Orange Creamsicle Smoothie.

This creamy, healthy 5 ingredient smoothie tastes like an orange julius and a creamsicle pop combined. Vitamin C has never tasted so good!

This creamy, healthy 5 ingredient smoothie tastes like an orange julius and a creamsicle pop combined!

Hi! Today we’re busy settling into our new home in Philly and my spot for the next few days is organizing this mess. You can’t see it in the photo but there are about 12 boxes to unpack on the left. Send help.

I have a hate/love relationship with organizing kitchens.

In the meantime, I have the peeeeerfect recipe for you to beat the heat this toasty summer week. Have you ever had an Orange Julius drink before at the mall? Or an orange creamsicle popsicle in the summertime? Today’s shockingly simple smoothie recipe was inspired by both favorites. The tastes of vanilla and orange in one.

This creamy, healthy 5 ingredient smoothie tastes like an orange julius and a creamsicle pop combined!

Essie “Strut Your Stuff” :)

Creamy, cool, citrusy, lip-smackin’ protein-packed sweetness.

This shockingly simple smoothie is my current post-workout obsession. Couch + feet up + this smoothie + a spoonful of peanut butter (which turns into three spoonfuls of peanut butter) is how I unwind from a run these days. I’m already at 32 miles for July… 68 to go for my 100 mile challenge. Wooohooo.

This smoothie is the creamiest of creamy. If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, then you know about my obsession with frozen banana. Seriously – if you want a creamy smoothie that is thick enough to eat with a spoon, then frozen banana is your answer. Typically smoothie recipes call for ice to thicken the texture, but I find ice waters it down. The frozen banana gets the job done without giving the smoothie a slushy texture.

Frozen banana turns into a delicious vanilla tasting “soft serve” when blended with vanilla extract and a splash of milk. Instead of milk, however, I use a little orange juice. These three ingredients are the base of your orange creamsicle smoothie. Don’t worry, you can’t really taste the banana under the vanilla and orange.

This creamy, healthy 5 ingredient smoothie tastes like an orange julius and a creamsicle pop combined. Vitamin C has never tasted so good!

Only a couple more ingredients until your orange creamsicle smoothie is complete. A little protein-packed Greek yogurt and an orange. Blend all this vitamin C packed goodness together until thick and smooth. That’s it!

A simple, 5 ingredient smoothie recipe that will make any day feel like summertime. For the record, I’ll be drinking these all year long thankyouverymuch.

Sometimes I add a little orange zest to up the ante. That’s optional! And for an added nutritious punch, try adding a handful of greens like kale or spinach to the smoothie.

This creamy, healthy 5 ingredient smoothie tastes like an orange julius and a creamsicle pop combined. Vitamin C has never tasted so good!

If you love orange creamsicles and orange julius, this smoothie has your name written all over it. The recipe makes enough for 2 servings, but I usually drink one and then the rest a few hours later. You’ll probably drink the whole thing too. It’s so dang good!

A sunny day in a glass. :) Enjoy!


Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

Yield: serves 2

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Print Recipe

This creamy, healthy 5 ingredient smoothie tastes like an orange julius and a creamsicle pop combined. Vitamin C has never tasted so good!


  • 1 frozen ripe banana, previously peeled & sliced
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 3/4 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 orange, peeled and sliced
  • optional: 2 teaspoons orange zest


  1. Make sure you have a strong, powerful blender to break down the orange.
  2. On high, blend the frozen banana chunks, vanilla, and orange juice together until thick, creamy, and smooth - about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the blender as needed. Add the yogurt, orange, and orange zest (if using). Blend until combined.

Additional Notes:

For an extra nutrition punch, try adding 1 cup of your favorite greens like kale or spinach!

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Try my tropical version next!

I add a little mango to make my Sunshine Smoothie. You’ll love it.

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You’ll also love my Homemade Orange Sweet Rolls.

Copycat Pillsbury Orange Sweet Rolls. Gooey, fluffy, and dipping with orange glaze

And my Skinny Tropical Muffins.

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86 Responses to “Orange Creamsicle Smoothie.”

  1. #
    Mirposted July 9, 2014 at 7:22 am

    If you keep up your running at this rate, you’ll go over 100 miles, and then you can cut back in August! Or does it not work like that?
    Either way, love this, and the spoonfuls of PB on the side sound like a great idea. Perfect post-workout reward!


    • Sallyreplied on July 9th, 2014 at 7:35 am

      I think that’s what I’ll do, Mir. Maybe a 200 mile goal for both months combined. You would love this smoothie!


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    Erin | The Law Student's Wifeposted July 9, 2014 at 7:32 am

    I used to BEG my mom for an orange julias at the mall. Now my grown up self can make them at home. Way to kick running booty. You are going to be there before the end of the month!


  3. #
    Melanie @ Carmel Momentsposted July 9, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Delish Sally! What a way to get the day going.
    So pretty too.
    Have a marvelous day!


  4. #
    Tom @ Raise Your Gardenposted July 9, 2014 at 7:38 am

    5 Ingredients. All healthy. This is a MAN smoothie. or a kids smoothie? Or just the smoothie for everyone.

    Awesome job running, we’re trying. I’m a gym teacher so I should be the one running.


    • Sallyreplied on July 9th, 2014 at 7:49 am

      My fiancé loved it! So yes, it’s totally man approved.


  5. #
    Danielle @ Chits and Chats and Chocolateposted July 9, 2014 at 7:46 am

    This looks scrumptious! I am definitely making this soon!


  6. #
    Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spiceposted July 9, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Hope your unpacking goes well, Sally! This looks like the perfect, fruity drink for the summer! Love the colors!


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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitnessposted July 9, 2014 at 8:00 am

    YUM! Orange creamsicles and Orange Julius were two of my favorite things growing up! However, I haven’t eaten them in forever! I never have oranges on hand, but I randomly bought on the other day. How did you know!? 😉 Pinned!


    • Sallyreplied on July 9th, 2014 at 8:02 am

      How perfect – you have to try these Taylor!


  8. #
    Melposted July 9, 2014 at 9:12 am

    This looks like what I am craving right now! I wish I had a Vitamix (my old soup blender would definitely not be good enough for the job). Good luck unpacking. Not fun, but when you are done, your kitchen will be all nicely organised, just the way you want it! You must be so happy to be ‘home’ in Philadelphia. Mel


    • Sallyreplied on July 9th, 2014 at 1:48 pm

      I’m VERY happy! Thanks Mel. I just got a Vitamix from my bridal shower. I can’t wait to use it.


  9. #
    Lina | StrictlyDeliciousposted July 9, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Loving this smoothie! I need a bit of change up in my smoothie routine, so I’m definitely getting behind this. Good luck unpacking! At least it’s better than packing, right??


    • Sallyreplied on July 9th, 2014 at 1:47 pm

      SO MUCH BETTER. (…that deserved all caps haha)


  10. #
    Alexe @ Keys to the Cucinaposted July 9, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Ooh vanilla and frozen bananas sounds like a perfect combo, I’ve never thought to splash vanilla extract in my smoothies but I will now! Good luck unpacking, I know it sucks but once you do you’ll feel so settled :)!


  11. #
    Janie Lynnposted July 9, 2014 at 9:26 am

    My goodness! I love smoothies – I live off of them. Now I want to make my own Orange Creamsicle!

    Hey, Sally . . . I’m going to start running and I wonder if you, and anyone else, has any tips for me? Thanks in advance!

    From your whole food-y!
    Janie Lynn


    • Sallyreplied on July 9th, 2014 at 1:46 pm

      A few tips… take your time getting into it and go slow! I run very slow, for long periods of time. It’s the only way I can enjoy it. Running will hurt for the first few weeks, but just run through it and you’ll start to enjoy it. The first part is always the hardest!


      • Janie Lynnreplied on July 10th, 2014 at 10:08 am

        Thanks so much for taking the time to reply {You must know how much it means to your readers and commenters!}, especially for the tips. I plan for my first run to be today and hope it goes well. Thanks for the heads up that there’s some pain in the beginning, but I”m thankful to hear that my body will eventually ease into it.

        From your whole food-y!
        Janie Lynn

  12. #
    Liz S.posted July 9, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Wow, this definitely beats an Orange Julius! Yum!


  13. #
    Norma | Allspice and Nutmegposted July 9, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Mmm. I love how refreshing this is. I grew up in the Philly area. I’m sure you’ll be enjoying some cheesesteaks there. Even outside of philly in some of the burbs you can get some awesome cheesesteaks.


    • Sallyreplied on July 9th, 2014 at 1:44 pm

      I grew up here too :) We have a couple hot spots in the suburbs. I haven’t been there in years though! I love chicken cheesesteaks.


  14. #
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Doughposted July 9, 2014 at 9:46 am

    I LURVE orange creamsicle smoothies, but never get enough of them because they’re usually calorie/fat bombs. This is the perfect solution!


    • Sallyreplied on July 9th, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      Yes! Steph, I know what you mean about calorie bombs. I went to smoothie king the other week and was stunned to see a smoothie there for like 700 calories. Seriously!?!? They’re full of added sugars. You have to try this one!


  15. #
    mjposted July 9, 2014 at 9:54 am

    I ADORE smoothies! And this one looks SO GOOD! And I love how thick and creamy your recipes are, of smoothies!
    Hey, don’t worry about your new kitchen. It will all get done. Just take it one cabinet at a time. And have fun! 😉


  16. #
    Chelsea @ Gal on a Missionposted July 9, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Oh, yum! As a child, I loved anything that tasted or looked like a creamsicle! Definitely gotta give this a try soon. Thanks, Sally!


  17. #
    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)posted July 9, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Serious perfection! I love anything creamsicle flavored!!


  18. #
    Laurposted July 9, 2014 at 10:22 am

    I really need to stop being so lazy about using my food processor! I always hate thinking about cleaning it after I make a smoothie, so I never commit to one :oP

    I remember when we moved into our house when I was younger and the amount of BOXES. UGH. You don’t even realize how much stuff you have until you have to put it all into moveable containers….

    And lets not talk about the boxes I still have in my basement from college full of stuff (I graduated 2 years ago) Lol


    • Sallyreplied on July 9th, 2014 at 1:41 pm

      This smoothie is soooooooo worth cleaning the food processor. 😉 I think there were about 16 boxes total just for the kitchen. I don’t even know how it all fit into my apartment!


  19. #
    Jasmine @ A cupcake for my thoughtsposted July 9, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Definitely making this, looks so yummy! Those straws are so cute :)


  20. #
    Debraposted July 9, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Wow, how do you manage to run, keep up a blog, and move all at the same time? The orange julius looks wonderful and I wish you could come and stay at my house for awhile!! Great job on the running and I think you are going to pass your goal befire month end! Good luck on the unpacking and organizing and hopefully you feel settled real soon!


    • Sallyreplied on July 9th, 2014 at 1:40 pm

      And plan a wedding.

      I really have NO idea how I am doing all this. A lot of coffee, that’s for sure. Thanks Debra!! Hope you’re having a nice week.


  21. #
    Natalie Munroeposted July 9, 2014 at 11:45 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE vanilla-orange combination, including an Orange Julius at the mall. MMM. Currently, I’m at the shore, and this year, like every year, my first dessert stop is always Kohr Brothers for my vanilla-orange swirl cone! (I come to the shore for the ice cream. Sand, sun, and the ocean I tolerate for the ice cream…)

    I’ll give this smoothie a whirl (in my blender–haha!) when I get home. You’ve definitely converted me to a frozen-banana person; my freezer is full of them now. haha. I think I may’ve said this before in a comment, but I add a little instant vanilla pudding mix to my smoothies when I want a bump of vanilla sweetness. So delicious!


    • Sallyreplied on July 9th, 2014 at 1:39 pm

      Haha that’s why I like the shore too. The Kohr Brothers. 😉 Let me know how you like this smoothie! You’ve told me about the pudding mix – I have yet to try it. Sometime soon, promise!


  22. #
    Beth @ bethcakesposted July 9, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    This is such a great smoothie! Love all the orange flavor in there. I’m currently making all the smoothies I can, so I’ll totally have to try this one! Good luck unpacking your kitchen!


  23. #
    Matt Robinsonposted July 9, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    An orange julius was one of my favorite drinks as a kid, and now I can’t wait to make this smoothie. Bookmarked!!


    • Sallyreplied on July 9th, 2014 at 1:38 pm

      Thanks Matt – this simple summertime smoothie really does take you back to childhood!


  24. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooksposted July 9, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Sally this looks so bright, chipper, and fresh :) Just seeing the color of this makes me happy and I would love one right now!

    I love making orange creamsicle smoothies and I know the banana in yours makes it so creamy…mmm! Pinned!


  25. #
    Lindsay Ann @ Lindasy Ann Bakesposted July 9, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    I always get too excited and try and put way too many ingredients in smoothies. I love how simple this is, not to mention creamsicle is like the best summer flavor on the planet!


    • Sallyreplied on July 9th, 2014 at 8:20 pm

      Best flavor on the planet… I can’t argue with you on that! I always try to put 1,000 things in smoothies too. But simple tastes so much better.


  26. #
    Kellyposted July 9, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Between reading your blog, FB and Insta – you’ve convinced me to try this 100 mile challenge! At first I was thinking, crap I have to wait until August 1st – Then I realized I can start any day and do it for 30 days! Hah, I plan on starting next week! I love the idea of it because it will keep me motivated to run! This orange creamsicle smoothie looks ridiculously amazing. I love citrus flavors with vanilla. I was never a big fan of the orange julius craze, but loved those orange cream push pops!

    Thanks for sharing, Sally :)


    • Sallyreplied on July 9th, 2014 at 8:18 pm

      Thanks Kelly and I’m so, so happy you are on board with the 100 mile challenge for 30 days. You can do it! Keep me updated on how it’s going too :)


  27. #
    Rebecca @ Hello Creative Blogposted July 9, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Love this! I make something similar with strawberry, peach, and a little white chocolate pudding powder. It reminds me of those push pops. Can’t wait to try this!


    • Sallyreplied on July 9th, 2014 at 8:17 pm

      Oh that combo sounds delicious Rebecca!


  28. #
    Amy @ Thoroughly Nourished Lifeposted July 9, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    You are powering through July already! Moving, running, sipping – go Sally! Go!
    I love this ‘sunny day in a glass’ and I love that I can sip it in the comfort of my heated house after a winter’s day run and pretend that it’s hot outside :)
    Good luck with the unpacking Sally and the 100 miles too.
    (I’m up to 38 in my 120 mile challenge – you are my inspiration this month!)


    • Sallyreplied on July 9th, 2014 at 8:15 pm

      NICE! 38 is a great pace so far Amy! I haven’t ran the past few days because of moving – hoping to get a long one in tomorrow. Enjoy this post workout smoothie!


  29. #
    Lindsey @ American Heritage Cookingposted July 9, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    I need to go to the grocery store like woah, but I do have all the ingredients for this yummy smoothie, which I consider to be a sign that I need to make it tonight. Post workout. Yes, yes I do. Looks so fresh and yummy I can’t resist!

    And good luck organizing that kitchen! If I lived closer I would volunteer my services, because I love nothing more than some kitchen organization! Hello, drawer dividers!


    • Sallyreplied on July 9th, 2014 at 8:14 pm

      LOVE drawer dividers! And that probably makes me a huge nerd. Hope you enjoy this smoothie Lindsey!


      • Lindsey @ American Heritage Cookingreplied on July 9th, 2014 at 9:47 pm

        If you’re a nerd, then I don’t even what to know what I am! lol!

        Full confession: I skipped the gym but made this smoothie anyways! It was delicious!

  30. #
    Meredithposted July 9, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Hi Sally!
    I got your cookbook in the mail today-and I have to say it is the most beautiful, exciting cookbook ever. So straight-forward, so colourful, and full of delicious looking recipes. Can’t wait to start baking!
    Also, this smoothie looks delicious, all with ingredients sitting in my kitchen. Yay!


    • Sallyreplied on July 9th, 2014 at 8:10 pm

      Thanks Meredith! I’m so glad you received the cookbook today and love it so far. :)


  31. #
    Caleyposted July 9, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    I can never get enough citrus! This looks like summer in a cup, haha. I love grapefruit, and I feel like it isn’t used in recipes often, so I’d love to try this recipe with a lovely pink grapefruit :)


    • Sallyreplied on July 9th, 2014 at 8:08 pm

      mmm that would be delicious Caley! I’ll try that next time I make it for sure.


  32. #
    Jackposted July 9, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Looks so yummy!


  33. #
    Rachel @the dessert chroniclesposted July 9, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Good luck with that kitchen! I’m sure it will all come together wonderfully. This creamsicle smoothie definitely looks like the perfect treat for the hot weather we’ve been having. Can’t wait to give it a try asap!


  34. #
    Amy @ Amy's Healthy Bakingposted July 9, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Good luck with all of your unpacking Sally! It’s one of those necessary evils that feels as if it never ends, but it’s so rewarding to have an organized kitchen (and house too!) once you’re through. When we moved into our current house (that we’re leaving in 2 months, oof!), I remember that the most annoying part was cutting and laying down contact paper in all of the shelves and drawers. Not exactly looking forward to that again, but it’d be worth it to have a double oven and tons of counter space! 😉


  35. #
    Shwetaposted July 9, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Hi Sally,
    Love your work. Your photographs are wonderful and recipes are awesome.


  36. #
    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookieposted July 9, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    Oh I must have this! Looks as good as it sounds.


  37. #
    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keepsposted July 10, 2014 at 12:43 am

    Eeek! I used to LOVE orange julius’ when I was a kid! Gots to try this!


  38. #
    Jaclynposted July 10, 2014 at 1:26 am

    I’m pretty sure I could drink this every day! I love orange creamsicles and this looks incredibly refreshing, perfect for summer!


  39. #
    Caitlin @ teaspoonposted July 10, 2014 at 4:48 am

    1/3 of your goal already down! That’s awesome. I want to sun to come back out where I live so I can drink something cold like this!


  40. #
    Aaliyahposted July 10, 2014 at 6:06 am

    The unpacking is worth it Sally. Double Oven. Double Oven.


    • Sallyreplied on July 10th, 2014 at 10:06 am

      I keep repeating that to myself. :)


  41. #
    Amanda - A Cookie Named Desireposted July 10, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Orange Creamsicle anything is delicious. This is such a great guilt-free smoothie I will probably end up drinking all summer long. Pinned.


  42. #
    Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventuresposted July 10, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Good luck with your 100 mile challenge! That sounds rough!


    • Sallyreplied on July 10th, 2014 at 5:30 pm

      IT IS!


  43. #
    Mary Francesposted July 10, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Frozen bananas for life. I’ve decided summer wouldn’t be summer without them! Good luck with the kitchen organizing … at least you will know where everything is! The worst is trying to figure out someone else’s kitchen (as I’m sure you know) That is not fun :)
    Love this refreshing and oh so easy summer drink Sally! Smoothie variations are always welcome!


  44. #
    Jess @ On Sugar Mountainposted July 10, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Orange creamsicle just screams summer to me – and with how hot and humid it’s been, this smoothie has my name written all over it! 😀


  45. #
    PassTheKnifeposted July 10, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    So many smoothies I need to try this summer, this is going on the list!


  46. #
    Cynthiaposted July 10, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    Hello Sally,

    I really don’t like the taste of ripe bananas and find it overpowering regardless of what it’s mixed in. Is there any other fruit you could use to replace the banana in this recipe?


    • Sallyreplied on July 11th, 2014 at 5:29 am

      I don’t have any other fruit in mind to keep the creamsicle taste. How about vanilla frozen yogurt?


      • Cynthiareplied on July 11th, 2014 at 12:20 pm

        Sounds like a good idea, I’ll try it!

  47. #
    Anna (Hidden Ponies)posted July 11, 2014 at 1:55 am

    This looks so perfect for the super hot weather we’re having here right now! Happy unpacking Sally :)


  48. #
    Shannynposted July 11, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    I LOVE all your smoothie recipes. I was super happy to find frozen spinach cubes (the size of a standard ice cube) ON SALE last week in the frozen food section! Add one or two into my smoothies and bam. Can’t even taste it and you get that extra popeye punch. Lol


  49. #
    Julieposted July 12, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Oh my goodness is this ever delicious!! Thank you for creating this divine smoothie specimen!! It just vaulted to the top of my smoothie list!!!


    • Sallyreplied on July 13th, 2014 at 7:25 pm

      So glad you enjoy this smoothie recipe Julie! Thanks so much for reporting back.


  50. #
    Megposted July 15, 2014 at 11:21 am

    This is AMAZING!!!! I just discovered your website and I love your stuff. I am an awful cook but have had success with a couple things already. Though after making this I might not bother with anything else!


    • Sallyreplied on July 15th, 2014 at 2:29 pm

      I’m so glad you love this smoothie! It’s my current obsession. Hope you do try a few other recipes though Meg!


  51. #
    Tara | Treble in the Kitchenposted August 12, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Looks fabulous and delicious! I love orange in my smoothies!


  52. #
    maksposted August 18, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    what would happen if i didnt add orange zest


  53. #
    Candaceposted August 20, 2014 at 7:55 am

    This looks so good! I craved orange creamsicles like a mad woman when I was pregnant with my son, too bad I didn’t have this recipe then but I’ll definitely try it soon :)


  54. #
    Fatimaposted December 12, 2014 at 6:40 am

    yummmmyy, never had this before, so good tasting, i can only have it in winter because oranges are seasonal here, made it today and it was delicious.


  55. #
    Robinposted December 27, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    Hi, curious about the frozen banana. Does it need to be frozen or can you use a regular banana? Thanks.


    • Sallyreplied on December 27th, 2014 at 7:15 pm

      Hi Robin. If you want a creamy smoothie that is thick enough to eat with a spoon, then frozen banana is your answer. Typically smoothie recipes call for ice to thicken the texture, but I find ice waters it down. The frozen banana gets the job done without giving the smoothie a slushy texture.

      A regular banana is fine, but frozen is ideal for best taste and texture.


  56. #
    Jimiposted February 2, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    is there a way to replace bananas? i am allergic to bananas and most of these recipes have bananas :(((


  57. #
    selenaposted February 20, 2015 at 1:57 am

    This looks so good, but allergic to banana – any replacement suggestions for that?


    • Sallyreplied on February 20th, 2015 at 2:33 pm

      a little more yogurt and a few ice cubes is a nice substitute. to really keep that creamy texture and creamsicle taste, how about vanilla frozen yogurt.


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