One of my favorite memories as a child was going to the local shopping mall, which was super glamorous at the time, and having a frothy, refreshing Orange Julius drink at the food court. I had to beg my mom, and every once in a while, she would cave into the super sugary, but oh-so-yummy smoothies that were sucked down in what seemed like seconds. It was such a treat – I can still vividly remember the bright stands and the enticing font – and I always wanted the recipe to make these at home.
With all of the abundant citrus in my Phoenix neighborhood, I thought, why not try to recreate the orange Julius smoothie, but healthier, with fresh orange juice and no added artificial sugar? Not only did I succeed (my kids loved my version!) but I was able to make my orange Julius copycat recipe dairy-free and gluten-free.
Frozen banana slices add great texture and thickness to the smoothie. Orange blossom honey is another citrus-flavored element that blends beautifully into this frothy treat, but agave honey tastes just as good and gives a perfect touch of sweetness.
Here’s the hand blender I use and love, along with a super powerful Vitamin that would be perfect for making blended drinks and smoothies!
Orange Julius Remake – The Healthy Version
A fresh take on a sugary food court classic: Now, dairy-free and gluten-free with organic produce and no artificial sweeteners.
- 5-6 ice cubes frozen orange juice
- 1/2 cup coconut milk (or regular milk if desired)
- 1/2 frozen banana, sliced
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp orange blossom or agave honey
Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. For extra froth, add 3-4 ice cubes in the blender. Garnish with orange slices and a fun straw!
Any glass will do for these, but wide-mouthed ones seem to work best for ease in pouring the smoothie. Here are some cute ones I found for milkshakes and blended drinks, like this orange Julius, at home:
Before we juice the citrus in our backyard, I love using them for decor first. To see how I incorporated lemons for one of my all-time, most Pinned tablescapes, check out this post:
Oranges were the theme for this tablescape – click here for my post:
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