This easy Orange Julius recipe is made with orange juice, milk, water, ice vanilla and a frozen banana. 
Growing up my mom made homemade Orange Julius all the time!  As a mom myself, I love making it for my kids because I always have the ingredients on hand!  If you love fruit smoothies, try this Healthy Breakfast Smoothie, Strawberry Banana Protein Smoothie or  Beginners Green Smoothie.
A clear glass of orange julius with a wedge of an orange on the rim and a spoon and sliced oranges in the background.
I’ve been obsessed with smoothies and drinks for breakfast lately. I think it’s partly because fresh fruit has been plentiful and cheap at the grocery store, so I’ve been stocking up!  It’s making me really excited for summer.
Orange Julius is a fruit smoothie that is made by combining orange juice with ice cubes, sweetener, milk, and vanilla.  The term was originally the name of American beverage store that created the original orange Julius fruit smoothie.  But it’s so easy to make at home that it’s become a household name.

What I love about this recipe:

  1. Frozen banana: I usually always add a frozen banana because it makes it thicker and almost creamier.
  2. Secret ingredient: The secret ingredient to this recipe is adding a little bit of powdered sugar.  It adds a fluffy, smooth texture and taste that sends this drink over the top!
  3. Adaptable: I love the traditional version, but I love adding whatever fruit I have on hand to mix things up as well (see variations below).

Ingredients:

  • Frozen orange juice concentrate
  • Water
  • Milk
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Ice Cubes
  • Frozen Banana (optional)
  • Orange Zest (optional)

Overhead photo of the ingredients needed to make orange julius including orange juice concentrate, a liquid measuring cup with milk and water in it, a bowl of ice and a small bowl with powdered sugar.

How to make orange Julius in two steps:

1. Add to blender: milk, water, orange juice concentrate, powdered sugar, vanilla and ice.

2. Blend all the ingredients until smooth.  I like to add a frozen banana and orange zest as well.

A blender with the ingredients for orange julius inside of it, including orange juice concentrate, ice, powdered sugar, vanilla, milk and a frozen banana.

Variations:

  • Add other frozen fruit: Add frozen strawberries, pineapple, etc either in place of the banana or in addition.
  • Strawberry orange Julius: Add 1 ½ cup of fresh or frozen strawberries in place if  the banana.
  • Pineapple orange Julius: Add 1 cup fresh or frozen pineapple.
  • Triple Berry Orange Julius: Add 1 ½ cups of fresh or frozen mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
  • Mango Orange Julius: Add mango from 1 whole mango or 1 cup frozen mango.
  • Vegan orange Julius: substitute almond milk or other non dairy milk.

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Recipe

A clear glass of orange julius with a wedge of an orange on the rim and a spoon and sliced oranges in the background.
Prep 5 mins
Total 5 mins
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Ingredients
  

  • 6 ounces frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 frozen banana , optional
  • zest of 1 orange , optional

Instructions
 

  • Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

Video

Notes

*You could also try adding pineapple, strawberries, or other favorite fruits
Variations:
  • Add other frozen fruit: Add frozen strawberries, pineapple, etc either in place of the banana or in addition.
  • Strawberry orange Julius: Add 1 ½ cup of fresh or frozen strawberries in place if  the banana.
  • Pineapple orange Julius: Add 1 cup fresh or frozen pineapple.
  • Triple Berry Orange Julius: Add 1 ½ cups of fresh or frozen mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
  • Mango Orange Julius: Add mango from 1 whole mango or 1 cup frozen mango.
  • Vegan orange Julius: substitute almond milk or other non dairy milk.

Nutrition

Calories: 202kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 3gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 32mgPotassium: 488mgFiber: 1gSugar: 39gVitamin A: 280IUVitamin C: 61.6mgCalcium: 83mgIron: 0.2mg

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*I originally shared this recipe in February 2014. Updated March 2020.

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Lauren Allen

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  1. Mmm I love orange juliuses so much and the combo of orange and banana is one of my favorites! I can’t wait to try this!

      1. 5 stars
        True, however, the quantity of orange juice must be increased and the amount of water reduced by a like amount.
        For example, one cup + 6 oz orange juice and no water.