Vegan Orange Creamsicle Smoothie (dairy-free, paleo, whole30)A creamy combo of orange and banana. This vegan orange creamsicle smoothie is naturally sweetened and a hit with kids. Bright and refreshing, an orange banana smoothie recipe that's perfect for a hot summer's day. A healthy smoothie recipe with the classic flavor of orange and banana. This vegan orange creamsicle smoothie is a real-food version of an orange julius. Plus, it's simple to whip up, a hit with kids, and full of plant-based nutrients. Don't want to read? JUMP to the recipe!
Are Smoothies Healthy?The answer to this is both yes and no. Smoothies are healthy when they're made correctly and contain balanced, nourishing ingredients. Because you want your smoothie to both to taste good and provide fuel, you'll want to consider the following:
- a protein/fat source
- is the smoothie sugar-based?
- what makes the smoothie creamy?
Will Carrot Affect The Texture?No. If you're never added veggies to your smoothies, you're missing out! The carrot in this orange banana smoothie gives it a bit more bulk. Likewise, it doesn't affect the texture. In fact, this smoothie comes out rich and creamy regardless. However, if you do want to add a bit of "extra" to the smoothie, you could add in two tablespoons of coconut milk (from the can). This gives the smoothie an even richer flavor.
Adding Protein To The Creamsicle SmoothieThis orange banana smoothie is whole30 approved and plant-based. Thus, no powders! However, if you want to use this orange creamsicle smoothie as a post-workout smoothie or to just boost its protein intake, you do have a few options. The first option and my favorite for kids is to add a scoop of collagen powder! Collagen is a beneficial part of bone broth and is wonderful for your hair, skin, and nails. Learn more about collagen and why you may want to boost your intake. However, unlike bone broth, it doesn’t taste like well, bone broth. Similarly, collagen powder is odorless and flavorless. Plus, if ethically sourced one of the purest forms of protein you can give to your kids! I grab my collagen from Perfect Supplements and while I love their big tub of powder, I love the individual packets even more! I find collagen the easiest way to boost protein in smoothies, vegan yogurts, oatmeal, or any other dish. It blends and mixes well and there are zero flavors to it. Plus, Perfect Supplements sources their collagen from pasture-raised (grass-fed) cows. So, I trust it. Grab some collagen powder and use code mamabear10 to save some money. Keep in mind that adding collagen powder will void the "vegan" part of this smoothie. Likewise, you can also add in a scoop of your favorite vegan protein powder to make this smoothie ideal for post-workouts. However, note that protein powder is not compliant with the whole30 diet. Furthermore, the texture of the smoothie will change depending on the protein powder.
Topping The Orange Banana SmoothieTopping this smoothie is completely preferred! However, it does taste great with any of the following:
Tips & FAQ's On Making The SmoothieUsing frozen bananas will make this smoothie creamier than fresh. However, fresh bananas do work! Likewise, you can always opt for water in place of coconut water. That said, coconut water is extremely hydrating and makes this orange banana smoothie just a bit more refreshing in the summertime.
- ¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice, about two mandarin oranges
- 1 banana
- 2 tablespoons raw cashews
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 2 tablespoons hemp hearts
- ½ large carrot, spelled and chopped
- 8 ice cubes
- ¾ cups coconut water
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Vegan Orange Creamsicle Smoothie (paleo, vegan, whole30)
A creamy combo of orange and banana. This vegan orange creamsicle smoothie is naturally sweetened and a hit with kids.
- High powered blender
- ¼ cups orange juice freshly squeezed, about two mandarin oranges
- 1 banana frozen
- 2 tablespoons cashews raw
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 2 tablespoon hemp hearts
- ½ carrot peeled and chopped
- ¾ cup coconut water
- 8 ice cubes
- 1 tbs orange zest optional
- Juice the oranges.
- Place all ingredients into a high-speed blender. Blend on medium to high for two to four minutes (depending on blender) until everything is smooth.
- You may need to add some additional water or use a tamper to keep things moving depending on your blender.
- Pour into a chilled glass and enjoy!
Using frozen banana will make this smoothie creamier than fresh. However, fresh bananas do work! Likewise, you can always opt for water in place of coconut water. That said, coconut water is extremely hydrating and makes this orange banana smoothie just a bit more refreshing in the summertime. If you wish to make this smoothie more protein-based, add in a scoop of collagen powder or your preferred protein powder. However, see the notes on the best way to do this.
Calories: 284kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 11gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 111mgPotassium: 679mgFiber: 5gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 2738IUVitamin C: 28mgCalcium: 92mgIron: 4mg
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- Anti-inflammatory mango turmeric smoothie
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- Peanut butter bomb smoothie
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- They are healthy and simple to make
- All the recipes are dairy-free and gluten-free
- All of the recipes are real-food based and focus on nutrients and not fillers
- They’re loaded with extras in the form of superfoods