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Vegan Pineapple Orange Julius

A vegan, tropical take on the classic Orange Julius.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2
Author: Coco Morante

Ingredients

  • 8 ice cubes crushed (about 1 1/3 cups)
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple tidbits
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon whole vanilla bean paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup almond milk original flavor

Instructions

  • Combine ingredients in a blender in the order listed.
  • Blend on high speed until smooth, about one minute, stirring once during blending if necessary.

Notes

You can buy frozen pineapple tidbits or cut your own. In a pinch, I'll snag a bag from Trader Joe's, which seems to source extra sweet and flavorful pineapples (their frozen mango chunks are great, too). When I have the time, I'll break down a whole pineapple, then freeze the pieces in a single layer on a baking sheet before transferring them to a freezer bag.
Orange extract is an unusual ingredient to have on hand. You can leave it out if you prefer, or substitute a half teaspoon of freshly grated orange zest. Likewise, if you don't have whole vanilla bean paste, just use vanilla extract, but double or triple the amount according to taste.