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Shamrock Smoothies

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 green spearmint candy leaves
  • 2 thin round chocolate mints or chocolate sandwich cookies
  • 1 ripe banana, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 3/4 cup apple juice
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange extract
  • 2 or 3 drops green food color

Instructions

  1. Place small sheet of wax paper on work surface; sprinkle with sugar. Place spearmint leaves on waxed paper; top with second sheet of waxed paper. Roll out leaves to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out 2 (1 1/4 x 1-inch) shamrock shapes using small knife or scissors. Press 1 shamrock onto each mint; set aside.
  2. Place banana, ice cubes, apple juice, yogurt, extracts and food color in blender or food processor; blend until smooth and frothy.
  3. Pour into glasses. Garnish with mints.

Makes 2 servings (about 8 ounces each)

For the adults, add 1/4 cup rum to the banana mixture before blending, if desired.