Shamrock Oatmeal

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up! I have mixed feelings for St. Patrick’s Day. In a way, I adore it. It reminds me of my beloved Ireland, where I studied abroad during college. On the other hand, the way Americans celebrate it is almost offensive to me. Yes, even in Ireland, binge-eating and drinking is the tradition, but in America, all of it is surrounded by an absurd mockery of the culture. TV and radio ads are taken over by obnoxious fake Irish accents, ridiculous looking leprechauns are plastered everywhere, and everything is dyed fluorescent green. Nooooo. . .


Last year, I rejected that by making Irish Soda Bread Baked Oatmeal, which turned out surprisingly well (to this day I’m shocked it actually turned out). This year, I decided to embrace the American absurdity and make a Shamrock Oatmeal. Why not, right? Unlike McDonald’s, my porridge contains no dairy and no food coloring. Instead, it’s extraordinarily rich in nutrients (but still packed with flavor).

What’s the secret? Spinach.


Yep, this is a Green Monster oatmeal. I don’t make them often, mostly because it’s hard to take an attractive picture of them. Even looking at these pictures now, I’m a little grossed out…but who cares? The oatmeal was delicious. 🙂

Shamrock Oatmeal

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 1/2 cup milk of choice, or water
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup water
  • handful (or two) of fresh spinach (stems removed)
  • 1/4 tsp peppermint extract
  • pinch of salt

How to make it:

  1. Bring 1/2 cup milk (or water) to a boil, add oats, and reduce heat to medium. (If you'd like to add a teaspoon of flax or chia seeds, do so now.)
  2. In a blender of processor, puree banana, 1/2 cup water, and spinach until smooth.
  3. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add spinach mixture, peppermint extract, and salt. Stir.
  4. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Add a splash of your milk of choice and any other additional toppings (shredded coconut, nuts, etc.).

About Lauren Smith

Lauren is a herbivore, Slytherin, and connoisseur of oats. She is a former teacher who is currently studying to earn a master's degree in curriculum development. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

5 Responses to Shamrock Oatmeal

  1. Emily J. says:

    Hmm, interesting! =) I am going to have to try this out, looks delicious!

  2. Hanna says:

    I’m gonna try that tomorrow! sounds super interesting!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I love this recipe! But I am going to try to use two squares of “Green & Blacks Dark Mint Chocolate” instead of mint extract! I’ll keep you posted on how it goes! xx love your blog!

  4. My celebration of St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t usually extend beyond wearing the socks I bought in Ireland, and I don’t normally eat foods died green, but an extra dose of spinach can’t go amiss. This was a fun bowl of oats.

  5. Christine says:

    I’ve never tried a green monster oatmeal, but the pictures don’t gross me out at all. That oatmeal looks beautiful! It is the ideal shade of green.

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