They say if you catch a Leprechaun on St.Patricks day he will lead you to his pot of Gold and bring you lots of luck.
I remember as a kid, my brothers and I would set a huge trap to catch the little Irish man, including placing a video camera nearby so we could have it all on film. Unfortunately instead of finding a pot of gold, my mom pranced around a stuffed Leprechaun who gifted us with gold coins and a box of lucky charms...(Yes! I love marshmallows!)
I thought about what kind of treats I would leave for Baby Boo from the luck of the Irish, and I knew that I had to avoid those coins and marshmallows at all cost. One being that I would be the one to eat all those gold coins, and two I would be the one to eat that box of cereal...And I have to prepare myself for Peep season which is coming up in April...
Oh my lanta I love Peeps.
So instead, I tried my best to think of a treat that went well with this holiday. As I was watching (or shall I say fast forwarding) through the past bachelor episode that I never want to talk about again, a commercial popped up for the McDonalds Shamrock Shake.
I wanted it.
I'm not sure if it's because I love green foods, or if it's because I really like milkshakes. Like hard core...
(Especially when you dip fries in it...Shhhhh, it's my naughty secret!)
But unfortunately the only green thing about the shake was it's artificial coloring and flavorings.
I decided that I could do better...I had to do better. And besides, I was feeling kind of lucky!
(A better for you) Homemade Shamrock Milk Shake
1/2 c. coconut milk (from the carton)
6-7 frozen coconut milk ice cubes (from a can...I'll explain in the directions how to do this)
1 frozen banana
large handful of fresh mint leaves
1 tsp. vanilla(optional)
1 tsp-TB agave nectar (or other sweetener)
Ingredients for whipped topping:
Full fat can coconut milk
1 tsp liquid sweetener or other choice of sweetener
1. Open up a can of full fat coconut milk. Using a spoon, scoop the thick cream part into ice cube trays. should make about 5-6 ice cubes. If you need more, just use the coconut water at the bottom and freeze those as well. (If you don't want to use the coconut from the can, you can easily freeze the milk fro the carton, or even soy milk.)
Add your ice cubes to your blender:
2. Next, start adding ingredients into your blender.
Then your frozen banana:
3. Then add your milk, sweetener, and vanilla:
This is the coconut milk that I use (from the carton), it's my favorite!
4. Blend until creamy! You can add more milk if you need to.
Directions for whipped topping:
1. Open a can of full fat coconut milk and set in fridge overnight. Do not stir! In the morning the cream will have hardened.
2. Scoop out desired amount of thick cream into a bowl and mix with a little bit of desired sweetener. (I used about 2 TB. of coconut cream and added a little dab of agave.) Next, add on top of your milk shake!
It's pretty much the most amazing and refreshing mint drink I have ever had, and there is nothing artificial tasting about it! I hate when things taste like fake mint...Yuck!
Perfect pick me up snack!
It seems like Baby Boo won't be missing those gold coins after all...
As for those marshmallows...I will not deny or confirm I may have already bought a box of peeps...
And it's only the beginning of March.