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. Sabrina Rose — January 12, 2013 at 9:40 am (#

    I would love to drink smoothies like the orange pushup smoothie!!!! It’s so refreshing!

  2. Bobbiann — January 21, 2013 at 7:53 am (#

    Just made this exactly as written, using Minute Maid original orange juice concentrate, and it’s delicious. I’ve never had an Orange PushUp, so I can’t compare it, but this was certainly not bitter at all.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — January 21, 2013 at 11:10 am (#

      Thanks for coming back to LMK you tried it and made it as written, with Minute Maid OJ concentrate, and had great success. I’m glad you liked it!

  3. Lisa — January 22, 2013 at 3:24 pm (#

    Yummy! I didn’t have any concentrate, and didn’t want to wait so I made it with three oranges! Worked great! Kids loved it and so did I :)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — January 22, 2013 at 3:28 pm (#

      Glad to hear that worked for you and that you and the kids loved it, too!

  4. P — January 22, 2013 at 10:26 pm (#

    I just made this and am slurping it as I type (with the oj you suggested) and it is absolutely amazing! I love the creaminess of the vanilla. I also added a dash of French vanilla creamer in addition to the milk. I’m glad I have some leftover in the freezer :). Thanks for the recipe!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — January 23, 2013 at 1:03 am (#

      Oh I am so happy that you loved this one. I do too! I am a HUGE french vanilla person (I keep coffeemate in business!) and I bet that adds such a nice touch to this. Thanks for the comment!

  5. Barb — February 3, 2013 at 3:58 pm (#

    I used half pineapple and half orange and only 1/4 cup of sugar. I probably wouldn’t use any sugar next time. It’s sweet enough without the sugar.

  6. Tammy — March 19, 2013 at 11:18 am (#

    I’d add some Amaretto and Vodka!

    • Megs — December 6, 2013 at 7:47 am (#

      Love this idea!

  7. Sarah — March 25, 2013 at 2:07 pm (#

    So no one had issues with the orange juice curdling the milk? That was my only worry.

  8. Kate — May 17, 2013 at 1:03 am (#

    Hi Averie, lovely recipe! (I’m sat reading through all your smoothie type recipes!) I’m from the UK and have no idea what the orange juice is you used?! Please could you explain it to me/suggest an alternative I can buy in the UK? I really want to make this mmmmmmmmm thanks :)

    • Averie Sunshine — May 17, 2013 at 1:35 am (#

      You just want to use orange juice concentrate, in a can, that you’d add water to, for making juice. I’m sure something like that exists in the freezer case at your grocery store. Find something along those lines and go with that! LMK how it turns out!

    • Sara — May 30, 2013 at 1:45 pm (#

      I’m an American that lives in the UK, I can confirm – we dont have to have frozen juice concentrates of any kind here. Any ideas for substitutes?

    • Averie Sunshine — May 30, 2013 at 1:46 pm (#

      No frozen juice concentrate in your freezer cases? Hmmm – not sure what to say. Using regular OJ won’t give you as concentrated of flavor but it’s worth a try.

  9. Kasandra — May 19, 2013 at 8:46 pm (#

    Just made this with fresh orange juice and it is delicious. Just added double the ice to compensate for the frozen concentrate and it was perfect. I was afraid the extra ice might dilute the orange flavor but it was great!

    • Averie Sunshine — May 19, 2013 at 11:10 pm (#

      Thanks for telling me and so happy it worked out and wasn’t watered down or diluted!

  10. Sara — May 30, 2013 at 2:41 pm (#

    Sorry, for some reason I cant reply on that thread…

    (about frozen concentrate in the UK)
    Its definitely frustrated me a lot here. Apparently it existed about 15 years ago, and then just disappeared. Now there isn’t any. The closest thing I’d say is “Squash” but its a liquid concentrate. I’m not sure it would translate the same but I might give it a shot? I’ll let you know if I do! :)

    • Averie Sunshine — May 30, 2013 at 2:43 pm (#

      So weird it just vanished! Well… I would just try adding regular OJ then. Or boil/reduce down some OJ so that’s it more concentrated and go with that!

  11. pam loberg — June 5, 2013 at 6:11 pm (#

    Just made this. I added 1/2 c sugar, I dont think it needed even that much. I used the Hawaii’s Own mango orange. Boy it’s still delish. Love it.

  12. Jazzy — June 11, 2013 at 6:38 am (#

    I know what u mean about being stuck in a time zone , some old stuff never goes away! :) Gong to try this for lunch with my kids.

  13. Naeva — June 15, 2013 at 12:22 pm (#

    What size orange juice concentrate did you use?

    • Averie Sunshine — June 15, 2013 at 2:24 pm (#

      Just the standard size that’s in the grocery store freezer case, I believe it’s a 12-ounce can.

  14. Ron — July 28, 2013 at 5:27 pm (#

    Well, this is superb. Tried it with Hawaii’s Own other flavors too.
    They make Orange/Pineapple, and Pineapple/Starfruit and they are all excellent and different from the Orange/Mango. For the others I left out the sugar and they were plenty sweet but I do use the sugar in this recipe featured but a little less than 1/2 cup. I think I could live on this as my regular daily meals!!

  15. Noon Ofyabizness — July 29, 2013 at 10:14 pm (#

    Considering that the concentrate juice itself is mostly sugar, adding your cup of sugar, I can see why in North America most people are obese.

    This may be delicious, sure. But healthy? Give me a break.

    • Averie Sunshine — July 30, 2013 at 4:03 am (#

      I never said it was healthy! It’s a TREAT. Something to be made when you feel like a splurge.

  16. SB — August 21, 2013 at 12:03 pm (#

    Very delicious! I made it as written, too much sugar for me but still very good, and then I tried it with with coconut milk ( and I left out sugar) Oh, and I also added a dash of rum… very good when relaxing around the pool ;)

    • Averie Sunshine — August 21, 2013 at 12:50 pm (#

      Yes, depending on the concentrate used and one’s personal tastes, always good to adjust sugar to taste. With coconut milk sounds wonderful. And with rum, poolside, sounds the best yet!! :)

  17. Tiffany Merritt — October 6, 2013 at 1:48 am (#

    Looks so yummy! Wanted to let you know that I’m doing a round up of recipes that I can’t wait to try in the near future, and I’d like to include this one. I will be listing the name of your recipe, linked back to your site, as well as your site name. A photo will bein a collage format only, so that your picture cannot be “swiped” from my site. And there will be no information about the ingredients or recipe steps so that readers must come visit you if they want to know how to make it! This will go live on the 13th; please do let me know if you don’t want me to link to you for some reason. I hope it brings you a lot of traffic!

    • Averie Sunshine — October 6, 2013 at 1:50 am (#

      thanks for wanting to include it and for the very thorough explanation that you don’t reprint in full and that the photo can’t be swiped – GOOD! Thanks for all that and go ahead & include it! :)

  18. groene smoothies — November 10, 2013 at 11:05 am (#

    wow, actually loved it. Time to learn more about greens moothies. Thanks !

  19. emily — January 28, 2014 at 8:56 pm (#

    How well does this store? Does it need to be refrigerated or frozen?

    • Averie Sunshine — January 29, 2014 at 1:29 am (#

      Re-read the post/recipe section. I covered this in detail.

  20. Kate — March 22, 2014 at 12:25 pm (#

    This smoothie is so freaking good!! Yum! I used cascadian farms organic frozen OJ and then a mix of vanilla almond milk & coconut milk. I still found it to be a little intense (both sweet & orange-y) so I ended up pouring in more milk and adding an extra cup of ice. Next time I might try using a little less sugar than the 1/2 cup. Also left out the alcohol since we had this with our brunch but I will definitely be adding some vodka to the leftovers for a treat tonight :) Thanks!

    • Averie Sunshine — March 22, 2014 at 3:59 pm (#

      Glad to hear you enjoyed it so much, and enjoy that late night treat version even more! :)

  21. Diane — May 9, 2014 at 9:58 am (#

    Could you please tell me why the print on your site is so faded is there any possibility you could make the fonts darker, it is very hard to read, thank you so much. I enjoy your recipes immensely, thank you. Diane

  22. Kelley — May 11, 2014 at 5:55 am (#

    This is almost the exact recipe I got for Orange Julius in home ec in high school (showing my age there.) I bet it will be delicious, can’t wait to try it, and I LOVE the idea of freezing it like push pops!!! :)

    • Averie Sunshine — May 11, 2014 at 11:28 am (#

      I think we all made that same Orange Julius in home ec class in jr high or h.s. if you’re in you’re 30s or 40s :)

  23. London — May 12, 2014 at 1:35 pm (#

    Hi, I tried this recipe without concentrate (just regular orange juice) and it didn’t turn out as creamy or push up like. Do you have a trick for this? Or should I buy orange juice concentrate during my next grocery store trip? Thanx :)

    • Averie Sunshine — May 12, 2014 at 4:18 pm (#

      Just follow the recipe and buy OJ concentrate if you want your results to be as described in the post and shown. Just using regular OJ will not work as you have discovered. No way to get creamy and push up like with thin juice! Need the thick, frozen concentrate!

  24. London — May 13, 2014 at 11:04 am (#

    Hi, it’s me again. Do you have any flavorful peach smoothie recipes? This orange one is great, but I have a surplus of frozen peaches on hand. Thanx :)

    • Averie Sunshine — May 13, 2014 at 1:03 pm (#

      All of my recipes can be found at the top right hand corner, there is a drop down menu, it says BROWSE RECIPES. You can browse based on what you have on hand.

      All of my smoothie recipes are here and most anything can be swapped out for peaches, i.e. use them in place of strawberries, mango, etc. Smoothies are very flexible.

  25. London — May 16, 2014 at 1:50 pm (#

    Okay, so here’s the scoop about this recipe. I’m trying to forget that it is made with a WHOLE CUP OF HALF AND HALF, and am trying to focus on how good it is. And believe me, it’s good. I used a twelve ounce can of Minute Maid orange juice concentrate, and it was pretty good. A little bitter at the end, but I like a little twang. Thanx Averie.

  26. Cristina Ferrare — July 11, 2014 at 10:37 am (#

    My husband would love this during these hot summer days!

  27. Julie Blanner — July 21, 2014 at 2:35 pm (#

    I can’t wait to try these! I love those push up pops I used to eat as a kid so I’m sure these will be heavenly!

  28. Jabba — October 21, 2014 at 7:45 pm (#

    Holy crap – these totally taste like Creamsicles! You quoted just the right amount of sugar too. Made two nice size glasses- we added vodka. Thanks for sharing!!

  29. Liz — March 4, 2015 at 1:44 pm (#

    Oh wow! We called them “push pops” growing up, and we always got the ones with the Flintstones on the package! I loved them and can’t wait to try these!

    • Averie Sunshine — March 4, 2015 at 1:49 pm (#

      Same! And before they had the Flinstones theme, they had just big red/blue/yellow circles on the wrappers. Memories :)

  30. eiwitdieet — May 28, 2015 at 8:17 am (#

    Wow, what an inspiration! I like these recipes very much and I believe children would like them to. That makes it easier for parents to give them some healthy and delicious drinks. I hope you have more of this!

  31. Maya — June 13, 2015 at 9:37 am (#

    I used fresh oranges instead and the result was quite an experience. Am glad it’s summer so I don’t have to debate about whether it’s worth shivering and chattering for — yet!

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