Monday, March 4, 2013

Healthy (yet, no less tasty!) Shamrock (Mint) Shake Recipe



I've always taken a liking to refreshing minty ice cream or shakes.  Mint Chocolate Chip, along with Cookies and Cream, were my favorite ice cream flavors.  My dad and I used to get Shamrock Shakes at McDonalds around St. Patricks Day.  Mmm... so creamy and refreshing with the yummy green mint!!  Well, since I quit eating sugar several years back I've let that sort of stuff out of my mind and have put energy into creating yummy desserts that taste as good, if not better, than the "real" ones (with sugar, flour, etc...).  Here's one that made me feel like I was in heaven when I blended it up.  It was one of the first "desserts" I discovered a few years ago.   Others have probably made similar shakes but I found out about this when I was trying to make some sort of dessert with avocado.   I found out that when you blend it up with milk it creates a VERY NICE, CREAMY AND THICK consistency.  The perfect pair with the green color was mint.  So, I tried it... and, VOILA:  Healthy (but no less yummy!) Shamrock Shake!  It's even real easy to make!


Ingredients:

1 hass avocado
1 1/2 cups milk (I use almond, usually, but any will do)
stevia, to taste
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1-3 drops peppermint oil or 1 tsp peppermint extract
6 ice cubes
fresh mint-sprigs, optional (to put in shake and/or on top for garnish)

** Important note about ingredients: The amounts of each I gave are APPROXIMATIONS.  Each time I make this I have to play around the the exact right amount of each, as the size of each avocado is different.  I just included rough estimates to give you an idea.  If I blend it all up and it's not icy enough I add more ice and maybe milk if it's too thick, for example. *** 



Directions:

Cut avocado in half (like pictured below) and scoop out the insides into the blender (all except the seed, of course) using a spoon.  




Add the remaining ingredients (set aside some mint sprigs for garnish, if desired) and blend on high.  If using a high speed blender with varying speeds, work your way up to high gradually to help crush the ice.  Observe consistency and give a taste to see what ingredients you may need to add more (or less of next time...) of.  Blend on high.  Consistency should be very reminiscent of a classic milk shake.  Serve in glasses of choice with the option of a straw and a mint-sprig on top!  




Check out this along with other delicious recipes at the Wellness Weekend, March 7-11!

6 comments:

  1. Yum! Love this recipe. It sounds amazing. I adore all these ingredients. :-)

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    1. Thanks, Amber! With just the right amount of each ingredient it sure is a welcomed-treat. I was surprised how much it reminded me of a mint milkshake. Let me know what you think if you have a chance to try it. :)

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  2. Looks great we'll have to try this as Mom and Katie ar getting tired of my shortbread, or at least Mom is.

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    1. Getting tired of shortbread!? I can't imagine getting tired of that! But, I suppose a little break from it will help them appreciate it even more when they have it again. ;) Thanks... Let me know how you like it! Bon apetit!

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