It's the most wonderful time of the year! Yeah, Christmas is all well and good, but my heart belongs to all things green. Spring is slowly creeping in (as I type this from my Pennsylvanian kitchen where the thermometer covered in snow outside my window tells me it's a balmy 28 degrees), green beer is on it's way (keeping it classy, as I married an Irish man), and of course, McDonald's breaks out the Shamrock Shakes.
I found out only this year that the Shamrock Shake has NOT been nationwide until, well, this year. This is appalling and a very serious lapse of judgement on McDonald's part. Everyone should try a Shamrock Shake, and at almost 500 calories for a small, they should probably stop at just one.
SO! I took the liberty of experimenting to create a lightened up knock-off of this delicious treat. I'll admit, a few batches went down the sink (too much peppermint, nixed the vanilla extract, plain yogurt isn't a great milkshake ingredient, and so on...) but I think I have a close replica for less calories.
Let me just say, green does not photograph well in my very warm-toned kitchen. I tried a dozen different angles, but nothing short of dragging the floodlights out from the basement was going to brighten up this picture. Anyway, on to the goods!
1.5 cups fat-free frozen yogurt (this is a personal preference, I should point out; I really, really love frozen yogurt)
1 cup almond milk
2 T sugar-free vanilla pudding
1/2 cup fat free Cool Whip, plus another 1/2 cup for topping
1/2 tsp. peppermint extract (for the love of all that is peppermint, more is NOT encouraged here! I would start with maybe a 1/4 tsp and work your way up to personal preference. My throat still tingles and I think I found an instant cure for Strep throat).
3-4 drops green food coloring
Cherry to top
Mix everything in a blender except for the peppermint extract and food coloring start adding the peppermint cautiously and adjust it to your taste. I made the most outrageous mistake of throwing a whole tablespoon in all willy-nilly and I will NEVER EVER do that again! Once you have the taste just right mix in your food coloring. You can either drink now for a thinner shake, or throw it in the fridge to give the pudding mix a chance to thicken up for 10-20 minutes.
According to my ingrediants this clocks in at around 300 calories for a large shake. You could also swap soy based products to make this a treat for someone with lactose intolerance, or vegan friendly. Not me though, I'll keep my yogurt!