Copycat Orange Julius Recipe

Heather Dessinger

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Orange Julius Recipe

Remember when summer seemed to stretch on forever?

Sleeping in, spending afternoons by the pool, and hitting up the local mall for an Orange Julius – a creamsicle flavored mix of corn syrup solids and artificial flavors – were a few of my favorite activities. It’s time to bring the magic back, y’all.

Like my cherry limeade recipe and watermelon limeade recipe, this remake uses only real food ingredients, and is super simple to mix up.

Want to take the nutrient content up a notch?

I always add in collagen, which is rich in amino acids like glycine and proline, to boost the nutrient value of this summer treat. Glycine supports restful sleep and detoxification, and the two together support collagen production, which helps skin look its best. Make sure to opt for grass-fed collagen, which doesn’t clump in cold liquids like regular gelatin does.

Also, if you have them on hand, you can take the nutrient content up a notch, by adding powdered probiotics (I use GutPro), additional vitamin C in the form of baobob fruit powder (I use about 1/4 teaspoon).

You can also add in 2-3 pastured egg yolks, which are often referred to as “Nature’s Multivitamin” because they’re rich in so many important vitamins and minerals. (Not sure about adding egg yolks? I cover why I’m comfortable with it here, but if you want you can softly boil them before adding them in.)

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Copycat Orange Julius Recipe

Course Beverages
Servings 4 people
Calories 788kcal
Author Heather Dessinger



  • Place the oranges, frozen banana, cream, vanilla, gelatin and egg yolks (if using) in a blender. I use this high-powered blender because it creates a very smooth texture but any one will work. Blend and serve immediately.


Calories: 788kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 54g | Saturated Fat: 31g | Cholesterol: 554mg | Sodium: 82mg | Potassium: 1025mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 2933IU | Vitamin C: 150mg | Calcium: 229mg | Iron: 2mg
This creamy, dreamy Copycat Orange Julius recipe uses only real food ingredients and is super simple to make.

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Heather is a holistic health educator, herbalist, DIYer, Lyme and mold warrior. Since founding in 2009, Heather has been taking complicated health research and making it easy to understand. She shares tested natural recipes and herbal remedies with millions of naturally minded mamas around the world. 

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  1. When I was growing up we would go school shopping once a year at a mall that was about an hour from our home. They had an Orange Julius there and once in a while we could get one or share one. I know back then (early 1970’s) they added raw eggs or yolks to their drinks. In fact, I think they were pretty darn healthy back then. We also watched them juice the oranges fresh for each drink they made. Now, I see you can buy an ‘Orange Julius’ at Dairy Queen. Not the same at all from the originals. Your recipe looks pretty good!

  2. Hmmm, clicked on today’s Strawberry Muffin link and ended up here. Will do a hunt, but thought you might want to know. Love your newsletters. Just posted to my granddaughters FB page the articled about tongue & lips ties, as she will be breastfeeding the new great granddaughter when she’s born, sometime around Dec. 24th. Thanks for all your wonderful and informative posts. Have a great day.

  3. I went to your link on making homemade vanilla extract, but could not find a place where I could leave a comment so I’m back here. I just wanted to say that I found a recipe online for making vanilla extract in an Instant Pot ! and it turned out great!!!!!!…done in 45 minutes instead of 6 months and I compared it to the extract I bought at Kroger’s and you can’t tell the difference. The author is :…I also cheated by using vanilla infused Vodka. I started out with your recipe, but a week later came across Marci’s recipe so I poured everything from my bottles into the Instant Pot and wala!!…yum 🙂

  4. You know that you don’t have to peel the oranges! But do cut off the stem attachment. I just slice the orange, remove the seeds, and blend.

  5. Hi, Just thought I’d mention this can be made with just oranges(freeze the fruit in segments), banana frozen or not,and unflavored yogurt . That’s the way I make it. I do add about 4 oranges for 2 people. 1/2 banana and sometimes add vanilla. Your recipe sounds great too ! Love the great information always ! Thank you.

  6. Can’t wait to try this with a whole orange and one tip I learned 20 years ago for the perfect frothy orange julius is to add powdered egg replacer powder (which is mostly potato starch, I think) instead of the eggs.

  7. Hello. Love your blog! Just FYI: gelatin hydrolysate is actually called collagen powder. Makes it easier to find. It is the “gelatin” that is for cold water applications and recipes, whereas gelatin will only dissolve in hot water.
    Why did you bother putting the nutrition information when they are all blank? It would be nice to have had that information.