5-Ingredient Fresh Orange Smoothie (Orange Julius Copycat)

Copycat Orange Julius Recipe -- a quick, easy, and delicious fresh orange smoothie | gimmesomeoven.com

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.


My original Orange Julius photo, back in 2010.

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5-Ingredient Fresh Orange Smoothie (Orange Julius Copycat)

A healthy orange smoothie made with FRESH oranges, and your choice of milk and sweetener. Enjoy this fresh orange smoothie ("Orange Julius") recipe today!


  • 4 fresh oranges, peeled
  • 2 cups ice
  • 1/3 cup milk (I used almond milk, but any kind will work)
  • 1-2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


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

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

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.  :)Copycat Orange Julius Recipe -- a quick, easy, and delicious fresh orange smoothie | gimmesomeoven.com

Leave a Comment:


  1. Dorothy — January 2, 2014 @ 4:51 pm (#)

    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!

  2. Daminica — January 5, 2014 @ 11:45 am (#)

    How many calories does this snoothie have.

  3. Marissa — January 5, 2014 @ 12:35 pm (#)

    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!

  4. Algeria — January 6, 2014 @ 5:12 am (#)

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

  5. Amanda Tompkinson — January 25, 2014 @ 2:28 pm (#)

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

  6. Donna — January 26, 2014 @ 5:05 pm (#)

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

  7. Jackie — February 9, 2014 @ 4:27 pm (#)

    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!

  8. Sakura — April 2, 2014 @ 1:53 pm (#)

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

  9. Scrappy Geek — April 7, 2014 @ 8:53 am (#)

    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 :)

  10. Trinity — April 16, 2014 @ 5:12 pm (#)

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

  11. Sam Getz — April 17, 2014 @ 10:40 am (#)

    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

  12. mel — April 27, 2014 @ 8:24 am (#)

    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

  13. Amy — April 30, 2014 @ 4:11 pm (#)

    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.

  14. Go J — May 31, 2014 @ 11:42 am (#)

    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! :)

  15. Myke — June 10, 2014 @ 8:20 pm (#)

    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.


  16. Lynda — June 28, 2014 @ 7:31 pm (#)

    Could I use Greek yogurt instead of milk

    • Ali — July 18, 2014 @ 3:17 pm (#)

      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.).

    • Heather — July 22, 2014 @ 11:17 pm (#)

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

  17. Ella — July 11, 2014 @ 8:42 pm (#)

    The best orange smoothie recipe ever!

  18. Esther — July 26, 2014 @ 3:22 am (#)

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

  19. Jasmine — August 4, 2014 @ 12:46 pm (#)

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


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