Orange Dreamsicle Smoothie {or Popsicles!}

This easy and delicious orange dreamsicle smoothie is absolutely irresistible and a great way to hang onto summer! Perfect as a smoothie, it also makes delicious little popsicles, too.

Orange Dreamsicle Smoothie

I am hanging onto summer with every muscle in my body (granted, these muscles need a little toning, but still, I’m hanging on strong even if my arms are wobbling).

I refuse to believe that school has already started for some of our friends across the country and am in total denial that I have some school supply shopping to do myself. It will catch up to me in the end, but until then, I’m blissfully happy drinking this smoothie and watching the summer Olympics nonstop.

We have been making this smoothie all throughout the summer. An easy solution to the blazing hot afternoon days since I always have these ingredients on hand. My kids seem to have spent most of their summer days happily running through the sprinkler, making homemade slip-n-slides in the backyard (as evidenced by the two trails of dead grass I’m looking at right now), and putting the sprinkler under the tramp.

I so hope they don’t grow up and want to actually go somewhere to have fun.

Orange Dreamsicle Smoothie

When they get tuckered out or too hot, they run inside, and most often, the boys are the ones piling the yogurt, OJ, banana, and other simple ingredients in the blender for this tasty smoothie. Only once did I feel we were seconds away from the apocalypse when I had to shout at them from across the room at the very last minute to put a lid on top before they hit go.

When we dig deep and find the patience, the delicious orange and mango smoothie (the recipe title refers to mostly color here since the flavor is an orange/mango mix) gets poured into popsicle molds for later snacking.

This orange smoothie is just simple. And good. And even if you are in the camp of people who don’t feel like smoothies need a recipe (I get you, I do), this one deserves a chance and a quick whirl in the blender. Summer in a cup!

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Orange Dreamsicle Smoothie {or Popsicles!}

Yield: Makes about 5 cups of smoothie

Orange Dreamsicle Smoothie {or Popsicles!}

So in an ideal world, I'd always juice my own oranges for this recipe. In reality, I'm usually pulling out the Simply OJ we have in the fridge that we use almost every morning in our kefir smoothies anyway. So...use what you have. The better tasting the orange juice, the better tasting the smoothie.

This smoothie is perfectly sweet as is for our tastes - I usually use the Trader Joe's brand of vanilla yogurt; a lot of the flavor will depend on what brand of yogurt and orange juice you use (and how ripe your banana is) so feel free to adjust ingredients/amounts depending on how sweet you want it. Maybe a drop of agave nectar or honey, if needed?

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup freshly squeezed or storebought orange juice (see note above)
  • 1 1/2 cups vanilla yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cups (about 6 ounces) frozen mangoes
  • 1 ripe, peeled banana
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup ice cubes (more or less, depending on the consistency you want)

Directions

  1. Combine all the ingredients in the blender and process until smooth. Serve immediately or pour into popsicle molds and freeze.
https://www.melskitchencafe.com/orange-dreamsicle-smoothie/

Recipe Source: adapted from this recipe at Cooking LightΒ