How to Make an Orange Banana Smoothie with or without Ice Cream [Recipe Video]

The Smoothie Craze

You don't have to be a health nut to enjoy the rich frothy taste of this smoothie. Even those junk-food-junkies who reside at the very top of their empty-caloric game have, on occasion, allowed this healthy smoothie to cross their lips; and enjoyed its flavor and frothy cool texture! The recipe found here is a favorite among all who enjoy something with a Vanilla Scent, add in Orange and Banana Sweetness, kinda of like a yummy 50/50 ice-cream bar (you know the old fashion Creamsicle) and you find healthy nutrition with a junk-food lovers absolute approval! This smoothie is really quick health food, with this "simple to follow" recipe. I hope you enjoy learning "How to Make a Vanilla Scented Orange Banana Smoothie in Minutes" as well indulging in some healthy nutrition hidden deep within a junk-food-junky-flavored dream!

What's in this Smoothie? (click on image to see full-size)

A list of ingredients for making a Vanilla Scented Orange Banana Smoothie.
A list of ingredients for making a Vanilla Scented Orange Banana Smoothie. | Source

Adding Ice Cream to This Smoothie Recipe

By substituting ice cream for the ice and ALL of the dairy ingredients, you can really create a creamy sweet treat. But, if keeping the smoothie healthy is your goal; pretend you never read this section!!

Ingredients

Use fresh ingredients when possible, but substituting store bought supplies still makes a great smoothie, just not as fresh and healthy.

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 oranges (fresh squeezed to make 1 cup of juice)
  • ½ of a banana
  • 1 cup ice (up to 2½ cups if you prefer a thicker smoothie. More ice reduces the brightness of the fresh flavors)
  • 3 TBL plain yogurt
  • 1 TBL honey (use local honey if you can)
  • 1 to 1½ tsp vanilla (Use 100% pure vanilla, but artificial vanilla can be used successfully if you don't want alcohol of any measure in your smoothie.)
  • ¼ cup low or non-fat milk (Soy or almond milk are also great tasting in this recipe.)
  • 1 raw egg (Only use eggs that you are certain are safe. I raise my own hens and have farm-fresh SAFE healthy eggs to use daily. I am not sure I would use a raw store bought egg in anything these days!) This step is optional for those who buy eggs at the store. Really, I do NOT recommend eating raw store bought eggs,...ever.

NOTE: It was suggested by a HubPages community member that using powdered egg is a good solution when you don't have farm-fresh eggs on hand! Thanks livelonger!

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Keep your smoothie prep organized.Compost peels and other organics when you can.Easy clean up gets you to your Vanilla Scented  Orange Banana Smoothie much faster!
Keep your smoothie prep organized.
Keep your smoothie prep organized. | Source
Compost peels and other organics when you can.
Compost peels and other organics when you can. | Source
Easy clean up gets you to your Vanilla Scented  Orange Banana Smoothie much faster!
Easy clean up gets you to your Vanilla Scented Orange Banana Smoothie much faster! | Source

How to Make a Smoothie

This is one of my favorite quick and healthy nutritional "go-to" food recipes. It not only taste fantastic, but it can be tossed together in just a couple of minutes. It is so easy, I find myself energized with this healthy smoothie more often for the sake of convenience than for the high impact found within the ingredients.

Prepping the Recipe

First; get all of your ingredients together in one location so you can easily use them, adding them to the blender without doing a lot of running around during the actual preparation. This makes the recipe go even faster, because the work area is organized.

Try using a cutting board to put all of the utensils and ingredients on, so when you're done with the smoothie making, you can easily slide the egg shells (if you decide to use a safe egg) and the orange and banana peels into the compost, and then tote the other ingredients to where they will be returned to their place in the pantry and cupboards. This helps you get the smoothie made and cleaned up quickly, which gets you to your frothy taste treat much sooner!

Blend Your Ingredients in Order!

There is a reason for the order in which the ingredients are added to the blender. It allows for each item to be fully distributed during the blending of the smoothie. If you do them out of order, the banana may become too chunky, the ice won't break down to an acceptably smooth texture, and the flavors may not intermingle to provide the familiar Creamsicle ice-cream bar flavor we are striving to acquire.

NOTE: If you are using ice cream instead of the ice and dairy ingredients in your smoothie, add it right after the fresh squeezed orange juice.

Squeezed oranges make a great natural scent when you grind them up in the garbage disposal. But, be sure to compost some of them as well! It's just good to be good to the earth!
Squeezed oranges make a great natural scent when you grind them up in the garbage disposal. But, be sure to compost some of them as well! It's just good to be good to the earth! | Source

Making a Healthy Smoothie That Taste Great

Be sure to add ingredients to the blender in this strict order:

  1. Peel and pull apart ½ of a banana, place the pieces in the blender.
  2. Squeeze 4-5 fresh oranges to make 1 cup of juice. (Scraping out the pulp adds some very good flavor, texture, and fantastic fiber to this recipe. If pulp is not your thing, leave it out.)
  3. Pour 1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice into the blender. (Store bought juice works fine, it just won't be as bright and nutritious.)
  4. Add 1 to 2½ cups of ice to the blender.
  5. Add 1-1½ teaspoons of vanilla to the blender.
  6. Add1 tablespoon of honey to the blender. (Use local honey if you have it.)
  7. Add 3 big tablespoons of plain yogurt to the blender. (I recommend fat free yogurt, you will not notice the difference at all.)
  8. Add ¼ cup low-fat or fat-free milk to the blender. (Soy milk and almond milk are also going to taste great in this recipe, as well as adding extra-good nutrients to your smoothie.)
  9. Add 1 raw egg (or powdered egg equivalent) to the blender. (If you use a real egg, only use a fresh SAFE egg. If you don't have farm-fresh safe eggs or powdered eggs, this step becomes instantly optional!)

What Will You Do?

Will you be giving this Vanilla Scented Orange Banana Smoothie Recipe a whirl?

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Going For a Smooth Spin

Now that you have all of the Vanilla Scented Orange Banana Smoothie ingredients in the blender, it's time to take them for a spin!

Make certain the lid is tightly on your blender, and that the lids center (removable) section is also in place.

  • Start off by pulsing the blender a few times, this helps get the ice to break up and mingle with the other ingredients.
  • Now shift the blender to "smoothie" gear and let her spin for about 45 seconds.
  • During this smoothie spin sequence, tilt the center section of the blender lid (usually the clear acrylic removable center section of the blender lid assembly) so it is open a little. This will allow extra air to get incorporated into the smoothie, bringing with it a light and frothy end result.
  • Pour your yummy fresh squeezed vanilla scented smoothie into a tumbler (preferably a chilled glass tumbler), add an orange wedge to the lip of the glass as an edible garnish, and enjoy your cool brightly flavored labor!

Your Finished Quick and Healthy Smoothie

A fresh squeezed frosty and frothy Vanilla Scented Orange Banana Smoothie!
A fresh squeezed frosty and frothy Vanilla Scented Orange Banana Smoothie! | Source

Your Rewards

This simple Smoothie Recipe brings with it the knowledge that you are doing something really good for your body. Fresh raw foods hold many more vitamins and minerals than those foods that have been processed and degraded through a production process. Even if you are a fantastically loyal junk-food-junky, this recipe will be pleasing to your taste buds! And you don't have to think about all of those nasty healthy properties that are lurking among the frosty goodness of this Smoothie. Just pretend you are enjoying a good old fashioned Creamsicle from your youth! No one has to know you are actually putting something fresh, nutritional, and great for your body, into yours! Enjoy!

Nutrient Chart for One Medium Size Orange and Banana Each

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NUTRIENT  
ORANGE  
BANANA  
 
 
 
Minerals
--
--
potassium
237 mg
422 mg
phosphorus
18 mg
26 mg
magnesium
13 mg
32 mg
calcium
52 mg
6 mg
iron
0.13 mg
0.31 mg
selenium
0.7 mcg
1.2 mcg
sodium
trace
1 mg
manganese
0.033 mg
0.319 mg
copper
0.059 mg
0.092 mg
zinc
0.09 mg
0.18 mg
 
 
 
Vitamins
--
--
A
295 IU
76 IU
B1 (thiamine)
0.114 mg
0.037 mg
B2 (riboflavin)
0.052 mg
0.086 mg
niacin
0.369 mg
0.785 mg
folate
39 mcg
24 mcg
pantothenic acid
0.328 mg
0.394 mg
B6
0.079 mg
0.433 mg
C
69.7 mg
10.3 mg
E
0.24 mg
0.12 mg
K
trace
0.6 mcg

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Comments for "How to Make a Vanilla Scented Orange Banana Smoothie with or without Ice Cream [Recipe Video]" 27 comments

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livingpah2004 4 years ago from USA

I love banana smoothie. I have never tried with oranges. Great tips. Bookmark and voted up!


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Oh man, the sweet taste of summer. I'm bookmarking so I can go make this. Wow! This looks incredibly yummy. Great hub, voted up and SHARING.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Another great recipe for me to bookmark so thank you for sharing.

Take care and have a wonderful day.

Eddy.


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

Jane Conner~ Thank you for such a great pointer regarding the use of powdered eggs! Getting them added in with the fresh squeezed orange juice will help to dissolve the powder thoroughly! I hope you and your kids enjoy the recipe as much we do! I sure appreciate you stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

Cheers~

K9


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Jane Conner 4 years ago from New York

As for the powdered egg or any other powdered proteins, make sure to put them in early so they don't form chunks when you try to enjoy your drink. Like the recipe and will enjoy making it today for the kids.


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

jpcmc~Going vegetarian is a great healthy lifestyle. I try to keep myself eating very few meats, and leaning more towards the vegetarian side of food, but the carnivore in me keeps winning out. I have several friends who are strict vegan and/or vegetarian. They can each out run me by a mile! ;)

Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts!

Cheers~

k9


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

I'm trying to go vegan and fruits are a great way to start the transition - I think. These recipes will truly help!


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

randomcreative~ Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. I can't resist anything that has a vanilla scent, and this smoothie is no exception! It has always been my favorite. Nice to see you today.

HubHugs~

K9


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Vanilla scented...that sounds amazing! My husband and I love smoothies.


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

Cardisa~ Makes me smile to know you like the video! It was a blast to make (and drink)! The nutrition chart helps to prove the fact that something so darn good, can also be so darn good for you! Thank you so much for your comments, I always enjoy seeing you in the HubHood!

Warm HubHugs~

K9


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

Lady_E~ Nice to see you today! It does make a great warm weather beverage, and it also is a super-food source for vitamins C, A, potassium, calcium, and much more, which help to fight cold and flu in the colder months! I sure appreciate that you made it by and shared your comments here! Hoping all is well in your world.

HubHugs~

K9


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

Simone! This is my absolute favorite smoothie and treat in general. A one "pot" preparation; toss everything in, give it a whirl, and in less than 3 minutes you have a delicious creamy snack, breakfast, or even lunch when you're on-the-go! And the kids beg for these healthy beverages. I am so glad you like the composting tip, I am a firm believer that we must take care of the earth. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts!

Big HubHugs~

K9


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

I love the video and the smoothie looks great! I like that you gave some nutritional facts too. Great!


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

I love it. It's a Smoothie I would make a lot in the summer months. Thanks.


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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

Oh, this would be delicious! I love your note about composting the leftovers. I've not had many smoothies in my life, but I can really see how they're a great meal-on-the-go option!


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

Aaahhh, Cags~ I have missed you brother! I am so honored that you approve of the video, I know the "instant start" throws some people. But, they sure are fun to make! Thrilled that you feel the recipe sounds good, I personally think is it wonderful. ;) I totally appreciate that you made it by today, sir; yours is always a wecome visit!

Warm HubHugs~

K9


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

north2south~ I know, right!? I love vanilla and orange flavors together, and this smoothie really bumps up this combo. Thanks for your comments!

Cheers~

K9


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

Just Ask Susan~ So glad you will be trying the smoothie! As good to consume as it is for you. Thanks for the nice comments, I value your opinion so highly. How funny, I had forgotten tomorrow is Groundhog day! Best wishes to you as well.

HubHugs~

K9


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Cagsil 4 years ago from USA or America

Hey K9, pretty interesting recipe and it sounds pretty delicious. The video was pretty cool. I don't like videos beginning once the hub loads. The music for your video wasn't too bad. Thank you for putting together a well written hub. :) I'll have to try the recipe. :)


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north2south 4 years ago from Orlando, Fl

that sounds so good right now. :-)


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Yum yum yum, this looks so good! I have to say your videos are so professional. I will have to try making this smoothie soon. Happy Groundhog Day tomorrow :)


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

DzyMsLizzy!! So glad you find the recipe a tasty temptation, and summer is the best time for this frothy delight for sure. But, with all of the extra citrus around right now, it's a solidly healthy way to use up those jewels of orange! I sure appreciate the votes and sharing! Ain't HubLove grand!?

Big HubHugs my friend~

k9


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

Peggy W~ Thank you for sharing your comments. This is a great tasting and simple to make smoothie, with a real nostalgic kick. I hope you give it a try. Always nice to see you have made it by!

HubHugs~

K9


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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

Oh, this sounds soo yummy! Bookmarked for a cool refreshment come summer. Voted up across the board, and shared!


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Wow...this looks easy and would be great tasting. Thanks for the recipe. Nice video!


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

livelonger~ I totally agree, the egg makes the frothy flavor and texture we remember so well! What a great idea to use powdered eggs...brilliant even! I hope you give it a go at home, they are really, really good!

Thank you for making it by,(big k9 smile)!

HubHugs and Shalom my friend~

K9


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livelonger 4 years ago from San Francisco

I totally remember Orange Julius stands in the mall when I was a kid. I *loved* them. Thanks for sharing this recipe and fantastic video; I'd love to have a hand at trying to make these at home. I'm pretty sure it was the egg, by the way, that gave them that unusual, flavorful kick. I'll use powdered egg since I only have access to store-bought eggs otherwise.

HubHugs and Shalom!

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