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Orange Julius Smoothies

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Orange Julius Smoothies are refreshing and full of vitamins, with no added sugar. Simple to make and a perfect breakfast on-the-go or post work-out snack!

Overhead shot of a hand holding a glass of Orange Julius Smoothie, with a white plate underneath.

For the last couple of years, we’ve made smoothies almost EVERY SINGLE DAY. My hubby is a runner, and after his morning workout, I usually whip up a smoothie for him after he eats his Steel Cut Oats. Oranges, bananas, frozen fruit, yogurt, and milk are constantly being re-stocked in my kitchen. Because if I run out, the day just won’t be complete. In fact, someone might even cry. 😀

Why make your own smoothies at home?

  • You control what’s in your smoothies.
  • You can save a ton of money by making your own.
  • Anyone in the family can be taught to make smoothies.
  • There are endless combinations of ingredients and options, so you’ll never get bored.

For those of you who have (or haven’t!) had an Orange Julius, you will be pleased. This smoothie has zero added sugar, unlike the original Orange Julius. But trust me. You do NOT need any additional sugar. It’s naturally sweetened, and tastes great.

Side shot of two glasses of Orange Julius Smoothie, with orange slices, on small white plates.

Ingredients needed for Orange Julius Smoothies:

We’ve got a short list of ingredients here, and ones that you can keep stocked in your kitchen at all times.

  • Oranges – You’ll need two medium oranges or one large one.
  • Banana – You can freeze the banana or not.
  • Greek yogurt – I like to use the vanilla flavor, but plain works great too.
  • Vanilla – We buy THIS brand on the regular.
  • Milk – Just a small amount is needed to blend.
  • Ice – You’ll need several cups of ice to get it to a nice consistency.
Overhead shot of a white plate with ingredients: two oranges, one banana, and some vanilla yogurt.

How to make the BEST Orange Julius Smoothies:

  1. Using a large blender, combine the oranges, banana, Greek yogurt, vanilla, and milk. Blend until very well mixed.
  2. Add ice cubes to get to your desired consistency.
  3. Serve with an orange slice and a straw.

My guys surprised me with a Vitamix for Mother’s Day last year, and I’ve been a smoothie queen ever since. We also love drinking our smoothies out of glass straws. These are super fun!

Overhead shot of a blender full of Orange Julius Smoothie.

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Overhead shot of a hand holding a glass of Orange Julius Smoothie, with a white plate underneath and orange wedges.

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xoxo ~Sue

Overhead shot of a hand holding a glass of Orange Julius Smoothie, with a white plate underneath.

Orange Julius Smoothies

These Orange Julius Smoothies are refreshing and full of vitamins. Perfect for a post-workout snack!
4.6 from 5 votes
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: frozen drink, orange julius, orange smoothies, summertime drink, work-out snack
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 143kcal
Author: Sue Ringsdorf


  • 2 medium oranges – peeled
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 5.3 ounce vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 3-4 cups ice – or enough for desired consistency


  • In a large blender, combine oranges, banana, yogurt, vanilla, and milk. Blend until very well combined.
  • Add ice until you reach your desired consistency.
  • Serve with an orange slice and a straw.


Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 507mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 410IU | Vitamin C: 75mg | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. I replaced the milk with orange juice and it still turned out great

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Hi Donette! So happy you enjoyed the smoothies! 🙂

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      You’re very welcome!

  2. Can you omit milk or replace it with water?

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I don’t recommend it. You would lose the creamy texture and taste.

  3. Do you put whole orange in blender? Or peel first? Sounds yummy!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Yes, peel the orange first! Enjoy, Amy! 🙂

  4. I’m not a fan of Greek yogurt….will regular vanilla yogurt work the same?

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Hi Jen! Yes, you can substitute vanilla yogurt for Greek yogurt! Enjoy. 🙂

  5. My husband would love these (and I would, too!) – definitely will be giving them a try! I love that there’s no added sugar. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Thanks Lauren! I hope you enjoy them as much as we do! 🙂

  6. 6 ingredients and that includes the ice. These are awesome and healthy. Great for breakfast or after a workout!

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