It’s March! One little semi-famous minty treat that comes around this time of year is the McDonald’s Shamrock Shake. If you are a milkshake drinker and lover of mint (like me), then this shake may call your name. But, if you look at the nutritional info on that bad boy, it may put a damper on that little drink. According to the McDonald’s website, a small 16 oz Shamrock Shake has 460 calories, 74 g of carbs, and 63 g of sugar. That’s one heck of a sugar crash waiting to happen! I’ve made lower sugar versions before, but I think this time I’ve really hit the mark on the lower sugar option that tastes just as good as the McDonald’s. My low sugar version uses artificial sweetener and has around 134 Calories, 6 g of carbs, 2 g of sugar, and 9 g of fat. If you cannot tolerate artificial sweeteners, or if cutting back on sugar isn’t your cup of tea, you can make my version with sugar, and it would still come out healthier than the McDonald’s shake.
1 C Crushed ice- crushed super fine
1/2 C low carb vanilla ice cream. I like Breyers Carb Smart Vanilla
1 TBS Sugar Free Instant Vanilla pudding mix (just the powder)
1/4 C heavy whipping cream
1 teas mint extract
1-2 drops of green food coloring
Whipped cream for topping
- for the sugar version, just use regular vanilla ice cream and regular vanilla pudding mix instead of the sugar free**
In a blender, blend ice until super fine snow cone like texture.
Add in the heavy cream, ice cream, pudding powder.
Blend until all combined. If shake is too thick, add some cold water to thin it out a bit.
Once consistency is just about right, add in a teas of mint extract and 1-2 drops of green food coloring.
Blend until all mixed.
Pour into two lucky glasses and top with whipped cream. You can make your own with heavy cream, or just used the can kind.