Orange Smoothie

This bright and fresh Orange Smoothie is a quick 5-minute smoothie recipe made with fresh oranges, milk, and a touch of honey. It’s so refreshing – a great way to start the day or make it for an afternoon snack.

close-up shot of the smoothie in a glass.

This orange smoothie is a simple concoction with four ingredients and some ice. But it blends up to be a refreshing, bright, and lightly creamy drink that’s like a ray of sunshine captured in a glass. In other words, a delicious way to start the day.

It’s all about the orange flavor, so there’s nothing added in to detract from that. It has – yay! – lots of vitamin C and tastes eerily similar to an Orange Julius despite having way less sugar. And, bonus, you don’t have to go to the mall to get one, either.

🍊 Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup ice cubes
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 navel orange, peeled and broken into segments
  • 1/3 cup milk – you can use any kind of milk you like. I’ve made it with whole milk, 2%, and almond milk. It just depends on how rich you want it. I used to make it with half and half, which makes it an even creamier treat, but any kind of nut milk or dairy milk will work!
  • 1 tablespoon honey – or more or less to taste.
ingredients for the smoothie.

💡 Tips for the Best Orange Smoothie

  • A high-powered blender works best to break down the orange segments. If you don’t have one, you can use orange juice instead. I recommend juice from two oranges if you go this route.
  • It’s easier to zest the orange first before breaking it into segments.
  • If you prefer a thicker smoothie, reduce the amount of milk.
  • For a different flavor, swap the honey for pure maple syrup.
  • For a little zing, add a half teaspoon of ginger paste.
orange smoothie in a blender.

This orange smoothie recipe is a fresh way to start the day or whiz one up for a nice pick-me-up in the afternoon. It’s so bright and sunshiney.

Happy smoothie-making!

a glass of orange smoothie.

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Orange Smoothie

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A bright and fresh orange smoothie made with fresh oranges, milk, and a touch of honey.

  • Author: April Anderson
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 smoothie 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Blend
  • Cuisine: American


  • 2/3 cup ice
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 navel orange, peeled and broken into segments
  • 1/3 cup milk (see note)
  • 1 tablespoon honey


  1. Place the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve cold.


I like whole milk, but any milk you like will work, including dairy-free milk like almond milk. For a richer smoothie, mix milk and half and half. The nutrition estimate was calculated with whole milk.


  • Serving Size: 1 smoothie
  • Calories: 194
  • Sugar: 35.4g
  • Sodium: 37.4mg
  • Fat: 2.9g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.5g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0.9g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 41.9g
  • Fiber: 3.7g
  • Protein: 4.1g
  • Cholesterol: 8.1mg

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The nutrition for this fresh fruit smoothie is an estimate only. It was calculated using Nutrifox, an online nutrition calculator.

Post, photos, and recipe updated from the archives. First published in February 2017.


  1. I used almond milk instead of the half and half since that’s what I had and it was delicious! I’ve been wanting OJ in the morning but I’m trying to cut out a lot of sugar for my pregnancy. Very refreshing. I’ve added more oranges to my grocery list, thank you!

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