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Mango-Orange Julius

Orange Julius

Summer is officially here. Beach days, camping, barbecues, swimming. There are countless activities that make this time of year so great. 

One of the most wonderful gifts this season has to offer is an abundance of incredible produce. Squash, tomatoes, artichokes, nectarines, cherries- the list goes on and on! This is probably one of our favorite seasons for produce, as we love the rich, sweet, earthy flavors that come with so many of the Summer crops. Living in the Bay Area, we are gifted with tons of local fruits and vegetables, some of which we grow in our own gardens. We are lucky enough to have family that have figured out the fine art of growing food (we are far from experts ourselves, but have managed to have a few tasty results). Visiting our Grandma’s house is the equivalent of attending a small farmer’s market. We also are close by local grocery stores that provide “discount produce”- the stuff that is perfectly good,  but ready to be eaten IMMEDIATELY. This is something that we often utilize, as money is always tight (remember how we mentioned living in the BAY AREA?!) and food waste is high all over the country. We like to see what is available and decide what to make based on those items. 

On a recent visit to our Grandma’s we ended up with about 3 trash bags worth of oranges from the 30 year old tree in her backyard. Man, are those things delicious. The plan was to take them all, juice the majority of them to have fresh juice on hand, and lots in the freezer, with a few oranges left to eat. SPOILER ALERT: they never made it to the freezer. 

Mango’s have been abundant on the discount shelf lately, as they all seem to go ripe at the same time, causing the store to try and move these tropical treats quickly. We have been in mango heaven. The accessibility we have had to these fruits the last few weeks, as well as the heat and desire for cold, refreshing things, has prompted us to make a rendition of a dairy laden treat that we loved as kids- the Orange Julius. We added frozen mango to the fresh oranges (if you don’t have the time, will power or abundance of mango to freeze your own, mango from the freezer section of your local store will work beautifully) with a few other simple ingredients to create a super delicious, refreshing frozen drink that is perfect for those hot days when you can’t even muster up the energy to eat. It is quick to prepare and is sure to please all ages. No mango? No problem! Just add some frozen oranges in place of the mango for a more classic take on the Orange Julius. Now go relax; it is Summer, afterall!


 

Mango-Orange Julius {recipe}

Servings 2

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 large orange, peeled
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • 1/4 c non-dairy vanilla creamer
  • 1/4 c non-dairy milk
     

METHOD

  1. Place all ingredients into a high speed blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into 2 glasses and serve with orange or mango segments. 
  3. Enjoy!
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