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How to make homemade Orange Julius

The recipe for homemade Orange Julius has been on my blog for ages, but it was paired with the Strawberry Syrup recipe. This was super annoying when you were just googling for the Orange Julius recipe (as I have done many times!).  So, I wanted to give this its own post.

How to make homemade Orange Julius

Homemade Orange Julius drinks are really, really easy to make at home. And they are way cheaper than what you can buy at those mall stands too.

homemade orange julius

We mainly use this recipe when we have breakfast for dinner. It’s a quick addition that makes even basic pancakes feel just a little bit more special.

orange juice concentrate

A few homemade Orange Julius notes

  • The recipe calls for a 6 ounce can of OJ concentrate. These are a little hard to find, and besides, a bigger can is cheaper. So, I buy a regular can and just use half for a recipe. Store the other half in the freezer for your next batch.
  • A good blender definitely makes a difference here. I used to make this with my cheap blender (use what you have!), but the Vitamix does a much better job of pulverizing the ice.

(I wrote a review of my Vitamix along with tips about where to find the cheapest Vitamix.)

orange julius in Vitamix

  • You can adjust the sugar amount as you wish. I often use 1/4 or 1/3 cup of sugar instead of the 1/2 cup called for in the recipe.
  • The vanilla is also very flexible; adjust to taste! This is not a good spot to use imitation vanilla, though; that’s only tasty in baked goods. Use the good stuff here.

Making Orange Julius is quick! Just dump all the ingredients into the blender.

orange julius in blender

And then blend for a minute or two, until it’s smooth and slushy.

orange julius in blender

This melts pretty quickly in warm temperatures, so I like to put our glasses in the freezer while I’m making this drink.

That way, they’re nice and cold when I’m ready to pour.

orange julius in blender

Orange Julius in a glass.

Homemade Orange Julius

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

These slushy orange drinks make a great addition to a breakfast for dinner meal!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar (can use 1/4 or 1/3 cup)
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 6 oz. frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 12-15 ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Place glasses in freezer to chill.
  2. Combine all ingredients in blender; blend for 1-2 minutes, or until mixture is slushy. Pour into glasses and serve immediately.

Notes

To save money, buy a 12 ounce can of orange juice concentrate; use half and freeze the other half for a future batch.

Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 204Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 5mgSodium 39mgCarbohydrates 46gFiber 1gSugar 40gProtein 3g

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Eleanor Stevens

Monday 11th of May 2020

Your can of orange concentrate, 12 oz, does not say how much water to add. Please explain.

Kristen

Monday 11th of May 2020

So, you don't add ANY water for this recipe. The milk and the water specified in the recipe dilute the concentrate perfectly, along with the ice.

Lauren

Saturday 26th of October 2019

My no-smoothies-ever husband really likes this! Definitely a fun treat. Thanks!

Rose

Tuesday 24th of September 2019

My mom used to make these at home for me in the 70s. So delicious. Glad to see the recipe again.

JD

Monday 23rd of September 2019

I want to try this with coconut milk! I had no idea they were so easy.

lori cobbs

Monday 23rd of September 2019

woooow. what a flashback to my childhood and trips to the mall with my mom. she loved these. i am excited to surprise her with a homemade one! :) thank you!!

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