I remember as a teenager being very fond of Orange Julius. For those of you unfamiliar with this company, they have an iconic milky orange drink called, wait for it, the Orange Julius. Back in the olden days I think it was just orange but, looking on their website, they have all kinds of new-fangled fruity flavours. Not interested; love the original flavour. But like all favourite things in youth there’s a sting in the tail; or rather, an artificial chemical in the cup. Not sure what they have in it, but what it doesn’t seem to have is real milk, all fruit and a hint of real vanilla. Maybe back in the day it did, but I bet my Kitchen Aid blender it doesn’t now. But no worries because in this recipe you get all the yummy nostalgic taste of the 70s version, but without the (alleged) stabililsers, preservatives, flavour enhancers and what not. I mean really, does fruit need flavour enhancers? Not my fruit salad, thank you very much.
Orange Julius wasn’t even on my mind when I come up with this breakfast treat. It was really a happy accident of combining Greek yogurt, a smidge of Steenberg’s amazing vanilla powder, a squirt of agave, and a squeeze of the skin from a badly peeled orange. When I first took a spoonful I was instantly transported back to my 70s uniform of crocheted tank top and polyester short shorts (and those razor sharp flip flops…). I mixed up a little more and stirred it into a seasonal fruit salad and was instantly happy. I have since made it for proteining-up all kinds of breakfast and dessert fruit salads, and stirred into Bircher-type muesli. And it of course can be made up as a smoothie, although I am more fond of chewing my fruit.
Anytime you want to feel instantly happy in the morning put together this quick, nutritious and exceedingly tasty breakfast ‘Orange Julius’ Fruit Salad. Toe-shredding flip flops optional.
This was a quickie post with not-so-fab photos, but it’s a busy week so I hope you’ll forgive the near slap-dash approach. I am still wanting your breakfast ideas and your best food-related top tip for the morning. The last breakfast post in this mini-series will be next week, where I will share your ideas as well as some great stuff I have found in my on-line searching. So put on your thinking cap and come back to me with your ideas: family-friendly, solo, a deaux, whatever. All welcome.
Orange Julius Fruit Salad
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This is more of an idea than a proper recipe. Use whatever fruit you like and make it any concentration or quantity. Here’s what I like for just me.
1 small orange or a satsuma/clementine
2 heaped tablespoons non-fat Greek yogurt; or you could use full-fat, non-dairy, Quark or fromage frais (latter two advised for if you are on chemo)
pinch of vanilla powder or paste (less than 1/8 tsp – it’s strong stuff). I love Steenberg’s organic vanilla powder (I use it in loads of things)
a squirt of agave nectar, honey or a few drops stevia (optional)
Any prepared/cut-up fruit that you like, and some toasted nuts for added protein, satisfaction, flavour and crunch.
For the Orange Julius ‘sauce’ plop the yogurt into a small bowl. Halve the orange and cut one half into segments and squeeze the juice of the other half into the yogurt; add in the vanilla powder and any extra sweetness you like – I like agave, but only a little bit, the orange is plenty sweet. Give it a good stir and dollop onto your prepared fruit, or mix in like I did today (see the messy pic with the grated apple, blueberries and strawberries). Makes one greedy, big bowl. Enjoy!