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Healthy Orange Julius (Dairy Free and Naturally Sweetened)

Dairy free naturally sweetened orange julius

This Orange Julius recipe is a healthier version of an old classic. I remember as a kid making smoothies with my cousins. We always used the flavor packets full of sugar and filler ingredients, with no actual fruit...not so healthy. This Orange Julius is made with fresh and frozen fruit, and you can even add a veggie for even more vitamins and minerals. It also can be made dairy free.

What you will need:

  • Frozen bananas

  • Frozen mango or papaya

  • 1/2 an orange

  • Orange juice

  • Milk of your choice

  • Vanilla extract

  • Ice

  • Optional: fresh or frozen carrots

For this recipe you will mostly need frozen ingredients, but the orange and carrot (if you are adding it) can be fresh. Be sure to use a sweet carrot if you are adding it, I have made the mistake of using a carrot that was bitter and it did affect the flavor of the smoothie. You can choose to use either frozen papaya or mango for this recipe. Or you can use both if you want more fruity flavor and a thicker smoothie.

I do like to add orange juice to sweeten my smoothie, but you can use all milk if you want to keep it free from added sugar. I also like to use vanilla almond milk, but use any milk you like. Vanilla adds the classic Orange Julius flavor.

Add all your fresh and frozen ingredients to a blender. Then add the liquid ingredients. Blend everything well until totally smooth.

Garnish with an orange wedge and other fruit if you are feeling fancy. This recipe serves about 1 to 2 people.



[For 1-2]

1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk or dairy free milk of your choice

1/2 cup orange juice (or more milk)

1 small frozen banana

1/2 a fresh orange peeled

1/2 cup frozen papaya OR 1/2 cup frozen mango

1 tsp vanilla extract

A couple ice cubes


1/4 cup fresh or frozen chopped carrots*

*I recommend checking to make sure it is a sweet carrot, I've accidentally used a bitter carrot and it can definitely wreck the flavor of the smoothie.


  1. Start by peeling your orange, then add your half to a blender.

  2. Next peel and chop your carrots into coins if using fresh. Add your carrot slices to the blender. I like to use frozen carrots to make my smoothie a thicker consistency.

  3. Now measure and add your frozen ingredients to the blender. Measurements do not need to be exact, it can be hard to measure frozen chunks.

  4. Lastly add your vanilla, orange juice, and milk.

  5. Blend until totally smooth.

  6. Pour into a glass and garnish with an orange wedge or slice.


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