Homemade Orange Julius

Orange Julius treat

One of my favorite drinks when I was younger was the Orange Julius.  This weekend my parents gave us a whole basket of fresh oranges for Christmas and we decide to make homemade Orange Julius with them.  It was a great treat and the first Orange Julius experience our kids have ever had.  They loved it!

A typical recipe can be not too healthy.  Plus we have milk allergies in our family.  So we made a few modifications to fit our family better.

Here’s the recipe we used:

  • 6 ounces frozen orange juice concentrate (we bought a 12 ounce can and cut the contents in half)
  • 3/4 cup fresh juiced orange juice (this is the healthy part we added)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup coconut milk (you can use regular milk but we had to adjust for the allergies)
  • 1/4 cup sugar plus a little more (we would have used Sucanat instead but we ran out; it would have been healthier)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (our kids liked a little bit more vanilla added)
  • 9 – 10 ice cubes

fresh juiced orange juice


Put all ingredients in a blender except the ice cubes and start blending.  Add the ice cubes one at a time until you have the wonderful frothy concoction.  Pour in a glass and enjoy!

One secret ingredient our kids added that topped it off for them was a few squirts of whipped cream on top.  What great fun it was.


Have you made an Orange Julius?  What was your recipe?

blending Orange Julius

Larry Braley

About Larry Braley

Blessed husband to a wonderful, virtuous woman and father of five, a daughter-in-law and granddaughter. Raised on a midsize farm in the midwest during my childhood and early teen years. Moved away for several years to live the corporate life. Glad to be back in the country raising my family, teaching life skills and developing our mini-farm.
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