For years, part of my St. Patrick’s Day celebration included going to a popular fast-food restaurant and ordering a green milkshake. Many copy-cat recipes for this milkshake are available online, but almost all call for milk and milk products such as ice cream. Unfortunately, I’ve developed lactose intolerance as part of “menopause.
No matter. I played around in my kitchen, determined to find an answer, because I wanted my green shake. I found a recipe that works for me, inspired by one I found online.
Ingredients are available in most grocery stress throughout the country, so anyone can make their St. Paddy’s green shakes and enjoy the fun like everyone else. Substitute ingredients as you see fit, to create a shake that fits your particular taste. A list of substitution ingredients follows the recipe.
Lactose Free Green Shake
You will need:
- · Measuring tools and general kitchen equipment, such as a blender.
- · Non-dairy ice cream, found in the ice cream section. A list of non-dairy products can be found online. I like using frozen yoghurt for my recipe. Lactaid® is basically milk that has had the lactose removed, much like decaffeinated coffee or alcohol-free wine.
- · Mint extract, or fresh leaves if desired.
- · Sugar or sugar substitute, such as stevia, if desired.
- · Green food coloring
- · Whipped topping of your choice, if desired.
- · Green candy sprinkles if desired
This recipe serves two, but you can cut it in half or double it to suit your needs.
- · Three cups of frozen yoghurt (or substitute), or Lactaid® ice cream
- · One and a half cups Lactaid® milk or your favorite substitute
- · One half teaspoon mint extract or to taste ( I like mine really minty)
- · Green food coloring (put in as many drops as you need to reach the shade of green you desire)
- · Whipped non-dairy topping (if desired) and green candy sprinkles (if desired).
Place the ice cream, milk substitute, mint extract and food coloring in the blender. Turn on to mix for a few seconds at a time until the mixture is smooth. Put in as many drops of food coloring as you need to get the shade of green you desire. I like my shakes really green and really minty.
Pour into tall, chilled glasses and top with non-dairy topping, sprinkle with green candy sprinkles and serve with a straw and a spoon. I always toss a few chocolate sprinkles in with the green, just because I’m a chocoholic.
It’s worth mentioning that if you use products such as soy milk, coconut milk, rice milk and so forth, that you may need to adjust the recipe or ingredients. Adding sweetners, more or less mint extract and so forth will eventually produce a recipe perfect for you. Have fun and join in the American St. Paddy’s tradition of having a green shake just like everyone else.
For example, this year I’m tossing in a few tablespoons of vanilla protein powder just to give my shake a little heft and “health.” Should be interesting.
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Source: Chef Tom, “McDonald’s Shamrock Shake,” The Restaurant Recipe Blog website, March 13, 2013