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Ground flax thickens vegan Strawberry Orange Julius

By Coco Morante
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- COCO MORANTE
Use flax seeds and agave to naturally sweeten Strawberry Orange Julius.

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  • Vegan Strawberry Orange Julius

    1 cup unsweetened frozen strawberries

    1 cup crushed ice

    2 tablespoons agave syrup

    2 tablespoons ground flax seeds

    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

    1/4 teaspoon orange extract (see note)

    1/2 cup almond milk

    1/2 cup orange juice

    COMBINE all of the ingredients in a blender. Blend for about 1 minute on high speed, stirring once during blending if necessary, until the beverage is creamy and frothy.

    NOTES: If you can’t find orange extract (or don’t want to buy it just for this recipe), use 1/2 teaspoon orange zest, grated with a fine microplane. For a richer, creamier smoothie, substitute coconut cream for the almond milk.

    YIELD: 2 servings.



I was first introduced to the Orange Julius by Jeanette, the best babysitter of all time. She taught my brother and me to speak Pig Latin, took us to the park for rollerblading and grilled cheese sandwiches, and even managed to make chores fun.

On many a lucky afternoon, Jeanette would make us a big batch of Orange Julius – her version of the well-known mall concoction – combining orange juice, milk, ice cubes, an egg white, and a dash of vanilla in our trusty Osterizer blender.

I loved the creamy, frothy treat. It was like an orange Creamsicle in smoothie form.

Here, I’ve given the Julius a vegan update. Instead of egg whites, I use ground flax to give the smoothie a slightly thickened consistency. The recipe contains a lot less sweetener than most copycat versions you’ll find online, which often call for pre-sugared sliced frozen strawberries, orange juice concentrate and up to 1/4 cup of sugar.

Don’t worry, this Strawberry Orange Julius is still plenty indulgent. Agave syrup makes things nice and sweet, and a dash of orange extract dials up the orange flavor without extra calories.

Coco Morante is a writer for TheKitchn.com, a website for food and cooking.
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