Vegan Shamrock Shake, Green Dessert Recipes, and Calgary Workshop

Since this Friday March 17th is St. Paddy's Day I thought I'd share my favourite vegan shamrock shake recipe along other tasty green dessert recipes in honor of the occasion. On Friday I'll be on the plane to Kelowna, BC to visit one of my best friends, Nicole, and teach 2 raw food classes. So if you're in Kelowna, check out this post for details .

Also Canadians, a reminder that there are still a few days left to enter my GIVEAWAY for 2 bags of Singing Bowl Granola (ENTER in this post). I get such a thrill out of reading everyone's answers :))

Plus you'll find details on my upcoming workshop in Calgary further in this post. But first.... lets celebrate this day of GREEN!

Most people are familiar with a shamrock shake - traditionally its a green dyed mint flavoured milkshake sold at McDonalds this time of year. So basically its a terribly unhealthy shake made of milk, sugar, cream, fake flavor, thickeners, and preservatives. YUCK!!!! Seriously, how do people find that appetizing?? The concept, however, is genius! A frosty, thick, sweet minty refreshing dessert shake. Yes please!!!

And so I present you with a healthy version of the Shamrock Shake. This makes 2 servings but you miiight want to drink the whole thing yourself lol. The ingredients are very simple and it works. I personally don't like the taste of peppermint extract, even the natural kind. I prefer to go straight to the real deal - the essential oil. It packs a serious punch so you only need a little bit. I used 4 drops. I recommend that you start with 3 drops and add another 1-2 as needed.

The chocolate sauce is totally optional but it really adds a great touch, and it looks so pretty drizzled on the top and inside the glass!

Vegan Shamrock Shake

1 cup full fat coconut milk

1/3 large avocado

1/2 cup packed spinach

4 drops peppermint essential oil

2 1/2 tablespoons coconut nectar or maple syrup

8 large ice cubes (I froze peppermint tea)

3 drops stevia (or another 1/2 Tbs nectar)


1 tablespoon cacao nibs

Blend all but the ice and stevia in a blender until smooth. Add the ice, blend again. Taste, add the stevia if desired. Add the cacao nibs and blend briefly, until they turned to little flecks. Serve immediately.

Chocolate Sauce

2 tablespoons maple syrup

2 tablespoons cacao powder, sifted

2 tablespoons melted coconut oil

1 1/2 teaspoons almond butter

1/2 -1 tablespoon hot water

Whisk all ingredients together until smooth. If it starts to thicken, set in a bowl of hot water and whisk to loosen.

Here's an oldie but a goodie! Raw Vegan Avocado Lime Cheesecake!

Would you believe that I posted this recipe almost 5 years ago?! Where on earth does the time go? Find the recipe in THIS post.

Or if you prefer ice cream...

Try my Raw Vegan Matcha Mint Ice Cream. I recently shared the recipe on Instagram. See it HERE.

Or Key Lime Pie Bars!

This recipe is from my book, Sweetly Raw Desserts and I recently filmed the recipe for these in Toronto at Live Cafe for the City Line show. It will be airing soon! (I also made the carrot cake parfaits and chocolate donuts). They're a real winner, in fact I made these as part of the dessert buffet for my wedding!

Here's a tasty looking Vegan Mint Ice Cream by Starr from Misfit Baker.

I'll be in Calgary, AB next month teaching a workshop called Make Friends With Food, with holistic nutritionist, Amber Romaniuk. Come and join us on Saturday April 29th, from 12-4pm where we'll be talking about all things health and wellness with a focus on healthy body image and raw food recipes.

Please email me: for more details.

You can REGISTER for the event HERE.

I'll be talking about the benefits of incorporating more raw vegan food into your diet, and how to do it in a fun way. I'll also be talking about balance: why you don't need to be vegan or raw to be healthy and will share my story about why I am no longer vegan.

I'll also be going over basic ingredients and kitchen tools to have on hand to get started and will teach everyone how to make tasty, easy recipes such as: raw chocolate super food shakes, carrot cake parfaits, chocolate peanut butter balls, sushi, and kale caesar salad.

Amber will be talking about nutrient and health benefits of the amazing ingredients that I'll be using to make delicious plant based creations.
She will also be talking about eating mindfully, how to feel safe with healthy indulgence and how to eliminate fears of eating healthy treats both sweet and savoury. The more we can learn how to trust our bodies the more we can enjoy food and not fear it will make us gain weight or mess up our eating style.
Speaking of Amber, she has a great magazine called Amber Approved and she has featured 4 of my recipes in her new Spring edition - including these garlic cream zucchini rollups. Check it out HERE. It's a free resource that is filled with healthy recipes and information.
Wishing you all a great rest of the week! 😀
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  1. March 15, 2017 at 22:20

    That shake looks delicious! I have my own version, but I love the addition of chocolate drizzle on your.

    • sweet_raw
      March 16, 2017 at 06:05

      Thanks Natalie! :))

  2. March 16, 2017 at 16:20

    Your photos are beautiful! I love the green theme and am a fan of making alternatives for St Patricks Day to replace green beer. ;)

    • sweet_raw
      March 17, 2017 at 05:08

      Thank you so much Dylan! Haha yes, I'll take anything other than green beer! lol

  3. March 17, 2017 at 14:51

    This sounds delicious! I've never had the gross McD's version but I'd love to try this one! I'm like you and not too fond of peppermint flavour. Best of luck in your workshops!

    • sweet_raw
      March 19, 2017 at 18:59

      I haven't tried the gross one either - but last year my hubby bought one and tried to get me to take a sip. No way!! I'll stick to the healthy version! Thank you so much, hope you're having a great weekend! :))

  4. March 17, 2017 at 16:23

    This shake looks to die for! I love the natural green colour and healthful ingredients...a nice change from it's McDonalds counterpart!!

    • sweet_raw
      March 19, 2017 at 18:59

      Thank you so much! Its really delicious and I froze some and eat it as ice cream too - so good.

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