Homemade Pineapple Orange Julius

$1.37 each
by Beth - Budget Bytes
4.67 from 15 votes
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I’m officially on vacation!! Woot! While I’m away (AFK–anyone remember that from the 90’s internet?), I decided to do a series of vacation recipes for the blog. What do I mean by vacation series? A vacation from my norm. I rarely do sweets or desserts for the blog because I don’t have a big sweet tooth and they are by nature a splurge, or the opposite of budget conscious. BUT I am realistic and I know that every now and then a person needs a little sweetness in their life. So, this week, and this week only, I’m doing all sweets. All fun. All vacation from responsibility! First up is a fruity, frothy, frozen Pineapple Orange Julius!

A round glass with Pineapple Orange Julius, a pink and white stripped paper straw, and a slice of pineapple on the rim.

What is an Orange Julius?

This sweet and creamy drink is a throwback to mall-staple from my teenage years in the 90’s. The original Orange Julius is like a liquid orange creamsicle, made with orange juice concentrate, milk, vanilla, and sugar. I added frozen pineapple for an extra tropical twist (because vacation, remember?).

What Kind of Blender Do I Need?

These dessert drinks literally take less than five minutes to make and you don’t even need a fancy blender. I use my single serving Hamilton Beach single serving blender that costs less than $15 and it does a fantastic job. This recipe makes about one 12oz. drink. If you don’t like pineapple, I suggest using a few ice cubes in their place to make sure you have that frozen element to your drink. All these ingredients can be kept either in your pantry and freezer, so you can quickly whip one up when you need a mental escape.

If you shut your eyes and imagine hard enough, you can feel the sun and smell the sea water…

A hand holding a Pineapple Orange Julius with a pink and white straw and a slice of pineapple on the rim

Also check out our classic Orange Julius Recipe.

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Homemade Pineapple Orange Julius

4.67 from 15 votes
When you need a tropical escape this homemade Pineapple Orange Julius is the perfect sweet and creamy frozen drink to take you away.
Servings 12 oz.
Prep 5 minutes
Total 5 minutes


  • 1/4 cup orange juice concentrate ($0.33)
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple ($0.58)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract ($0.14)
  • 1 Tbsp sugar* ($0.01)
  • 1 cup whole milk ($0.31)


  • Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and frothy. Drink immediately.
  • For a thicker drink, add a few ice cubes or more frozen pineapple. For a thinner drink, add more milk.

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*You can definitely reduce the amount of sugar in this recipe to meet your needs, but I found that 1 Tbsp gave the drink that dessert like quality that you find in the mall version.


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 340.3kcalCarbohydrates: 58.3gProtein: 10.1gFat: 8.3gSodium: 125.7mgFiber: 1.9g
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How to Make an Orange Julius – Step by Step Photos

Julius Ingredients in Blender

To make one 12oz. drink, add 1/4 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, 1/2 cup frozen pineapple pieces, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, and 1 Tbsp sugar to a blender. If you put the metal lid back on the frozen OJ concentrate container it stays good fro quite some time, even though it isn’t technically “sealed” on.

Milk being poured into the blender

Pour in one cup of whole milk.

Blended Pineapple Orange Julius in the blender, viewed from overhead

Blend until the drink is smooth and frothy. YUM!

Two glasses of homemade Pineapple Orange Julius with pineapple slices on the rims and pink paper straws

I wonder what this Pineapple Orange Julius would be like if you used coconut milk instead of dairy milk… SUPER TROPICAL 😎🌴☀️

Okay, I’m off to enjoy the rest of my vacation. Check in with you soon!!

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  1. I think this is way better than the original! There is some weird ingredient in the store bought ones which always made my throat sore.

  2. See any reason why I couldn’t freeze canned pineapple for use in this recipe? Trying to make this without a run to the store … Thanks!

    1. I think you could! To prevent the pineapple from freezing into one big hard block of ice I would drain it well then spread it out on a parchment lined baking sheet to freeze it in individual pieces before placing it in a freezer bag.

  3. I found this recipe as I was looking for ways to use the large quantity of milk I have on hand. It is so good, and so easy. Also frozen strawberries are great substitute for the pineapple for another variation.

  4. I have a friend who makes these and uses powdered sugar instead. It blends a little more evenly :)

  5. Didn’t have pineapple or orange juice concentrate so made with 3/4 cup liquid orange juice and one ripe banana, no sugar added. Worked well. Very happy to have this recipe. Thanks Beth. Will definitely try as is next time.

  6. Dee-freaking-licious!! I doubled the recipe but used 1 1/2 tbsp sugar instead of 2 because… kids. It was perfect.

  7. My husband and I make this for a special treat sometimes and it tastes pretty darn close to the real thing! Thanks for the idea!