Fresh Orange Smoothie (“Orange Julius”)

May 4, 2010 by Ali

I can’t believe I haven’t posted on this yet! I literally make this drink all the time.

Allow me to introduce you to MY version of the famous “orange julius”. But rather than being made with canned concentrate, and a few other questionable ingredients, this orange smoothie is made with fabulously fresh ingredients that you can feel good about enjoying. And all you literally do is drop everything in a blender, and push the button. Oh-so-easy!

I should point out that this one is more of a “method” than a precise “recipe”. I generally just toss in a little of this and that, but here are some yummy proportions to get you started. Feel free to sub in your favorite kind of milk, and (optional) honey, agave, or other sweetener that you like.


Fresh Orange Smoothie (“Orange Julius”)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 4-5 cups


  • 4 fresh oranges, peeled
  • 2 cups ice
  • 1/3 cup milk (your preference - regular, soy, coconut, etc.)
  • 2 Tbsp. honey (or agave nectar, or sugar) - optional
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • zest of 1 orange


Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth. Add more ice if you would like.

Ali’s Tip:

My favorite trick with this is to pop the peeled oranges in the freezer for 30 minutes prior to making these. So that they’re not thoroughly frozen, but definitely chilled and beginning to freeze. Then you can use slightly less ice. :)

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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85 thoughts on “Fresh Orange Smoothie (“Orange Julius”)

  1. Brilliant recipe works great for the family especially for the kids (found a way to stop them from saying ‘Mum im so hot).

    - Jasmine

  2. I halved this recipient but added too much orange zest!! Tried it again and delishous

    - Esther

  3. The best orange smoothie recipe ever!

    - Ella

  4. Could I use Greek yogurt instead of milk

    - Lynda

    • I added Greek yoghurt to mine with a bit of water and ice along with the other ingredients and it turned out really good.

      - Heather

    • Greek yogurt is quite a bit thicker, so you may need to thin the smoothie a bit with some extra liquid (orange juice, water, etc.).

      - Ali

  5. I wasn’t sure what to do with two semi frozen oranges so I decided to search for a fresh orange smoothie recipe and there you are! I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk and it was delicious. The last time I had an Orange Julius was over 40 years ago in New York City. It bought back good memories. Thanks for sharing.


    - Myke

  6. This was amazing. I great breakfast for when I’m on the go! Just peel the oranges at night. I also suggest maybe adding yogurt! :)

    - Go J

  7. Thanks so much for posting this! I’m home sick and feeling like garbage and I knew I should eat an orange but I really don’t like eating them. So I made this and it’s such a delicious cold sweet treat, exactly what I needed. I dropped a strawberry in it because I had one and it gave it a little extra something :) Not too chunky for me, I pulsed it a while to see if I could avoid it based on the other comments and it turned out pulpy but not chewy. So good. Used my little hamilton beach single serve smoothie maker.

    - Amy

  8. 1. why would you peel the oranges like that???
    2. this was delicious. thanks
    p.s. i put in like a few drops of vanilla and i could taste it through the whole thing. a teaspoon might be too much for others

    - mel

  9. I was wondering, can you make this with orange juice rather that fresh oranges? Not to be a total cheapskate but I just ran out of oranges

    - Sam Getz

  10. I really want to try this but what are the ingredients for 1 serving, like in a magic bullet? Thanks..

    - Trinity

  11. This is great. I’ve been looking for the Orange Julius secret (lol). And I have all the ingredients to make this today! Woohoo! Thank you :)

    - Scrappy Geek

  12. This is so yummy! I’m glad I discovered this! I used agave nectar instead of honey. Mmmm.

    - Sakura

  13. I’ve been making these with blood oranges and coconut milk since Farm Fresh To You shared the recipe on Facebook and my family is addicted to them. My husband used to have Orange Julius all the time as a kid and he says the ones I’ve made taste just the same. Thanks for sharing!

    - Jackie

  14. I’m addicted to these! So good with coconut milk. I don’t even bother with the zest.

    - Donna

  15. Just made this & absolutely love it! I’m becoming a jucing addict! Thanks so much ^_^ Currently enjoying it

    - Amanda Tompkinson

  16. Yummy!!! I put 2 big oranges,1 tbsp of vanilla and 1 cup of milk. It came out perfect!

    - Algeria

  17. Oh my gosh this is so yummy. I have been looking for one using all oranges and this one is perfect. Even though in Wisconsin right now it is -23 without the windchill this is awesome!

    - Marissa

  18. How many calories does this snoothie have.

    - Daminica

  19. this smoothie is amazing! I’ve never tried an orange smoothie but I was sick and decided to try it. It was amazed. thanks for sharing this recipe I cant wait to tell all my friends!

    - Dorothy

  20. I love this smoothie. Better than anything you could buy. i used honey and milk. Wonderful..

    - Vivian

  21. I wasn’t able to make it smooth. No matter how hard I blended, it stayed with big blobs of orange pulp and got really bubbly. And I think it was too much vanilla in the recipe, because you can sort of taste the vanilla and it doesn’t taste very good.

    - Bernadette

  22. Maybe I ‘zested’ too deeply through the top layer of the orange but it added a strong aftertaste and bitterness I didn’t care for. Tried without the zest and it was perfect – almost like the store kind! Will definitely make again:)

    - Margaret Lin

  23. I tried this recipe and my children just love it. We will be making this orange smoothie again! It is also a money saver, I did not have to buy anything!

    - Amy

  24. I make this drink almost every day.. :) Best Orange Julius ever!

    - Celine

  25. What do you mean by “zest of 1 orange?

    - Helen

    • The zest of one orange would be the outer layer of the skin of one orange. You remove the zest by rubbing the orange with a grater or zesting tool. Those little orange shavings that come off give your smoothies and desserts, etc. the sharp orangey flavor most of us love.

      - AidaLott

  26. Was good..I only used two oranges/w coconut milk and 2 pkg of splenda as the sweeter..These were the only changes I made..I agree it is a bit chunky.Next time I will use less sugar orange juice maybe..

    - Athena Braun

  27. Im makeing this recipe at my grandmas, but she only has a single serve blender. How can i make this recipe for one serving.

    - Victoria

  28. Can’t wait to try this! How many servings does the recipe make?

    - Liezl

  29. Was in a smoothie mood last night, had some oranges on hand and gave this recipe a try. It was absolutely delicious and very easy! Would definitely use this again! Thanks!

    - Ashley

  30. I am so happy to find this recipe. Years ago we had an orange julius in a mall that has been closed for years. Have some oranges that need to be used and this will be mine and my husband’s treat tonight! Thanks (-:

    - Janet Taylor

  31. In place of vanilla, almond essence is a fresh tasty alternative.

    - Craig Downey

  32. can i do this with two oranges

    - meagan

  33. My son and I made this drink yesterday! The orange drink was tasty!!

    - Rebecca

  34. Omh my stars this little drink was so yummy! My girlies and me gave it whirl and it was fabulous!!
    It was just FABOO-FABOO! ;)

    - Shanaynay

  35. This is great :-)try replacing the milk with Vanilla ice cream what a great drink :-) unbelieveable. Got a new kitchen top Ninja <mixer it woriks great on all smoothies WOW WE WOW happy trails

    - James VanNest Sr

  36. SO good! (I just made it) The only thing I would change is that I think I’ll put in a little less vanilla next time.

    - Jalynn

  37. Is the orange zest nessascary? Srry i cant spell. Im in a rush and not sure if it would make a difference

    - Nic M

    • I was looking for a smoothie to make with fresh oranges. This recipe is really chunky and the zest is just too much. I will try this again without any zest at all

      - RAP

  38. I tried this and it was fantastic! thanks

    - Joyce

  39. I just made this but used frozen strawberries instead of ice. It’s amazing!!

    - Abbey

  40. I usually have a mixed berry smoothie for breakfast, but I have been wanting to give an orange smoothie a try since I love oranges. I am planning on giving this a smoothie a try tomorrow morning for breakfast. Thanks for sharing.

    - Artessia

  41. YUM, thanks for sharing!!!! I made mine with vanilla yogurt instead of milk and vanilla and it turned out great!!

    - Laura H

  42. Just tried it, it tastes amazing!
    I think I’m going to try it with orange juice instead, it’s a bit chunky for my taste

    - Nick

  43. I’ve made this twice over the past two days and have been pretty impressed (especially since I used partially frozen milk for it tonight.) My only complaint is that, both times, they have been overly “chewy”. While I am a fan of orange juice “with pulp”, this has been a bit too much for me and has made the smoothies kind of bitter. So, next time, I will remove the insides from each orange section and add these to the smoothie, instead of whole peeled orange sections.

    - ransomedbyfire

  44. what about the seeds? do you take them out of the oranges , or leave them in? and when do you take them out before freezing or after?

    - brad

  45. My kids love smoothies but I only had oranges left. Tried this recipe and was AMAZED!!!! It’s sooo easy and YUMMY, We will be making this quite often, thank you.

    - Toshia

  46. this was super yummy thank you. we bought 25lbs of navel oranges from out local little stand and i did not know what to do with all these oranges and this will be great. i am going to peel a whole bunch of them and freeze them and make these for me and the kids!

    - Katie

  47. this drink turned out really well!!! i was looking to make something with oranges and this turned up….i tried it and man -it was delicious. I was so eager to make it that i totally forgot that my oranges had some seeds. BUT! It was sooo delicious, i really didn’t care!!! Thanks for the recipe!

    - Daniel

  48. This looks so refreshing! I love natural beverages, this one looks amazing.

    - Judy@Savoring Today

  49. I just wanted to let you know that I made this and it was fabulous!! And it did remind me of an Orange Julius! :) I also used your recipe to make a cool blue grape smoothie. Instead of using oranges, I just used 2 cups of black grapes. It was awesome! :) Thanks so much again for sharing such a great recipe! :)

    - sheila @ Elements

  50. I always wondered how an orange Julius was made! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe! I’ll probably make this after we get back from the pool later! :)

    - sheila @ Elements

  51. I just made this and it is just as good if not better than the real thing. Instead of using milk though, I used yogurt and it was outstanding.

    - Peg

  52. SOOOO GOOD!!!!

    - Cyii

  53. ALI!! You NAILED the taste of the Orange Julius!!! It’s so incredibly delicious.

    - Meaga

  54. Wow, just what I’ve been looking for! I have a bag of oranges just begging to be used!! Cool tip about the peeled oranges too! Thanks so much for posting this!!

    - P.I. Barrington

  55. I made this today with my cousin (: It turned out amazing! We added some vanilla ice cream and it was the perfect touch! Thanks for sharing this recipe, much love!

    - Andrea

  56. i am about to make this for lunch. so excited! it looks great!

    - yes!

  57. That looks nice and cook and refreshing and good!

    - Kevin (Closet Cooking)

  58. Great drink, interesting blog!
    Thank you!

    - A-Man

  59. Thank you so much for sharing. I just made this for breakfast. AWESOME.

    - Pamela

  60. Yum! I always freeze cut up strawberries before making smoothies. they last long and can be used as ice fruits, lol! I can’t waitto get some oranges from the farmer’s market and make this :)

    - tina

  61. sounds really, REALLY good about right now.

    - katie o.

  62. Oh yum… I would love one of these right now! The weather has been hot here, and I”m baking cookies, which isn’t helping the temperature in my kitchen!

    - Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction

  63. This looks so refreshing!


    - Baking is my Zen

  64. freezing oranges = less idea! Thanks

    - Swee San

  65. Oh. my. goodness!! This drink looks perfect. I’m bookmarking this recipe. Thanks for sharing this great recipe and tantalizing photo!

    - Memoria

  66. Soy milk is the way to go on all smoothie recipes.

    I’ve been making my own smoothies for breakfast every morning for the past few months. No sugar, keep them purple, that’s the general rule.

    Grape juice (or açaí), soy milk, frozen blueberries, frozen blackberries, and frozen strawberries.

    Awesome stuff.

    (Get a hand blender and knock this down to a 3 minute make, with very little clean up.)

    Between that, smart eating, and regular exercise I’ve lost 35 lbs.


    All of that aside, every once in a while I’ll grab a couple oranges and throw together something very similar to your recipe. I’ve added the vanilla extract but never the honey – seems a smart way to go for a dessert-fix. I definitely vouch for this though.

    As a side-note, it’s been rather warm here… I think tomorrow afternoon I’ll play with a frozen lemon concoction. Pretty much this recipe of yours (sans vanilla) and maybe a touch more honey. I’d think it would work quite nice.

    - trench

  67. i love orange julius!!! YUMMY!!! brings back high school memories of walking through the mall eating original pizza slice and drinking an orange julius!!!

    I just posted my mandarin orange muffin recipe that is super yummy you might like:

    - welcome to our wonderland

  68. My heart jumped for joy at seeing this recipe. I LOVE orange julius drinks and they are nowhere to be found anymore. Can’t wait to give this a whirl! Thanks!

    - Karen G

  69. YUM! I just made this with grapefruit! I added a packet of sweetener (oh my sweet tooth!). SO SO SO delish!

    - katie