Made with real oranges, bananas, almonds, and creamy yogurt, this healthy Orange Creamsicle Smoothie is just like a dreamsicle popsicle - except, there's no sugar - and it's actually good for you!
This smoothie is orange-y yet vanilla-y, super creamy, and just plain refreshing. The abundance of citrus and vanilla is aromatic and addictive- you’ll get an air of summertime at any given moment! Also reminds me of an Orange Julius.
It might seem too good to be true, but this orange creamsicle drink is packed with nutrients, energy boosters, and protein. Plus, it’s so delicious that you can even swap it out with your kid’s favorite popsicle treat with no fuss!
This smoothie takes you right back in time to childhood summers with zesty citrus and vivid vanilla flavors that taste just like the real creamsicles.
Why This Recipe Works
- Healthy, but tastes like a treat.
- Freeze it to make popsicles!
- Greek Yogurt - High in protein and probiotics. We’re using vanilla to match the orange creamsicle flavor profile, but plain is great too.
- Oranges - Zesty, tangy, and sweet! High in Vitamin C which is great for keeping your immune system up and kicking out the oncoming cold.
- Banana - A great base for any smoothie, bananas are rich in potassium and will make this drink super creamy.
- Almonds - I love almonds for their healthy fat content and yummy nutty flavor. They’re even considered brain food! You can substitute the almonds with hazelnuts, cashews, dates, or unsalted pistachios if you prefer.
- Protein Powder- I recommend 100% whey protein isolate. It's unflavored and doesn't have that protein powder taste that many of them do. It's also unsweetened and has no fillers. (this one from Amazon looks decent, but I usually get it from my local health food store)You could also use collagen powder (this is the one I use) instead.
How To Make Orange Creamsicle Smoothie
This is an overview of the instructions, be sure to see the recipe card for all the details.
- Combine all the ingredients in a blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Add your blended smoothie to popcicle molds and freeze for a delicious treat!
- Greek yogurt has added protein and gives a thicker consistency.
- Unflavored or plain is fine to use, although, you might want a little bit of honey or stevia because it isn't as sweet as the vanilla.
- Protein Powder can be left out if you don't have it. It doesn't affect the flavor at all, just gives a health boost.
- A non dairy yogurt or nutmilk can be substituted for the yogurt. Keep in mind that this will get you a thinner result. You can add another banana and/or extra ice to help make up for this.
- Too thick? On that same note, you can add a bit of milk (or almond milk, cashew milk, etc.) to thin it out if it’s too thick for your liking.
- For easy meal prep, you can separate your ingredients beforehand to make a quick meal for breakfast in the morning. Keep the peel on the banana until the last minute to prevent browning.
- Make it a bowl by adding an extra banana and chunks of orange.
- Remove the pith (that stringy white stuff on the outside) before blending. It has a slightly bitter flavor that your smoothie can do without!
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! Frozen bananas work great in this smoothie. It will make it even creamier. Omit the ice if you use frozen fruit. Also, you may need to add a touch of liquid (milk, cream, or nut milk) to thin it if it's not blending well.
Some protein powders do have a strong flavor. If you use 100% whey protein isolate powder that has no fillers or sugars, which I recommend, then you shouldn’t be able to taste the difference.
You can, but that would defeat the purpose. Orange juice is full of calories and sugar- nearly twice that of a plain ol’ orange. This recipe calls for two, so I promise you won’t miss that natural sweetness and juiciness.
I wouldn’t recommend it: you’ll lose that great texture, and the banana oxidizes and turns brown. But, you can prep all of your ingredients ahead of time to quickly whip them together in the morning.
Storing and Freezing
Orange creamsicle smoothies should be served right away. Otherwise, your icy ingredients will begin to melt, your ingredients will separate, and it just won’t be the same.
Your ingredients, however, freeze and prep very well!
- Oranges can be separated and frozen for nearly a year.
- Bananas are good in the freezer for 2 to 3 months.
- Greek yogurt has a shorter fridge life of around two weeks and freezer life of two months.
You can reasonably prep your ingredients, but drink your smoothie right away.
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Orange Creamsicle Smoothie
- Vitamix or other quality blender.
- 1 cup Vanilla Greek Yogurt
- ¼ cup pure whey protein isolate powder
- zest of 1 orange
- 2 oranges, peeled
- 1 banana, peeled
- ¼ cup raw almonds
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 6 ice cubes
- Place all ingredients in the blender in the order listed.
- blend until smooth, serve immediately
- I recommend 100% pure whey protein isolate powder because there are no fillers or sugars.
- You can omit the protein powder if desired.
- If you use frozen bananas, you won't need the ice.
- Pour your blended smoothie into popsicle molds for a healthy treat!
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