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!

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Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: serves 2
  • Category: Drinks
  • Cuisine: American


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 pure 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 frozen banana and orange. I like this Ninja or this Vitamix.
  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.


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

Keywords: 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!


  1. 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!

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

  2. Erin | The Law Student's Wife says:

    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 Moments says:

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

  4. Tom @ Raise Your Garden says:

    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.

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

  5. Danielle @ Chits and Chats and Chocolate says:

    This looks scrumptious! I am definitely making this soon!

  6. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says:

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

  7. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness says:

    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!

    1. How perfect – you have to try these Taylor!

  8. 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

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

  9. Lina | StrictlyDelicious says:

    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??

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

  10. Alexe @ Keys to the Cucina says:

    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 Lynn says:

    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

    1. 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!

      1. 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. Wow, this definitely beats an Orange Julius! Yum!

  13. Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg says:

    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.

    1. 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 Dough says:

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

    1. 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. 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 Mission says:

    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) says:

    Serious perfection! I love anything creamsicle flavored!!

  18. 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

    1. 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 thoughts says:

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

  20. 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!

    1. 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 Munroe says:

    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!

    1. 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 @ bethcakes says:

    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 Robinson says:

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

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

  24. Averie @ Averie Cooks says:

    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 Bakes says:

    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!

    1. 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. 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 🙂

    1. 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 Blog says:

    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!

    1. Oh that combo sounds delicious Rebecca!

  28. Amy @ Thoroughly Nourished Life says:

    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!)

    1. 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 Cooking says:

    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!

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

      1. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking says:

        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. 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!

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

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