5-Ingredient Fresh Orange Smoothie (Orange Julius Copycat)

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‘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.

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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.

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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.

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

…and, well, blend it.  ;)

No fancy instructions for this one.

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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”)

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 -5 cups 1x


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.)
  • 12 tablespoons honey (or agave or your desired sweetener), if needed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, store-bought or homemade


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


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.  :)

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196 comments on “5-Ingredient Fresh Orange Smoothie (Orange Julius Copycat)”

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

  2. 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!

  3. 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:)

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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!

  7. How many calories does this snoothie have.

  8. 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!

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

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

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

  12. 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!

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

  15. 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 :)

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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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! :)

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  22. 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.


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  24. Could I use Greek yogurt instead of milk

    • 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.).

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

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  27. The best orange smoothie recipe ever!

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

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  30. 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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  34. Yum!  I love orange julius’s but haven’t had one in years!  This looks like such a refreshing smoothie that I really want to run out and get some oranges just so I can make it!  Definitely trying this one soon.  Pinned!

  35. I just wanted to say how much I appreciate that your beautiful photo is included in the print page of the recipe. I print out a lot of recipes to save when I need inspiration and many times, I’m just “eh” about something that looked so good on a blog because there’s no picture on the printed page. Thanks for making this look irresistible – I’m off to make one right now.  And Happy New Year!  :)

  36. I would love to try this with some non dairy milk!

  37. I love orange julius. I switch it up a bit adding a banana or strawberries sometimes too. 

  38. This takes me back to my childhood.  I remember that my mother never wanted to pay extra to have the egg put in.  I’m definitely planning to make this because I’ve always loved Orange Julius.  However, I would add vanilla protein powder to bring the protein levels up to make a great breakfast.  Thank you for posting this.  Hope your time in Mexico is wonderful, and Happy New Year!

  39. This looks great!  I love the glass as well.
    I always feel large amounts of fear and doom when l hear the “going around” phrase. Sickness suddenly feels imminent. Thanks for sharing. 

  40. Ahhh Yummy!!!


  41. Well luckily I haven’t got the ‘going around’. But family members have. Sigh. BUT if this tastes anything like an Orange Jullius, I am sunk. I love those. I have one about once a year, because I live 1.5 hrs away from the nearest one. Plus it’s located in a mall. I am not much of a mall rat. So wow to make it at home—-most excellent.

  42. YUM! I saw these and went to make them all in the same minute. May I say, these are SUPER tasty, and even more “orange-y” and better tasting than Orange Julius’ in my opinion. Thanks for the healthy and easy recipe!

  43. Kick off your new year with this healhy beauty! Ok…maybe kick off is too much…start is gently! ;)

  44. This sounds absolutely delicious, I’ll make it for breakfast tomorrow.

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  47. What! It’s unreasonable how excited I am for this recipe. I have a whole pile of clementines that I’m worried will go bad if I don’t use them up soon, and this… this is their destiny! 

  48. I used blood oranges and it came out great. A nice bright pink color, more citrusy with a hint of cream flavor (I used regular milk). I found that the honey didn’t blend well (it sort of clumped in the cold) but agave worked fine. 

  49. Delicious, of course!!!! Great use of the oranges on sale this past week at Price Chopper!!

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