Peppermint Patty Green Monster



Back in our University days, we would often line up at Irish Pubs to drink green beer on St. Patty’s Day, all decked out in green St. Patty’s Day paraphernalia and faces decorated with four leaf clovers. There would be line-ups at the pubs by 10am on St. Patty’s Day; all the students were eager to get their fix of Green Beer and a day of skipped classes!

Yesterday, I thought I would remake the green beer, Green Monster style, all without a hangover by 3pm! And if you are going out to celebrate on Thursday you can start your day on the right foot, giving you some green power that would make even the Irish green with envy.


Did you just hear that?

It was the sound of my Irish relatives laughing at me while they drink their Guinness. They’re just jealous.


I loved this GM…very minty and fresh!


In other news, this morning marked my very first Vegan Overnight Oat Parfait of 2011.


If you are new to the blog, you may not know about these VOO Parfaits that I started making last Spring. You can see a bunch of them on my recipes page here. Today I made Strawberry Banana Soft Serve and layered it with carob Vegan Overnight Oats.




But COLD. Very, very cold. I froze while eating this (it was –6C when I got up this morning) and I needed a lot of green tea afterwards. I can’t wait until I am enjoying these on the deck this summer!


– My apologies for the blog down time yesterday. Dreamhost had a site-wide outage yesterday morning and my blog was down for about 3 hours.

– I’m also thinking about doing a Japan Relief Fundraiser, auctioning off a bunch of Glo Bars in a raffle. Would you guys be interested in that? I have been looking and looking for a website in Canada where I can create a donation page, but so far no such luck. If anyone knows of how I can do it, I would love your tips!

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is March 15, 2011

Now that is my kind of green monster!


Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg March 15, 2011

PERFECT for St. Patty’s day!!! And I bet it tastes so refreshing too!


kate@ahealthypassion March 15, 2011

Love the idea of a st pattys day green monster, such a healthy alternative to typical green beer haha :) If only I was drinking it on the beach..


Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey March 15, 2011

I’m drinking a regular ‘ol GM right now, and was just thinking what a pretty St. Patrick’s Day color it was!



Sarah D March 15, 2011

Holding a raffle is such a great idea! I would definitely participate.

The parfait looks delicious- it hasn’t been warm enough for me to brave one this spring, but I can’t wait for the summer!


Jensine Crandall March 15, 2011

Thanks for the “peel before freezing” comment. I made my first green monster last week, but had to do without the banana because I froze it with the peel on! Duh!


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 15, 2011

haha ive so been there


JT March 15, 2011

Frozen banana with a peel on?? Have no fear! I freeze all my nanners with the peel on and then when come time for some green monster or soft serve I just throw it in my sink with a smidgeon of hot water…thaws just enough to get the peel off and have a still frozen banana :)


Ellie@fitforthesoul March 15, 2011

Been there done that! :P


Baking 'n' Books March 15, 2011

Really? Good tip. I freeze rotten bananas a lot for baking…I have a love affair with banana breads…or muffins. Or cookies. Well, you get the idea.


Chelsea March 15, 2011

I usually freeze my bananas with the peel on too and I just cut it off with a knife lenthwise, which usually results in it peeling like a normal banana.


Kierstan @ Life {and running} in Iowa March 15, 2011

Love that idea for green monsters! I also can’t wait until it warms up a bit to have a VOO parfait every day!


Allison @ Food For Healing March 15, 2011

nice green monster idea! should be MORE green though. :P
i love overnight oats, seems like such a common thing in the blog world.


Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) March 15, 2011

Oooh man I haven’t had a greeen monster in WAY too long…like a whole WEEK?! How have I let this happen?! :P I seriously need to make that as soon as poss!!

And your parfaits look SO pretty!! Another thing I have to try soon! :D


Carly March 15, 2011

Mmmm that GM looks deelish! Still cold here, but now that there is no snow on the ground, I refuse to wear socks any longer! Open toed shoe season begins today.


Gretchen @ Honey, I Shrunk the Gretchen! March 15, 2011

A healthy version of McDonald’s incredibly unhealthy Shamrock Shake (not sure if they have those in the Great White North though.) I love it! Can’t wait to make this at home!!


Lauren March 15, 2011

That green monster looks delicious and very festive! I will be trying it in the spirit of the holiday. A fundraiser for Japan is a GREAT idea, I think you should definitely do it!


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 15, 2011

LOVE the peppermint patty GM!!!! So cute! I’m not a beer drinker AT ALL, so I’d rather drink these any day. Great photos Ange!


Amy March 15, 2011

Line ups at Molly Blooms? :)


Bronwyn March 15, 2011

Oh St Patty’s Day! Good times, good times. That parfait looks yummy and delicious. And I love the smoothie colours.


Lesley Lifting Life March 15, 2011

Yum!! Those both look so beautiful, and so festive :D


Lily's Health Pad March 15, 2011

Is today St. Patty’s Day?? I’m so out of the loop! This monster is genius and perfect for the holiday!


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 15, 2011

It’s Thursday :)


KitKat @ Pursuit of Happiness March 15, 2011

Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream is one of my favs so that Peppermint Patty Green Monster sounds delicious! :)


my little celebration March 15, 2011

Your breakfast looked de-LISH! So beautiful!


Anna March 15, 2011

I practically swooned when you talked about enjoying the strawberry/carob VOO outisde in the summer. Not only does that parfait look incredible, but I’m so ready for the warm weather now. Can’t wait to do the exact same thing!


Shanna, Like Banana March 15, 2011

This is like a healthy version of McDonalds Shamrock Shake. Nice job Angela!


Lauren at Keep It Sweet March 15, 2011

That strawberry banana parfait looks gorgeous! We used to go all out drinking on St. Patty’s Day, but that green monster is more my speed these days:-)


Heather (heathers dish) March 15, 2011

Yum! This GM is such a pretty color…perfect pick-me-up :)


Jenny March 15, 2011

everything keeps getting better and better! Both the VOO and GM LOOK AMAZING. I wish I was home right now to make both of those!


Gen March 15, 2011

That green monster looks amazing! Will have to make this soon!


Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing March 15, 2011

Wow, your photos are always so perfect! This looks divine!


Zestful Lou March 15, 2011

Darn…i was really hoping you put beer in that green monster


Michelle @ HER March 15, 2011

I can’t wait to try this peppermint patty green monster! What a great idea for St. Patrick’s Day!


Suziee March 15, 2011

I love the idea of putting mint in the smoothies! Must try!!


salah@myhealthiestlifestyle March 15, 2011

I am going to have to make both of those recipes!!! They look amazing!!!


Amanda (Eating Up) March 15, 2011

I need to get a blender. And a food processor.


Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather March 15, 2011

Perfect for St patty’s day! The chocolate on top is a must have too.


Jennifer @ March 15, 2011

Love the festive GM smoothie! The parfait looks great too! Gorgeous!


Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete March 15, 2011

This looks delicious — and I’m definitely going to make one!

I think raising money is a great idea!


Andrea B. @ Vegvacious March 15, 2011

Great festive pictures of your green monster! I’m not a mint person, but I have to tell you that I’ll be whipping up one of your parfaits in the very near future!

I think your raffle is a great idea!


Julie (A Case of the Runs) March 15, 2011

Yay! I use Crowdrise for my Japan funds, but that’s just for donations. I’m fundraising quickly this week for my marathon this Sudnay.


Lauren March 15, 2011

So festive & sounds great! I’ve added peppermint extract to green monsters before, but I have to be careful not to add TOO much because it’s strong. The auction sounds like a great way to raise money.


Charlie March 15, 2011

That green monster sounds incredible & you made me crave some vegan overnight oats :P.


Katie March 15, 2011

Its like McDonalds’ Shamrock Shakes!! Love it. Love it. Love it.

That parfait is too pretty to eat.


Carlee March 15, 2011

I never thought to make a peppermint smoothie. I will be trying that out tomorrow morning for sure. Yum! Mint and chocolate is my favourite combo.


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