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.



  1. 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!

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  3. 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.

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  8. I’d add some Amaretto and Vodka!

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

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  12. 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 :)

    • 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!

    • 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?

    • 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.

  13. 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!

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  19. 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! :)

    • 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!

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  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. What size orange juice concentrate did you use?

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  27. 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!!

  28. Noon Ofyabizness Reply

    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.

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  31. 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 ;)

    • 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!! :)

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  34. 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!

    • 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! :)

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

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

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  42. 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!

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