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This orange creamsicle smoothie is similar to an Orange Julius. It's made with a whole orange, orange juice, yogurt, and a banana for a breakfast drink that is as healthy as it is delicious.
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This orange creamsicle smoothie is light and fresh, creamy and tangy, sweet and refreshing. It's a delicious blend of orange juice and yogurt with something that makes it extra special. Want to know what it is?
To make this smoothie truly the best, we add a whole peeled orange to the blender. It adds body to the smoothie and so much flavor. If you love oranges, you will love this smoothie recipe!
What does an orange creamsicle smoothie taste like?
You might remember those popsicles from when you were a kid – they were bright orange on the outside, had ice cream on the inside, and affectionately went by the name orange creamsicle. This orange creamsicle smoothie recipe takes the heart of those flavors and gives it a nutritious spin. You'll still taste the tang from the orange, but not as intensely as if you ate the orange on its own. The yogurt and frozen banana mellow the citrus and provides the creaminess that comes with the orange creamsicle territory. It's downright delightful!
How to make an orange creamsicle smoothie
This orange smoothie recipe is super easy to make, just like most smoothies.
- Put the ingredients into your blender.
- Now turn your blender on and blend your smoothie until it's nice and creamy. So simple!
See the recipe card below for the full recipe instructions.
4 ingredients are all you'll need for this orange creamsicle smoothie recipe:
- Large navel orange: there are lots of orange varieties available out there, however, the navel orange is a good size to incorporate a whole one into the recipe, and they're also very juicy.
- Banana: use a whole frozen banana for this smoothie. It doesn't matter if you put it in whole or chopped up.
- Plain yogurt: It's best to use thick, Greek-style yogurt for this smoothie. It will give the best texture. If you have regular plain yogurt in your fridge, that will work too, however, your smoothie will be a little thinner. You can also use vanilla yogurt in a pinch.
- Orange juice: This really boosts the orange flavor, but you can substitute water if you want to cut down on the sugar and sweetness. If you don't have orange juice you can also use some honey or maple syrup.
Variations to try
The orange creamsicle smoothie is incredible on its own. That said, if you want to mix it up a little or have other ingredients you want to include here are some options that will taste great too:
- Fruit: You can add other fruit to this smoothie, like pineapple, lime, grapefruit, or coconut. Citrus or tropical fruits will incorporate nicely into the orange base. If you want to add berries or other fruit, you will start to play with taste and color.
- Veggies: It's hard to incorporate vegetables into this smoothie without altering the color. Just know that if you're going to add spinach or other green vegetables you will no longer have that sunny, bright yellowish-orange smoothie you started with. Green veggies will also give a more earthy taste.
- Milk: You can add milk for an even creamier taste. Dairy milk, coconut milk, or almond milk would be great additions! You can omit the orange juice and sub milk if you want your orange creamsicle smoothie to taste more on the creamsicle side than the orange side.
- Protein: Hemp seeds or your favorite protein powder can be added to this smoothie recipe if you're looking for a protein boost.
- Popsicles: Taking it back to its roots! If you have a popsicle mold at home, you can easily pour the orange creamsicle smoothie into the mold and freeze them. Orange creamsicle popsicles will feel like a real childhood treat!
What type of blender do I need to make this recipe?
We love our Vitamix for making this recipe as the smoothie becomes really frothy and delicious. But you don't need a high-powered blender to make this.
Any good-quality blender, like a Nutribullet, will work well.
And if you love orange drinks as much as we do, check out this Orange Julius!
What type of oranges work best for this recipe?
A navel orange will work best for this recipe. If you don't have a navel orange available, you can use a temple orange or cara cara orange – any orange that's about the size of a baseball will work!
Is it possible to make this recipe dairy-free?
Absolutely! All you need to do to make this dairy-free is swap out the plain greek yogurt for a dairy-free alternative. Coconut or almond yogurt will taste great!
Can I make this smoothie ahead of time?
You can make this smoothie ahead of time. Store in the fridge in a reusable container with a lid so that it keeps well. If the smoothie starts to separate, you can give it a shake or re-blend it before drinking. Consume it within 2 days of making for the best taste.
How do I store the leftovers?
You can use any reusable container or jar with a lid, like a mason jar. You can also pour the smoothie into a popsicle mold and put it in the freezer for a fun alternative!
Popular fruit smoothie recipes
- 1 large navel orange
- 1 large banana (frozen)
- ¼ cup plain yogurt (preferably thick, Greek-style yogurt)
- ¼ cup orange juice (can sub water)
- Place the ingredients into your blender.1 large navel orange, 1 large banana, ¼ cup plain yogurt, ¼ cup orange juice
- Blend on high speed until smooth and frothy.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy right away.
We have thoroughly tested this recipe for accuracy. However, individual results may vary. See our full recipe disclosure here.
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