Fresh Orange Smoothie is made with fresh whole oranges! It's light, creamy, healthy and refreshing, loaded with vitamin C and perfect for breakfast or snack.
Refreshing homemade smoothie is perfect on hot summer days or the cold and flu season like this pina colada smoothie or spinach smoothie. It is made with 4 simple ingredients like fresh oranges adding tons of vitamin C, without banana, it almost tastes like the "Orange Julius". And, there is no ice cream!
Oranges are not one of the go to ingredient when it comes to shake recipes, since it is mostly all liquid and does not add body to the drink. In fact, it becomes watery texture when blended. So, this is not a thick milkshake like consistency but a touch thinner, however packed with a wonderful citrus flavor - a delicious way to get more of the healthy fruit into your kids.
WHY YOU'LL LOVE THIS RECIPE?
- Perfect anytime - It’s the perfect way to start your day at home because it’s so refreshing. A healthy way to get you going in the morning or a refreshing snack any time.
- Healthy - Did you know that one orange contains 92% of your daily vitamin C? It also high in fiber, calcium and protein when combined with greek yogurt and milk.
- Only 4 ingredients - Can't get any easier than that!
- No Banana - Great for picky eaters or if you simply want to make a drink without banana.
- Great for all seasons - Since fresh citrus are available throughout the year, this is perfect for cold and flu season to boost your vitamin C intake or healthy tropical drink in hot summer months.
- Made with whole fruit and not the juice - Makes it high in fiber and other nutrients.
HOW TO PICK AN ORANGE?
Look for firm, bright colored, smooth, finely textured skinned fruits. Avoid those with soft spots or that feels spongy.
Go ahead and pick one up and you should feel a good amount weight for its size. This heaviness indicates how much juice is in the fruit. It should be firm to the touch and a light weight fruit tends to have dry, pithy pulp.
HOW TO CUT AN ORANGE?
Place the fruit on a cutting board. Using a sharp knife, slice about a half an inch of the stem end and bottom of the orange. Then, begin to cut the skin off, following the contour of the fruit (along with the white pith). Repeat this process all around, until you are left with a ball of juicy flesh.
DO I NEED ICE?
It depends! Since the fruit and milk makes the drink liquidy, we don't recommend adding ice when blending. However, if you like cold drinks, then we recommend freezing the cut fruit for about an hour before blending. This not only makes it cold but also thickens to give a milkshake like consistency.
WHAT'S THE BEST BLENDER TO USE?
A high powered blender is helpful in blending the citrus segments well along with the milk and yogurt. Our two standard go to blenders are-
- Vitamix - It is a splurge but it is one the best home blenders available. It works great in blending the fruit smooth and is also perfect when making a larger quantity.
- Nutri Bullet - One of our favorites for the size and convenience. We tend to use this almost everyday. It is cost effective and perfect in making a single serve shake.
CAN I MAKE THIS VEGAN?
Sure can! Use almond milk instead of regular milk, replace greek yogurt with non dairy yogurt and maple syrup instead of honey.
The ingredients are pretty straightforward:
- Orange - Whole fresh fruits.
- Milk - We used regular whole milk.
- Plain Greek yogurt - Adds more creaminess and body to the drink.
- Honey - For sweetness.
PRO TIPS FOR SUCCESS
- Freeze cut orange for about an hour to make an icy cold drink.
- Try to keep as much as fruit as possible when cutting the pith.
- Use honey to taste. It depends on the sweetness of the citrus.
HOW TO MAKE?
Start your day out with this nutrient rich drink and fill up your body with loads of vitamins and minerals. The process cannot be any easier.
- Cut - Remove the outer skin and white pith as mentioned in the recipe and chop into chunks.
- Blend - Add the cut fruit, milk, plain greek yogurt and honey into the blender and blend until smooth.
HOW LONG TO STORE?
Leftovers can be refrigerated in sealed mason jars for up to 2 days.
Frequently Asked Questions
Sure can, it will make it taste more like a creamsicle!
This is a thinner drink and not a thick creamy shake that are generally made with banana. However, if you like a thicker drink, then freeze the cut segments for about an hour. This will make it thick and cold without any ice
More Healthy Smoothie Recipes to try:
Fresh Orange Smoothie without Banana
- 2 oranges
- ½ cup milk
- ¼ cup plain greek yogurt
- 1 to 2 tablespoons honey
- Using a chef’s knife, cut off the top and bottom of the peel of the orange.
- Go down the sides, trying to keep as much of the flesh intact as possible. (This removes all the white pith and the fibrous membranes leaving the juicy flesh inside). Cut the orange into chunks.
- Add cut oranges, milk, yogurt and honey into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy!
Nutritional information, based on third-party calculations, should be seen as estimates, not guarantees, as various factors like product types, brands, processing methods, and more can alter the nutritional content in recipes.
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