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Low-Carb Orange Julius Copycat—Easy to Make!

Low-Carb Orange Julius Copycat

yield: 2 SERVINGS

prep time: 5 MINUTES

total time: 5 MINUTES

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 3 tablespoons erythritol, confectioners (or more to taste)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure orange extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • food coloring (optional for orange color)
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups crushed ice
  • orange slice (optional for garnish)

Directions

1

Add heavy cream to blender. (I prefer to use a small, personal-size blender.) Blend for a minute or so until the cream has churned into a thick whipped cream.

2

Add the cream cheese, erythritol, pure orange extract, lemon juice, food coloring (if desired), and crushed ice. (Note that using crushed ice vs. ice cubes helps the shake to come together quickly.) Blend until even and smooth, about a minute.

3

Pour into one large or two small glasses. Garnish with an orange slice if desired. Enjoy!

Nutritional Information

Yield: 2 servings, Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 325, Total Carbohydrates: 16g, Fiber: 0g, Sugar Alcohols: 13.5g, Net Carbohydrates: 2.5g, Total Fat: 34g, Protein: 3g

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a frothy Orange Julius copycat smoothie garnished with orange slices

This simple Orange Julius recipe is fruity & delicious!

Do you miss the bold, citrusy flavor of a freshly squeezed orange? Although eating low-carb is meat and cheese heaven, it can often leave you craving something bright and fresh. Today, you’re in luck! This keto Orange Julius copycat recipe is ridiculously easy to make—plus, it’s frothy, it’s creamy, and it’s bursting with fresh orange flavor.

a mini-blender whipping up a quick low-carb Orange Julius

Relish the essence of an Orange Julius minus 100 grams of carbs!

I know that number is staggering—Like, WOW!! 😮 True fact, a large-size original Orange Julius packs a crushing 103g net carbs per serving compared to this Hip2Keto Orange Julius recipe that has only 2.5g net carbs per serving.

I now give you permission to cry… Happy tears are good for the soul, and 2.5g net carbs is certainly something worth celebrating! 🙌 (I don’t know about you, but I cry over everything—ESPECIALLY low-carb miracles.)

a freshly made Orange Julius ready to be enjoyed through a bamboo straw

Hip Tips:
  • Crush your ice. Using crushed ice versus ice cubes makes all the difference. If your refrigerator doesn’t have a crushed ice function, no worries! Simply grab a cutting board and place cubes in a zip-lock bag on top. Then crush by hand using a meat mallet or hammer.
  • Make certain to use pure orange extract and not orange flavoring. Trust me, they are NOT the same thing.
  • Looking to purchase a small capacity blender? Check out this bestselling Ninja Personal Blender.

a close-up of an Orange Julius showing off it's creamy, frothy texture


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Low-Carb Orange Julius Copycat

yield: 2 SERVINGS

prep time: 5 MINUTES

total time: 5 MINUTES

This easy to make Orange Julius recipe is frothy, creamy, and bursting with fresh orange flavor.

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 3 tablespoons erythritol, confectioners (or more to taste)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure orange extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • food coloring (optional for orange color)
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups crushed ice
  • orange slice (optional for garnish)

Directions

1

Add heavy cream to blender. (I prefer to use a small, personal-size blender.) Blend for a minute or so until the cream has churned into a thick whipped cream.

2

Add the cream cheese, erythritol, pure orange extract, lemon juice, food coloring (if desired), and crushed ice. (Note that using crushed ice vs. ice cubes helps the shake to come together quickly.) Blend until even and smooth, about a minute.

3

Pour into one large or two small glasses. Garnish with an orange slice if desired. Enjoy!

Additional Notes

Freeze leftovers in a freezer-safe/microwave-safe container to enjoy later. When ready, either thaw at room temperature OR pop in the microwave and defrost on high heat for 30-45 seconds. Frozen leftovers remind me of orange sherbert. Yum!

Please note that the optional orange slice for garnish is not included in the nutritional information. One orange slice has about 1.5g net carbs.

Nutritional Information

Yield: 2 servings, Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 325, Total Carbohydrates: 16g, Fiber: 0g, Sugar Alcohols: 13.5g, Net Carbohydrates: 2.5g, Total Fat: 34g, Protein: 3g

Brought to you by Hip2Keto.

An Orange Julius served in a mason jar with orange wedges

The story behind the legend…

Founded in 1926 by an orange-crazed fella named Julius Freed, the guy simply loved oranges. In fact, he liked them so much that he decided to open his very own orange juice stand. Business was slow, but lucky for Julius, he had a buddy named Bill Hamlin who came up with the idea to blend fresh oranges with other ingredients to combat the acidity.

Julius’s passion for oranges combined with Bill’s creative concocting founded a formula for success…and business soared! So much so that the big wigs over at DQ took an interest. Consequently, in 1987, Orange Julius became a fully owned subsidiary of International Dairy Queen. Way to go guys!


Recipe creator, Marley (marley@hip2keto.com), loves to experiment with new and exciting keto-friendly meals.

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Comments 6

  1. Edie

    I make something similar with Sparkle Ice orange mango and HWC or coconut cream,crushed ice and blend. Super Yummy!

    • Marley (Sister Sidekick)

      Hi Edie! Sounds yummy, thanks for sharing!!

  2. Patti

    UGH! Using food coloring and fake sweetner. I just cannot get on board with Keto. You trade one thing for something else. I read an article that says folks with heart arrythmia troubles should not be on the Keto diet. Too much meat and cheese for me. I tried it for two weeks and got so sick of bacon and rggs I can’t even look at them anymore. I will stay away from sugar and flour, but I cannot give up my fruits and veggies. Just my thinking. Good luck to all who have been successful on the Keto diet!

    • Marley (Sister Sidekick)

      Hey Patti! The food coloring is 100% optional so you can definitely skip it. As far as sweeteners go, stevia can certainly be substituted for erythritol if sugar alcohols aren’t your thing. Thanks so much for your input and best of luck with your food journey. Great job avoiding sugar and flour! 🙌

  3. yonawrites

    Made this tonight…it is soooooo refreshingly good. I will be making this one over and over again for sure.

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Yay! Thanks for letting us know how much you enjoyed it! 🙌

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