5 Festive St. Patrick’s Day Inspired Green Recipes
As one of the most popular holidays of the year, St. Patrick’s Day is a day when we gather together to celebrate and eat delicious, green goodies. For some healthy snack alternatives that will taste amazing to health foodies, and non-foodies alike, try the following recipes.
Green Banana Bread
We all love delicious banana bread. To amp up your game for St. Patty’s Day, surprise your guests with banana bread with a healthy kick to it. By adding spinach into the mix, you’re infusing the bread with vitamins, minerals and fibers. Don’t worry – the banana bread will still taste just like banana bread, except with a lighter, more diffused sweetness. The best part of the recipe, however, is that the spinach will color the bread green, making it a perfect festive snack for the holiday.
- 3 fresh bananas
- 1 and a half cups of spinach
- 5 tbsp honey
- 1/3 cup melted butter
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup of flour (all purpose)
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp salt
How to Make Green Banana Bread:
- Preheat your oven to 350°F.
- Spread extra virgin olive oil over the loaf pan and sprinkle some flax seeds on the bottom and the sides of the pan. This will give the bread a crunchy and delicious crust.
- Add the bananas, honey, and spinach into the blender. Blend until a smooth, creamy consistency is achieved.
- Transfer the mixture into a large bowl. Add in the egg, melted butter, vanilla extract, flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix well (there should be no clumps in the mixture).
- Pour the mixture into your prepped loaf pan and bake for 45-60 minutes. At the 45-minute mark, poke a toothpick into the bread – if it comes out clean, the bread is ready.
Let the bread cool and enjoy!
- Wonton wraps
- Guacamole (homemade or purchased)
- Parsley leaves
- One lime
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Spray mini cupcake pan/trey with some non-stick baking spray and press wonton wraps into the pan. Try to keep the corners of the wonton wraps pointing upwards.
- Scoop guacamole into each wonton wrap.
- Pop into the oven and bake for about 12-15 minutes.
- Let the guaca-cups cool and before serving, squeeze a 2-3 drops of lime juice over each guaca-cup. Garnish with a leaf of parsley
Guacamole is an all-time favorite that has gained a lot of popularity in the past few years. For an excuse to incorporate the avocado goodness into St. Patrick’s Day (besides the fact that it’s festively green!) make some guacamole cups for your family and guests.
If you want to serve a healthy appetizer that still incorporates the green color for St. Patrick’s Day, try making cucumber bites!
Spinach Cucumber Hummus Bites
If you want to serve a healthy appetizer that still incorporates the green color for St. Patrick’s Day, try making cucumber bites! If you don’t want to use hummus, you can substitute with cream cheese and follow the same steps!
- Hummus of your choice
- 4 cups of fresh spinach
- 10 cucumbers
- Few leaves of kale
- Slice the cucumbers into thick slices (about half the thickness of a sushi roll)
- Put the hummus into a blender with the spinach leaves. Blend until the mixture is smooth.
- Place a “ball” of scooped hummus onto the cucumber.
- Top off with a piece of a kale leaf for some additional green festiveness.
To put a twist on the Guinness beer St. Patrick’s Day tradition, make some green sangria for your guests. The drink tastes soft and fruity with a touch of mint.
- 750 mL of sweet white Moscato wine (2 bottles)
- 5-3 ounces of Triple Sec (originally Curaçao triple sec)
- 2 cucumbers (sliced in thin slices)
- 2 cups of green grapes (preferably seedless)
- 1 large green apple (sliced)
- 1 lemon and lime (both slices)
- A few leaves of mint
- ½ liter S.Pellegrino (or any other club soda)
How to Make Green Sangria:
- Pour the wine into a pitcher and add cucumbers, mint, apple slices, lemon and lime. You can squeeze in some additional lemon juice for a more-citrusy taste.
- Add Triple Sec and stir.
- Cover the pitcher and place in the fridge overnight.
- Before serving, add club soda into the sangria. It will make the drink sparklingly delicious!
- Serve over ice and enjoy!
Fruity Green Skewers:
For St. Patrick’s Day fruity and healthy sweetness, try some green skewers! Adding in basil leaves will give the skewers an untraditional, yet delicious flavor.
- 2 large green apples
- 6 kiwis
- seedless green grapes
- 1 honeydew melon
- 3 green pears
- 1 green carambola
- fresh basil
How to make the skewers:
- Peel the kiwis and wash all your fruits
- Cut the fruits:
- Slice the kiwis, apples (cut each slice into two pieces), and carambola
- Cut the melon into cubes
- Put the fruits onto wooden skewers. Any order of the fruit will work. An example:
- Basil leaf
- The fruit skewers can also be dipped in Nutella chocolate for an extra sweet taste.