A creamy combo of orange and banana. This orange creamsicle smoothie is naturally sweetened and a hit with kids. With a tangy combo of orange and vanilla, it comes out bright and refreshing.
An orange banana smoothie recipe that's perfect for a hot summer's day. It tastes like an orange milkshake but it's healthy!
This orange creamsicle smoothie is a real-food version of an orange julius.
As a Certified Nutrition Coach, I love it because it's simple to whip up, a hit with kids, and full of plant-based nutrients. You'll love the orange creamsicle smoothie because it's:
- Allergy-friendly (dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo, vegan, whole30)
- Easy to make
- A sneaky hidden ingredient
- Refreshing, bright, and uplifting
Ingredients You'll Need
Orange juice: as the base, orange juice is pretty important. Freshly squeezed orange juice will give it the best flavor.
Banana: using frozen banana will make this orange creamsicle smoothie extra creamy. Plus it gives it a burst of natural sugars.
Cashews: these add some healthy fats to the mix.
Almond butter: helping the banana keep the smoothie creamy with an indulgent feel.
Hemp hearts: because this orange creamsicle smoothie is vegan, these add a bit of plant-based protein.
Carrot: sneaking in some nutrients to the smoothie recipe, the carrot also helps achieve the bright color.
Vanilla extract: it's the combination of vanilla extract and orange that gives this smoothie it's classic orange creamsicle flavor.
Coconut water: regular filtered water will work but coconut water gives an extra burst of electrolytes.
How To Make The Orange Creamsicle Smoothie
- Peel and chop the carrot.
- Juice the oranges.
- Combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender.
- Blend until smooth.
Important Teaching Tips
Using frozen banana will make the orange creamsicle 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.
Make sure to roughly chop the carrot, this makes it easier on your processor.
Will Carrot Affect The Texture?
No. If you're never added veggies to your smoothies, you're missing out! The carrot in this orange creamsicle smoothie gives it a bit more bulk.
Likewise, it doesn't affect the texture. In fact, this orange smoothie comes out rich and creamy regardless.
However, if you do want to add a bit of "extra" to the smoothie, you could add two tablespoons of full-fat coconut milk (from the can). This gives the smoothie an even richer flavor.
Adding Protein To The Orange Smoothie
This orange creamsicle 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.
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 orange creamsicle smoothie will change depending on the protein powder.
Topping The Orange Smoothie
Topping this smoothie is completely optional! However, it does taste great with any of the following:
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Frequently Asked Questions About The Orange Smoothie
Though you can blend frozen oranges, you need a very high-powered blender. Even with that, there is often some texture leftover. This orange creamsicle smoothie tastes best using fresh orange juice instead.
There are lots of factors that contribute to the texture of a smoothie. in general, though, frozen fruit like frozen banana and mangos, as well as full fat coconut milk, and avocados help make smoothies creamy.
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Vegan Orange Creamsicle Smoothie (paleo, vegan, whole30)
- ¼ cups orange juice freshly squeezed, about two mandarin oranges
- 1 frozen banana
- 2 tablespoons cashews raw
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 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.
- Freshly squeezed orange juice will give the smoothie the best flavor.
- 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.
- Don't omit the vanilla extract. Vanilla + orange is what gives this smoothie a similar flavor to an orange julius!