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A fresh Orange Smoothie is a bright and refreshing way to start your day. Plus this healthy Orange Julius copycat recipe is packed with Vitamin C and protein, and it tastes like a Creamsicle! With only five ingredients, the entire family will love this creamy, easy sweet treat!
Fresh Orange Smoothie Recipe
Who loves a creamsicle?
This smoothie has that combination of orange and vanilla that is like a taste of childhood. Whether it was the orange and cream popsicles from the ice cream truck or a swirl of soft serve vanilla ice cream and orange sorbet on a cone in the summer, it is such a nostalgic flavor. But you can totally satisfy your craving in a healthy way.
Or maybe creamsicles weren’t your treat of choice as a kid. You might have preferred grabbing an Orange Julius from the mall. Well, have you looked at what’s in those? Even the copycat recipes I’ve seen don’t even use real fruit.
It’s typically a combination of orange juice concentrate, milk, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and ice. While not terrible, it’s definitely more of a dessert than a healthy breakfast or snack.
Use this recipe instead and you can have a healthy Orange Julius, even when you can’t get to the mall or want something a little more wholesome and satisfying!
From the words of Erin, creator of the blog DelightfulEMade and author of The Protein Smoothie Bible, “Forget the ice cream truck and over-sugary popsicles – this delicious smoothie gets all its flavor and sweetness from real fruit. Perfect for blending up and enjoying as an after-school snack or an after-dinner treat.”
I will also add that this Orange Creamsicle Smoothie will definitely wake you up first thing in the morning!
- Orange juice: Freshly squeezed or from a carton or bottle, just be sure it is 100% juice with no added sugar or artificial flavors. While I usually use milk in smoothies, using OJ gives that extra orange flavor.
- Peeled and seeded orange: Yes, you will an entire orange. Just be sure to remove the peel, as the pith (the white part) will give a bitter taste to your smoothie.
- Vanilla Greek yogurt: This is where you pack in the protein and make it creamy. You can also use plain, but then you might want to add a bit of vanilla extract and might have to sweeten it up a bit.
- Frozen peaches: Buy a bag from the freezer section of the grocery store or peel, slice, and freeze them when they are in season. This adds extra fruity goodness.
- Frozen banana: The best thing to do with overripe bananas (besides banana muffins) is to freeze them for smoothies. Cut them into chunks before freezing, or toss the entire peeled banana in the freezer and break it apart when you are ready to make your smoothie. Frozen bananas give smoothies an ice cream-like texture.
How to make an orange smoothie
Simple toss the ingredients in your blender in the order listed, then blend until smooth and thick and creamy. Pour it into a glass and enjoy right away.
It doesn’t get any easier than that!
As with any smoothie, there are always opportunities to sneak in more nutrition. Add a handful of spinach or other greens to get extra fiber, vitamins, and minerals, though you will lose that bright orange color. Toss in some flax seeds or chia seeds for Omega 3s. Or boost the protein with your favorite protein powder or collagen powder.
The book starts with the benefits of making smoothies to add more healthy ingredients to your diet, control the sugar, and save money. Then you get a rundown of ingredients to add protein, sweeten your smoothies, and even make adjustments for different dietary needs. There is even a quick guide on selecting, prepping, and freezing your fruits and vegetables.
And you get SIXTY smoothie recipes. Some are fruity, like Very Cherry & Red Raspberry. Others sneak in some veggies to help you achieve Inner Peas. And there are even a few that add ingredients to make them a little extra satisfying to have as a meal. Some even taste like dessert such as Bananas Foster. Then let’s not forget a few kid favorites like this Orange Creamsicle Smoothie.
What You’ll Need
I always recommend a high-powered blender like the Blendtec for the smoothest, most creamy smoothies. The Mini Wildside+ Jar is the perfect size for one or two smoothies. You can even use the “Smoothie” setting to have it gradually increase the speed to perfectly incorporate the liquids and frozen ingredients. Note, I do usually stop it a little before the cycle is over because I prefer an extra thick smoothie.
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Orange Creamsicle Smoothie
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1 orange, peeled and seeded
- 1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1 cup frozen peaches
- 1 frozen banana
- Add all ingredients into blended, and blend until smooth. Enjoy right away while cold.
More orange creamsicle recipes
- Orange Creamsicle Jello Mold
- Creamsicle No-Bake Cheesecake Parfaits
- Orange Creamsicle Magic Shell
- Plus, check out all of these Creamsicle Desserts!
- Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie
- Peaches and Cream Blueberry Smoothie
- Blueberry Cheesecake Smoothie
- Dairy-Free Peach Mango Smoothie
- Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
- Sunshine Lemon Smoothie
Can I leave out the orange juice and peaches.
The orange juice helps give it that orange creamsicle flavor, so it might taste a little watered down, but there is no reason it wouldn’t work with just milk. You do need some liquid though to blend it. You could add another frozen fruit instead of peaches. Mango or pineapple would be good.
Being a Diabetic, I have to watch the sugars, carbs, etc. Do you have an easy, Basic Smoothie Recipes, than are Low Cal? Thanks in advance.
Pam from Kc, MO
I’d recommend these as my lowest carb options: https://cupcakesandkalechips.com/strawberries-and-cream-frappe/ or https://cupcakesandkalechips.com/dairy-free-peach-mango-lassis/