This is my go-to smoothie when I’m looking for a quick, refreshing immune-boost. This recipe serves two, but honestly sometimes I gulp down the entire batch myself. One batch has an entire orange in it (minus the rind). This means you are getting all the amazing benefits this fruit has to offer including all the fiber and nutrients from the pith and pulp. The white pith of the orange is left on in the preparation and not only does it boost the nutritional profile of this drink, but it also makes it extra frothy and creamy.
And now to talk about the flavor combo going on in this beverage. Vanilla and orange are a flavor match made in heaven if you ask me. Remember creamsicle pops when you were growing up? This is like the healthy liquid version of that. I feel like a sophisticated kid slurping down this creamy, sweet treat.
This smoothie isn’t watered down by ice cubes since the orange has been frozen in advance. It is lightly sweetened with maple syrup making it refined sugar free. And the best part of all is that it comes together in about 3 minutes, so you can whiz it up in your blender first thing in the morning for a refreshing and healthy start to your day.
As we all know, oranges provide loads of immune-boosting vitamin C. And this time of year, we can all use more of that! In fact, evidence suggests that for some people, high doses of Vitamin C might actually shorten a cold by as much as one and a half days. In addition, Vitamin C fights free radicals to prevent or delay certain cancers and heart disease. It is essential for the growth and repair of bodily tissues, helps heal wounds and repairs and maintains healthy cartilage, bones, teeth and skin.
I made these for my girls in place of orange juice and they both went crazy over it. They loved that it was orange and reminded them of Halloween. And, I felt good knowing they were getting the whole fruit and not just the juice. It really is a great way to sneak in vitamin C for your little ones. In general, things in liquid form seem to be very popular with my girls, so it didn’t take them long to slurp this one down. Soon they were both asking for more.
As always, this recipe is vegan, gluten-free, soy-free and peanut-free. It can also be nut-free depending on which non-dairy milk you choose.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family does. If you give it a try, I would love to see your pictures. Please tag them #eatingbyelaine on social media so I can see. Cheers!
- 1 navel orange, peeled and frozen*
- 1¼ cup unsweetened vanilla non-dairy milk (such as almond, rice or coconut - I use almond milk)
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup
- Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and process until smooth and creamy. If you have a tamper for your high speed blender you can use that to help get it started. Otherwise, you may need to add extra milk to help thin it out. Alternatively, you can let the frozen orange chunks thaw out a minute or two before blending.
- Pour into two glasses and enjoy immediately.
Below you can see the frozen orange segments on the baking sheet lined with non-bleach parchment paper after sitting in the freezer overnight. See the notes section of the recipe above for more tips on how to freeze your orange.
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