Orange Julius green smoothie recipe

Orange Julius Smoothie

POSTED ON 3.17.2020

This Orange Julius Smoothie is free of processed sugar and dairy. It’s 100% plant-based goodness that is even better than the mall original.

We pay homage to the shopping mall classic with this Orange Julius Smoothie. We trade loads of sugar and dairy for a fruit-sweetened vegan version that will knock your socks off.

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

Vitamix blender mixing an orange julius smoothie

Why Our Smoothie is WAY Better Than The Original

This Orange Julius Smoothie is free of processed sugar and dairy. It’s 100% plant-based goodness that is even better than the mall original. That sugary mall drink tasted great, but it was completely void of nutrition. I figure if you’re going to eat or drink something, you may as well pack as many vitamins and minerals into as you can.

Our healthy take on an Orange Julius Smoothie combines vitamin C-rich citrus with spinach which helps the body better absorb the iron from the spinach.

This smoothie also contains dietary fiber, which is important for both heart and digestive health, as well as essential B vitamins, vitamin K, potassium, calcium and magnesium, all of which also have heart health benefits.

Orange Julius Smoothie recipe using fresh oranges and bananas

Orange Julius Smoothie as a Meal Replacement

To make this smoothie into a meal replacement, I recommend adding a scoop of your favorite plant-based protein powder plus a serving of MCT oil. Not only will it make the smoothie more filling, the MCT oil is great for immediate and sustained energy.

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When the perfect time to drink a smoothie?

  • For breakfast – even on the go with a Mason jar, cute lid, and straw
  • As a nutrition-packed snack – step away from the vending machine!
  • Before or after a workout – add that protein after a workout and the MCT oil before to fuel your body during your workout
  • Anytime you need a refreshing, fruity drink that is loaded with fiber, vitamins, and minerals
Green smoothie makes an orange Julius smoothie way healthier.

Which smoothie would win in a Blend-Off: The Mall Original or our Healthy Orange Julius? Let us know in the comments!

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Orange Julius green smoothie recipe

Orange Julius Smoothie

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 smoothie 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This refreshing green smoothie will leave you deeply satisfied. Feel free to add 1 tsp MCT oil and protein powder for an extra energy boost.


  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 2 oranges
  • 1/2 banana


  1. Place spinach, oranges and almond milk in blender. Puree until smooth.
  2. 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.
  • Category: Smoothies
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: Healthy

Keywords: orange julius smoothie, orange smoothie, copy cat smoothie

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About Jen Hansard

Mom of 2, ran across the Grand Canyon and lover of smoothies, coffee & tacos. I transformed my family's health with a plant-based diet. I also found myself again along the way.

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Recipe rating

  1. Cheryl B. says:

    Really like this one even though I used kefir instead of almond milk. I also only used one orange, but it was still flavorful. Added hemp hearts.

  2. Nancy says:

    I love how we can make adjustments to these recipes and still have a delicious smoothie! I left out the oranges to cut down on sugars. I know it defeats the purpose of an “Orange Juilius” smoothie, but I did not want to skip this recipe!

  3. Holly says:

    Super refreshing. Definitely reminiscent of my orange julius days. I boosted this one with a smoothie cube. One of my favorites…and so simple!

  4. Sushila Shah says:

    This orange julius is very refreshing. Use of fresh orange in smoothie had a very unique taste.

  5. Lynne says:

    Yummy! I love this one. I made with lemons and it tastes so good. I had run out of oranges and can’t wait to get more for this! It’s definitely a keeper for my smoothie recipes.

  6. Dr. Aja Holmes says:

    This on is a my fave. I can’t drink regualar orange juice but I can eat oranges. this one was refreshing and yummy!! I felt the vitamin C going in my body LOL

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      It’s like sunshine in a glass, right Dr. Aja?! Yum!

  7. gloria says:

    I love a good orange julius but I never thought to make it into a green smoothie. I added kale as my green and I did not regret it. I am a big kale fan.

  8. Dory says:

    It was very good. I substituted kale for spinach, as well as added some pineapple and collagen to it 🙂

  9. Nancy Lewellen says:

    Must be my oranges but wasn’t my favorite – will try again with next purchase of oranges.

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Def give it another blend and let us know Nancy!

  10. Jennifer A says:

    Fruity and creamy! I added collagen.

  11. Cynthia says:

    I love this recipe! Smooth and creamy!!

  12. Joyce says:

    I really liked the flavor. The oranges were great in it. Will definitely make this one again.

  13. Patti Langford says:

    I totally enjoyed the oranges in the smoothie!

  14. Clareen says:

    I love the regular orange Julius you buy, but now I have a knock off to make at home that’s healthier!! Love the creaminess & with the added oranges & pulp I find it extra filling

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Yes Clareen! And we totally recommend taking it to go in a mason jar with a straw, so you can still stroll around the mall with it – just like the store-bought version. 🙂

  15. Sharon says:

    The combination is smooth and delicious. The milk reduces the acidity, too. Great for To-Go.

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