St. Patrick’s Minty Sham-mock Spirulina Shake

St. Patrick’s Minty Sham-mock Spirulina Shake – Healthy, Plant-Based, Oil-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan Green Smoothie Drink Recipe


Easy  |  Servings: 1 |  Ready In: 5 minutes |  Yield: about about 1 1/2 cups

Take a healthy twist on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with this minty sham-“mock” vegan milkshake.  The secret to the natural green color in this smoothie recipe is spirulina powder: just a dash adds plant-based iron, calcium, and protein.  Served up in a chilled, glass for some dairy-free Irish luck any day of the year.  To complete the feast, enjoy with Potato Kale Colcannon, Easy Irish Brown Bread and Irish Vegetables with Mustard Dill Sauce


  • 1 medium banana, sliced and frozen
  • 2 pitted dates
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon Spirulina powder
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened plain almond milk
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint

How It’s Done

To make the St. Patrick’s Minty Sham-mock Spirulina Shake:  In a blender, combine the frozen banana, dates, vanilla, spirulina, and almond milk.  Puree until smooth.  Add the mint and blend just another 10 seconds, until combined.

Serve in a frosted glass and enjoy!

Yield: 1 shake

Chef Katie’s Tips:

Freeze your Ripe Bananas: Save over-ripe bananas in the freezer: Simply peel, break into pieces, and store in a plastic bag.  When ready to make this recipe, thaw out in your refrigerator overnight.

No Spirulina? Spirulina naturally adds green color to this minty shake.  If you don’t have it, don’t sweat it.  The mint will also help add green color.  

More Mint Flavor: For even more mint flavor, try adding 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract.  You can also swap out the dates for a few drops of Stevia extract.

No Refined Sugars or Syrups: I’m on a mission to avoid using sugar, maple syrup, and other refined sweeteners.  These ingredients leave you feeling hungry and can spike a sweet-tooth craving that pushes you to overeat.  For this recipe, whole foods, natural sweetness comes from unsweetened applesauce, banana, and dates.


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Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1 Shake (9.3 ounces)

Amount Per Serving
Calories 185.99Calories From Fat (10%) 19.1
% Daily Value

  • Total Fat 2.14g 3%
  • Saturated Fat 0.21g 1%
  • Cholesterol 0mg 0%
  • Sodium 116.9mg 5%
  • Potassium 674.26mg 19%
  • Total Carbohydrates 41.49g 14%
  • Fiber 5.19g 21%
  • Sugar 25.29g
  • Protein 3.62g 7%
  • Calcium 10.78mg 1%
  • Iron 121.95mg 678%
  • Vitamin A 192.72IU 4%
  • Vitamin C 0.33mg <1%

Shopping and Gear List

  • Micro Ingredients Pure Organic Spirulina Powder
  • Wild & Raw Organic Deglet Nour Pitted Dates 5 oz [142g]
  • Frontier Mint Flavor Certified Organic, 2-Ounce Bottle


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