In honor of my vacation, I decided to put together a series of vacation recipes for the blog.

A vacation series is an opportunity for me to break away from my normal routine.

Sweets and desserts are rarely on the blog for me because I don’t have a sweet tooth and they are by nature a splurge, or the opposite of budget-conscious.

My real goal is to give everyone some sweetness in their lives. So this week, and only this week, I am doing all sweets. All fun.

The drink is delicious, healthy, easy to make and quick to prepare, made with some delicious pineapples and mandarin oranges.

Apronese would like to introduce you to this festive and fruity, frothy, frozen pineapple orange Julius that is fruity, frothy, frozen and easy to make.

Orange Julius: What Is It?

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?)

How Do I Choose the Right Blender?

This is an easy dessert drink that you can prepare in under five minutes without the need to buy a fancy blender and can be made in literally no time at all.

This recipe will make about one 12 oz. drink. I use my Hamilton Beach one serving blender, which is a single serving blender for less than $15.

If you don’t like pineapple, I suggest using a few ice cubes in their place so you have that frozen element in your drink even if you don’t like pineapple.

When you are feeling mentally drained, you can make one of these by quickly whisking together all the ingredients that are either kept in your pantry or in the freezer.

The ocean is so close to you that you can almost feel the sun and smell the sea when you close your eyes and concentrate as hard as you can.

Pineapple Orange Juice Homemade

You can enjoy this deliciously sweet and creamy Pineapple Orange Julius when you need a tropical escape, and it’s the perfect icy treat to have when you’re sick of the cold.

Author: Beth

Prep Time: 5 mins/ Total Time: 5 mins

Servings: 12 oz.


  • 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)


  • All the ingredients need to be placed in a blender and blended until smooth and frothy. Please drink it as soon as possible.
  • Add ice cubes and pineapple chunks to the drink, if you prefer a thicker drink. If you prefer a thinner drink, add more milk and less ice cubes.


*It is obviously possible to reduce the amount of sugar in this recipe to meet your needs, but I found that adding 1 tbsp of sugar to the drink gave it an almost dessert-like quality that you may find in the mall version of this recipe as well.


Serving: 1 Serving ・ Calories: 340.3 kcal ・ Carbohydrates: 58.3 g ・ Protein: 10.1 g ・ Fat: 8.3 g ・ Sodium: 125.7 mg ・ Fiber: 1.9 g

The nutritional values shown here are only estimates. Please see our nutrition disclaimer.

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

Step by Step Photos

Julius Ingredients in Blender
The ingredients for one 12oz. glass of orange juice concentrate, half a cup of frozen pineapple pieces, 1/2 cup vanilla extract, and 1 tbsp sugar should be added to a blender.

In spite of the fact that the frozen OJ concentrate container is not technically sealed on, if you put the lid back on it, it will stay good for some time, even though the container isn’t technically “sealed”.
Milk being poured into the blender
One cup of whole milk should be added to the mixture.
Blended Pineapple Orange Julius in the blender, viewed from overhead
In a blender, blend the ingredients until they are smooth and frothy. Delicious.
Two glasses of homemade Pineapple Orange Julius with pineapple slices on the rims and pink paper straws
If you used coconut milk instead of dairy milk in order to make this Pineapple Orange Julius, I wonder what it would taste like. Super tropical I guess
It’s time for me to take a break, and I’m off to enjoy the rest of my vacation. I’ll catch up with you soon!
And you should try this drink for the summer or anytime you want, because Apronese finds it very easy to make, very tasty, very quick and extremely nutritious.

Creativity is never limited, other pineapple orange recipes you know, please comment so we can learn and follow.