Orange Julius Smoothie

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Orange Julius smoothie made with whole fruits, yogurt, orange juice, and ground flaxseed. Each sip is naturally sweetened and contains healthy nutrients like fiber, vitamin C, and protein. A quick fresh and creamy drink to boost energy, made in 5 minutes or less!

Orange Julius smoothie made with whole fruits, yogurt, orange juice and ground flaxseed.

Whip out the blender because it’s time to make a refreshing Orange Julius smoothie! This recipe is a healthy version of the traditional drink. I’ve added some nutritional benefits that you can blend in and have ready to drink in five minutes or less!

Way before the growth of juice clubs like Jamba Juice, in the 1920s there was a small juice stand located in Los Angeles that served up a creamy, frothy drink coined “Orange Julius” named after the orange juice pioneer Julius Freed. Locals fell in love with the blend of orange juice, milk, sugar and ice for a frozen creamy treat. Who wouldn’t love an orange creamsicle flavored drink?

How to make an Orange Julius smoothie

Smoothies are an instant way to give you a quick boost of energy. I always make sure to include ingredients that provide additional benefits with each glass. Here is how I’ve made this Orange Julius smoothie healthier than the original classic recipe.

Flaxseeds on top of Orange Julius smoothie

Whole Fruits

Using orange segments, 100% orange juice and bananas, you can leverage the natural sweetness of whole fruits to reduce and avoid added refined sugars. If frozen, make sure that you read the orange juice labels to look for orange juice as the primary ingredient, with no added sugar or high fructose corn syrup. For this recipe I chose ripe oranges, I like Navel for its sweetness.

Fiber

Adding in whole orange and slices of bananas provide soluble fibers right into the smoothie so that you can get digestive health benefits as well as satiety until the next meal. Ground flaxseed adds omega-3 essential fatty acids for heart health effects, lignans from antioxidant qualities, and soluble and insoluble fiber. Did you know ground flaxseed can also be an egg replacer in baked goods? Yeah, it’s pretty impressive, we should add it to everything!

Texture

To add a creamy and smooth texture to the Orange Julius smoothie, I use plain Greek yogurt, frozen bananas, and ice. The yogurt is substituted instead of using milk or heavy cream because it provides extra protein and probiotics. If you’re using nonfat Greek yogurt, then it cuts down on the fat as well.

Frozen bananas are my secret ingredient for the most creamy smoothies, like my strawberry banana smoothie recipe. When frozen first and then blended, the texture creates a cold and creamy banana puree that provides a pleasing mouthfeel. Ice cubes add just the right amount of texture and volume to the smoothie, keeping it cool and adding some iciness in between the fruit, juice, and yogurt, without it tasting like a slushy.

I add all of the ingredients into my blender, gradually increase the speed until the frozen fruit and puree gets broken down, then turn up the speed until it’s thick and creamy. Grab a glass or two if you’re sharing, and let’s drink!

Ingredients for a Orange Julius smoothie recipe

Once you’ve tasted this fresh and vibrant Orange Julius smoothie, you’ll never need to hit the stores again. Each sip is good for you and will deliciously satisfy your taste buds.

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How to make a smoothie thicker

Have you always wondered how to achieve a thick, creamy and yet drinkable smoothie? It’s a delicate balance between fruit solids, liquid, and frozen ingredients. Ice is always an easy choice, creating small ice particles with the efficient blade of the blender. However, if you add too much, the flavor of the smoothie is diluted, and it gets a “slushy” consistency, which equals instant brain freeze. One of the best ways to add thickness is using frozen fruits. The water in the fruit freezes, so when it’s blended both the water cells create a flavorful and chilly consistency. My typical rule of thumb is for every 1 cup of liquid, non-frozen fruit, or yogurt combination you should add at least 1 cup of frozen ingredients (fruit and/or ice).

Orange Julius Smoothie

Orange Julius smoothie made with whole fruits, yogurt, orange juice and ground flaxseed. A quick drink to boost energy, made in 5 minutes or less!
4.79 from 87 votes
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Course Drink
Cuisine American

Ingredients  

  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 medium frozen banana
  • ½ cup plain greek yogurt
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • orange zest, from 1 orange
  • 1 large orange, peeled and segmented
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1 teaspoon honey, maple syrup, or agave

Instructions 

  • Add ice, banana, yogurt, orange juice, vanilla, orange zest, oranges, ground flaxseed, and honey in a blender.
  • Process until smooth, about 60 to 90 seconds.

Recipe Video

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Notes

Serving Size: 1 ¼ cup

Nutrition Facts

Serves: 2 servings
Calories 160kcal (8%)Carbohydrates 33g (11%)Protein 8g (16%)Fat 1g (2%)Saturated Fat 0.1g (1%)Polyunsaturated Fat 1gMonounsaturated Fat 0.2gCholesterol 2mg (1%)Sodium 28mg (1%)Potassium 440mg (13%)Fiber 4g (16%)Sugar 20g (22%)Vitamin A 250IU (5%)Vitamin C 85mg (103%)Calcium 190mg (19%)Iron 0.4mg (2%)

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000-calorie diet. All nutritional information is based on estimated third-party calculations. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods, and portion sizes per household.

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  1. cindy says

    this was super easy and insanely delicious using my old oranges i didn’t want to eat anymore. thank you for sharing!

  2. Paul Rivera says

    Jessica, how do you freeze the bananas? Do you peel them first, and freeze them whole or cut them in slices? I’ve frozen some with peel on and they turn black and brittle. I’m looking for a way to save bananas, aside from a frozen smoothie in ice cube trays (yummy snacks).

    Thanks, Paul

    • Mi Amur says

      I’m not Jessica, but I read, after one year your question: I peel bananas, then cut them into 1/2″ slices, put them in a small Ziploc bag and freeze them.

  3. Jack says

    Hi can you have a smoothie which only contains one fruit e.g just using oranges with like like yogurt and ice?

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Hi Jack- You can add just the orange but the smoothie won’t be as creamy or sweet without the frozen bananas. If you could add more yogurt and perhaps some honey and a few more ice cubes to get a similar taste and consistency.

  4. Hannah says

    I’m always looking for new smoothies that incorporate things I usually keep in the kitchen. This was so easy to make! I substituted the whole orange with just the pulp parts left after juicing a fresh one for the juice. I will definitely be trying Jessica’s other smoothie recipes, as well as making this one again.

  5. Wendy says

    Hi Jessica,

    Do you have any recipes for smoothies that do not contain banana? I’m allergic to them and it has been hard to find really good smoothie recipes that do not have bananas as an ingredient.

    Thank you.

    • John says

      Good question, and while not being allergic to banana, I just detest the taste, flavour, texture, and even smell of them!

      So I’m also keen to see what alternatives Jessica can recommend.

      Cheers,
      John

      • Jessica Gavin says

        I think frozen pineapple or mango would be good substitutes for the banana. You can up the yogurt for a little more creaminess if desired. Let me know how it goes!

  6. hannah Chynoweth says

    lol 20 grams sugar, 29g net carbs. This is more like a healthy “dessert”. Still sounds good, but lets not trick ourselves into a false belief that fruit smoothies are necessary healthy.