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3.15.2011

Leprechaun Shake {Not your regular Shamrock Shake}

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I know! It has been a while. I took some time off to gather my thoughts and to spend more time on things I have been ignoring for a while.....like.....making jewelry, reading, and spending time with friends. Not only that, but somehow after my husband went out of town for more than 5 days, I really wanted to focus on everyday than be online all the time. It was refreshing!


What does this mean? Well it means I will be coming back with recipes but they will not be as frequent as before. more on that later this week.


As I was driving home yesterday I was trying to think up a recipe for St. Patty's Day that was green. I did not want to just make a green monster and get by with that but I had been thinking about making a drink. Now, you know I have mentioned that I seriously decreased my sweet intake in the last couple of weeks, just because I totally do not have a taste for it, but somehow a shake sounded lovely.


How to create a shake without using artificial flavors or coloring? SPINACH! Please don't be turned off by this, but like a Green Monster, spinach is a great base for bringing greens (iron, vitamins and minerals) into your diet. If you do not make frequent salads or dishes using greens, blending them into drinks is perfect!


Spinach was used to make this shake green but not as much was used as would be in a Green Monster. I used my favorite products, So Delicious and went from there. I used the vanilla coconut milk, the green tea coconut ice cream, and the vanilla bean coconut ice cream. This was so frothy and delicious!


Believe me.....not a hint of spinach was tasted in this shake. You only get the vitamins and the coloring while enjoying a yummy dessert.


You can make this alcoholic if you want, but I just added peppermint extract. A little whiskey (2 ounces for 2 glasses) will do just perfectly if you want to use this as a dessert. completing your St. Patty's meal.


Stay tuned for a delicious yeasty recipe tomorrow! I can't wait to share it with you!


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Leprechaun Shake


serves 2


1/2 to 3/4 cup So Delicious Vanilla Coconut Milk
1 cup packed spinach leaves
1 cup Purely Decadent vanilla bean coconut ice cream
1 cup Purely Decadent green tea coconut ice cream
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons agave nectar
2 ounces whiskey (optional: leave out the peppermint extract)


In a high-power blender, blend the spinach leaves and 1/2 cup coconut milk first. Blend until spinach is completely blended in the coconut milk. Add the rest of the ingredients.


You can add the 1/4 cup more of coconut milk depending if you want a thinner shake. If you want a thicker shake, only use 1/2 cup of coconut milk when blending spinach.


Divide between 2 glasses and enjoy!

6 comments:

Rebecca from Chow and Chatter said...

wow love this such a fun shake and great color

pleased you enjoyed your time of important to have balance

Gail for So Delicious Dairy Free said...

YUM! That sounds so dreamy creamy, Noelle! Thank you for sharing such a delicious recipe to enjoy on St. Patrick's Day! We can't wait to try it! And we just happen to have all the ingredients (except the whiskey) on hand. ;)

Tasty Eats At Home said...

Yum! I bet this would also be great with mint leaves instead of extract.

HiHoRosie said...

sounds delicious! And I love spinach in my smoothies. Rarely do you ever taste it. In fact, I have yet to taste spinach in smoothies when I add it.

Good for you for taking some time out for YOU!

We Are Not Martha said...

This is pretty awesome!! You could probably sell these to people who are dying for a Shamrock Shake but don't want to do it!

Sues

Shu Han said...

i love that vibrant green haha. made REALLY GREEN broccoli soup recently for st patty's day too ;)http://mummyicancook.blogspot.com/2011/03/naked-broccoli-soup-with-garlic-herb_17.html

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