Skinny Orange Julius

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Skinny Orange Julius
Here’s my skinny version of a mall favorite,“Orange Julius.”  I figured out the two secret ingredients in the Orange Julius, vanilla extract and milk!  The vanilla softens the hard, acidic edge of the juice and produces a unique flavor, which is fruity and creamy. The milk further softens the blend.  I’ve made it skinny by using light vanilla soy milk or almond milk and a little sugar substitute. You could also make it with reduced-fat or fat-free milk, if you prefer. This skinny recipe has about half the calories, only one third the sugar of a regular Orange Julius and 3 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS. This is a refreshing smoothie for anyone who’s lactose intolerant but everybody is going to love this.  So give it a whirl, grab a straw and start skinny sipping!

Prep Time: 5 minutes


⅔ cup orange juice

cup light vanilla soy milk (I like Silk Light Vanilla Soy milk) light vanilla almond milk, reduced-fat or fat-free milk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 packages Stevia, Splenda, Equal or any sugar substitute or regular sugar, to taste

1½ cups ice cubes


1. Add all the ingredients to a blender.

2. Blend on high for about 1 minute or until the ice is crushed and the smoothie becomes frothy.

Makes 1 smoothie

Food Fact
The Orange Julius was first introduced in 1926 at a food stand in Los Angeles, owned by Julius Freed.  It was the official drink of the 1964 New York World’s Fair.

Soy milk is a drink made from soybeans.  It’s produced by soaking dry soybeans and grinding them with water.

Healthy Benefit
Orange juice is loaded with vitamin C.  One 8 ounce glass supplies 100% of the daily value for vitamin C.

Soy milk contains about the same proportion of protein as milk.  It’s a good source of lecithin and vitamin E.

Substitution Tip
This smoothie also works great with fat-free or reduced-fat milk although I was pleasantly surprised by how great the vanilla soy milk or vanilla almond milk taste in this smoothie.

Weight Watchers
(old points) 2
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 Skinny Orange Julius
130 calories, 1g fat, 3g protein, 24g carbs, 1g fiber, 34mg sodium, 19g sugar
FAT FACTS: for 1 regular Orange Julius
270 calories, 1g fat, 1g protein, 68g carbs, 1g fiber, 10mg sodium, 62g sugar

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17 Responses to “Skinny Orange Julius”

  1. Patty Andersen Says:

    Yum…..Erik and I are drinking now. Sure glad soymilk and o.j. come in 1/2 gallon containers….!

  2. Patience Says:

    I have watched a Good Eats episode with Alton Brown and also the Pioneer Women both make knock off recipes of this and the secret is All Whites Egg White powder. I have tried it with liquid and its good but the powder is better. It’s not that many calories and hey you get a little protein too. But thanks for this. Also a good swap is using trop 50 oj. I love Orange Julius so much.

  3. admin Says:

    Thanks for all the good info Patience!

  4. Linda Roisum Says:

    This sounds awesome. I haven’t had an Orange Julius in years because of all of the sugar. I’m going to have to try this. Thanks for sharing for Smoothie Tuesday over at Project Healthy Ever After. –Linda

  5. admin Says:

    Oh good, hope you enjoy it Linda. Thanks for hosting such a fun smoothie party on your FB page, Project Healthy Ever After!

  6. Mimi Says:

    Agree with Patience…it is the powdered egg whites because it is what makes it frothy and light (not in calories) just like a true Orange Julius. I’ve been making them at home for years and have always cut back on the sugar or used sugar substitute, but it just isn’t the same without those powdered egg whites!

  7. admin Says:

    Thanks for sharing Mimi! I’ve never made it using powdered egg whites. I’ll give it a try!

  8. Bre Says:

    This is absolutely DELICIOUS with the addition of a ripe banana. The banana thickens it up and makes it much more frothy, and (in my opinion) brings it closer to the taste of a traditional Orange Julius! I find the recipe yields more than enough for two people to enjoy.

  9. admin Says:

    Great feedback Bre! Thanks so much for sharing. I’m going to give it a try with banana next time!
    All the best,

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  11. admin Says:

    Thanks so much for including my Skinny Orange Juice in your meal plan this week! All looks so yummy.
    All the best,

  12. National Creamsicle Day | Northwest Ohio Primary Care Physicians Says:

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  13. admin Says:

    Thanks so much for sharing my Skinny Orange Julius Kristin…I hope you enjoy it!
    All the best,

  14. Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch Says:

    Pinning this one for later I wonder if it would work well with rice milk? I love that it uses stevia I have some in the cupboard!

  15. admin Says:

    Although I’ve never tried this with rice milk, I bet it would taste great Serena. Enjoy and thanks for pinning!

  16. Triple C Says:

    I find that by using a very ripe pineapple and oranges, I can omit the sugar altogether. Also, instead of ice cubes (which would water down the flavor) use frozen soy or almond milk cubes.

  17. admin Says:

    I like like your tips. Thanks for sharing!

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