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.
~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
- Peel banana and orange. Section the oranges into slices and remove any seeds-no one likes a seed-filled smoothie!
- Combine fruit with the rest of the ingredients into a blender and blend until completely smooth.
- (I used my magic bullet, and it worked just fine)
- 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.
- 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!