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.
http://www.melskitchencafe.com/orange-dreamsicle-smoothie/

Recipe Source: adapted from this recipe at Cooking Light 

26 Responses to Orange Dreamsicle Smoothie {or Popsicles!}

  1. Teresa says:

    Yum, wow that does look like summer. Enjoy those carefree days of summer. My younger one is doing SAT prep this summer and my oldest is working his first summer job. Summer is still always great, just different. I think I will try this yummy treat this weekend!!!

  2. Karen says:

    I have been looking for a smoothie kefir recipe. Would you please share where you find kefir grains and the recipe for yours?
    Thank you,

    • Mel says:

      Hi Karen – I’ll get my kefir tips together to share. I didn’t realize people would be interested! I got kefir grains from a friend who had them (they multiply continuously and so I’m always giving them away or feeding them to my chickens). I don’t use a recipe for kefir smoothies – mostly I throw kefir, banana, OJ, and frozen fruit in the blender (sometimes with spinach) and give it a whirl.

  3. Kristi says:

    Looks yummy! We LOVE all your recipies! Have you done a post on your kefir smoothies? I’m totally interested! Thanks for all your hard work and sharing! My family is happier because of you!

    • Mel says:

      Hi Kristi – I haven’t done a post about kefir yet – mostly because it’s a bit of a small niche-type food. I’ve been culturing our own kefir every day for over a year now and it’s one of those things I’m kind of ridiculously and nerdily passionate about. I suppose if enough people were interested, I could compile my tips and share them? It’s amazing stuff.

  4. I am obsessed with Orange Dreamsicles and this smoothie looks amazing! My kids would love this, too. Thanks for sharing! Pinning to try with my girls soon!

  5. Shawnne says:

    I’d love to hear your kefir recipe!!! (Yes, I am a “need a recipe for a smoothie person” 🙂 )

    • Mel says:

      I don’t use a “recipe” really for the kefir smoothies. Just kefir (about 2 cups), banana, OJ, frozen fruit, and sometimes a drop of agave nectar (if the kefir is pretty tart). I add spinach if I have it and am in the mood, too.

  6. Amber says:

    This was so yummy! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Danielle Dean says:

    I’m also super interested in your kefir tradition

  8. Melissa says:

    I am interested in a post on kefir as well. My husband started cultivating and drinking it it a few months ago to help with digestive issues. But we are lacking any good recipes – he drinks it like rotten milk and it grosses us out!

  9. Jessica says:

    Is there a substitute for bananas? Or can I just leave them out? We have a banana hater in our house who can taste them even in smoothies like this. Thanks!

    • Mel says:

      Sure, you can try just leaving it out. 🙂

      • Jane says:

        I hate banana, too, if it’s raw at least, and so I thought I’d chime in and shae what I do; hope that’s ok. To get a creamy smoothie without banana I often add half an avocado, very ripe. You can’t really taste it and it makes the smoothie creamy and filling.

  10. Marie says:

    Many thanks from an Arizona family, who is so entirely finished with the summer heat, for this fabulously refreshing drink! I see many of these in our near future.

  11. Sandra says:

    Do you use Greek or regular yogurt…or does it even make a difference in smoothies?

  12. Lindsey says:

    This was delicious! Though we usually “wing” our smoothies, this one is definitely worth measuring out. Thanks, Mel!

  13. Stephanie W says:

    These were really yummy! I didn’t have vanilla yogurt (because plain was on sale and I’m mean like that) so I used plain yogurt, increased the vanilla, and added some agave nectar. We definitely didn’t have the patience for popsicles this time, but my boys can’t wait to try it out!

  14. Becky says:

    I would love to here about culturing kefir! I’ve been wanting to cultur my own for a while now.

  15. Jennifer says:

    This was yummy. I added a few drops of orange extract and a tiny bit of stevia to punch up the flavor just a bit.

  16. Amanda says:

    Just made these, and like everything else I’ve made from your recipes, they are DELICIOUS!
    My super picky 3 year old loves it! And her just-turned 1 little brother is nuts over it too. Just like I am!

  17. Anne says:

    We all loved these and now I have something to make with the Costco frozen mangoes I have in my freezer. Thanks, this is delicious!

  18. Raquel says:

    What a great smoothie recipe! I have tried different smoothie recipes in the past. None were bad, but I also never wrote any down to keep in my recipe box. This one is a keeper for the recipe box!! Great flavors and great texture. Thank you!

  19. Jody s says:

    Glad people are asking about the kefir! I’m also curious!!

  20. Jen says:

    We have a bunch of extra oranges, so my 11 year old made this for him and his brother. They loved it and want to make it again.

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