This sweet and refreshing Orange Julius recipe is sure to be a hit at breakfast time! The powdered milk will give you a frothy drink and is a great way to use up food storage.
I first had an Orange Julius in the mall, like most millennials my age, and instantly fell in love!
One taste of the tart orange juice flavor in a sweet, frothy drink, and I was hooked.
When I found a homemade recipe in my mother-in-law’s cookbook, I knew I had hit the jackpot.
I made a few adjustments to the recipe to include powdered milk, but it still tastes just as good.
This recipe works because it’s:
- Quick and easy. Just simply measure and pour. Your blender does the hard work for you.
- A great way to use up food storage. With how expensive, and hard to find, milk has been lately, it’s likely you have some powdered milk on hand. This is a great way to use it besides making plain milk.
- A crowd pleaser! Everyone loves a tasty Orange Julius, so be the favorite guest at your next get-together.
Add 12 ounces of frozen orange juice concentrate, 2 cups of cold water, 1/3 cup of powdered milk, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, and 10-12 ice cubes to a blender.
Blend until smooth (about 30 seconds).
Recipe Tips and Substitutions
While this refreshing drink is great any time of day, we love Orange Julius recipe with powdered milk at breakfast with some of these recipes:
- Butterscotch Overnight Sticky Buns
- Chile Relleno Casserole
- German Pancakes
- Braided Raspberry Pastry
- Crustless Broccoli and Ham Quiche
Try adding some pineapple juice and a little coconut milk for a tropical-flavored drink.
The ratio of ingredients for this Orange Julius makes a somewhat tart drink. If you’d like it sweeter, just add some more sugar.
You could also substitute granulated sugar for powdered sugar for an even frothier drink.
You can also control the texture of the drink. If you’d like it thinner, you can add a little more water or milk. If you want a thicker drink, just toss in a few more ice cubes.
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Instead of using powdered milk, you can use regular cow’s milk or another alternative milk product. Use 1 cup of the milk of your choice and reduce the water to 1 cup.
If you don’t have orange juice concentrate (the cans in the frozen juice section), you can freeze some fresh orange juice in ice cube trays or a freezer-safe dish until they’re just set. Throw those in with the rest of the ingredients and adjust the ice cubes as needed.
Or you can try this recipe that calls for fresh orange juice and sweetened condensed milk.
We rarely have leftovers of this family favorite, but if we do, I put them in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Note that some separation will occur, so you may need to give it a quick stir before enjoying again.
Or you can pour any leftovers into a popsicle mold to eat on a hot day!
I hope your family loves this Orange Julius recipe with powdered milk! If you make it, be sure to take a picture and tag me on Instagram with @ashcroftfamilytable and use the hashtag #ashcroftfamilytable!
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Orange Julius Recipe with Powdered Milk
- 12 ounces frozen orange juice concentrate, slightly thawed
- 2 cups cold water
- ⅓ cup powdered milk*, see note
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 10-12 ice cubes
- Add orange juice concentrate, water, powdered milk, sugar, vanilla, and ice cubes to a blender.
- Blend until smooth (about 30 seconds).
- Serve immediately.