Orange Julius Banana Protein Shake

Orange Julius Banana Protein Shake

I LOVE Orange Julius. It’s probably borderline addiction. I remember going with my best friend and each of us getting one and walking around the mall. It was our thing – she introduced me to this addiction! For the longest time, there was no place near me to get an Orange Julius until recently when Dairy Queen started to offer them. I was THRILLED. But that’s a LOT of sugar and empty calories! So I created my own version. And I love it. I could have this every morning as a pick-me-up. If you’re looking to mimic the flavor of an Orange Julius, get a protein punch after a hard workout, or just have a better-for-you drink, this is for you!

4.5 from 2 reviews
Orange Julius Banana Protein Shake
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Serves: 1
Nutrition values will vary depending on your milk choice, brand of orange juice, and protein powder.
  • 8 ounces orange juice
  • 4 ounces almond milk (or milk of choice, but Silk Unsweetened Almond is only 30 calories per cup!)
  • 1 frozen banana, sliced
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder of choice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 packet no calorie sweetener (optional)
  1. Add liquids then protein powder and swirl.
  2. Add in the sliced banana and blend until smooth and frothy.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1



  1. says

    That looks great! I tried one for the first time at DQ a few months ago and it was delicious but had a funky chemical flavor to it. I’d much rather make a homemade version like this.

  2. debbie lariscy says

    I am adding protein smoothies to my breakfast. I am trying to lose weight and eat healthier. But, I go for the fruit smoothies (and protein) but have to watch the carbs and sugar content. Do you know the actual nutritional values in this smoothie?? Also, I was wondering IF extracts, flavorings, or sugar free syrups could replace the fruit and be healthier. It’s a new experience, so I appreciate your recipe and time, Thanks.

    • Mandi Welbaum says

      Hi! I have not figured out the nutritional values for this recipe, but I’d be happy to and update the post this week. I think if you were to leave out the orange juice and sub with an orange extract you’d find the flavor pretty spot on. Maybe just add water to make up for the loss of liquid, or more almond milk (which would move the nutritional values around). I would definitely experiment, maybe halve the recipe to make a small smoothie so you don’t use too much of your ingredients, but it’d be great to find the right mix of extracts or sugar free syrups that fit your needs.


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