Am I the only one who used to love an Orange Julius?

They are hard to find now these days! It isn’t that I actively seek out orange julius stands because, after all, the fruity, frothy, creamy beverage contains large doses of sugar and dairy. However, what can be better than and orange-creamsicle in a cup?

With a pantry filled to the brim with oranges and brown bananas, and a craving for a refreshing morning smoothie; I set out to recreate my beloved orange julius, the healthy way.

Healthy Orange Julius

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 smoothie (Can easily be doubled)

Calories per serving: 150 (when using almond milk)

Healthy Orange Julius

~This healthy orange julius is dairy-free, soy-free, corn-free, gluten-free, vegan, paleo, and sugar-free.


  • 1/2 medium-sized banana*
  • 1 medium-sized orange
  • 1 cup dairy-free milk*
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Peel banana and orange. Section the oranges into slices and remove any seeds-no one likes a seed-filled smoothie!
  2. Combine fruit with the rest of the ingredients into a blender and blend until completely smooth.
  3. (I used my magic bullet, and it worked just fine)
  4. Depending on the power of your blender and the thickness of your smoothie (see notes below), there my be some orange pulp. If you prefer your smoothie to not have any pulp, simply pour beverage through a strainer before serving.
  5. Chill and drink up!


*Using a frozen banana makes the smoothie thicker, and using a room-temperature banana makes the smoothie thinner. *Coconut milk, almond milk, or another milk of choice may be used. Coconut milk gives a very rich and creamy texture with a coconut-taste (which is more tropical). Almond milk is a bit lighter and thinner, but milder flavored.

Thought-provoking, mind-prodding question of the day:

Are you an orange julius-lover? Tell me what your favorite milkshake/smoothie recipes are so that I can try and “healthify” them for you!


10 Responses to Healthy Orange Julius

  1. I love these! Haven’t had one in forever though…I used to also love dreamsicles. Yum! oranges in general rock!

  2. YUM I love these and it has been so long since I have had one. I just got some orange stevia that I think would really boost that orangey flavor, too. You have inspired me to make one when I get home from yoga later this morning. Thanks Alex 🙂

  3. Tricia says:

    One word: yum! Definitely gonna have this with a frozen banana and coconut milk 🙂

  4. yum yum, love any smoothie with a banana in it haha

  5. Yum! I’ve never actually had a real orange julius (the idea of all that fake sugary flavor was never appealing), but this looks fantastic.

  6. Christi says:

    I can’t remember if I’ve tried an Orange Julius before, but I’d love to make this, its so simple and looks delicious!

  7. I haven’t had one of these in so long but this looks so easy & delicious. So much healthier too. I will have to try this!

  8. Good thing I have oranges in my fridge and bananas in my freezer. 😉

  9. jackie says:

    I loved Orange Julius drinks as a kid, there were a treat because it was a more expensive fast food place at the time, usually we could only afford McD’s. I will have to try this, hope it tastes as good as I remember…thank you for sharing!!

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