I’m a selfish smoothie maker. I rarely make them for anyone other than myself. Why? Because if I make you a smoothie, I’ll want one, too. And making two servings of smoothie at once just throws off my mojo. Things get too icy, or too thick. And that’s just no good. And heaven help us if you want a different flavor of smoothie than me. I’m not about to clean the blender twice.
So a smoothie for one it is. I think it’s okay to be selfish once in a while, particularly if it’s in the name of the perfect iced fruit beverage.
I had to call this an Almost Orange Julius because after extensive research (read: Googling) I found that most recipes call for sugar — in some cases as much as an 1/8 cup per serving. OUTRAGEOUS! It will be a cold, cold, day in hell before I dump a sweetener of any variety into a smoothie. That’s what the good lord gave us frozen bananas. Am I right?
And while I was healthifying the Orange Julius, I made it vegan. Because why not? Because I never have milk in the house. Because vanilla almond milk is delicious.
So here you have it, friends, an Almost Ornage Julius (for one!)
Almost Orange Julius for One
- 1 cup vanilla almond milk (I used unsweetened)*
- ½ cup orange juice from concentrate
- 1 banana, sliced and frozen
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- A handful of ice
*For a thicker, creamier smoothie, half the milk and add a half cup of yogurt. Of course, your smoothie will no longer be vegan if you go this route.
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend on high until the mixture is completely smooth. Pour into a glass and sip away!