Orange Cream Shake Recipe

by Sharon Palmer, MSFS, RDN, The Plant-Powered Dietitian

Turn to the flavorful combination of oranges, bananas and yogurt to create a far healthier version of an Orange Creamsicle Shake. With just five healthy ingredients, you can create a smooth, rich, fruit-packed smoothie that will be a hit among young and old alike. Citrus fruits are packed with disease-protective antioxidant compounds, and bananas offer a pure sweet, creamy flavor to replace added sugars in this recipe. Yogurt provides creaminess, plus a boost of protein.


  • 1 large, ripe banana, peeled and quartered
  • 1/2 cup orange juice (from 2 fresh medium oranges, or use prepared)
  • 1 medium orange, zest and fruit
  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt (dairy or plant based)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 5 ice cubes

Makes 2 servings (1 1/2 cup). Per serving: 160 calories, 2 g total fat (0 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 34 g carbohydrates, 4 g protein, 3 g dietary fiber, 40 mg sodium, 25 g sugar, 0 g added sugar.


  1. Place bananas and orange juice in the container of a blender.
  2. Use a fine grater or zester to create zest from 1 medium orange and add to blender. Peel orange, divide into sections and add to blender.
  3. Add yogurt, vanilla extract and ice cubes to blender and process for a few seconds until creamy and smooth.
  4. Pour into 2 large glasses and serve immediately.


Pour mixture into Popsicle molds and freeze for a healthy dessert.

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