Our Healthier Orange Creamsicle Smoothie is one that’s all-natural, dairy-free, and vegan with no sugars added and a little protein powder to help boost my morning. It’s perfect and soothingly delicious!
I haven’t made a smoothie in a while and was craving for one the other day. Oranges are still in season and we always have our produce drawer filled with them, so why not take advantage of these beauties.
I thought this would be a great opportunity to make a healthier version smoothie using oranges. And, let me tell you – it was a great idea!
Smooth, delicious tasting, and with enough protein powder in it to get me going with my morning. It was perfect!
Why is this smoothie healthier?
Oranges and bananas are naturally loaded with sugar, so it’s not necessary to add additional sugars to this recipe.
While other smoothies may contain extra sugars from honey, maple syrup, processed orange juice, or sweetened non-dairy beverages, this one does not contain any of those ingredients.
Instead, in this healthier version, this smoothie is made with a fresh orange delivering a delicious orange flavor that’s refreshing and naturally sweet without any extra added sugar.
Plus, this citrus drink will quench anyone’s thirst instantly. It’s a great combination of flavor that’s loaded with additional vitamins!
Ingredients for Healthier Orange Creamsicle Smoothie:
Fresh orange: you will need to peel and remove all the pith from it (the pith is that spongy white stuff between the peel and the orange). The pith is very bitter and it will alter the taste, so it’s best to remove it.
Banana: frozen banana is preferred, but it won’t be a deal-breaker.
Vanilla extract: just a little goes a long way.
Almond milk: I prefer unsweetened organic almond milk. Less sugar = fewer calories.
Protein powder: you can add in your favorite plain or vanilla protein powder.
Ice Cubes: you will need about 4 to 5 ice cubes, or more to make it thicker and creamer.
Questions and Answers…
1. Can we make it without protein powder?
Yes, you certainly can! And it will still have a refreshing and delicious flavor.
2. Can I double this recipe?
This recipe makes one tall glass for one serving, but you can easily double the ingredients to make more servings.
3. Why I love using fresh orange in a smoothie.
With 1 medium-size orange you get:
No fat or sodium.
3 grams of fiber.
12 grams of sugar.
1 gram of protein.
14 micrograms of vitamin A.
70 milligrams of vitamin C.
and it’s only 60 calories.
Notes and Tips…
- Smoothies should be consumed as soon as they are made.
- They are not meant to be made and saved to consume later in the day.
- You can freeze smoothies in a container, or in a popsicle mold and then enjoy them frozen.
Finally, if you venture out to try more healthy smoothies, you might enjoy these:
- Kale Strawberry Pineapple Protein Smoothie
- The Green Drink Spinach Smoothie
- The Hummingbird Smoothie
- Kale Apple Banana Smoothie
- Mixed Berry Protein Smoothie
Prep Time 6 minutes
Total Time 6 minutes
- 1 medium-size orange - peeled and sliced
- 1 small frozen banana chopped (about 1 cup)
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup unsweetened Almond milk
- 1/4 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 4 to 5 ice cubes
- Place all the ingredients into your blender and blend to smooth consistency. Add more ice cubes if needed.
- Yields: 1 serving
Serving Size:1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 227Protein: 10.3g