Confession, I've never had a shamrock shake from McDonald's. But I love the idea of a green minty milkshake for St Patrick's Day, so I set out to make my own, with a bit less fat and calories.
Yesterday I drove to three McDonald's just to test them out, but no one seemed to carry them in my area, which surprised me since the commercials seem to be running frequently on my TV.
No worries, I figured I know what mint ice cream should taste like, I'm sure it's not much different.
I put a lot of thought on how I would make this sweet and creamy like a real ice cream shake, without having to add green food coloring. I knew I was going to start with Stonyfield's 0% fat vanilla frozen yogurt, because I love it and am always amazed at how much it tastes like full fat vanilla ice cream. I also knew I would add a little spearmint extract to give it that minty flavor. But for the coloring, I was stumped, and then it hit me... avocado's are green, creamy and taste great in smoothies, so it was the perfect solution.
In fact, I may drizzle a little chocolate syrup on top next time I make this to get that mint chocolate chip experience. This is a fun dessert your kids I bet will enjoy!
Skinny(er) Shamrock Shake
Servings: 2 • Size: little over 1 cup • Points +: 4 pts (5 w/ sugar) • Smart Points : 6
Calories: 169.5 • Fat: 6 g • Protein: 7 g • Carb: 23 g • Fiber: 2.5 g • Sugar: 19 g
Sodium: 90.5 mg
- 3/4 cup fat free milk
- 3/4 cup Stonyfield Organic 0% fat vanilla frozen yogurt
- 1/3 cup sliced avocado
- a few drops Nu Naturals Stevia or 1 tbsp raw sugar
- 1/4 tsp mint extract (not Peppermint)
- 1 cup crushed ice
Pour the milk, frozen yogurt, avocado, sugar, mint extract and ice into your blender.
Blend 3-4 minutes until the mixture is thick and icy.
Pour into two glasses, and serve with a straw. Serve immediately.