Real Food "Orange Julius"

Before the green smoothie craze and before the Jamba Juice boom, there was Orange Julius. It was a hallmark pitstop on trips to the mall with my mother. It wasn't the same as the Jamba Juice craze: no one thought I'm going to get an Orange Julius because I really need some Vitamin C, or at least not the way they think I'm going to get an extra shot of C in my Jamba Juice because I feel a cold coming on. Nope, the Orange Julius craze was motivated by one thing: that classic, creamy, delicious drink, and how happy it made your taste buds. 

When you say "Orange Julius" enough times in a row, you start to wonder Why Julius? (Say it with me, Orange Julius, Orange Julius, Orange Julius. You're starting to wonder now, right?).

Turns out, back in the 1920s, Julius was just a guy with a cart. His product? Orange juice. He only sold about $20 worth of juice a day, but I guess he must've loved what he was doing because he kept tinkering with his recipe until one day, he had a winner. (Please tell me I am not the only one that gets totally lost in the maze of Wikipedia, clicking from one article to the next, spiraling from one history lesson to a semi-related science lesson, and then off to something I didn't even know I was looking for). 

So ok, even after all of this thinking about Orange Julius beverages, I wasn't about to go get one-- not even to quench the thirst I was working up. I haven't checked the nutrition information on a traditional information (...Scratch that. I Just did. I'm glad I drank this instead), but I knew I could make something just as quenching using real food.

Right when I worked up my craving, Sunwarrior contacted me about a recipe. Is that good timing or what? 

Mission accepted. 

Sunwarrior's protein is GRAIN-FREE!  

I've featured Sunwarrior's Warrior Blend before, in this Thin Mint Milkshake. Their proteins are not Paleo, but they are grain-free and made with real ingredients. I personally like to add a bit of protein powder (and fat!) to smoothies to cut the sugar rush. When I'm headed to the gym for a morning workout, portable, filling, and nourishing are my main objectives. When it's simple enough to make that I don't actually have to be conscious yet? Well that's bonus points. 

Made with coconut milk and freshly squeeze oranges, this one fits the bill!

Real Food “Orange Julius”

Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan    |       |    Print Friendly and PDF

A real food spin on the classic creamy orange beverage.

Yields: 2 smoothies   |    Total Time:



  1. Peel and slice the oranges. Place all ingredients in a high powdered blender and blend until completely liquified.
  2. Pour into 2 glasses and serve immediately.

*Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Sunwarrior, but all opinions and statement are my own. I have no incentive for you to make a purchase from this company. Thanks for your support!