Thursday, March 3, 2011

Orange Julius

Thanks to my eldest, we keep pretty stocked in the fresh squeezed orange juice department.  He has got a love for gadgets and has taken a liking in to my grandma's simple little electric juicer.  I can't believe that thing is keeping up!

The orange juice is amazing, but straight juice can be a little hard on the system in quantity. So I formulated this healthy beverage that is more balanced and nourishing.

I have been using coconut milk because we got two fresh coconuts in our bountiful basket last week.  You could use almond milk or whole milk.  The egg adds extra creaminess, flavor and beefs up the snack.  I have read about raw egg whites blocking absorption of B vitamins, so you may want to research that to decide if you want to leave that out.  Sweetener is also optional, it is not entirely necessary, but if you have a sweet tooth, a little bit of maple syrup or coconut sugar makes it a nice treat.  I have found that honey is hard to incorporate with cold things.

I haven't had a real Orange Julius in more than 10 years. It is probably more accurate to say this is my first real orange julius since the establishment serves something that is hardly real.  It is made with orange juice concentrate and a lot of powders.  One is called a "flavor enhancer" and contains;  Modified whey solids, maltodextrin, egg white solids, sugar, karaya gum, natural and artificial flavors, corn syrup solids, guar gum, modified food starch, dipotassium phosphate, titanium dioxide, xanthan gum, dextrose.  Yikes!! Apparently much of this stuff is illegal in Canada because the chain has to use a different formula there which only has six of the fourteen ingredients.

2 eggs
1 cup orange juice
1 cup milk or yogurt
1 cup ice
1 pinch salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
maple syrup or coconut sugar(optional)

Blend all ingredients well and serve.

We got a Magic Bullet from my mother in law for Christmas and it makes these extremely well :)
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  1. Great minds think alike! I have a recipe similar to this one. I'm eager to try this one out!

  2. Yum. I love orange julius, but of course, never had any idea what was in it. I haven't had one in years, either, but I'm looking forward to trying this version.

  3. DO you use the whole eggs or just the whites?

  4. I usually use the whole eggs on the basis that this is how they are packaged by nature. The white contains an enzyme called avidin, which binds B vitamins and is significantly reduced when cooked. Sometimes I use just the yolk to see if I can tell the difference.

    I do not recommend using just the whites.

  5. Sounds delicious. Absolutely use the whole egg! The yolk and whites each have different elements that our bodies need. Eat as packaged! Thanks for the recipe. Need to try that out today. We also have a crazy amount of fresh OJ around here. I will be so sad to see the season over. We drink it every morning and not an ounce of illness around here.

  6. Made it, and it was awesome. The arizona sweet oranges are so sweet right now that it did not need any sweetener. Perfect for my sore throat right now.

  7. Made this for a family home evening treat and was delicious and refreshing, thank you! I did end up needing sweetener, but I think it was mainly because we added extra ice which waters it down a bit (my husband prefers his very icey). Is the consistency of an orange julius usually icey, or smooth and frothy? I've never had one.

    Thanks again!

  8. By the way, do you store your oj or does your son just keep it comin?! I have to juice it and use it immediately or else it gets yucky. Just wondering if you had any tips for storing.

  9. From what I remember they are more smooth and frothy. I tried freezing it once and it got bitter. Ours lasts 3-4 days before getting sour. I wonder what a splash of water kefir would do for the preservation.


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