Every time you enjoy this drink you are doing your immune system a favor. Personally my immune system needs any help it can get. Thanks to this recipe I can now happily drink my vitamin C. You could expand from the oranges and add more fruit such as strawberries or mango as well.
My cousin first introduced me to Orange Julius at the mall. Out of all of the options at the food court, I couldn’t understand why she went for the juice stand. As a middle school kid, juice was not high on my favorite foods list. Then she let me try some of her smoothie, which actually tasted like an orange creamsicle in drink form. I was hooked. Who isn’t? It is creamy goodness. But not that good for you.
Fresh-squeezed orange juice provides the base for this new and improved version of an Orange Julius. No added sugars or preservatives, just good old vitamin C. Plus it’s much more refreshing flavor-wise. So although it’s not specifically included in the instructions for this recipe, go get yourself some fresh oranges. I needed about 2 medium oranges to get half of a cup of juice. That can obviously vary, but the recipe is easily adjusted to match the amount of orange juice that you do end up with. The same amount of coconut milk is used as orange juice. As this recipe is listed, it served two people in small glasses, just like the photos, but it could also serve one very thirsty person.
Based on only four ingredients, you can now know exactly what is going into your Orange Julius. Still creamy, still frothy, and it still tastes like a creamsicle in smoothie disguise.
- 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup iced cubes, crushed
- Add the orange juice to a blender along with the coconut milk, honey, and vanilla. Blend until smooth. Add in the crushed ice a little at a time and blend until the smoothie is frothy or reaches desired consistency.