Orange Genius

Orange Genius

I have fond memories of my mother treating me to an Orange Julius as a child. During the hot summer months in the Midwest where I spent my childhood, they were a refreshing way to beat the heat. The fact that I was sharing the experience with my mom made it all the more memorable.

Now my children are old enough to enjoy the same experience. I knew that they would love the frothy drink with its orange and creamy flavors reminiscent of a creamsicle. With food allergies to accommodate, we chose to make our own version at home.

First, we needed to develop a recipe. Together, we gathered around the blender and tried several versions before deciding that this one was absolutely perfect. We’ve made this concoction at least a hundred times since then, and I still wouldn’t change a thing.

This frothy drink delivers just the right balance of citrus flavor and sweetness. Each sip reminds me of the treat that I enjoyed so much as a child. Sharing the experience with my children decades later makes it even sweeter.

I hope that you will enjoy sharing this treat with someone special in your life. I think that you will find that it is the perfect drink for summer. In fact, it’s so fantastic that your friends and family might call you an Orange Genius

Orange Genius
makes 4 servings

16 ounces orange juice
8 ounces milk
2 Tablespoons Carnation brand Original Malted Milk Powder
2 teaspoons Tang brand orange drink mix powder
4 Tablespoons powdered sugar
1 banana, frozen
1 cup ice
whipped cream to garnish


Add orange juice, milk, malt powder, Tang, and powdered sugar to the pitcher of your blender. Cover and blend briefly to combine.


Break the frozen banana into several pieces and add to the blender. Blend on a medium-high setting until smooth. (If a frozen banana is unavailable, substitute a room temperature banana and increase the quantity of ice in the next step to 1 1/2 cups.)


Add the ice to the blender pitcher. Cover and blend on high speed until smooth and frothy. Pour into glasses and garnish with whipped cream. Add a straw and enjoy!


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This recipe was included in From the Farm Blog Hop #33

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  1. This sounds delicious for a hot day and I like that its basically a healthy treat for the kids. Well I guess I’ll be adding some of these ingredients to the next grocery list! 🙂

  2. That sounds delicious. When I was a kid we made this using orange juice, milk and a raw egg so that’s how I made it for my kids! It’s a wonder they’re still alive.

  3. Oh forgot to say I’m visiting from the From the Farm Blog Hop, love your site.

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