Orange Julius

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A copycat orange julius made in the blender using orange concentrate, milk, vanilla extract, and a little bit of sugar!

We love this orange julius for a fun treat! When in the mood for a healthier smoothie, we whip up an acai bowl, this blueberry smoothie, or this strawberry banana smoothie.

Image of a couple cups of ready to drink orange Julius with fresh oranges in the picture

I don’t know how exactly it started, but growing up, our Christmas morning tradition always began with homemade cinnamon rolls and an Orange Julius.

We never really had Julius’s outside of Christmas (I’m not sure why as it seems more of a summer treat anyways), but it simply wasn’t Christmas morning without it! 

Process shot of everything being added to the blender

While stores charge a good amount of money for an Orange Julius, they couldn’t be easier to make in the comfort of your own home. Plus a lot more economical!

How to make an Orange Julius

  • Combine ingredients: add your orange juice concentrate, whole milk, water, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and ice cubes.
  • Blend: to get the perfect consistency you want to blend your Julius until the ice is all combined and there is a frothy consistency. Chunks of ice make this smoothie much less enjoyable!
  • Serve: immediately after blending, pour this Julius into glasses and enjoy! It’s sure to be a hit! 🙂

Image of the blended orange Julius still in the blender

A Julius drink has a thin, more icy, and frothy consistency than a smoothie. A smoothie is typically thicker and has an array of fruits and/or veggies in it.  You’ll find smoothie recipes are generally quite a bit healthier than this recipe.

Which brings us to a commonly asked question about this drink:

Image of the ready to drink orange Julius with a straw in it and oranges cut out around it

More citrus treats:

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Orange Julius

5 from 9 votes
A copycat Orange Julius made in the blender using orange concentrate, milk, vanilla extract, and a little bit of sugar!
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Orange Julius

5 from 9 votes
A copycat Orange Julius made in the blender using orange concentrate, milk, vanilla extract, and a little bit of sugar!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword orange julius
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 -4 servings
Calories 92kcal
Author Chelsea, my mom's recipe!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 of 1 full (12 ounce container) orange juice from concentrate, not thawed
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (increase/reduce to personal preference)
  • 1 cup ice cubes

Instructions

  • Combine everything in a blender and blend until completely smooth and no ice chunks remain.
  • Pour into glasses and enjoy immediately.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 92kcal

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28 Comments

  1. Ohhhhh heck yes. Smoothies just got a little facelift, didn’t they?! Love these Chelsea! Creamsicle isn’t just a flavor party. It’s a flavor rave… not that I’ve ever experienced a rave, but I’m guessing they are pretty intense. hahahahah

  2. What a groovy smoothie, Chelsea! I know I did a creamsicle-esque smoothie in the winter when I needed a high dose of vitamin c (colds, man, they are the worst) but I love how you “skinny-ified yours and how creamy it looks! 😀 YUM!

  3. 5 stars
    I had this in the morning for breakfast today. WOW. Love it so much!!! Have yet to try a recipe from this site that hasn’t worked out (and I’ve tried tons, lol!)

    1. You are SO sweet to leave such a nice comment!! I am so glad to hear you’ve tried other recipes and enjoyed them. Thanks so much Julia!! 🙂

  4. Hi! I’m not, nor ever have been a fan of creamy orange, but it does sound good. What I really wanted to say, and you don’t have to post this, is I love the napkin, towel or whatever the blue & green fabric is! It would make a beautiful scarf! So what is it and were did you find it?!

    1. Hi Patty! I just added the nutrition facts to this under the recipe. Hope this helps! Thanks so much! 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    I love this! I reduced the milk and put a little whipping cream on it was like whip cream on the top!

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