If you grew up loving Orange Push-Ups, an Orange Julius, or Orange Creamsicles, this Dairy-Free Orange Creamsicle Smoothie recipe is for you!
One of my greatest joys in life is taking a treat that is traditionally unhealthy and turning it into something that is not only nutritious, but also delicious. Is it weird that I get joy from this? Because I totally do.
When I first made this Dairy-Free Orange Creamsicle Smoothie, I couldn’t wait to gulp it down. Instead, my kiddos, Meghan and Luke, hogged the whole thing and I barely got a taste. I couldn’t be upset when I heard them making “Mmmmm!” sounds as they drank. Plus, I knew I had plenty more oranges in the pantry and I’d definitely be making more.
This Dairy-Free Orange Creamsicle Smoothie brings me back to my childhood, when I loved Orange Push Ups. I loved the creamy texture, the sweetness, and and bright orange flavor. This smoothie brings you all of that but in a much healthier way.
I couldn’t decided whether to call this Orange Push Up Smoothie, Orange Julius Smoothie, or Orange Creamsicle Smoothie. It’s reminiscent of each of those treats, but I went with Orange Creamsicle because I liked the way it sounded best. Simple as that. 🙂
I wanted to take the dairy out, but keep the creamy factor. I achieved this with coconut milk. I used lite coconut milk (canned), which keeps it lighter, but there’s still enough fat to keep the creaminess.
You can taste the coconut a bit, so if you aren’t a fan of coconut flavor, I suggest trying cashew milk. While it isn’t as creamy as coconut milk, it will still lend a creamier texture than almond milk.
I actually think the slight coconut flavor works well here and the orange flavor is strong enough that it’s still the star. A touch of vanilla completes the lovely flavor combination.
To sweeten this, I used honey. If you want to make this without any added sweeteners, you can try a banana or a few dates. I didn’t want to use banana because I thought it would overpower the orange flavor too much.
To get a cold, thick smoothie, I froze my orange segments before blending. It worked really well.
The smoothie was even thicker than the pictures show. The photo shoot took about 30 minutes and of course the best shots were from the end when the smoothie was quite melted.
Even the melted Dairy-Free Orange Creamsicle Smoothie tasted incredible, though!
If you try this, I’d love to see! Tag me on Instagram @happyhealthymama and show me what you’re making!
- 3 oranges
- 1 (15 ounce) can lite coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons honey, or to taste
- Peel the oranges, removing as much of the white pith as possible as it can make the smoothie bitter.
- Segment the orange and place the segments on a tray and freeze.
- When the orange segments are frozen, place all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.
- Serve immediately.
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