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!

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.


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.
Only Eats

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.


351 comments on “Orange PushUp Smoothie”

  1. 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.

    • 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.

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

    • 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!

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  4. 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!

    • 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!

  5. 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!

    • 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.

      • 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…

      • 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.

      • 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 :)

  6. 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!

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  9. 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

    • 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!

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

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

  13. 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.

    • 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!

      • 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.

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

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  17. 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

    • 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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!!

    • 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!

    • 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!

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

  21. 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!

    • 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!

  22. 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’.

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

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