Spied any rainbows lately after a nice pre-spring rain shower? St. Patricks day is right around the corner, and what better way to give your kids a peek into Irish folklore than learning about Leprechauns! This Leprechaun milk recipe is the perfect way to get your kids excited because who doesn’t love green milk?
Leprechaun Milk Recipe
It occurred to me last week that beyond the St. Patrick’s Day shamrocks my kids made in preschool, we had really never read any books about Ireland or St. Patrick’s Day. Total parenting fail, especially since some close family friends of ours are steeped in Irish heritage. (My apologies to the Corrigans!) While our school weeks have been pretty full, we did take the time to read That’s What Leprechauns Do by Eve Bunting.
While this book is fun and mischievous (there are leprechauns involved after all), I wouldn’t say it’s heavy in historical fact, but that’s not why we checked it out. My kids loved traveling along with the three tiny leprechauns as they journeyed to the end of the rainbow to set out the pot of gold. In fact, I don’t know if my kids had ever heard about the pot of gold at the rainbow’s end until today. But I can pretty much guarantee that after today, there will be rain boots and coats being thrown on after the next rainstorm. I mean, why not?!
St. Patrick’s Day Kids’ Drink
To get my kids in the leprechaun spirit, I made them a completely un-Irish concoction that I dubbed Leprechaun milk. Bright green milk? Oh, yes. Now, if your kids are allergic to veggies (at least in their minds), then you may want to make this while they’re outside, and surprise them with it, because spinach is the secret green ingredient here. There’s also no refined sugar; it’s only sweetened with a banana and a splash of maple syrup. A bit of peanut butter also gives it a slight nutty flavor that pairs well with the banana. (If your child has a peanut allergy, feel free to sub in Sun Butter.) It’s definitely not a smoothie, because the consistency is much thinner, but you could definitely thicken it up with some yogurt and ice cubes if you wanted to go that route. Make it your own!
Leprechaun Milk Ingredients
- 1 1/2 cups almond milk or other type of milk
- 1 Banana
- 1 tbsp peanut butter or Sun Butter
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla (or try making your own vanilla extract!)
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- 1 cup fresh baby spinach (grow your own in a container salad garden!)
Blend all ingredients up for your little leprechauns in the midst of all of the “busy” during the day. And I suggest a good quality blender to get this milk super smooth. I have a Ninja Blender that I love, but you could also use a much fancier one like a Vitamix or Blendtec.
After powering up with this Leprechaun milk, take some time to hunt for rainbows and elusive pots of gold, because before we know it, our little leprechauns will be big.
What are some of your favorite St. Patrick’s Day activities? I’d love to hear about them!
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