I am hooked!

Friends, I am obsessed.  With making smoothies.  Especially smoothies of the Orange Julius kind.

For weeks now, I've been making smoothies and stocking up on fruit more than usual.  I've been going through it like it's going out of style and my body is liking it as well.  I've been making smoothies from here and here and thus have been plowing through plain yogurt and running out of agave nectar pretty fast.  Thank goodness the Dill Pickle Coop is right down the street!  Anyway...

The other day, I was looking up ideas for making a delicious smoothie using the absurd amount of clementines we had in our fridge (there was a sale at Stanley's that you just can't pass up).  Lo and behold, my high school friend, Ali, had the perfect recipe ::

Fresh Orange Smoothie a.k.a. Orange Julius but better...

{photo courtesy of Gimme Some Oven}

First off, Ali's blog has not only the cutest name but is chock full of amazing recipes.  It's one of my go-to sites for cooking/baking inspiration, recipes, drooling, etc.  But seriously, this smoothie has completely stolen my heart.  

Ingredients ::

  • 4 fresh oranges, peeled (I used clementines - whatever works)
  • 2 cups ice (if you pop the oranges in the freezer for about 30 minutes beforehand, you can use less ice which adds more flavor - see Ali's tip)
  • 1/3 cup milk (I use almond milk but whatever kind will work just fine)
  • 2 tbsp. honey (or agave nectar or sugar)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla (secret ingredient!!)
  • zest of one orange
Blend and enjoy!  Over and over and over again!

Keep up the good work, Ali!

PS - orange you glad I shared this?!  Sorry, had to do it.


Erika Lee Sears March 3, 2011 at 3:42 PM  

My husband loves loves loves Orange Julius.. He will run up the stairs and declare he is going to Orange Julius. :) lol

Sophie March 3, 2011 at 3:48 PM  

ohh YUM this looks so good! i am smoothie obsessed too! they are so good x

jeanette from everton terrace March 3, 2011 at 5:36 PM  

We just had smoothies this morning! We drink them several times a week during the summer (replaces our oatmeal) but not nearly as fancy as yours. I don't like milk so ours a little more full of sugar :)
I use frozen mango chunks, flax seed (sometimes flax oil too) bananas and oj. We call that one "mango madness" and when we use berries we call it "berry blast" - yum. Clementines sound great!

Mel March 3, 2011 at 5:38 PM  

That sounds delish! I just discovered how amazing my immersion blender can be and I think this might be a recipe to try with it. Thanks!

this free bird March 3, 2011 at 5:45 PM  

jillian michaels tweeted me today. i've got to get on this wagon.

FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION March 3, 2011 at 6:01 PM  

Orange Julius was my favorite!! This makes me happy...I'm off to blend away!

Vintage is for Lovers March 3, 2011 at 6:06 PM  

Yummy! I love anything orange! (But I may have to throw in a splash of liquor. shhh) ;) xo Samantha

Gina March 3, 2011 at 6:23 PM  

I am very glad u shared this!!! It looks yummmy. Thanks for the recipe, I've been wanting to start making smoothies too.

Jennifer March 3, 2011 at 6:35 PM  

I cannot waiiiiit to try this! =) yay!

lauren lanza osias March 3, 2011 at 6:50 PM  

mmmmm. yum. that sounds so good!!! now don't get grossed out but my favorite smoothie is kale, peanut butter, chocolate rice protein powder, and almond milk. ohmylordy. delicious.

a giveaway!!! yay!!!

Jess March 3, 2011 at 6:54 PM  

Well, even though I'm somewhat disappointed this is not an alcoholic beverage after taking my class to the RODEO today... (although I'm sure I could make it one if I tried!) This looks amazing! I think I just might make one tonight!

la petite coquine March 3, 2011 at 7:12 PM  

This sounds SO delicious! A must try!

Farmchick March 3, 2011 at 7:44 PM  

My husband loves smoothies...just doesn't like to make them. Guess who does?! Nice recipe!

jillian :: cornflake dreams. March 3, 2011 at 7:52 PM  

wow that sounds amazing! we have a blender but we never used it because its a pain to clean.... BUT we just got a dishwasher the other month (fancy i know) so maybe ill give it a go. xoxo jcd :: cornflake dreams

Gabriella {sensiblyluxe} March 3, 2011 at 7:55 PM  

This sounds delicious. I wish I could try it except I don't have a blender! This is too, too bad bec I LOVE Orange Julius smoothies!

Miss Lindsay March 3, 2011 at 8:44 PM  

I wish I had an Orange Julius near me...this solves the issue!

Julie {love, julie} March 3, 2011 at 9:05 PM  

You do not even realized how excited I am to try this smoothie. I may go to the store to get the stuff tonight, I'm not sure.

{lovely little things} March 3, 2011 at 10:31 PM  

I just hopped on the smoothie bandwagon, enjoying it so far!

Sandy a la Mode March 4, 2011 at 1:41 AM  

yumm!! i LOVE me a mango, blueberry, strawberry smoothie!!

Bianca March 4, 2011 at 1:56 AM  

yes please! this sounds so tasty right about NOW.

Laura Mashir March 4, 2011 at 3:05 AM  

Looks YUM! love smoothies!I always feel too lasy to make one,but will try this one for sure!

Paper Heart Girl March 4, 2011 at 4:44 AM  

Ahhhh, lovely! This looks so good, and full of vitamin C! x

vintch March 4, 2011 at 7:56 AM  

oh goodness gracious! this looks delish! robert's grandma sends home oranges with him like it's nobody's business, and we always have too many before they go bad! thank you for sharing!!

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime March 4, 2011 at 8:57 AM  

sounds refreshing! i love the idea of using clementines...more sweet!

Melissa: Write it in Lipstick March 4, 2011 at 9:41 AM  

My husband makes the best Orange smoothies I will have to tell him about this.

stephanie March 4, 2011 at 9:43 AM  

that sounds SO perfect!! stephen makes them sometimes and they are so delicious...maybe i'll share this recipe with him so he can perfect them ;)

theolivetree March 4, 2011 at 9:55 AM  

THANKS! THIS LOOKS YUMMY!! now I sad because we have no oranges :(

Gloria March 4, 2011 at 12:27 PM  

i'm such a fan of gimme some oven :-) will definitely be making this for breakfast tomorrow!

Amber Blue Bird March 4, 2011 at 1:56 PM  

that looks like a great drink to start your day off with, I have been making smoothies recently too but have only tried strawberry with bananas...will have to give this one a go

Marissa March 4, 2011 at 2:23 PM  

This is kind of brilliant. I never know what to do when I buy one of those huge boxes of clementines.

Oh, My Darling March 4, 2011 at 5:51 PM  

Ooh, what a great idea! I'm coming down with a cold and this could be a great way to infuse extra vitamin C into my life!!!

Johanna March 6, 2011 at 9:28 AM  

This looks so good. I am totally making this! Thanks for including the recipe!

Alyssa Goodnight March 6, 2011 at 9:58 PM  

I'll have to try this version. My Orange Julius recipe is just a little bit different, and I LOVE it. Have tried pineapple too, and was planning to try strawberry next.

I still wish I had access to an Orange Julius though...

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