No-Churn Irish Cream Ice Cream

March 17: Feast Day of St. Patrick

Of all the liqueurs we like, Irish cream is our favorite. The strong Irish whiskey is totally toned down with sweet cream so it is more palatable to us who do not drink much alcohol. As we have been experimenting with flavors in our no-churn ice cream recipes, we decided to add Irish cream to the “trinity” of ingredients (after all, St. Patrick is associated with the teachings of the Holy Trinity). So try our no-churn Irish cream ice cream for a festive dessert on the Feast Day of St. Patrick!

Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (1 pint) heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • ¼ cup Irish cream

Directions

Beat the cream until stiff peaks form. In a large bowl, mix the condensed milk with the Irish cream.

Fold the whipped cream into this mixture until smooth, being careful not to whip more air into it. Place in a loaf pan or ice cream container. Cover and freeze for at least six hours or overnight. Remove from the freezer. Scoop into cones or dessert dishes. Decorate with shamrock sprinkles (optional).

Notes

  • Shamrock sprinkles can be found at local cake supply shops.
  • Search our blog for other no-churn ice cream recipes as well as other Irish, Irish-inspired and green colored recipes for St. Patrick’s Day.

 

Homemade Shamrock Shake

March 17: Feast Day of St. Patrick

McDonald’s offers the Shamrock Shake at select restaurants for a limited time only during a few weeks in February and March to coincide with St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. But if we want to slurp up a smooth, mint flavored, light green colored ice cream dessert, we make our own Shamrock Shake at home to enjoy any time of the year. Get in a green mood and make a festive food like this easy homemade Shamrock Shake for St. Patrick’s Day.

Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • ¾ – 1 cup milk
  • ¼ – ½ teaspoon mint extract
  • green food coloring
  • whipped cream
  • green sugar or shamrock-shaped sprinkles
  • maraschino cherry (red or green)

Directions

In a blender, combine the ice cream, milk and mint extract. Put a few drops of green food coloring to get the desired shade of green for the shake.

Blend until smooth. Pour into a tall glass. Generously swirl whipped cream on top. Optional: Garnish with green sugar or shamrock-shaped sprinkles and a maraschino cherry. Insert a straw and serve immediately.

Notes

  • McDonald’s debuted the Shamrock Shake in 1970. It was a lemon/lime sherbet instead of today’s mint flavored ice cream shake.
  • That Irish elf sitting by our homemade Shamrock Shake above is Lucky the Leprechaun, mascot of General Mills’ Lucky Charms cereal.
  • Search our blog for more Irish-inspired or green-colored recipes to make in observation of the Feast Day of St. Patrick.

 

Green Peanut Butter Smoothie

Green Peanut Butter Smoothie

March 17: St. Patrick’s Day

We have seen the rivers in downtown Chicago and San Antonio being dyed green while we attended St. Patrick’s Day festivities (we used to live near those cities). In our beloved San Antonio, where Islander’s brother still resides, the river is drained annually for cleaning and maintenance. When the river is refilled back to its resplendence, a Mud Festival takes place to mark the occasion, complete with a Mud Pie Ball and the coronation of a Mud King and Queen (the winners raise the most money to help fund river projects).

Our bodies need cleaning and maintenance, too, to drain some of that “mud-crud” in our systems. So drink something green, like this healthy peanut butter smoothie made with dark leafy greens, on the Feast Day St. Patrick, the Emerald Isle’s patron saint. Sláinte (Irish cheers literally translated “to your health!”).

Recipe

(Adapted from Bon Appetit)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of kale/spinach/swiss chard medley
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup nut milk, cold (we use unsweetened almond or cashew milk)
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter (sometimes we also use almond butter)
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

In a blender, place the vegetables, banana, almond milk, peanut butter and ground cinnamon.

Green Peanut Butter Smoothie

Seal the blender and blend until smooth. Pour into two small glasses and serve immediately.

Green Peanut Butter Smoothie

Notes

  • We use a Nutribullet extractor instead of a blender to make this green peanut butter smoothie. Islander has been drinking the full recipe as a meal replacement (breakfast or lunch) on Lent Fridays.
  • Search our blog for other Irish-inspired recipes for the Feast Day of St. Patrick.