A simple orange smoothie recipe that tastes just like Orange Julius. Fresh oranges are pureed with milk and vanilla – a delicious way to get more fruit into your family! Turn it into an Orange Strawberry Smoothie by adding a handful of strawberries.
This yummy smoothie offers a fantastic opportunity to enhance your family’s fiber intake. Surprisingly, around half of all children don’t consume enough fiber. The addition of fresh oranges gives a significant boost to the fiber content. To further enrich the fiber content without altering the taste much, consider incorporating wheat germ or ground flaxseed (1-2 tablespoons) into the recipe.
What makes this recipe particularly beloved by all is its simplicity. With just four ingredients and a two-step process, this homemade Orange Julius can be prepared independently. Encourage your child or children to venture into the kitchen and craft this nourishing smoothie, ready to be savored in a serving glass.
- 2 large oranges, peeled
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 1/8 teaspoon vanilla
- 5 ice cubes
How To Make an Orange Julius
To create this high-fiber smoothie, start by gathering the necessary ingredients.
Begin by placing 2 large peeled oranges, 1/2 cup of whole milk, 1/8 teaspoon of vanilla, and 5 ice cubes into a blender. Once all the components are in place, blend them together until you achieve a smooth consistency.
Once the mixture is perfectly blended, it’s ready to be enjoyed. To enhance the presentation, consider serving the smoothie with a fresh orange wedge as a garnish.
Tips and Tricks
- Preparation is Key: Before you begin, make sure you have all the ingredients and tools you need, including a blender, cutting board, knife, and measuring cups.
- Fresh Ingredients: Use fresh and ripe ingredients for the best flavor and nutritional value. This includes using juicy and flavorful oranges.
- Peeling Oranges: When peeling the oranges, remove the skin and any white pith to avoid bitterness in the smoothie.
- Chilled Ingredients: For an extra refreshing smoothie, consider chilling the oranges and milk in the refrigerator before blending. This can help make the smoothie colder without relying solely on ice.
- Vanilla Flavor: The vanilla extract adds a delightful aroma and flavor. Choose pure vanilla extract for the best results.
- Ice Cubes: To keep the smoothie cold without diluting the flavor, use frozen fruit instead of ice cubes. Frozen oranges or other frozen fruits work well here.
- Blending Techniques: Start by blending on low speed to break down larger pieces. Then gradually increase the speed to ensure a smooth and consistent texture.
- Texture Adjustments: If the smoothie is too thick, you can add a bit more milk or water to achieve the desired consistency.
- Customize with Add-ins: Aside from wheat germ or flaxseed, you can experiment with other add-ins like chia seeds, spinach, or yogurt for added nutrition and texture.
- Serving Presentation: Present your smoothie in a visually appealing way. You can use a decorative glass or garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon or a drizzle of honey in addition to the orange wedge.
- Quick Consumption: Smoothies are best enjoyed immediately after preparation to retain their freshness and nutritional value.
- Kid Involvement: Encourage your kids to join in the preparation process. This can foster a sense of accomplishment and make them more excited about trying the smoothie.
- Experiment and Have Fun: Don’t be afraid to experiment with different ingredient combinations and ratios. Smoothies are versatile, and you might discover new favorite flavors.
Remember, making smoothies is as much about creativity as it is about following a recipe. Feel free to adapt these tips to suit your preferences and enjoy the process of crafting delicious and nutritious treats for yourself and your family.
It can be served in the morning for breakfast or as an afternoon snack. Packed with Vitamin C, fiber, calcium and potassium, this recipe is great to make all year.
If the smoothie is too runny, add a frozen fruit like frozen banana or berries. If the smoothie is too thick, add more milk.
Certainly! Feel free to substitute whole milk with almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk, or any other milk alternative that suits your dietary preferences.
Start by blending on a low speed to break down larger pieces. Gradually increase the speed and blend for a bit longer to ensure a smooth and creamy texture
Yes, you can control the sweetness by adjusting the amount of honey or sweetener you add. Keep in mind that the natural sweetness of the oranges will also contribute to the overall flavor
More Fruit Smoothie Recipes:
Fruit smoothies are such a great way to add more fruit and fiber into your family. Check out these delicious and nutritious fruit smoothie recipes.
- High Fiber Smoothie
- Strawberry Smoothie Without Yogurt
- Peanut Butter Powder Smoothie
- Blueberry Spinach Smoothie
- Tropical Smoothie Bowl
- Beet, Blueberry & Banana Smoothie
CKC Features both Gluten-Free Guidance and Kids Cooking Instructions: If you’re new to eating gluten-free we understand it’s overwhelming trying to figure out which foods may contain gluten and which ones don’t. All of our gluten-free recipes marked with this symbol ✅ represent foods that need to be checked for gluten or cross-contamination.
The ⭐️ symbol in the recipe below denotes the steps in which kid cooks may need a helper (depending on age). If there is no ⭐️ symbol, that step (or recipe) doesn’t require a helper.
Orange Smoothie Recipe
- 2 large oranges, peeled
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 1/8 teaspoon vanilla ✅
- 5 ice cubes
- ⭐️Add ingredients. To the blender add the oranges, milk, vanilla, and ice. Puree until smooth, ensuring the orange is pureed. Serve immediately.2 large oranges, peeled, 1/2 cup whole milk, 1/8 teaspoon vanilla, 5 ice cubes
- Garnish. Serve garnished with a fresh orange wedge.