March 11, 2014

Sexy Vegan Treats for a Green St. Paddy’s Day. ~ Aimee Hughes

4 leaf clover on board

Although half of my family roots hail from Ireland, I’ve never been a big St. Paddy’s Day enthusiast, save the few months I lived in the Irish Channel of New Orleans.

In the spirit of the holiday this year, I thought it might be fun to cook up some very green vegan treats to boost our holiday spirits. Start your St. Paddy’s Day with this:

green shake

Tropical Chlorella Smoothie

2 1/2 cups frozen bananas
3/4 tsp. chlorella powder
1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1 cup cranberry juice
1 cup water

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until creamy. Pour into two glasses or drink it all yourself! Chlorella is a superfood and a super detoxifier with a load of health benefits. So, drink up!


Matcha Green Tea Energy Balls

1/2 cup raw almonds (ground)
1/2 cup coconut shreds (ground into a fine flour)
1 tsp. matcha green tea powder
1/2 tsp. lemon zest
Juice of 1 lemon
1-2 tsp. agave nectar
1 tbsp. coconut oil
Goji berries, as topping


Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix into a dough. Roll into balls, top with a goji berry and refrigerate. Enjoy with the drink below.

Matcha Peppermint Green TeaImage 2

1 cup almond milk
1/2 cup water
1 tsp. matcha green tea powder
1/2 tsp. coconut sugar
2-3 drops pure peppermint extract

Heat the water over medium heat and add the peppermint extract. Whisk in the matcha green tea powder. In another pot bring your almond milk to a boil and pour into a mug. Top with the tea and stir in the sugar to sweeten.

No green St. Patty’s Day would be complete with a very green kale salad. There are so many varieties to choose from, but here’s one:

Sexy Kale with Avocado-Chia Dressing

1 ripe avocado, peeled and seeded
1/8 cup chia gel (soak 2 tbsp. chia seeds in 1 cup water for at least thirty minutes)
1/4 cup tahini
2 tsp. soy sauce or nama shoyu
2 tsp. pure maple syrup
2 chopped cloves of garlic
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
dash of cayenne pepper
5 cups kale leaves
cleaned and chopped
1/4 cup carrots, grated

Combine first eight ingredients in your blender to make a dressing. Place kale and carrots in a large serving bowl. Coat with dressing and serve.

Happy St. Paddy’s Day!


Love elephant and want to go steady?

Sign up for our (curated) daily and weekly newsletters!

Editorial Assistant: Celeste Shea/Editor: Rachel Nussbaum

Photos: kaibara87/Flickr Creative Commons

Read 19 Comments and Reply

Read 19 comments and reply

Top Contributors Latest

Aimee Hughes