Do you love St.Patty’s? As a part Irish, part Italian white girl growing up in the U.S. it’s fun to celebrate what little traditions and culture I feel like I have. And now that I have kids, there is nothing more fun that turning all foods (and beer? No wait thats for me.) GREEN as another way to celebrate. BUT, – I do not like artificial food dyes. And as much as I want a McDonalds Shamrock Shake, I’ve actually found out how to make one at home that makes me feel a million times better on the inside! Try one or ALL of these recipes this year and have a happy healthy holiday!
“Luck-O-The-Irish” Banana Pancakes
This one is so crazy easy when you use a blender. You can even pour easier from the blender’s spout without making a mess. Thank mom, your a Genius.
Also, pancakes are easy to make look good on the screen, but unfortunately, you can’t taste them. (Taste-O-Vision!?)
This is the ULTIMATE and best pancake recipe I’ve ever had…and I’ve tried a lot. With 217 reviews and 5 stars on foodnetwork.com, it’s a winner! Your family will love you forever. I’ve changed the recipe a bit to make it healthier with no change to awesomeness. (I use this same base recipe for pumpkin and sweet potato pancakes as well!)
1 1/2 cups flour (try any flour you want or a blend of your favorites such as coconut, spelt or whole wheat)
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups milk, at room temperature (Just pop it in the microwave. If you don’t, your butter will not stay smooth.)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons unsalted butter or coconut oil, slightly melted
2 TBS unsweetened apple sauce (Either this, or one more TBS of butter.)
1 small banana
1/2 cup spinach
Blend all wet ingredients plus Sugar, Banana and Spinach on High until fully incorporated. Add all dry ingredients and pulse until batter forms! Do not over-blend!
Melt the butter in a large cast iron skillet or griddle over medium heat.
Keeping the skillet at medium heat,pour about 1/4 cup of the batter onto the skillet, to make a pancake. Make 1 or 2 more pancakes, taking care to keep them evenly spaced apart. Cook, until bubbles break the surface of the pancakes, and the undersides are golden brown, about 2 minutes. Flip with a spatula and cook about 1 minute more on the second side. Serve immediately or transfer to a platter and cover loosely with foil to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining batter, adding more butter to the skillet as needed.
Feeling naughty? Add chocolate chips! … OR top with whip cream and green sprinkles!! :o
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COPYCAT: Shamrock Shake (Sugar-free + Protein!)
You will find a lot of copycat recipes on Pinterest… most of them I was frustrated by; using instant pudding mix, or cool whip or
dye or other ingredients that obviously will not yield a shake that taste like the one from ol’ Mickey Ds. Well, you’re in luck! This is THE Healthy Shamrock Shake recipe inspired by Chocolate Covered Katie’s Mint Chocolate Smoothie.
1 scoop whey protein powder (optional)
1 frozen large banana, as ripe as possible (This is a big MUST)
cacao nibs or chocolate chips
1/8 tsp pure MINT/Peppermint extract (you can get it at Walmart for 2.50$)
2 cups milk of choice or water (use 1 cup if you are not using protein)
1/2 cup fresh spinach
Blend together along with 4-5 ice cubes in a high powered blender until it has turned green and no bits of spinach can be seen. (If you want it a little sweeter, add a drop or 2 of Stevia) Top with cocoa nibs if desired! Enjoy!
Adapted FROM: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/02/24/raw-mint-chocolate-chip-milkshake/#LgbILZwtfIUBBFLC.99
When it comes to making treats and desserts, especially ones for my kids – I am beyond lazy. I spend enough time cooking and messing up my kitchen for meals, that by the time I assess the damage, I’m convinced that baking isn’t worth the trouble. (GASP!) Even more – baking stuff for my kids that has a 50% fail rate. Yep, you know what I’m talking about! So I’ve chosen some healthy snacks that require little work and remain on point for being healthy and dye-free!
St. Patty’s Frozen Grape Pops
I’m obsessed with frozen grapes!! Make these with bamboo kabob sticks and the some pretty green ribbon on them. Laziness Scale = 9
Same concept: Cookiecut these cuties and pop them in the freezer. Add them to your grape kabobs. Lazy Scale = 5
Ok, and if you just can’t help it – I found this wonderful recipe by joeandsue.blogspot.com for a Dye-Free, homemade Turkish Lemon Cake that will take you straight back to Granny’s house. (Just omit the green sprinkles) Lazy Scale = 1
Slow Cooker Corned Beef with Guinness Braised Cabbage and Potatoes
This for me, is where it’s at. Invite your friends over, fill the growlers and set your Pandora to Irish Pub Music. Maybe even tell your friends to bring their instruments and follow up dinner with an authentic Irish jam session. Celebrating Irish heritage is all about gathering with friends and family. Not pinching, and not even turning all your food green.
This recipe is incredibly easy and I’ve been using it for years. The corned beef makes killer Reuben’s for the next week! Enjoy!