5-Ingredient Fresh Orange Smoothie (Orange Julius Copycat)

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

‘Tis the season for all things Vitamin C, eh?

Actually, this may be totally weird to point out, but I have to say that there’s a little phenomenon that exists in our culture that always makes me smile.  I’m guessing you may have noticed it before.  The It’s-Going-Around Phenomenon.

It can happen at end of December, the beginning of March, or smack dab in the middle of July.  It can happen just about anywhere in the world.  It’s what happens when you can’t stifle a cough, or have to blow your nose, or anytime you reference your child/friend/spouse/parent/cousin’s-boyfriend’s-mechanic’s-dentist.  Anytime there’s a mention of someone being sick, the person near you quickly chimes in that — you guessed it — “Oh, I’ve heard that there’s something going around!”

Granted, that’s probably also true every day of the year.  But it’s one of those nice mini traditions in our culture that I kind of love.  Because no one ever wants to think that they’re the only one having to carry around 100 kleenex, or gulp down another spoonful of Nyquil.  Nope, misery and colds love company.  And they also need lots and lots of Vitamin C.

Which is where this random story is heading.  If you happen to be someone who caught “that bug that’s going around” right now, or even if you’re trying to stave off said bug, well I have the perfect smoothie for you.  And, it just so happens to be a healthy one that tastes just like the famous “orange julius” you used to get at the mall.  As I would have said back in my high school Orange Julius days — score!

My original Orange Julius photo, back in 2010.

Yes, for anyone who has been following this blog forever and ever, this is actually a really old recipe from the good ol’ days of 2010 that I decided to re-photograph and re-share with you since it was collecting dust back in the archives.  Which worked out for me, because in the weeks leading up to my Mexico vacation (where I’m currently basking in the sunshine), I was bound and determined to do everything possible not to get sick.

So, in comes this smoothie to the rescue.

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

This fresh orange smoothie has become a sort of winter tradition for me these past few years.  I try and make it a point to always have fresh oranges in the house during cold and flu season, and one of the easiest ways to use them is with in this smoothie.

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

It is the epitome of “quick and easy” to make, with just 5 simple ingredients.  And the claim to fame which makes it taste just like the Orange Julius we all used to love is that tiny ingredient right there in the center: vanilla.

It’s the key ingredient that kicks this smoothie up a mega notch.  And when paired with the milk (I use almond milk), a bit of honey (if needed to sweeten), and tons of fresh oranges (I’d say this one’s what they call “heavy pulp”), this smoothie tastes like an absolute treat.

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

To make it, simply toss everything in a blender…Orange Julius 7

…and, well, blend it.  ;)

No fancy instructions for this one.

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

Then pop in a straw (I’m obsessed with these metal straws from West Elm lately), and down all of that delicious Vitamin C.   Hopefully it will make you feel better, and keep you feeling better, and — at minimum — make your day taste all the better soon.  :)

Take care!

Fresh Orange Smoothie (“Orange Julius”)

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 (your preference - regular, soy, coconut, etc.)
  • 1-2 tablespoons honey (or agave or your desired sweetener), if needed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, store-bought or homemade


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

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  1. Sarah T — January 8, 2015 @ 3:41 pm (#)

    I made this the other night because I’ve been battling a cold for 2 weeks and thought some serious vitamin C was in order. I halved the recipe b/c I needed a smaller serving – and it was awesome!! Tasted great and honestly, the next day I woke up feeling a little better. Coincidence? I think not! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Susan — January 10, 2015 @ 11:54 am (#)

    Made this today, with a couple of modifications:  added some protein powder and also some orange zest to make sure the orange flavor came through (had a problem with the orange flavor disappearing in another smoothie).  It came out absolutely wonderful.  The flavor definitely takes me back to my childhood.  I’ll be making this often now.  Thanks for a great recipe.

  3. Hannah — March 7, 2015 @ 2:34 am (#)


  4. Tricia Walker — March 18, 2015 @ 11:12 am (#)

    Have you tried this using a normal blender? Would it still work?  (Most of us don’t have a $400 blender, but that’s cool you do! :) )

    • Ali — March 18th, 2015 @ 1:15 pm

      Hey Tricia! Yep, this one should totally work in all kinds of blenders. Enjoy!

  5. Amy Zell — March 19, 2015 @ 1:30 pm (#)

    I just made this and i already want more! it was so delicious, i could eat this like a dessert.  I have an el cheapo blender and it worked just fine:)  Thank you for this recipe!  

  6. Alex Heffernan — March 22, 2015 @ 2:49 pm (#)

    I put in golden syrup it’s really nice aswell

  7. sk — April 12, 2015 @ 7:45 am (#)

    It took me 30mins since the ice simply refused to break down. I would suggest replacing a cup of the ice with cold water/milk or omitting it all together and replacing it with 1C water + 1C milk.

    It needed more milk-i ended up doubling it but you could easily put 1C milk without it being too milky/liquid-y.

    If you put 1C milk for 2 oranges, it is really creamy like a milkshake. You can refrigerate it if it isn’t cold 

    Also, it easily serves 4 , so if you’re making it just for yourself you might want to halve it.

  8. Aimee — April 22, 2015 @ 10:25 pm (#)

    I just finished making this for me and my family and it’s super delicious! thanks for sharing this recipe :)

    • Ali — May 1st, 2015 @ 12:58 pm

      Thanks Aimee, I’m glad it was a hit with your family!

  9. AmyinLivoniaNY — May 6, 2015 @ 12:50 pm (#)

    This flavor was good, but I couldnt get past all the Orange pieces when sipping! I guess I should have assumed there would be pulp. I will do again but use frozen, pulp free oj. I used 1 Tblsp powdered sugar and half and half. 

  10. Lizzie — May 7, 2015 @ 10:50 am (#)

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SOOOOOOOO GOOD!!!!!

    • Ali — May 7th, 2015 @ 11:32 am

      Thank you Lizzie! So happy you love it!

  11. Hannah — May 30, 2015 @ 5:47 am (#)

    I may or may not have woken up my neighbours at 11pm with my orange smoothie cravings……….

    • Ali — June 1st, 2015 @ 9:58 am

      Haha! Hope you love it, Hannah!

  12. Tram Anh — June 17, 2015 @ 8:18 pm (#)

    Fantastic blog you have here. You’ll discover me looking at your stuff often. Saved! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 17th, 2015 @ 11:51 pm

      Thank you, Tram, we’re so happy to hear that!

  13. Rose — June 19, 2015 @ 9:36 pm (#)

    I only n this receipt to make one cup a day to drink with my breakfast not 4 cups can I save the left overs if so how long are they good for?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — June 28th, 2015 @ 9:24 pm

      We’d just suggest cutting the recipe in half. : )

  14. Erin D — August 21, 2015 @ 2:58 pm (#)

    Try this strawberry banana smoothie:
    10-13 cubes of ice
    1 cup fresh cut strawberries
    1 cup 2% milk
    3/4 cup vanilla yogurt
    2 tablespoons sugar (add more or less to taste)
    2 teaspoons vanilla (add more or less to taste)
    Half or whole banana
    *put ice in blender first and crush, add other ingredients but banana and blend 15-30 seconds, at end add banana. Enjoy! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 24th, 2015 @ 12:46 pm

      We think that sounds pretty yummy Erin, thanks for sharing!

  15. Jennifer — November 6, 2015 @ 5:25 am (#)

    Lovely ! I love it. Hope my kids will too. Or if they don’t yet, they will ! Sure to be on the breakfast menu from now on. That vanilla essence gives it something really delicious. Thank you

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 6th, 2015 @ 10:19 am

      We’re so glad to hear that Jennifer, thanks for sharing with us! :D

  16. Paula Weidner — November 17, 2015 @ 2:52 pm (#)

    Thank you for this recipe. It’s lovely. I think I might try freezing it for summer popsicles.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 17th, 2015 @ 3:01 pm

      You’re very welcome Paul, we hope you enjoy!

  17. AMANDA — December 4, 2015 @ 12:39 pm (#)

    I just got my Vitamix yesterday, and I had this recipe bookmarked prior to receiving it because I really wanted to make an at home Orange Julius…

    I made this with a giant orange and a half, 1/3 a cup of vanilla almond milk, vanilla and 2 spoons of sugar

    I froze the oranges last night so I wouldnt have to use ice

    This was DELISH!  thank you for such a great recipe!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 4th, 2015 @ 12:43 pm

      Yay, do you totally love it?! We’re obsessed. :) And we’re so glad you enjoyed the smoothie!

  18. sharon — December 24, 2015 @ 7:56 am (#)

    How many servings does this make? I saw from one comment it makes 4, but wanted to double check. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 28th, 2015 @ 3:18 pm

      Hi Sharon! This recipe will make about 4-5 cups, so depending on how thirsty you are and how big your glass is, it could be a few servings. We hope you enjoy!

  19. Jbozo — January 13, 2016 @ 9:43 pm (#)

    I’ve never had an orange Julius but made this with clementines, zest, cashew milk, ice, vanilla, and agave…good stuff…

  20. Kristen — January 23, 2016 @ 4:09 pm (#)

    Just made this with some oranges from our tree and it is wonderful. Easy to make and taste like sunshine.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 24th, 2016 @ 10:11 am

      Kristen, we’re envious of your orange tree, that’s so awesome! We’re glad to hear you enjoyed the smoothie! :)

  21. stacy — February 3, 2016 @ 2:20 pm (#)

    mm mmm  mmmm!!  it seriously tastes like the real thing – and i have much less guilt drinking it!   i even accidentally put too much vanilla but i wouldn’t change a thing! i may get brain freeze from drinking it so fast

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 3rd, 2016 @ 3:04 pm

      Thanks Stacy! We’re so glad you enjoyed it! :D

  22. Alexandra — February 10, 2016 @ 10:57 pm (#)

    What if you do not have almond milk can u just use regular milk?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 11th, 2016 @ 8:53 am

      Yes, you sure can! We hope you enjoy! :)

  23. Molly Nelson — February 10, 2016 @ 10:59 pm (#)

    Can you just use regular milk instead of almond milk??

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 11th, 2016 @ 8:53 am

      Yes, totally! We hope you enjoy! :)

  24. Melinda — March 15, 2016 @ 8:39 pm (#)

    I made this and used frozen strawberries instead of ice. It is so good! Thanks for the recipe

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 16th, 2016 @ 11:06 am

      We’re glad you enjoyed it Melinda! :)

  25. Julie — April 3, 2016 @ 8:48 pm (#)

    Hi!   My hubby and I had an Orange Julius craving tonight.   I researched recipes but they all required a trip to the grocery store.   Thankfully I found your healthy recipe which required ingredients that I already had on hand.  I threw them into my new nutribullet and had a perfect orange Julius replica—right down to the froth!   Thanks for the wonderful recipe! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 4th, 2016 @ 2:31 pm

      We’re so glad to hear that Julie! Thanks for giving it a try — we’re happy you both enjoyed it! :)

  26. Mamoona — April 5, 2016 @ 1:25 pm (#)

    Awesome recipe! Will definitely try this one.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 5th, 2016 @ 2:26 pm

      Thanks, we hope you enjoy it! :)

  27. Jeff — April 13, 2016 @ 8:47 pm (#)

    Ninja professional blender , about 120 bucks . It has blades going over half way up the blender. Very good at making smoothies. 

  28. Tanya Sirrine — May 20, 2016 @ 8:44 am (#)

    I have made this two mornings in a row and its Absolutely Amazing!!!  Oh and my kiddos love it too 😉 I haven’t been to an Orange Julius since my high school days….love that I can make my own now…thank you for bringing this back from the archives!!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 20th, 2016 @ 12:44 pm

      Thanks for sharing Tayna — we’re so glad you and your kiddos enjoy it! :)

  29. B — July 11, 2016 @ 10:42 am (#)

    Add a few scoops of vanilla ice cream to this and it tastes just like a dreamsicle!! Great recipe!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 11th, 2016 @ 12:55 pm

      We like the way you think, B! :)

  30. LL — August 23, 2016 @ 12:40 pm (#)

    Not sure how everyone loved this….The flavor was there, yeah, but the chewiness of the smoothie from the pulpy oranges….yuck. I wonder if the freezing of the peeled oranges is necessary to not have that happen..

  31. Evie Birch — September 10, 2016 @ 8:16 am (#)

    Yummy! This fresh orange moothie looks is really awesome! I think it is very effective for Weight Loss Challenge! thanks for share…

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 10th, 2016 @ 2:34 pm

      Thanks, Evie — we hope you enjoy it! :)

  32. Marie — January 23, 2017 @ 11:58 pm (#)

    Amazing! This tasted just like I remember from my childhood. Made half the recipe because I feel a cold coming on and need the Vitamin C boost, and I just added a tablespoon or so of chia seeds for good measure. Thanks for sharing! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 24th, 2017 @ 10:26 am

      We’re so happy you enjoyed it, Marie!

  33. Chelsea Stamm — February 19, 2017 @ 3:10 pm (#)

    I added a little bit of ginger to mine so that it wouldn’t taste so sweet and also added more milk, orange zest and vanilla protein powder.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 20th, 2017 @ 11:53 am

      Awesome, we think that’s a great idea! :)


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