Creamy Homemade Orange Julius

By Jess

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As soon as I tried this recipe I knew that I had to share it here on PaleoGrubs. This creamy, frothy drink is one that I will be making again and again. After my third or fourth sip I wondered if having one every afternoon would be too much. It feels very indulgent but is incredibly healthy for you.

Creamy Homemade Orange Julius- like the classic, but better.

Creamy Homemade Orange Julius- like the classic, but better.

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

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.

orange julius recipe

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


  1. 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.


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  1. This is the real deal! Tastes exactly like the ones at the mall that I used to love growing up! I added more ice to mine to give it a thicker “slushy” feel. I put the second serving in the freezer (to save for later) and was pleasantly surprised to find that, after leaving it in the freezer for hours and taking it out to semi-melt for 15 minutes, it took on the consistency of the best sno cone I’ve ever had. Great treat for hot summer nights!

  2. Oh , also I cracked open a fresh coconut and scooped out the meat threw it in with fresh oranges and ice , vanilla and some great lakes gelatin ( for sneaky protein) TY TY TY ….

  3. I LOVE this recipe and have made it so many times I can’t count. On days when I’m in a hurry, particularly during the warmer months, I would make this as a breakfast on the go!

  4. I make this with Kefir for my kids, and sometimes switch between using vanilla or almond extract. I also add some of the rind from the orange to amp up the orange flavor…. delicious and loaded with probiotics!!!

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