As a kid, one of my favorite summer treats was the infamous orange creamsicle; a delightful orange flavored shell with a creamy vanilla inside. If I happened to be eating the Creamies brand of creamsicles, there was that fantasitc message written on the stick that told me to, "have another creamie," and of course I would. I'd eat as many as my parents would allow in one sitting, which usually wasn't more than 2 (if I was lucky). At some point, however, I lost my appetite for them. Even before my crazy breastfeeding diet, that fake orange flavor with a whitewashed vanilla inside had stopped appealing to me. Truth be told, frozen desserts in general had stopped appealing to me (with the exception of Ben and Jerry's). I loved the idea of frozen orange and vanilla in a popsicle, but I preferred to have real orange and vanilla as opposed to something that had been chemically engineered to taste like it. In fact, I forgot about orange creamsicles altogether until I was thumbing through a book by "The Blender Girl" and found her version of an orange creamsicle smoothie. Of course I was intrigued by the idea of creating my own orange creamsicle, I just needed to create one that was allergy safe for my daughter. I had recently used a vanilla bean to make nut milk for the first time (a truly marvelous addition to a household staple) and wanted to do something meaningful with the nut pulp (those vanilla beans are expensive). Thus the orange creamsicle smoothie was born with real vanilla, real orange, and no cream. While it didn't pass the 2 year old taste test of approval, it did bring back fond memories of chowing down on orange flavored Creamies and treating myself to another as per the request on the stick. Only this time, I got to indulge guilt free with all the health benefits that real food has to offer.
Orange Creamsicle Smoothie
3/4 cup nuts soaked or nut pulp (I used macadamia)
1/2 a banana frozen
1 peach or apricot
1/2 cup mango frozen
1 1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 a vanilla bean (optional)
Sweetener of choice to taste (optional I didn't use any)
Place all ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth
* Note: If you are using soaked nuts instead of nut pulp, add the nuts, vanilla bean, and a portion of orange juice to the blender first and lightly blend before adding the other ingredients to ensure a smoother texture.