Orange Julius Recipe

Susan Olayinka, who blogs and shares family-friendly recipes at The Flexible Fridge, loves orange juice. Oh, and a little something sweet. If this also describes you — and you are always in the mood for ice cream, because who isn't — you need to bookmark the U.K.-based cook's Orange Julius recipe. As she explained to Mashed, "I think that orange juice plus ice and milk is a genius combo — with a little sugar!"

We agree, which is why we are pumped to make Olayinka's easy Orange Julius, which she says is perfect for the spring and summer months. "I make this much more when it gets warmer," she shared with us, adding that any time of day is the right time to enjoy a tall glass of her frosted treat. "This will do well for a dessert or accompanying a brunch meal," she said.

So, if you have six minutes and a blender, do not delay. Enjoy an Orange Julius ASAP.

Gather a few simple ingredients for this Orange Julius recipe

The shopping list en route to realizing this Orange Julius recipe joy is short and sweet (see what we just did there?). Ingredients needed consist simply of freshly squeezed orange juice or your favorite store-bought kind, milk — which Olayinka says can be of the dairy-free variety if lactose is not your friend — as well as your preferred brand of vanilla ice cream, sugar, ice, and vanilla extract. Yup, that's it! In fact, you may already have all of these items hanging out in your kitchen.

Meanwhile, if dairy and you do not agree or if you are trying to do the dairy-free thing for health reasons, Olayinka told Mashed that in addition to the dairy-free milk, "You can definitely substitute a non-dairy ice cream or a yogurt for the ice cream." She specifically notes that a soy or coconut ice cream "would work wonderfully." Meanwhile, to create your Orange Julius, you will also need a blender. 

Blend up your Orange Julius recipe

All you need to do to create your Orange Julius recipe is add your chosen ice cream, milk, orange juice, sugar, ice, and vanilla extract to the blender. Then, blend the ingredients on high for about 30 seconds, with Olayinka telling Mashed, "You know when your Orange Julius is under-blended if you can still see some of the ingredients and it's not all incorporated."

But don't overdo it either! "You know the Orange Julius is over-blended if the consistency starts to get a bit thin, which means that your ice and ice cream is melting," she imparted.

Once you have achieved the perfect blend, you will simply pour servings into glasses and add fun straws and whipped cream if you'd like. And we would like! Because once you whip up a recipe this fun, why stop there? An orange slice, orange zest, or a cherry as garnish are optional, too, but a huge smile and satisfied sigh are mandatory.

Orange Julius Recipe
5 from 31 ratings
We are pumped to make Susan Olayinka's easy Orange Julius recipe, which she says is perfect for the spring and summer months.
Prep Time
Cook Time
servings of orange julius
Total time: 6 minutes
  • 1 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice
  • ½ cup milk (dairy/dairy-free)
  • ½ cup of vanilla ice cream
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ cup ice
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Optional Ingredients
  • whipped cream
  1. Add the ice cream, milk, orange juice, sugar, ice and vanilla extract to the blender.
  2. Blend on high for 30 seconds.
  3. Pour in serving glass.
  4. Top with whipped cream and enjoy.
Calories per Serving 132
Total Fat 2.9 g
Saturated Fat 1.7 g
Trans Fat 0.0
Cholesterol 10.3 mg
Total Carbohydrates 24.4 g
Dietary Fiber 0.2 g
Total Sugars 22.9 g
Sodium 28.3 mg
Protein 2.0 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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