Orange vanilla smoothie.

I fell into a bit of a smoothie hiatus after my first semester this year. My family had been taking their sweet time in finishing off the oranges we’d been having as part of iftar every night of Ramadan, and so I looked into some recipes to use them up. It was a pleasant tasting, like a creamy orange candy.

Would I make this recipe again? Yes, but not frequently because I don’t think the lolly-ish taste of it is something I’d be in the mood for often. I am so glad that I was able to locate some Tang drinking powder inside an Indian grocery in Liverpool. My family had been searching in Coles and Woolworths for an alternate to lemonade for iftar to no avail. It seemed to be gone from all stores. I’m so happy that that’s not the case.

The photographs look a tad ominous, don’t they? I think it’s due to the shadows present when I was trying to find naturally lit areas to take photos. I have a similar series of photos of a white chocolate sauce that I made. I shall post that recipe as well.

If you share or re-post any of my photographs, please be kind enough to link this post as well. Let me know what you think of this recipe in the comments (especially if you try it)!


  • 1 navel orange, peeled
  • 1/4 cup fat-free half-and-half or fat-free yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons of Tang (the orange drinking powder)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In a blender (or large mixing bowl or jug) add the vanilla, yoghurt and Tang. Blend together.
  2. Add the orange and then blend till not many fleshy parts are visible. You will have to do this for a while to make the smoothie… smoother.
  3. Pour into a glass and enjoy! Garnish with a slice of orange for a nice aesthetic touch.


  • I used no sugar – the Tang powder was already sweet and so was the orange I used.
  • Orange concentrate can be used instead of Tang, or perhaps even orange cordial.
  • I technically did not use the entire flesh of one navel orange – my garnish is taken from the same orange.
  • You may choose to add ice and/or other fruits like berries or banana. (The hand blender I used ain’t powerful enough to be used with ice.)
  • My recipe is adapted from here and here.

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