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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

When my husband and I first met during college he would have me over and make a huge pitcher of orange julius and salty popcorn and we'd call it dinner. (I've come a long way, huh?) I would stand and watch as he would spend 20 minutes adding a bit of this and a little of that into the blender until it was just right. It's been years since I've had one of those creamy orange shakes and with all the juicy oranges I've found over last week I figured it was time to bring out an oldie. 

The smoothie is creamy and sweet with bright little specks of orange zest in each sip, and the frothy top is a huge hit with the kids.  It makes a great treat at brunch or can be served as a light refreshing dessert.  I'll have to be careful how often I make this because I could have downed the entire pitcher while standing at the counter.

Orange Creamsicle Smoothie
Adapted from Giada at Home
Serves 6

3 cups plain Greek yogurt
1 1/4 cups fresh squeezed orange juice
1/4 cup honey
zest from one orange
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups ice

Pour all ingredients in to a blender and blend until smooth.  Serve immediately.


Blogger Plain Chicken said...

What a great idea! I love creamsicles - this is a guilt-free way to ahve one!

January 26, 2010 at 11:19 AM  
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January 26, 2010 at 12:23 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

This looks so good -- I have friends over for brunch the first sunday of every month so I think I will be making your smoothies very soon!

January 26, 2010 at 1:55 PM  
Anonymous TeenieCakes said...

This looks great and healthy! I could so have one of these right now! I love orange julius...

What is Greek yogurt? Anything else I could sub if I can't find it?

January 26, 2010 at 2:34 PM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

It's been a long time since I've had an Orange Julius. Your version sounds so much better! I wonder if you could use frozen OJ and skip the ice?

January 26, 2010 at 4:11 PM  
Blogger cdr2009 said...

I love your blog! Is there a place for me to click to follow it from my blog?

January 26, 2010 at 4:58 PM  
Blogger Beatrice said...

This made me think of an Orange Julius, too -- but healthier.

January 26, 2010 at 5:29 PM  
Anonymous katy@thoughtforfood said...

Orange Julius!! I'm filled with memories of the mall in the mid-80s.

I loved those things -- yes, the ones you got at the mall.

This might have to happen at our house this week. Oranges, on the list.

January 26, 2010 at 6:07 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

We made something like this recently with coconut milk since we have dairy allergys in our house. Cara told me about your blog. It looks great! We'll be back to visit often.

January 27, 2010 at 9:15 AM  
Blogger hannah queen | honey & jam said...

I love orange julius! I can't wait to try this out.

January 27, 2010 at 2:36 PM  
Blogger Carli said...

Awesome. We used to get this "orange julius shake" at Sonic of all places. They don't have them any more, which is such a bummer because they were one (if not the ONLY) great thing that Sonic had. No telling what junk was really in them, though. This sounds much better! Just last week I tried to make an orange tasted just like a creamsicle, but the texture was funky. I'm just going to stick with your recipe. Sounds great!

January 27, 2010 at 6:11 PM  
Blogger Deliciously Organic said...

Teenie Cakes: Greek yogurt is a very thick tangy yogurt that is at most grocery stores. I love to have it as a snack in the afternoon with a little honey drizzled on top. If you can't find it you can substitute with a thick unsweetened yogurt.

January 28, 2010 at 6:33 AM  
Blogger Deliciously Organic said...

cdr2009: hmmm...I think the only way for you to follow it from your blog is to add me to your blog list. I also have it set up where you can sign up for an email subscription so each post gets delivered to you automatically. Congrats to you and your new husband. :)

January 28, 2010 at 6:38 AM  
Blogger Kala-loo Soup! said...

Mmmmm...I cant wait to go home and make this!

January 28, 2010 at 8:35 AM  
Blogger cdr2009 said...

Thank you! I ended up figuring it out after I left you a comment. =)

January 29, 2010 at 4:24 PM  

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