Orange Creamsicle Smoothie (vegan, gf)

A few weeks ago, I had the grand idea of inventing a key lime coconut popsicle recipe for Cinco de Mayo. Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out so well. I must have used too much key lime juice because they were quite tart. Not horrible, just not what I hoped for. BUT, in the process, I learned an awesome trick for juicing key limes–use a garlic press! GENIUS! Worked like a charm.

I decided to revisit that flavor combination another time, and moved on to Orange Creamsicle instead. I was shooting for a popsicle recipe, but as it turns out, I prefer this vegan, gluten-free recipe in its original form–as a creamy beverage.

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Instead of using navel oranges, I used my new favorite fruit discovery–minneola oranges. Actually, the “real” name is Minneola Tangelo. I like to try new fruit and vegetables, and Meijer often offers unusual varieties. Sometimes I wish I wouldn’t have wasted the money, but how else would I know? The minneolas were 4 for $2 and were worth every penny. They are the sweetest, juiciest, easiest-peeling oranges I’ve ever had. LOVE. After a little research, I learned that they are a cross between a tangerine and a grapefruit, which makes them very sweet and a little tart. Honestly, I can’t stand grapefruit, so I’m glad I didn’t know this before I bought them because I probably wouldn’t have bothered. I really didn’t detect any grapefruit flavor at all, and very little tartness. They are sometimes called Honeybells because of their shape (they have a rounded knob on top). Another bonus–they often have very few to no seeds. And their deep orange color is gorgeous.

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Any type of orange will work in this recipe, but if you can find minneolas, go for it. You’ll only need two to get the required 1 cup of juice. By the way, that vintage Juice King in the photo above is one of my most used kitchen gadgets. I bought it an antique market years ago for about $10. They are not hard to find–ebay has a ton of them. I use fresh lemon/lime juice a LOT, and this heavy-duty workhorse squeezes out every last drop with minimal effort.

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While I adapted it slightly, the original recipe comes from Kris at Munchin with Munchkin. She’s a Canadian who experienced one too many cold winters (I hear ya loud and clear!), and decided to move south to Texas. Talk about one extreme to another! I don’t know if I could handle the Texas heat (although my sister and her family seem to enjoy it). Besides creating healthy recipes with local/seasonal ingredients, Kris is also a talented photographer–check out her work!

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As I mentioned, my intention was to use this smoothie mixture to make popsicles. The mixture straight out of the blender was DELICIOUS. I’m so glad I snapped a few pics before I poured it into the popsicle molds because I like it much better as a smoothie, and obviously decided to feature it that way. The popsicles were okay, but to call them a “Creamsicle” is a stretch. The flavor was there, but the texture was not. They were icy, not creamy. Much like my failed key lime coconut popsicles, which did not go to waste…

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That thing didn’t stand a chance. ;)

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  1. says

    Kris and I made lemonade a few weeks ago and all I have is the old fashioned glass hand juicer. Which is why Kris was included in the endeavor. I needed bigger hands to squeeze all those lemons. The added benefit is that I can now talk him into buying me a juicer like yours. Have been wondering what the most efficient choice is for squeezing citrus. Thanks for the tip.

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