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I’m trading in the processed sugar and dairy in the traditional Orange Julius for a smoothie version sweetened with fruit. It’s honestly still a super sweet treat, yet my healthy Orange Julius smoothie fuels my body the right way.

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Raise your hand if you remember walking by the shopping mall food court and seeing people lined up at Orange Julius? And who remembers recreating the creamy orange smoothie in 7th grade Home Ec?

Table of Contents
  1. How to Make a Healthy Orange Julius
  2. Tips for a Great Smoothie
  3. Orange Julius Smoothie FAQs
  4. More Orange Smoothie Recipes
  5. Orange Julius Smoothie Recipe

How to Make a Healthy Orange Julius

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I can’t wait for you to try this sweet treat! It definitely hits the spot for my sweet tooth and has no weird ingredients.

  1. Blend spinach, oranges and almond milk until smooth (I’m talking no leafy chunks floating around).
  2. Add the banana and blend again until smooth. It helps to use frozen banana to get a chilled smoothie.
  3. Add in 1/2 tsp of vanilla to make this taste even more like a traditional Orange Julius.

My healthy smoothie version is loaded with goodness and doesn’t mess around with the sweet factor either. No fake sweeteners are needed! Just make sure you use a ripe banana.

We all know oranges = vitamin C (80% of the recommended daily intake), but did you know that oranges are also full of fiber? Your digestive system will thank you for eating more oranges.

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Tips for a Great Smoothie

If the sugar is a little much for you (even though it’s 100% natural!), swap half of the banana for a quarter of an avocado. You’ll still get the dream cream texture, but not as much sugar in this healthy Orange Julius smoothie.

  • You can also swap out the almond milk with the plant milk of your choice, coconut milk, cashew milk or oat milk. There are so many great options. Whichever milk you use, make sure it is unsweetened.
  • When blending this orange smoothie, blend it twice to help your blender chop up the spinach as much as possible.
  • Adding ice cubes to the glass when you pour out the smoothie will cool down the beverage if using all fresh ingredients.
healthy orange julius smoothie

Orange Julius Smoothie FAQs

What’s the difference between an Orange Julius and a smoothie?

The original Orange Julius consists of orange juice concentrate, milk, vanilla, sugar and ice. While it is sweeter than my version, I bet mine still tastes deliciously orange-y! My smoothie contains spinach, oranges, almond milk and banana.

Will I taste the spinach in my smoothie?

It depends! Spinach is typically mild, and the orange and banana in this Orange Julius smoothie are definitely the dominant flavors. You might still get a slightly earthy taste if you’ve got a sensitive palate.

Are green smoothies healthy for me?

They can be! Make sure yours are loaded with only whole food ingredients (no added sweeteners). Use unsweetened, plant-based milk or water for the base. Boost your smoothies with protein and healthy fats to help your body break down the natural sugars.

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When is the perfect time to drink a smoothie?

  • For breakfast or even on the go with a Mason jar, cute lid and straw.
  • As a nutrition-packed snack that helps you step away from the vending machine!
  • Before or after a workout to add that protein after and MCT oil before to fuel your body during your workout.

Anytime you need a refreshing, fruity drink loaded with fiber, vitamins and minerals, consider blending up a smoothie. It’s the healthiest fast food out there and can provide energy, fuel and promote health. Some smoothies like the Orange Julius smoothie recipe contain more natural sugar. Boost these smoothies with a plant-based protein powder to help your body process the sugar.

More Orange Smoothie Recipes

Don’t forget to leave a comment and review after blending the Orange Julius smoothie below. I’d love to know how yours turned out!

4.57 from 362 votes

Orange Julius Smoothie

This refreshing Orange Julius Smoothie will leave you deeply satisfied. Feel free to add 1 tsp of MCT oil and protein powder for an extra energy boost.
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Author: Jen Hansard
Course: Smoothie
Cuisine: Plant-Based
Serves: 1


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  • Place spinach, oranges and almond milk in blender. Puree until smooth.
  • Add banana and blend again.


  • Use at least one frozen fruit to make the smoothie cold or serve over ice.
  • Another non-dairy milk can be substituted for the almond milk, such as hemp, cashew or coconut milk.
  • Swap 1/2 banana with 1/4 an avocado to lower the natural sugar.
  • Add 1/2 tsp vanilla to make this even more reminiscent of the original Orange Julius. 


Calories: 191kcal, Carbohydrates: 46g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 106mg, Potassium: 853mg, Fiber: 9g, Sugar: 32g, Vitamin A: 3440IU, Vitamin C: 153mg, Calcium: 212mg, Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Very yummy smoothie- did sub coconut milk for almond milk and added a 1/2 tsp of vanilla- so good! I’m always amazed that spinach doesn’t affect the taste of the smoothie but I love that I get the vitamins and fiber from it!

  2. 5 stars
    Another favorite that I will eat again. Homegrown spinach with berries and bananas are a great combination.

  3. 4 stars
    I used cashew milk instead of almond milk, added protein boost and 1/2 tsp vanilla. Before adding the banana it tasted more like an orange julius. The very ripe banana taste was dominant at the end. Next time I’ll leave out the banana.

  4. 5 stars
    This is a great smoothie!! I only had one orange so I substituted some mango for the second one. I was in a hurry when I made it before dashing out the door and didn’t get a picture. I REALLY enjoyed it and will make it again!!

  5. 5 stars
    Today’s Orange Julius Smoothie Hit The Spot On A Very Hot Day. I Froze My Oranges A Few Hours Before I Made My Smoothie, With My Frozen Banana This Made A Nice Thick Cold Smoothie, So Good 🙂 I Added Chia Seeds, Vanilla Protein Powder And A Dash Of Vanilla Extract. I Will Make This Smoothie Again With Strawberries Added.

  6. 5 stars
    I made this smoothie according to the blog post recipe, including a 1/2 tsp vanilla, a few ice cubes, and homemade protein powder. It was good but not a favorite. It’s an easy way to eat two full oranges and get a healthy dose of Vitamin C!

  7. 5 stars
    Orange Julius smoothie! I think the whole point in leaving a review is reviewing the smoothie as is. Adding a few extra things may change the taste and our opinion of it. That being said, I did both… I made the smoothie as is and tasted it, it was fine! OK it was great! lol! But I like it greater-er! So I did add some extra Chia seeds. but that doesn’t alter the flavor as much. Because I’ve made an orange Julius smoothie many times and with many flavor combinations, a little bit of this and a little bit of that added makes it a much more appetizing smoothie. For example, some fresh ginger and mint leaves will definitely add a zing to it. And since it is an orange Julius smoothie, orange and strawberries go together, so a few strawberries and maybe a couple blueberries! I like this smoothie because it’s a great base for many things. When I normally make it I’ll use milk and add some oatmeal, Banana, strawberry, mint, ginger and make it as a breakfast with some protein added. And sometimes it just depends on what fruits I have lying around. I’ll even throw in a few handfuls of Protein/power greens. And when you have a vitamix blender… Well you can make what you want! ‍

  8. 5 stars
    The Orange Julius Smoothie is one of my favorites. I ❤️ The cool, refreshing taste of the orange, especially on high humidity days.
    OJ is a Winner.

  9. 5 stars
    I will blend it the way you said the next time.

    I’m still not get all the emails about the smoothies.

  10. Could taste the spinach, but overall, pretty good. Next time I will make without spinach