I tend to think of smoothies as just breakfast food, when I should be considering them for afternoon energy, too. After all, I think a fruit-infused, whole food beverage will power me through my 5pm hikes a lot better than the dark chocolate I often reach for! The problem is, my smoothies tend to be big, thick shakes that are rather filling. So I dialed it back and focused on fresh, rewarding flavors with this Blueberry Orange Creamsicle Smoothie.
This Blueberry Orange Creamsicle Smoothie is Juice Bar Worthy
Thanks to the fresh-squeezed orange juice and sweet-tart wild blueberries, this smoothie tastes like a flavorful blend that you might get at a popular juice bar. Orange juice is also an interesting ingredient for dairy-free consumers specifically, because it has been linked to improved bone density. Scientists believe the dairy-free bone health benefits may be due to the high levels of natural vitamin C, potassium, citrate, magnesium, and other phytonutrients in oranges, and how they interact together in our bodies.
You can get calcium-fortified orange juice, which also contains a highly absorbable form of calcium. But I must admit, this blueberry orange creamsicle smoothie tastes amazing with fresh-squeezed orange juice. Seriously, try it, the flavor is amazing!
Special Diet Notes: Blueberry Orange Creamsicle Smoothie
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, top food allergy-friendly, oil-free, vegan, plant-based, vegetarian, and paleo-friendly.
- ¾ cup orange juice (preferably fresh-squeezed)
- ½ cup frozen blueberries (I use wild blueberries)
- ¼ cup coconut cream
- ¾ teaspoon pure vanilla flavoring (see Vanilla Note below)
- Ice (optional)
- Place the orange juice, Wild Blueberries, coconut cream, and vanilla in your blender and puree until smooth.
- If a cooler, slightly thicker drink is desired, blend in some crushed ice.
- Pour into a glass and serve with a straw!