Honey Sweetened Orange Julius is a healthy, delicious twist on the classic drink. Packed with vitamins and minerals, it’ll leave you feeling refreshed and nourished!
I know I’m not the only one.
Back in the day (i.e. high school) it was the ‘in’ thing to go to the mall and just wander around. Or sit there and people watch. I wasn’t a very cool high schooler, since music and gymnastics took pretty much all my time, but I can remember a few times when I wandered around. I usually ended up in front of one of two places: the soft pretzel shop, or the Orange Julius stand.
I’m pretty sure mall are a thing of the past at the moment (but retro is in, too, so maybe not?), but my love for Orange Julius’ has not receded with the times. Of course, since celiac changed up my life about 9 years ago, I’ve needed to real-food-ify my beloved treat.
Better than the original.
In case you didn’t know, there’s really not much to an Orange Julius. It’s basically just milk, orange juice, sugar, and ice. In fact, they’re about 1/3 sugar by volume. And if you know me, you know I can’t hang with boatloads of sugar in anything. So of course my first step was to nix the sugar in place of honey. Not only does honey add a delicious flavor to the drink, it adds volumes of nutrition, too!
Though I do love my Orange Julius with actual orange juice, I do enjoy switching things up every now and again too and using clementines. They’re a little sweeter than oranges, but so, so delicious!
Honey Sweetened Orange Julius
Normally an Orange Julius is made whole cow’s milk. Of course, I don’t do cow’s milk, so I opted for almond. If you like the flavor of coconut milk, that’s a tasty option too! And of course, if you have access to raw cow’s milk and can handle that – do it.
Even though oranges and clementines are packed with vitamin C, I like to give my drink a little boost with some good quality vitamin C power. Oranges also contain vitamin A, and both contain folate, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus.
I also love to add in fresh organic egg yolks! If you’re weirded out by that, don’t be. Not only do egg yolk makes the drink thick and creamy, they actually add nutrition, too! Egg yolks are packed full of vitamins like B6, folate, B12, A, D, E, and K. The yolks also have 90 percent of the egg’s calcium and iron!
A delicious variation.
If you love Orange Julius’ as much as I do and you love chocolate. I have a chocolate version of this drink included it in my new ebook, Easy Grain-Free.
Easy Grain Free is full of simple and delicious paleo and primal breakfasts, snacks, lunches, desserts, and drinks – all of which are 100% healthy! Each recipe includes notes with options that help you fit the dish into different diet plans, including keto/low-carb and GAPS Diets, as well.
More healthy drinks.
I know you’ll enjoy these other delicious and healthy drinks. They’re my family’s favorites. Some we eat for breakfast, some for a snack or a healthy treat!
- Anti-Inflammatory Banana Peach Smoothie
- Probiotic Elderberry Water Kefir
- Mineral-Rich Electrolyte Smoothie
- Nutrient Dense Raw Milk Tonic
- Anti-Inflammatory Mixed Berry Switchel
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Honey Sweetened Orange Julius
Free from grain, gluten, dairy, and refined sugar.
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 orange, or 2 clementines, or a mix of both
- 1/2 teaspoon vitamin C powder (optional, but so good for you!)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (I make my own, or use this one)
- 2 organic egg yolks (preferably from pastured hens)
- 3 tablespoons honey (raw/local is best, use 1/2 teaspoon organic liquid stevia for keto option)
- 2 cups ice cubes
Peel oranges/clementines. Place peeled pieces into a blender along with the remaining ingredients. (I use my beloved Blendtec.)
Puree on high until smooth.
For a special treat, top with homemade coconut whipped cream!