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Yum! Copycat Orange Julius Recipe

skinny orange julius | by the skinny confidential

orange julius | by the skinny confidential

I found this post entirely appropriate for the month of October because this drink is ORANGE. Halloween-ish, no?

It also happens to be my favorite childhood treat: ORANGE JULIUS.

If you were born in the 80’s & don’t know what an Orange Julius is, WHO ARE YOU? Wait, what? Have you even lived?

Quick background: an Orange Julius was a total staple at every county fair in the U.S. We legit could not go to the fair without forcing my dad to stand in the longest line ever to buy a sweet, fluffy Orange Julius. The drink tastes like vanilla ice cream with a hint of orange.

Just really perfect in every way.

Of course this is back in the day, before I found out the real ingredients. The ingredients are basically GNARLY & full of fake crap, so recently I decided I HAD to create The Skinny Confidential version of an OJ.

skinny orange julius | by the skinny confidential

skinny orange julius | by the skinny confidential

This bright idea came to me the other night before getting into bed. For some reason all my taste buds were craving something orange & ice cream-y.


Thank God we had coconut ice cream AND oranges in the fridge.

I had to share this recipe because I feel like it would be unfair to keep this to myself, so I got my shit together & shot a full on video:

Firstly, this skinny version tastes EXACTLY like an Orange Julius.

Like you’re going to straight up die when you taste it. The kid in you will go crazzzzy.

Here’s a recipe breakdown:

Skinny, INSANE Orange Julius:

2-3 scoops of coconut ice cream
3 oranges, peeled & sliced
1/4 cup of coconut milk
1 tablespoon of raw coconut sugar
1 handful of ice

Directions: add ice, coconut ice cream, & oranges to blender. Top with dairy-free milk. Sprinkle coconut sugar & blend. Pour into a chilled glass & garnish with orange zest or peel ( tip: rub the peel on the rim for an extra orange-y flavor! ). Keep it as fluffy as possible.

skinny orange julius | by the skinny confidential

skinny orange julius | by the skinny confidential

skinny orange julius | by the skinny confidential

For the record, Michael looked like he wanted to propose all over again when I presented him with this concoction.

But do you blame him? I feel like you totally get it if you’ve enjoyed an Orange Julius circa 1992, county fair style ( possibly multi-tasking with a Hot Dog on a Stick? Or maybe you were more of a Cinnabon girl? ).

If you don’t get it, try this & prepare yourself.

( MOMS! Make this for your kids on Halloween. ‘Candy’ in a glass! ).

Ok, signing off for the night. CHEERS! – lauryn

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skinny orange julius | by the skinny confidential

skinny orange julius | by the skinny confidential

    1. Hi Stephany, this one is no longer available but I love these:

      Thanks for reading! xx

    2. Okay Lauryn. I am a senior citizen foodie…62 years old but I remember this delightful drink which I loved in high school. LOL

      I think I remember an Orange Julius spot in NYC when I was in college. They sold the best hot dogs, too. Grilled with a crunchy snap. LOL

      Your recipe is spot on. I loved it and so did my 11 year-old grandson. Smooches to you!

  1. Great healthy twist on a classic! Plus getting in your Vitamin C is so important when the seasons are changing ๐Ÿ™‚

    Dana – a success blog

  2. omg I totally remember these! I used to be obsessed with them too. I used to LOVE the strawberry ones too. I def will give this a go. I also love that you used coconut sugar. I bought a huge (literally, I have a kilo of it) bag of the sugar so I am trying to put it to use. This is the perfect way! Great video – always love the music!

  3. I just have to ask – who is the artist playing in the background? You always seem to choose music with such perfect vibes <3

  4. Looks amaaaazing! The other thing I was focused on this entire blog post was THAT CANDLE. Where is it from?? I adore the florals & haven’t seen one like it before!

  5. OMG. I used to LOVE those! Can’t wait to try your version! Another fall recipe I’d love you to skinny is Pumpkin bread! I’m obsessed but want to eat a healthier version! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I don’t mean this in a snotty way at all lol, but you always say you don’t wear eyeshadow, but in some photos it looks like you are. Do you wear it sometimes for photos just for the blog? If so, it looks AMAZING and I’m curious what brand you use ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I never wear eye shadow. For this shoot a makeup artist just used brow powder to contour my eyes a bit. Personally though, I hate eye shadow. A little contour is fine but I would never do it on myself. It looks weird on me!

  7. Thanks for sharing. I am definitely going to try this you always are so classy and have great ideas

  8. This sounds so yummy!totally making it! Also what brand is your shirt I’ve been searching for a grey tee like that! Thanks

  9. “Multi-tasking with a hot dog on a stick” – hehehehe. This year at the fair I had a Pronto Pup which is like a corndog except with pancake batter. I also had some deep fried vegetables including zucchini and sweet potato that were really good. I think the Orange Julius might be more of a California thing, where I am from we are very big on the “Lemon Shake-Up”

  10. Looks so good! Will be tying this asap. All your recipes are so easy, fresh, and yummy. Love your hair btw ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. I would like to put it out there that you are a freakin’ GENIUS girl! I need this in my life, all the time. Sooooo good! Can’t wait to try it out ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi Robyn! OMG please tell me what you think! Send me a picture on snapchat?? @LaurynEvarts

      Thanks for reading!

  12. I hate that we don’t have coconut ice cream over here in France. With stuff like that we’re so behind! But at least we don’t have the huge GMO problem
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    1. Hi Stefanie! Can you order it through Amazon? The products I provided above are great! Thanks for reading! xx

  13. I’m literally drooling over this recipe!! I used to drink OJ all the time when I worked at a clothing store in the mall, as my “healthy” food…haha, fail!! My mom would always tell me it’s just sugar and chemicals, smart lady. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Definitely trying this! xx

  14. OMG I so remember Orange Julius! We didn’t have to wait on a fair, we had one right in our mall and let me tell you I visited it often! It had been years yea like 20+ since ours closed down and then some of the Dairy Queens were starting to serve OJ in there. Course ours didn’t but a city we visit often did! That first taste even with all the yuck stuff in it was ahhhhmazing! I’d so make this healthy version to get my fix!

  15. Just made this and HOLY smokes I am in heaven. Plus I’m fighting a nasty sinus infection so thanks to all that vitaC it’s basically medicine right? Love it, thanks Lauryn!!

  16. I was just looking at this post and I was wondering if you had a tutorial on how you do your eye make-up like that if you don’t use eye shadow. It’s so pretty!!

  17. Wierd question, but i LOVE LOVE LOVE wearing white nail polish but regular polish comes off in 2 days and i tried with gel but legit my clothes color or anything that rubs my nails will rub off on the nails. do you have any secrets?

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