Orange PushUp Smoothie

When I was growing up, one of my favorite things to do was ride my bike with my friends to the local gas station’s mini-mart and reach into their freezer case and pull out an Orange Push-Up.

If you like Orange PushUps, Orange Creamsicles, or Orange Julius this is the smoothie for you.

Orange Push-Up Smoothie (vegan, GF) - A smoothie that tastes just like an old-fashioned Push-Up! Sweet, creamy & will make you feel like a kid again!

I loved Push-Ups and seeing those brightly colored dots meant that creamy orange goodness was soon going to be mine.

I love it when Push-Ups begin to melt because they taste even sweeter, creamier, and better.

The same was true with this smoothie.  As it began to melt, it got even better.

This smoothie is a dead ringer for Orange Push-Ups.

Don’t skimp on the sugar if you want it to taste exactly like an Orange Push-Up and I promise, it does.

Sweet oranges ‘n creamy perfection.

I used this mango-orange from Hawaii’s Own brand for the concentrate.  It was on sale for 99 cents for the can at my grocery store and I was being cheap being budget conscious and didn’t want to buy the Minute Maid which was $3.29 for one can.

If you can’t find this concentrate, I’m sure any OJ concentrate or citrus juice concentrate blend should be fine.  I really didn’t taste mango per se, just an orangey citrus flavor.

This recipe made three good-sized smoothies and since I wasn’t going to drink them all at once, I popped the leftover smoothie mixture in the freezer and realized after the fact that I should have poured the extra into Popsicle molds for homemade Push-Ups.  Next time, I’ll do that.

For now, I’ve been eating it like orange sherbet style with a spoon from the glasses I poured it into and then froze.

The variations of what I’m going to do with this addictive orange mixture is exciting and has my wheels turning:

1. Pour it into molds and freeze like traditional Push-Ups (or frozen into ice cube trays or poured into paper Dixie cups with a makeshift stick inserted and peel off the paper cup after it has frozen)

2. Freeze it and eat in a bowl as orange sherbert

3. Drink it smoothie style

Now if the weather could just warm up a bit so my teeth don’t chatter while I slurp copious amounts of orange sugary liquid.

But I’ll shiver and chatter for this stuff any day.

Orange Push-Up Smoothie (vegan, GF) - A smoothie that tastes just like an old-fashioned Push-Up! Sweet, creamy & will make you feel like a kid again!

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Orange Push-Up Smoothie

This smoothie tastes like a classic Orange PushUp. If you like Orange PushUps, Orange Creamsicles, Orange Julius, or orange soda, you'll love this easy, sweet and creamy smoothie. The recipe makes more than you may need at once. Pour the extra into glasses and thaw later for smoothies or pour into bowls for orange sherbet; or into popsicle molds, paper cups, or ice cube trays. Or simply halve the recipe. Add sugar to taste. It will vary significantly based on personal preference and brand of concentrate used. I used Hawaii's Own brand in the mango-orange flavor from Ralph's (Kroger) grocery. The smoothie is vegan provided vegan milk is used and is gluten-free.

Yield: about 24 ounces

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes


1 can orange juice concentrate, slightly thawed

1 cup milk (half and half, cream, nut milk, soy milk, vegan milk, etc.)

1/2 cup granulated sugar, or to taste (you can reduce the sugar or use an alternate sugar substitute such as stevia but it won't taste as close to classic Orange Push-Ups. Many people use much more than 1/2 cup, myself included. I used about 1 cup in my version)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups ice, or to taste

1 to 2 ounces of Rum, Malibu, Vodka, Citron, Marshmallow Vodka, Gran Marnier or similar, per smoothie portion, or to taste, optional


  1. Combine all ingredients, except ice and optional alcohol, in a large blender or Vita-Mix and blend until smooth and creamy, taking care the sugar has dissolved and is well incorporated. Keep blending until it dissolves.  If desired, add a splash more water or milk.
  2. Add the ice and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

If you’re a fan of fruity and creamy smoothies, try:

Pineapple Banana & Coconut Cream Smoothie

Peaches & Coconut Cream Smoothie

Or just cut to a dessert smoothie with a Creamy Cookie Butter White Chocolate Banana Smoothie.  Use peanut butter or almond butter if that’s what you have available because there’s a cookie butter shortage.


Do you like Push-Ups?

Do you like orange drinks?

I also love Orange Julius and Orange Crush soda.  I haven’t had either in years, but I am fond enough of Orange Crush to order Orange Crush checks.

I am apparently stuck in a 1982 timewarp where people still write out checks and long to lick melty Push-Up with dots on the paper wrapper from the gas station.

While I’m at it, I’d like to do this all while watching The Brady Bunch and Three’s Company reruns and use my bike as my primary mode of transportation.   Ahh, childhood memories.  And maybe I’ll pour an Orange Creamsicle soda while I’m at it, too.



334 Responses to “Orange PushUp Smoothie”

  1. Amber — January 24, 2012 at 6:03 am (#

    I did this with no sugar, just a little honey, and also added some “green cubes” (I puree spinach, kale, avacado, celery and romaine and pour it into baby food ice trays and add 2 or 3 to every smoothie). It still tasted great! Thanks for the idea!

  2. Jodi — January 26, 2012 at 8:59 am (#

    I was just wondering how many calories are in this Drink. cause it seriously looks yummy but I need to make sure it fits within my calorie count. thanks a bunch

    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga — January 26, 2012 at 10:33 am (#

      Not sure because I don’t track it but you could plug the ingredients into an online calculator and calculate for yourself if you’re interested.

  3. Sue — January 26, 2012 at 11:45 am (#

    These smoothies look so inviting! I just submitted this to the M&T Spotlight

  4. Terri — January 26, 2012 at 6:35 pm (#

    Hi! What blender do you recommend to make these? I have been torn trying to find one that will make a great smoothie!

  5. Carol — January 29, 2012 at 12:16 pm (#

    Found your site through Pinterest and repinned the link to your recipe. Wanted to share with you . . . I have a gadget I think you will like as it will allow you to fully recreate the push up experience! Stumbled on these at the grocery store. Cool Cones . . . plastic reusable push up holders! You can fill them with the smoothie mix and then freeze until firm or pack slightly soft ice cream into the holder (just use the holder as its own scoop) and store for a quick half cup serving on the go. I absolutely love these things . . . good memories, great fun and very practical. They are available at for less than five dollars. Video at the manufacturer’s site Thanks for the recipe!

  6. Karen — January 29, 2012 at 8:42 pm (#

    I wanted to try your recipe but I wanted to make sure what size can of orange juice concentrate. Thanks

  7. Laura @ A Healthy Jalapeño — January 31, 2012 at 7:30 am (#

    Averie, this looks excellent. And I am totally on board with the sorbet idea!!!! Thanks do much, will be trying this on our 60degree day this week in wintery CT (lol).

  8. Darris — February 4, 2012 at 2:59 pm (#

    You’re a doll!! My 15 year-old son will LOVE this! Cannot wait to surprise his 5’10” self! xxoo

  9. Lisanne — February 5, 2012 at 3:17 pm (#

    I just made this for the kids and a vodka version for the grown ups for the superbowl and everyones happy!!!!!

    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga — February 5, 2012 at 4:29 pm (#

      now THAT’S what I’m talking about! Glad you like it and that everyone’s happy. I wish I was at your party!!! :)

  10. Jen Duncan — February 9, 2012 at 2:45 pm (#

    I just made these using coconut milk. OMG–divine! Can’t wait to see the grandkids reactions when they have their popsicles after dinner tonight ;-)

    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga — February 9, 2012 at 9:57 pm (#

      Thanks for LMK and you have lucky grandkids! I’d like to be a grandkid of yours with orange pushup coconut milk popsicles…that’s awesome!

  11. brandi taylor — February 11, 2012 at 5:37 pm (#

    Did this today! A-maz-ing!

  12. kayla — February 12, 2012 at 3:25 pm (#

    just made it. not sure if the orange concentrate had anything to do with it or not, but a cup of sugar was WAY too much! it tastes almost the same as orange juice and vanilla ice cream mixed together. next time ill try the half cup of sugar

    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga — February 12, 2012 at 10:28 pm (#

      My concentrate was quite sour and yours may have been sweeter, and of course, personal taste preferences come into play. The smoothie reminded me of Orange Pushups (Which are pretty much OJ and vanilla ice cream mixed together as you said). Have fun tweaking the flavor to your liking!

  13. Jenny — February 14, 2012 at 2:28 pm (#

    Looks great! Supposedly my great great Grandpa invented the push-up pop, but greedy corporate hogs stole his idea and he never received a penny. My Grandma always kept push-up pops in her freezer. I think that must be the closest our family’s ever gotten to fame! I will have to make this for my family, as I’m sure it would bring back fond memories.

  14. EmilyS88 — February 24, 2012 at 8:06 pm (#

    Just made them and blogged about them.

    Sadly they didn’t turn out good for me. Not sure if it was the brand but it was very bitter and when I added the sugar it made it taste worse. Pretty dissapointed

    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga — February 24, 2012 at 10:38 pm (#

      I saw your post and I’m sorry you weren’t a fan. My family loves it and the friends I’ve trialed it on here when I make it, also love it. Maybe it’s the brand of OJ you’re using. Thanks for trying the recipe.

  15. Darlene — March 1, 2012 at 3:35 pm (#

    Yum these are so good, my grand daughter is gonna love them. Thanks for recipe!

    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga — March 1, 2012 at 10:35 pm (#

      Oh I am sooo glad to hear this, thanks! And I hope your G.D. loves them. My 5 year old is a huge fan :)

  16. Flight Training — March 5, 2012 at 9:39 am (#

    Like you, orange push-ups were a staple of my childhood! I will have to make these sometime for my daughters (with some sugar variations :P)….aaaaand myself :)

  17. Jennifer — March 5, 2012 at 7:09 pm (#

    I hope it is alright that I pinned your recipe on Pinterest.

    If not, please email me and I will remove it from there but still make the recipe! :}

  18. Jules Egan — March 6, 2012 at 3:28 pm (#

    Swoon !! Going to make these this week ! Amazing job on the pictures too !!

  19. Beth Bailey — March 8, 2012 at 8:46 am (#

    Are we using the 12 oz. size orange juice?

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 8, 2012 at 9:48 am (#

      Yes, one standard sized can. Please note the brand I used as it really was lovely and I have heard other people complain about the brand of concentrate they used; just a tip for you but any brand will work, really.

  20. sarahliann — March 9, 2012 at 7:45 am (#

    have a kid home from school today, I have made this as the recipe indicates before, but my youngest doesn’t like oranges (go figure) so today I made a grape version…Big Hit! Thanks for the inspiration!

  21. Kensey — March 9, 2012 at 5:14 pm (#

    This did not turn out for me :( It was so bitter and adding sugar just made it really grainy. I am so sad, it looks delicious! I didn’t read the whole post about the type of concentrate making a difference. Bummer!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 9, 2012 at 9:37 pm (#

      Sorry that you didn’t have success but the type of concentrate appears to be a huge part of the success or failure rate…maybe try another concentrate and also blend, blend, blend. If you don’t have a vitamix, I’d say 5 minutes maybe? With a Vita, I blend for at least 3 mins so there’s no graininess.

  22. Carol Broussard — March 14, 2012 at 2:11 pm (#

    Have you had the TGIF drink its orange dream cycle?

  23. Jane — March 19, 2012 at 10:32 am (#

    What size can of orange juice concentrate – the 6 oz size or the 12 oz size?

    Thanks, can’t wait to try it.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 19, 2012 at 11:05 am (#

      This is the exact concentrate I bought and used. It was like 99 cents on sale at my groc store, half the price of Tropicana and so good. Others have complained their concentrate they used was too sour or not good but I can vouch this one is great. I believe it’s just the 6 ounce size, just the “average” size of canned concentrate, not huge. Sorry…I RARELY buy concentrate so don’t know what the standard sized cans in the grocer’s freezers are…just the “regular” good old-fashioned kind.

  24. Chelsea — March 29, 2012 at 6:09 pm (#

    looks so yummy it makes me want to go buy a blender right now!!!

    • Chelsea — March 31, 2012 at 6:32 pm (#

      so i did go buy a blender and they turned out great!! i even used the walmart brand concentrate!!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 31, 2012 at 9:30 pm (#

      That’s awesome to know that the Walmart brand concentrate worked well for you and you loved it! Thank you so much for the feedback!

  25. Joi @ Get Cooking! — March 31, 2012 at 7:24 pm (#

    I can’t wait to try this delicious looking smoothie! You’re SO right about push ups when they’re s
    mushy.. they are irresistible!

  26. Judi Gerdes — April 8, 2012 at 7:34 pm (#

    These smoothies sound amazingly good!! I thought I’d send my EZ Orange Julius recipe for your to try. It’s sooo simple, and my girlfriends can’t get enough of the sweet, orangey goodness!

    Supplies needed:
    Your favorite orange juice (if using concentrate, prepare according to directions, but use only 3/4 can of water)

    Vanilla ice cream

    Vanilla extract

    Orange extract

    Orange curls, for garnish (optional)

    In a blender, combine the orange juice and ice cream by using a slow speed to start and working up to a mid-range speed for about 30 seconds. Use the orange and vanilla extracts, to taste. You really don’t need the extracts, but it does heighten the flavor. If you use the extracts, use only a couple of drops, mix, and taste. Continue in this manner until you have your desired flavor. Pour into a crystal goblet or a plastic cup and garnish with an orange curl. Serve, sit back and wait for the accolades!

  27. Mandy Griffith — April 19, 2012 at 4:31 pm (#

    Made these. They are yummy. The concentrate I used was a little bitter, next time want to try the Hawaii’s Own brand. I would reccomend using half a can of regular concentrate to start and adding more if you need more orange flavor. I will be making it again!

  28. Julianne — April 22, 2012 at 2:33 pm (#

    This was great. The Hawaii’s Own was a great flavor. For the second batch I added 1/4 Greek plain yogurt and a banana. It was terrific.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 22, 2012 at 2:57 pm (#

      Thanks for the feedback! Glad you liked it and played around with the yogurt and banana addition. May I ask how much sugar you used..many people have different reports on this, but being you used the Hawaii’s Own just like I did, would love to know your measurement, approximately.

  29. Kelly — April 25, 2012 at 4:01 pm (#

    I LOVE this smoothie! I made it tonight for my family, and it was delicious! Thanks for sharing!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 25, 2012 at 4:11 pm (#

      I’m so glad that it was a hit! Could I ask what brand of concentrate & approximate amount of sugar you used? I am always curious about what ends up working out for people in their own kitchens. Thanks for the comment!

  30. Becky — April 29, 2012 at 3:46 pm (#

    Made this tonight for my family, and WOW, talk about total heaven!! My grocery store didn’t carry the Hawaii’s Own brand, so I used the Old Orchard orange-peach-mango flavor, and it was totally scrumptious. I also used right about half a cup of sugar, blended it really well for a good minute or so, and it was perfect, not gritty, not too sweet, not bitter. It was awesome, thanks! This will for sure be a summer staple in our home!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 29, 2012 at 10:00 pm (#

      Thank you for the glowing report, Becky! This is JUST what I love hearing…when someone makes something, and it turns out fabulously. Good job on blending well, and on the Old Orchard orange-peach-mango flavor (sounds fantastic!).

      “not gritty, not too sweet, not bitter. It was awesome” <– That’s awesome to hear! And that it will be a summertime staple, too!

  31. Rose :: Fine Craft Guild — April 29, 2012 at 4:07 pm (#

    That sure looks delicious, but i can’t get myself to eat 1/3 of a cup of WHITE SUGAR just to have a fresh drink. What if I want 2 drinks? oh no. Or even when using half that amount of sugar…. So, let me see what I can do with some fresh oranges and I’ll share the result.

    Anyhow, no matter what, your pictures looked awesome, and if it would not be so calorie-rich, i would sure have tried to make your version. thank you for sharing/the inspiration!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 29, 2012 at 9:58 pm (#

      As I indicated in the post, SWEETEN TO TASTE. You don’t have to use that amount of sugar, or sweeten with something else.

      And, this makes three hearty 8-oz portions so on a per serving amount, you are having a tablespoon or two of sugar. Far less than soda, Starbucks syrups, the sugar in ketchup, the sugar in pizza sauce you’d buy; really not that terribly much but to each her own. And yes, this is more like a dessert-smoothie than something I’d drink everyday. And on those occasions, I love it.

    • Melissa — June 1, 2012 at 12:19 pm (#

      A cup of sugar split between three smoothies is still 1/3 of a cup of sugar per serving. Yowza! But now I’m curious if I can come up with a yummy, creamy orange smoothie without adding sugar (or artificial sweetener). I’m thinking greek yogurt, orange juice, and mango maybe. Hmm…

    • Melissa — June 1, 2012 at 12:38 pm (#

      Just did a quick calculation: recipe with that brand of juice concentrate + 1 cup of sugar divided into 3 large smoothies = 128g of sugar per smoothie (52g for 1/3 of a can of concentrate + 12g for cup of milk + 64g for 1/3 cup of sugar). Might be ok purely as a dessert smoothie once in a blue moon. Good to be aware is all.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — June 1, 2012 at 1:39 pm (#

      I get far more than 3 servings from this recipe…probably at least 6. There is no way I could drink 8 oz of it! I wrote 8 oz because that’s “standard” but 4 oz is plenty for me. There’s a reason why people love Starbucks drinks…ounce for ounce they have WAY MORE sugar than this :) Same with ketchup. Ounce for ounce it has way more. And who uses just 1 tbsp of ketchup or whatever they list as the serving size. Life…full of sugar. We gotta pick the things we REALLY want to enjoy and have those is what I say :)

  32. CynStenquist — May 9, 2012 at 9:52 pm (#

    Yummy! We’ve been making these for years and in our family we call it Orange Julius. Beautiful pictures btw!!! It’s time to make some more!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 9, 2012 at 10:00 pm (#

      Glad to know you’ve been making it, too. I’d love to hear your ratios of sweetener, juice, cream, what brand of juice, etc that you use. Detailed, tried-and-true feedback is so helpful!

  33. Mareena — May 19, 2012 at 11:38 am (#

    I made this with an orange DRINK concentrate instead of an orange JUICE concentrate. IT WAS AMAZING! Not bitter, and I only added a 1/2 c of sugar. The whole family was crazy about it. Definitely reminded me of the push-pops I used to love

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 19, 2012 at 1:45 pm (#

      Awesome feedback…thank you! Orange DRINK rather than orange JUICE concentrate. Interesting differentiation. Honestly I buy so very little frozen concentrates (this was one of only a handful of purchases of it ever in my life for this recipe!) so I appreciate the “field reports” and first hand feedback including how much sugar you used, too. Thanks!

  34. Chanel — May 20, 2012 at 1:47 pm (#

    These are delicious! If some find it too bitter, swap the sugar for a can of sweetened condensed milk.

  35. Juliana — May 25, 2012 at 6:34 pm (#

    I always loved Push-Ups too! I am excited to try this with all the kids in the neighborhood this Summer! Thanks for posting!

  36. K. Kelly — May 26, 2012 at 3:40 pm (#

    I just made these and they are delicious!! I used a 12 ounce can of five alive, unsweetened almond milk, the vanilla extract, and 1/4 of splenda. My hubby is in heaven and so am I. Thank you so much for a delicious recipe.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 26, 2012 at 3:51 pm (#

      Wow, love your variation…good to know that Five Alive works (childhood memories!) And 1/4 cup? I’m assuming of the splenda baking blend? And unsweetened almond milk got it creamy enough, good to know!

    • K. Kelly — May 26, 2012 at 4:06 pm (#

      Yes, I only used a 1/4 cup of the regular granulated splenda. (not the baking blend) I’ve been doing weight watchers since last August so I’m used to less sweet things, but I think the five alive is pretty sweet on its own. I wouldn’t say it was super creamy, because almond milk is pretty thin, but it was still pretty smooth. I would think that regular milk or sweetened condensed would make the drink much more creamy, but I loved it either way.

    • C and M — May 28, 2012 at 1:13 pm (#

      We made it with Five-Alive, Splenda, and half-and-half. Wow! Tastes perfect.

  37. Karen — June 21, 2012 at 4:54 pm (#

    Hi Averie,

    I tried the smoothie today, but had the sneaking suspicion that it might turn out bitter/sour, based on some of what you explained above. I think that the key is that the frozen juice probably needs to be a frozen “drink” or “beverage” vs 100% fruit juice. I had a limited selection in the Harris Teeter supermarket near me, so I’ll have to shop around next time. I’m determined for my smoothies to taste like your smoothies look in the pictures above! :-)

    – Karen

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — June 21, 2012 at 10:44 pm (#

      Harris Teeter. Omg. We used to live in NC & SC and that’s what they had there. Memories.

      As for the explanation “drink” or “beverage” vs 100% fruit juice…good points. And yes, real juice would be sour. It has to be something that’s frozen with plenty of sugar, i.e. a juice “beverage”. Good clarification.

  38. Jamie — June 25, 2012 at 2:01 pm (#

    So yummy! Perfect cool treat after playing outside. I use turbinado in my kitchen and I could taste it in the smoothie. I just have an older Kitchen Aid mixer, so it didn’t combine the sugar real well with the rest of the smoothie. I think I’ll replace it with honey next time to sweeten it up.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — June 25, 2012 at 4:44 pm (#

      Glad you made it and enjoy…honey or agave could work, yes! Or make a simple syrup of water/sugar on the stove and use that as your liquid sweetener.

  39. Nancy Welch — June 30, 2012 at 7:09 pm (#

    I tried these a couple of weeks ago and the first batch was a little grainy from the sugar, but on my second try, I put the sugar in first and added just a little bit of hot water to the sugar (enough to just melt it). Let it sit for a couple of minutes to melt well and then add everything else and blended away. It was perfect!!! I also used minute maid Low acid orange juice concentrate and it turned out perfectly..not bitter taste at all! I have even halved the recipe to make on those nights my husband and I want something cold to drink here in the hot southern weather!!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — June 30, 2012 at 9:57 pm (#

      good info about the hot water and sugar and then the Minute Maid Low Acid…glad to hear it works like a champ – thanks for the comment!

    • kim — July 2, 2012 at 3:28 pm (#

      Oh thanks for the tip! I just made this and it is yummy but I don’t like the grainy texture from the sugar either. I have a sweet tooth and used a full cup but I think I will cut back a little next time lol!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 2, 2012 at 4:10 pm (#

      Or dissolve it in equal parts water/sugar, i.e. a simple syrup, and then use that rather than whole, granular sugar. Glad you liked it overall though!

  40. Let Me Eat Cake — July 2, 2012 at 12:44 pm (#

    orange push up smoothie be still my heart! can’t wait to make this one just screams summertime!

  41. Nina — July 3, 2012 at 5:58 pm (#

    I don’t usually post comments on sites but this was so good I just had to let you know!!!! Soooo yummy! I used Dole Pineapple Orange Juice Concentrate and Vanilla Silk. I used 1/2 cup of sugar and that was plenty for us. Drank some, put some in popsicle molds and still had some left to freeze in a bowl! My husband and kids loved it!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 3, 2012 at 6:19 pm (#

      Thank you so much for the detailed feedback! All the info helps me, helps others who read the comments…so thank you! And glad you loved it…dole pineapple-OJ, with Silk vanilla. And popsicle molds…love it!

  42. allyson — July 8, 2012 at 5:28 pm (#

    yummy!!!! going to definately try this and also love the other ideas for smoothies too!!! however, because there is milk in it, it isn’t vegan. not that i care, i’m not a vegan. just saying’.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 8, 2012 at 10:10 pm (#

      yes, to keep it vegan you’d use vegan milk, nut milk, soy milk. etc which are the suggestions I made in the recipe section in parentheses.

  43. Melodee — July 8, 2012 at 7:34 pm (#

    What size OJ concentrate do you use? I want to try these soon!

  44. Breann — July 18, 2012 at 7:50 am (#

    I tried this. my kids loved it. it really does have that push up taste. it is very sweet. thanks

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 18, 2012 at 11:46 am (#

      Glad it was a hit and that you were able to recreate that orange pushup flavor!

  45. Holly — August 10, 2012 at 11:52 am (#

    This was DELICIOUS. I used soy milk and added a whole fresh mango. It was ridiculously divine. My kids loved it!

  46. Katie — September 26, 2012 at 3:43 pm (#

    I noticed the bitter taste too when I made it exactly as the recipe said, which was because of the orange juice concentrate I had. I added a quarter cup more sugar, about a 1/2 cup of water, and some dannon strawberry and vanilla fruit on the bottom yogurt and it came out absolutely amazing.

  47. C Armour — October 10, 2012 at 1:13 pm (#

    I LOOOOOOVED Push ups when i was a kid!! Can’t wait to try this…

  48. Rachel Ramey — November 9, 2012 at 12:59 pm (#

    FYI, the stuff you linked to isn’t juice concentrate; it’s juice drink concentrate (first ingredient high fructose corn syrup). I only point that out because it’s probably why readers have experienced bitterness when they make the recipe with OJ concentrate – there’s a LOT more sugar in yours than in a version made with straight juice concentrate.

  49. Suzi — December 31, 2012 at 5:42 pm (#

    Pinned! I don’t know how we managed without a Vitamix! Perfect for orange push-ups! :o)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — December 31, 2012 at 8:44 pm (#

      Thanks for the Pin! And Ive had my Vita for about 5 years now and can’t imagine life without it – wait, I can. Was just traveling and using a Magic Bullet, which felt like a toy to be honest!

  50. Tim — January 6, 2013 at 12:47 pm (#

    Hello Averie,

    First, thank you for this excellent smoothie recipe. I can’t wait to try it! I love orange and cream things.

    Purely based on *taste* (and maybe texture, too) and just all around pleasure, which do you suggest using, between milk, half and half, cream, yogurt, etc.? Yes, I do realize as with everything, it all comes down to personal taste and preference, but I want to know what you think would taste best. Thanks!


    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — January 6, 2013 at 2:35 pm (#

      I usually use a combo of milk and half and half. Definitely not skim; whole milk, half and half, and with a splash of cream is going to be richest, thickest and is going to taste the best. But in an effort to keep it healthier, 2% is fine. Just depends how many empty calories are worth it to you :)

    • Tim — January 6, 2013 at 3:51 pm (#


      Thanks so much for the reply. That sounds like the perfect combo to me — I think you got it just right. And, believe it or not, whole milk is actually healthier than 2%, 1%, or skim, so using whole works out perfect, for me! I’d explain why whole milk is healthier, but I don’t want to bore you … And I don’t count calories, either, so it works out all around.! :)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — January 6, 2013 at 4:44 pm (#

      I totally agree about whole milk, the whole of the milk, drinking the whole thing. Like eating the whole egg is healthier than just cherry-picking the whites out. I digress. I used to hang out on holistic and natural food forums and this recipe is about as far from that as you can get, but I’ve been on all sides of the food spectrum, so to speak and completely know where you’d be going with your ‘don’t want to bore you story’ and I concur!

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