Healthier Copycat Orange Julius

Today I am sharing one of our favorite drinks – the Healthier Copycat Orange Julius.  While I’ve had the Copycat Orange Julius recipe in my recipe box for years, I’ve made quite a few changes over time to make a healthier drink, and also to suit our tastes.  Even though I’ve “healthied up” my recipe, this version still tastes like an Orange Julius –  a creamy, dreamy orange vanilla dreamsicle.

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My current version includes a surprise ingredient:  yellow squash.  You can’t taste the squash at all, pinkie promise.  You’re just going to have to trust me on this! Confession time:  I’m not a big fan of yellow squash.  I’ve tried to like it (really, I have).  I’ll eat it but it’s certainly not high on my list of produce favorites.  The Hubby and The Teens like it even less than I do. I’m also not a proponent of hiding veggies in food but I make an exception for this recipe.  If The Teens knew I put squash in this drink they would never, ever drink it again – game over.  Mums the word, okay?

I no longer cringe when I receive yellow squash in my Bountiful Basket because I know exactly how I will use them.  I got the idea of adding yellow squash to my Copycat Orange Julius from the Fresh Blends cookbook by Blendtec.

In addition to posting the recipe as I currently make it, I am including some of the ingredients from my original version for additional options.  I think this drink is sweet enough without adding any sugars or honey, though.

HEALTHIER COPYCAT ORANGE JULIUS

INGREDIENTS:
3 oz. frozen orange juice concentrate
1/2 cup Vanilla almond milk (feel free to substitute your favorite milk)
1-2 oranges, peeled and cut in half
1/4 cup yellow squash, chopped, uncooked
1/2 – 3/4 cup ice cubes
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Optional:  1 tbsp. powdered sugar, to make it frothy (I don’t add)
Optional:   1/4 cup sugar or 1 Tbsp. honey (I don’t add either)

DIRECTIONS:
1.  Place ingredients in blender jar and attach lid.
2.  Blend until smooth and serve.

Serves 2.

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HEALTHIER COPYCAT ORANGE JULIUS
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Recipe type: Beverage
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 3 oz. frozen orange juice concentrate
  • ½ cup Vanilla almond milk (feel free to substitute your favorite milk)
  • 1-2 oranges, peeled and cut in half
  • ¼ cup yellow squash, chopped, uncooked
  • ½ - ¾ cup ice cubes
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • Optional:  1 tbsp. powdered sugar, to make it frothy (I don't add)
  • Optional:   ¼ cup sugar or 1 Tbsp. honey (I don't add either)
Instructions
  1. Place ingredients in blender jar and attach lid.
  2. Blend until smooth and serve.
  3. Serves 2.

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