Instant!) Keto Shamrock Shake ☘️ gluten free & paleo

No need to miss out on McDonald’s St. Paddy’s Day special with this healthified paleo and keto shamrock shake! Plus, with no ice cream required, this all-natural breakfast shake is packed with healthy fats, is extra creamy and ultra minty!

Paleo & Keto Shamrock Shake With Whipped Cream
Healthified Paleo, Vegan & Keto Shamrock Shake

Paleo & Keto Shamrock Shake

Instant & Totally Healthified!

You probably need no reminding, but after reading what’s really in the McDonald’s seasonal shake, you probably won’t ever look at it the same way again. Think 54 total ingredients (with known carcinogens in the mix), and a whopping 115g of sugar (!!!).

But it is delicious, and that’s a fact. And as it turns out, totally healthifiable. And rather than have you whip up a batch of keto vanilla ice cream, all you need to do is blend full-fat coconut milk (the canned stuff) with an avocado, vanilla extract, mint extract (or leaves!), a handful of ice cubes and sweeten to taste.

And please try and skip any form of artificial colorings. Yellow no. 5 (part of the green dye) is a serious allergen that has been tied to hyperactivity in children (amongst other stuff). So go ahead and get the green hue the natural route, with an avocado and even some actual mint leaves.

The Extract

Mint vs peppermint extracts. There is a difference, and if you’re picky you’ll want to procure some mint extract. Though you can get away with the peppermint one in all honesty, which is what most peeps’ have at hand.

Oh, and if you want to go the even more natural route, a handful of actual mint leaves will get the job done beautifully. Tthough note that to get the minty taste of Micky D’s special, you’ll need to use an extract.

Using a high-speed blender here (think bullets) will ensure ultra creamy and smooth results. Just be sure to blend all the ingredients very well before you add the ice!

Creamy Paleo & Keto Shamrock Shake
Healthified Paleo, Vegan & Keto Shamrock Shake

The Sweetener

This keto shamrock shake is super forgiving… i.e. you can pretty much use whatever sweetener floats your boat (stevia and pure monk fruit included!).

But do keep in mind that you’ll get a more traditional sweetness with sugar alcohols (erythritol and xylitol) and allulose.

Healthified Paleo, Vegan & Keto Shamrock Shake
Healthified Paleo, Vegan & Keto Shamrock Shake
Paleo, Vegan & Keto Shamrock Shake ☘️ healthified & bulletproofed! #keto #paleo #healthyrecipes #ketodiet

Paleo, Vegan & Keto Shamrock Shake

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dairy free, keto, paleo, vegan
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 303 kcal

No need to miss out on McDonald’s St. Paddy’s Day special with this healthified paleo and keto shamrock shake! Plus, no ice cream required!




  1. Add coconut milk, avocado, vanilla extract, mint extract, salt and sweetener (lower amount) to a blender (bullets work amazing here!) and blend until creamy smooth. Taste for sweetness, as traditional shakes are super sweet (but your keto palates will likely need a lot less sweetener!)

  2. Add in ice and blend until thick and creamy, adding a little water as needed. Do not over-blend, or you'll lose thickness and coldness. Enjoy right away with a generous helping of homemade whipped cream. 

Recipe Notes

*I always suggest adding extracts a little at a time, as they can vary from brand to brand (I like mine extra minty and do 1/2 tsp!). And while mint extract is more traditional, you can also get away with using peppermint

Please note that nutrition facts were estimated using 100g of avocado (about a medium one). 

Nutrition Facts
Paleo, Vegan & Keto Shamrock Shake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 303 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 22g110%
Sodium 18mg1%
Potassium 491mg14%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 4g16%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 75IU2%
Vitamin C 6.1mg7%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  1. Chrissee says:

    OMG! This is so delicious! I made exactly as written and would not change a thing. I pre-tested for St. Patrick’s day and will be making for my non-Keto family tonight! They would not drink if if I told them about the coconut milk or avocado but I’m sure they won’t have a clue…until they are done and I reveal the secret- LOL!!

    • Stephanie Nuñéz says:

      So so gooood! I left mine out for a while and it stayed thick and creamy…will probably make one every day

  2. Brooke Sullivan says:

    Yum! Add in cacao nibs for mint & chip shake!! (Great tip, via comment from April!) All those coconut haters, it’s so darn minty- seriously, this is one, if ever, you’d never taste. I’ve had some bad luck hiding avocados in sweet treats, so I made it with some trepidation.. now I wish I had used the extra 2oz of coconut milk I had to increase quantity😋! Really good. Thx!😘
    (This makes up for my semi-fail on ur cinnamon roll recipe last night.. 😂😉)

  3. Beth says:

    This is so good! I don’t normally comment on recipes, but this is incredibly simple and truly tastes like an ice cream shake. I even added a handful of spinach today and couldn’t taste it.

  4. Lisa says:

    I’ve never been a huge fan of mint infused desserts, but this right here made me happy I made it. I’m determined to try every last Gnom-Gnom recipe. So glad I gave this one a go.

    The mint extract made it really appealing for me. Not sure how I would feel using the peppermint extract, but I may give it a try since I have both on hand.

    • N. says:

      I don’t usually comment but in Iceland at Joe & The Juice they used to make something called “the easy shake”. It’s made with Banana + 10 leaves of Fresh Mint + vanilla milk.

      It was delicious. Not everyone’s cup of tea but definitely worth a try.

  5. April says:

    OMG, this is yummy! To cut the fat a bit I used 3/4 cup cashew milk, 1/2 avocado, handful of spinach, 1/4 cup coconut cream, 3tbs of sola(sweeter i found on amazon)
    1 tsp of peppermint and a couple of ice cubes. Turned out quite thick almost like pudding . Sprinkles with a few cocoa nibs for some crunch. Dessert for breakfast!
    Thanks for all your hard work Paola!

  6. willowsprite says:

    Add a 1-2 drops of pure peppermint oil instead of extracts! The real stuff! 🙂 Why pay for a bottle of mostly alcohol with a bit of mint? Once you have the real thing you won’t go back!

    • Roxanne R says:

      So my 17 year old just asked me to take him to McDonald’s to get a shamrock shake because it’s that time of year..I was like “no I will not”.. lol. I said I have something for you! I made this recipe(mind you, I hadn’t made it yet but had been wanting to). He took a couple of sips(I was praying it was good) and was amazed. He loved it! I made enough for myself too. Thanks for this great healthy recipe!

      • Roxanne R says:

        Sorry I meant my other comment as a standalone comment. I don’t know why it is showing under your post as I didn’t hit reply to anything… weird.

  7. Kathy S. says:

    Is there an alternative to avacado in this recipe? I am allergic to avacado and spinach.
    I would love to have a dairy free shake that is easy to make. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Syma Kazeminy says:

    Dear Paola,
    I hate coconut milk! I keep using it, keep trying amazing recipes, but I just can’t choke it down. Is there anything else you could recommend that gives the same smoothness without insane calories (and keto friendly)?
    Thanks for making this keto journey palatable!!!!
    Syma 🙂

    • Paola says:

      Hi Syma! In all honesty you can’t taste it here, but you can try just doing it with almond milk otherwise (won’t be as thick though, but the avocado will keep it creamy!) xo!

      • Cooper Marcus says:

        If you can stomach Coconut Cream or milk, then maybe you won’t me to wear of tasting it, but I promise you, those of us who gag on coconut, taste it in every single recipe!

        I hear this all the time with flavors like coconut and coffee from people who love those flavors, but it is always there and always sickening!

        Maybe a mixture of heavy cream and something else or some enlightened vanilla ice cream but never coconut! Yuck

    • Maegan says:

      I dislike coconut too. But seriously, the mint and vanilla extracts plus avocado are totally enough to cut the coconut flavor out. This was excellent, thank you, Paola.

    • Renée says:

      Paula you’re the best. This is easy, delicious and healthy. A little comment here: I have a hard time with people who want to substitute ingredients, because they’re allergic or don’t like A certain thing in the recipe. Come on people: if you can’t have it or don’t like it, MOVE ON and find another recipe that you will like, if you can’t figure it out yourselves. Just saying🤭

  9. Karin Goodman says:

    I read the comments, but am unsure if this can be made without the avocado? I am on a low potassium diet and cannot have avocados.

  10. Julie says:

    Silly question as I’ve never used avocado in anything before. Does this need to be peeled first? Or does it just need the pit taken out??

    • Paola says:

      Hi Lori! The avocado also adds SO much creaminess! BUT a reader actually just commented about using spinach and said she couldn’t taste it (comment above yours), but the results won’t be exactly the same. xo!

  11. Kathie says:

    Yum! Thank you for sharing this recipe. I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk instead of coconut milk (not a fan of anything coconut). I finally tried a shamrock shake a few years ago and I like this a lot more. I also added a small handful of spinach which added a bit more color and didn’t affect the flavor at all. I will be making this again!

    • Paola says:

      So happy you enjoyed Kathie! And thanks so much for reporting back in detail, turns out the comment after yours was asking about using spinach! 😉 xo!

  12. Ronalyn Hurley says:

    The only change I made was 3/4 cup Lactaid whole milk and 1/4 cup heavy cream in place of the coconut milk. 1/4 tsp. peppermint and 3 Tbls. Swerve were the perfect amount for my taste. I was pleasantly surprised by how delicious it was. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  13. Ellen Cox says:

    Just made this. WOW! I have never had a shamrock shake so I can’t speak to comparing the two products, but with summer coming up, I can feel confident that this is a great replacement for ice cream and/or milkshakes, which is where I have a LOT of trouble. I took another comments suggestion about chocolate and added half a spoonful of unsweetened cocoa. I have to applaud you again for another DELICIOUS life saver. I still can’t believe how yummy Keto can be or how much weight I have lost.

  14. Diana DeGrate Allen says:

    Just made this and it was oh so yummy. I was having a hard time eating avocados because I’m so used to eating them with tortilla chips, so this made my day!

    I did add a little extra mint extract because I like the mint flavor, butthis was great! Thanks for sharing.

  15. andrew west says:

    10 stars for this one,my wife looks like the cat that got the cream,says its the best thing she’s tasted all year,and i agree with her,I only used 2 tbsp of stevia, and pepermint essence and it turned out sensational, thank you, thank you thank you

  16. Justine F says:

    LOL I made it too! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your easy recipes! They’re so simple and yummy that I often wonder why I didn’t think of it before! I also made the cookie dough fat bombs today! my oh my!

  17. Beth says:

    BLESS YOU!! Whipped it up as soon as I got your email (I used peppermint extract as it’s what I had in my pantry).

    I was even considering doing a cheat meal to have one, but when I saw the number of carbs…..!!! This was different, but honestly delicious! THANK YOU!

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