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.

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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 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!!! :)

  2. 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 :)

    • 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!

  3. 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 :)

  4. 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.

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  8. My husband would love this during these hot summer days!

  9. 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!

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  12. 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!!

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  18. 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!

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  24. 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!

  25. 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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