Orange creamsicle smoothie: 3 ingredients, one great taste

Remember the days of your childhood, enjoying a sweet orange creamsicle with neighborhood friends? You know, back before you got wise to the fact that the ice cream truck was essentially an artificial flavor and sugar truck on wheels? Well, it’s time to bring back the orange creamsicle, minus the unhealthy part. You’re going to love this!

One of my favorite recipe sites, AllRecipes.com, featured this easy recipe. Actually, my quest started due to the fact that the pears on my countertop were staring at me for a few days. OK, several. If I didn’t do something with them soon, they’d go to waste. Off to my computer I went and as soon as I discovered the recipe, I knew I’d have to give it a whirl. Am I glad I did. Trust me, one sip and you’ll be in orange creamsicle heaven.

Easy steps to make an orange creamsicle smoothie

While the site refers to the delicious drink as an “Orange Pear Shake,” I think “Orange Creamsicle Smoothie” is more appropriate. Yum!

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups rolled old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup of nut butter of choice
  • 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1 scoop or one packet of raw vanilla or regular flavor protein (I just used a small scoop)
  • 1 Tablespoon stevia extract

Instructions

  1. Mix the stevia extract or sweetener of your choice with the coconut oil and almond milk in pan until it reaches a boil, stirring as you go.
  2. After it's boiled for about one minute, remove from heat and add nut butter and vanilla, stirring until the nut butter is completely melted.
  3. Add the oats and raw protein to the mixture, stir until blended.
  4. Scoop small bite-sized amounts of the mixture on wax or parchment paper, let cool.
  5. Dig in!

Yup, that’s all you need!

Put the ingredients in a blender, blend and ta-da . . . heaven.

A few notes: for texture-sensitive people, there are definitely some chunks of orange going on. The actual recipe called for two oranges (and vanilla ice cream, but I omitted that completely), so choose based on your preference or the size of your oranges. Just know that more oranges = more chunks. I didn’t mind it, although out of curiosity, next time I might use a juicer for the orange and then add it to my blender along with the other ingredients.

However, making it with both the juicer (unless using a citrus press/hand juicer <= Amazon affiliate link) and the blender (also taking clean-up into consideration) will add time, so take that into consideration if you're in a hurry. Otherwise, this truly is a quick and easy smoothie to make. Also, don't be surprised that the pear's taste is very subtle. It's there, but the orange definitely takes over. The pear and milk tame the orange boldness, creating a perfect creamsicle flavor.

Besides great taste, here’s some other benefits you’ll get

What else is there to enjoy about this smoothie? It’s great for your health!

Pears are high in fiber (one medium one has about 20 percent of the daily allotment) and flavonoids. Studies have shown them to be beneficial in lowering heart disease and stroke risk, improving colon health and even keeping weight in check. Want more info about them? You’ll enjoy this article.

Oranges contain vitamin C, fiber and phytonutrients all of which translate to anti-inflammatory and immune system benefits that combat everything from colon cancer and cholesterol to asthma and even recurring ear infections.

Now, orange (ahem) you glad you tried it?

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