Orange Julius Protein Shake

I woke up this morning to a wonderful surprise. My Raw Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake made Friday’s Vegan MoFo roundup. Check out the roundup if you haven’t already – I’ve bookmarked pretty much everything else that was featured!

Vegan Orange Julius Protein Shake (Gluten-Free)

I came up with this recipe about 10 years ago, back when I first started making protein shakes. One day after my morning workout, I was out of frozen berries to add to my protein shake, but I did have some orange juice and a banana on hand. I decided to just go with it and after the first sip, it immediately reminded me of… an Orange Julius!

Vegan Orange Julius Protein Shake (Gluten-Free)

Do you remember all the oranges piled up in those acrylic containers? My mom used to buy my brother and I Orange Julius shakes at the mall. I loved the sweet orange/vanilla combination and was so happy to have re-created this childhood favorite. I’ve enjoyed many Orange Julius Protein Shakes ever since!

Orange Julius Protein Shake (Vegan, Gluten-Free)
At the time, I used soy protein, but I recently learned about the dangers of soy protein isolate and decided to investigate other options. I read that pea protein was really healthy, but had a really funky taste. Then I found Phyto Protein’s vanilla flavored pea protein and I’ve been using it ever since. It’s full of protein and extremely low in carbohydrates. Three heaped teaspoons contain:

  • 20.5 grams of protein
  • 0.2 grams of carbohydrates
  • 0.325 grams of fat (0.125 grams of saturated fat)
  • 90 calories

It has a great taste and best of all, it blends very well and doesn’t taste “chalky” like a lot of the other protein powders that I’ve tried. I love it!

Vegan Orange Julius Protein Shake (Gluten-Free) Vegan Orange Julius Protein Shake (Gluten-Free)

Orange Julius Protein Shake (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Vegan Orange Julius Protein Shake
 
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This vegan orange and vanilla protein shake is like an Orange Julius... only healthier! Gluten-Free and Low-Carb.
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Recipe type: Shake, Smoothie, Breakfast, Snack
Serves: 1
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  1. Blend everything in a blender or with a stick (immersion) blender and enjoy immediately.

Vegan Orange Julius Protein Shake (Gluten-Free)

PS. The last time I ran out of pea protein, I decided to order some from The Green Edge’s online store here in Australia. They mistakenly sent me the original (non-vanilla flavor) and when I mentioned it to them, they sent me a vanilla flavored one at no charge and didn’t even ask me to send back the mistaken one. Now that’s customer service! If you live in Australia, I encourage you to check out The Green Edge, and if you’re ever in Brisbane, you can check out their physical store.

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17 Comments

  1. Cara says:

    Okay okay…really though? This drink was a MUST HAVE whenever I went to the mall as a kid. I *loved* myself an Orange Julius! So now it only seems fitting that I MUST try this! xo

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    • vegangela says:

      Totally, I used to love Orange Julius! Try this and let me know what you think. A couple strawberries would be great in there too :)

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  2. Hannah says:

    I’ve had such problems with finding non-disgusting protein powders here in Australia that I’m really grateful for your recommendation here, even though – alas! – this smoothie isn’t one I’m likely to make. (Darn oranges, or as I like to call them, “the devil’s fruit” :P ) I shall definitely check out your link once my Sunwarrior is finished!

    P.S. Congratulations on the MoFo link! That cheezecake is definitely worthy of endless accolades :)

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    • vegangela says:

      Thanks Hannah – I was a pretty ecstatic to have made the roundup 3 times this year! You’re not a fan of oranges, then? Well I’m pretty sure that you could try pineapple juice and banana. I’m pretty sure Orange Julius offered that combo and it was delicious. I just looked up the Sunwarrior stuff. Are you using their raw protein? It sounds pretty amazing – what are your thoughts on it?

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      • Hannah says:

        Oh, you deserved all the mentions indeed! Yes, I currently have the Vanilla raw Sunwarrior. I like it! I haven’t had many experiences with protein powder, but brought back several sample packets of vegan protein from the States and they were all revolting :P The only vegan one I’ve seen in Canberra is the Nature’s Path one, and I couldn’t find any positive reviews on the internet, so ending up ordering Sunwarrior online.

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        • vegangela says:

          Until I found the pea protein, I was using LadyBird’s soy protein and it had this rotten smell that I had to mask with a lot of banana and berries. I’m so happy to have found this one but now you’ve got me thinking about the SunWarrior one – will try and check it out!

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          • Hannah says:

            *stares in horror at the screen* Rotten?! Oh, Angela! I feel like I need to give you a hug for that experience. Though, come to think of it, one of the American ones I had tasted like vomit. Wheeee! :P

  3. Sarah Delanty says:

    I just made this! Delicious! I had half of a frozen banana that I added and used brown rice protein powder (vanilla) – because that’s what I had on hand and sadly not fresh o.j. BUT IT IS FABULOUS! Thank you!

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    • vegangela says:

      Hi Sarah, I’m so glad that you liked it and thanks for taking the time to leave a comment :)

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  4. Nicole says:

    This protein shake brings back memories of when I was kid. My mom worked at a pretzel place in the mall and there was an Orange Julius right across from there. Whenever I would go see her at work I would walk right across the way to get one of those drinks. I can’t wait to try this shake and it will help me get out of the rut I have been in lately with my protein shakes!

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    • vegangela says:

      Hi Nicole – Let me know what you think of it. I totally know what you mean, I get bored with my berry-flavored protein shakes now and then and this is just what I need. I never thought vanilla protein powder would be good with orange juice, but I really like it :)

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  5. Jennifer Neilson says:

    Thanks, this was delicious. I’m currently 22 weeks pregnant with my second and finding it hard to eat and to find a smoothie easy on my time and tummy. This was perfect. So perfect I just had to pin it to share with my friends.

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    • vegangela says:

      That’s fantastic! I’m so happy the recipe has been of service to you – thanks for letting me know :)

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  6. Kathy says:

    We discovered this 3 days ago and between 3 of us have already made it 4 times. My daughters and I love it! Tastes just like an Orange Julius!

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    • vegangela says:

      Hey that’s awesome! It’s so much healthier, too. Hope you don’t mind, I’m sharing your comments on my Facebook page.. :)

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