During my childhood, Orange Julius was a source of delight on Saturday morning outings to the mall. I remember when my mother insisted that she could duplicate the famous original orange julius smoothie in our own home. She got out her tiny little hand juicer and set to work. At some point, she cracked open an egg and put it in the blender. “We get to be like Rocky!” my older brother chimed in. (If you don’t get the joke, you will make me feel old. So, please don’t say anything.)
These days, raw eggs are unjustly frowned upon thanks to rising outbreaks of salmonella. Of course, I don’t let that stop me. You shouldn’t either. Buy eggs from a small flock of truly pastured hens and eat your raw egg yolks! They’re so deeply nutritious.
Orange Julius, the company, has since adapted its original orange julius recipe to accommodate the changing landscape of conventional nutritional wisdom. Raw eggs? Bah! You’re lucky if you can get an orange julius made without synthetic creamers and flavored powders. (It’s actually kinda scary.)
Want a trip down memory lane? This wholesome, real-food throwback version of an orange julius recipe is the perfect way to enjoy the sweet, fresh oranges coming into season. I’ve even adapted it for those of you who need to be dairy-free.
I’ve chosen to use whole oranges instead of juicing them. What can I say? I’m too lazy to juice. Plus, I believe eating fruit whole is more nourishing. That’s because a whole fruit comes with fiber, pectin, and other goodies that help slow the absorption of the fruit’s sugar so that you’re not left with a sugar rush (and crash).
I’ve also chosen to use more raw egg yolks in this recipe because almost all of the ever-important nutrients like DHA, folate, choline and the essential vitamins like A, D, E, K-2, B-6, & B-12 live in the yolk rather than the white.
Orange Julius Recipe
- 3 medium-large oranges, peeled and de-veined
- 1 cup of raw milk (where to find raw milk) or coconut milk (where to find coconut milk)
- 1 egg plus 2 egg yolks (from pastured hens)
- 1 tsp. real vanilla extract (where to find quality vanilla)
- 2 tbsp coconut sugar, raw honey, or the sweetener of your choice (where to find natural sweeteners)
- 1 1/2 cups of ice
Combine everything except oranges and ice in a blender and mix for about 20 seconds to create a frothy cream. Next, add the oranges and blend for another 20 seconds or until smooth. Finally, add the ice and blend for another 20 seconds.
Yields 2 16oz orange julius drinks.
(photo by ibyangbabe)