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Creamy orange julius


I can’t tell you how long I’ve been planning this ridiculously easy drinkable meal. I know I’m always saying how easy and delicious stuff is, but honest, it is! :p Plus I’ve snuck in some natural protein in there, for thickness and heartiness. Think of this as my way of combating scurvy, if you like!creamyorangejuliussplash

creamyorangejuliusSometimes you come across certain dishes or foods peripherally, until they slowly form some sort of all-consuming vortex where you must have it or there will be dire consequences. Well, not dire but lots of sulking and longing. I’ve never had a proper orange julius, but the description (minus the real moo) sounds pretty tasty and awesome. Since I don’t actually do juice just like that, however, I figured this was an interesting way to try out the whole concept, Marfigs style. creamyorangejulius1It’s rather an easy job shoving protein into everything one eats, whether it’s savoury or sweet, and I do love me some chickpeas. Alas they take forever on the stove so I have to buy it canned, but luckily aquafaba saves the day by acting as a binder, and thus justifying the buy. As much as one tries to make things from scratch, there is always a balance to be had, where what you imagined to be cheaper has other consequences, especially with a gas stove. Either way, even with a cup of storebought beans thrown in this meal comes out to rather cheap and equally hearty, which makes it a great choice for life on the go. With holidays here there is definitely gallivanting on the agenda, which naturally means making food for fuel rather than just fun, although this is luckily both!creamyorangejulius2

Ingredients (serves 1 – 2):

  • 1/2 cup chickpeas
  • 1 medium tangerine or orange, frozen
  • 1 large banana, sliced and frozen
  • 1/2 dropper NuNaturals NuStevia Liquid Orange
  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 1 tsp psyllium husk (optional)
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp tumeric


  1. Blend all ingredients until smooth. Serve immediately or store in the fridge.

creamyorangejulius3Today started off with lots of gallivanting, as Saturdays are wont to do – I don’t remember the last time we slept in. It’s totally worth it to go to the market and indulge in froozies and falafel wraps and stare at strangers, especially what they’re eating. Luckily sunglasses hide the worst of my voyeurism! There’s always nifty ideas to be had there, but seeing the smoothies on display, however, made me realize just how much more awesome it is to make your own, since it’s one of the most versatile culinary creature I’ve come across in a long while. creamyorangejulius4Speaking of home-made, I’m going to have to pull up my socks and get the art stuff out to make something for my siblings for the holidays! With them all the way in Morocco and postage costing a small fortune, paper-thin presents is where it’s at. Honestly I’m sure we’d all be more content with hugs and squashing, but since that’s not on the cards some doodles should be acceptable. My creativity in drawing has been completely drained dry, however. Much like writer’s block or blogger’s rot! A good excuse to kick back and watch silly cartoons to get the child-brain activated, since I doubt they would appreciate post-apocalyptic drawings of their precious Disney characters or some such. :pcreamyorangejulius5Anyhow, a very brief respite and then it’s off to visit my cat sitting charge, Chester Williams (the girl) and then the shelter. Somehow Saturdays have been completely ruled by cats this year, so I look forward to the sacred peace and quiet of Sunday to refocus my energies on getting into holiday mode and spoiling Man-thing appropriately!

Happy weekend!

Author: Marfigs

Ahoy, I’m Margaux! History teacher and freelance editor; wench to my Man-thing; volunteer at a cat shelter; and handmaiden to our kitsy cats, Gatsby, Freyja and Atlas. This blog is dedicated to vegan food, occasionally overthrown by pictures of foster kittens and other fluffy creatures. I love sharing ideas and recipes, so don't be shy: stop by and say hi!

3 thoughts on “Creamy orange julius

  1. This is a shake that i drink often but I never had chickpeas in them before,…great idea, very filling this way too with the banana! Yummm!


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