These Mango Julius Smoothie Bowls are everything you love about Orange Julius with a fresh, flavorful twist. Top them with your favorites to eat the rainbow!
The first summer that Michael and I were married, we lived in a tiny little apartment with no air conditioning. It was a sweltering summer and, as a new food blogger, I was doing a lot of baking projects. Don’t ask me why I thought that summer with no air conditioning was a good time to heat up my kitchen on the regular with baking projects.
I’m a bit of a crazy person.
Anyway, by the time we were done with classes and work for the day and dinner rolled around, it was soooo hot that all I wanted in life was something cold and fast. Like Orange Julius. We made it the same way I used to in my middle school home economics class–orange juice concentrate, banana, milk, ice cubes, sugar and vanilla. And Michael and I probably ate 100 of those over the course of that sweaty hot summer.
We’ve hardly ever made them again that way (that happens when you eat something for about 100 days in a row). Instead, we take the elements and change it up with fresh, healthier ingredients.
My favorite variations are Peach Julius, Pineapple Julius, Mango Julius. Peach, pineapple, and mango lend enough natural sweetness that there’s no need for added sugar. I still hit the right Julius notes with orange juice (rather than concentrate), creaminess (now from coconut milk), and a few drops of vanilla. The end result is creamy and luscious–the perfect base for smoothie bowls!
Notes on the Recipe
The goodies on top. Top them with whatever you like–my favorites are fresh fruit, coconut, nuts, or granola. Macadamia nuts are amazing. Raspberries are awesome. Really any fruit will do–mango, banana, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, kiwi, pineapple… anything!
Change it Up! Sometimes, I’ll make peaches the star here and do 2 cups peaches and 1 cup mango. Or, you can make pineapple the star and do 2 cups pineapple and 1 cup peaches or mango. This is also an awesome recipe to add spinach or kale to. I go for about 1 cup of spinach when I add it.
High five your future self. Also, I’ll just add that if you pour this mixture (the whole thing, or any leftovers you have) into popsicle molds, you’ll want to give yourself twenty high fives. They make the best creamy snack later!
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I use frozen fruit in this recipe. If you’re using fresh, simply add about 1 cup of ice while you’re blending.
- 2 cups frozen mango
- 1 cup frozen pineapple
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- a few drops of vanilla extract
- Place all ingredients in the blender. Puree until completely smooth, adding a little more juice, coconut milk (or even a bit of water) as necessary.