I'm fairly certain that the wheels on my metaphoric balance mobile went flat or fell off altogether over the last few weeks in response to an overstuffed work schedule. My daily green juice and smoothies dwindled to about two over a three week period; the closest I got to a meditation practice was a series of audible, frustrated exhalations over my computer at a point when I believed a 15-page psych report I had just finished was deleted (it wasn't -- yay!); and I might have put a little too much trust in the power of dry shampoo in hopes of catching an extra zzz or two each morning. Despite the frazzled pace, I'm grateful for weeks like these because they unveil a new layer of appreciation for the simple things.
So this week is all about slowing down and re-centering. Part of that means reacquainting with energizing, feel-good foods rather than relying solely on quick, grab-and-go meals. Power bowls, morning smoothies, and lingering dinners with Dan are on the docket, and I love it.
This smoothie is bright and sunshiny just like Monday's yellow split pea soup. Lots of beaming golden hues around these parts lately. I don't mind if you don't.
To make this smoothie, you'll blend a frozen banana, fresh orange segments, almond milk, ice, and pure vanilla extract together until smooth. I also like to add in a teaspoon of baobab powder for a boost of vitamin c, soluble fiber, and iron, but you can definitely skip this if you don't have it on hand.
The result is a smoothie that tastes like a homemade orange creamsicle. The acidity of the citrus is balanced by the banana, and the vanilla adds the perfect touch of flavor.
Orange Creamsicle Smoothie
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 orange peeled and seeded
- ½ cup almond milk
- ½ cup ice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- optional superfood add-in: 1 teaspoon baobab powder
- Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender, and blend on high for 1-2 minutes or until smooth.
Aspen Jay says
Delicious looking and its good for you! Thanks for this!
Thalia @ butter and brioche says
I love how healthy this orange smoothie is! I always make smoothies for breakfast so the recipe is just ideal.. thanks for sharing it!
Thanks, Thalia! Smoothies are my absolute favorite in the morning. Such an awesome way to start the day!
What do you think about making these into Popsicles?
Hi, Monica! I think that's an awesome idea! I'm not sure how they'll freeze up, but I think it's certainly worth a try. I bet if you sub coconut milk for the almond milk, they'll become even more creamsicle like when they freeze. I'd love to hear how it goes if you give it a try!
Celeste Jackson says
Oh, this might be my new favorite smoothie! Looks so refreshing!
Just made this and while it tasted very nice, it definitely tasted much more like a banana popsicle than like a creamsicle! Next time I'll be using half orange juice instead of almond milk, I think. Thanks for the smoothie idea!
I'm glad you enjoyed it, Lia! I like the idea of using half oj and half almond milk; I do think that would kick up the orange flavor a notch. Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback!
Holy mother of goodness, this was delicious! I tried it since I had a bazillion oranges and it tastes just like an orange dreamsicle! I gave some to my mom and my son and even they loved it and they hate everything! I will definitely try freezing these in the summer for Popsicles and try the coconut milk substitution. Healthy and delicious? Check and check. Thank you for sharing.
This was delicious! How long will this keep in the fridge?
So happy to hear you’re enjoying it, Kimberly! I wouldn’t keep it longer than a day as the banana flavor will begin to shift and intensify if you keep it much longer.
Do you have the nutritional values for this? Thanks.
Hi, Patty! I'm sorry, but I don't calculate nutritional information for my recipes. There are lots of great online calculators that you can simply drop the post link into and it will automatically populate for you.