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Dreamsicle Smoothie

This Dreamsicle Smoothie is infused with fresh oranges and creamy vanilla. It’s packed with protein, fresh fruit, and naturally sweetened.

Dreamsicle Smoothie | This orange and vanilla-infused smoothie is ultra thick, rich in protein, and super healthy.

I don’t mind eating healthy; in fact, I welcome healthy, wholesome foods into my life with open arms. But I have rules! Technically, it’s only one rule, but that singular rule is an important one. All food, no matter the variety, must taste delicious. Whether the food be laden with sugar and butter, gluten-free, vegetarian, paleo (if you’re into that sort of thing), or vegan, I have to want to eat it, which is another way of saying it has to taste good.

There is no straying from this rule, either. If it’s not tasty, then it’s not worth eating. The end!

This Dreamsicle Smoothie is healthy, rich in protein, and naturally sweetened. Since citrus season is officially in full swing, I decided to turn my favorite frozen popsicle–I’m sure you’re familiar with the ubiquitous orange popsicle with the creamy vanilla center–into a healthy smoothie. It tastes like a milkshake but has all the health benefits of a smoothie.

Dreamsicle Smoothie | This orange and vanilla-infused smoothie is ultra thick, rich in protein, and super healthy.

I used Friendship Dairies Cottage Cheese to really amp up the protein in this recipe. One serving of their cottage cheese contains 15 grams of protein–that’s enough to fill you up and keep you full until your next meal. It’s known as the #originalsuperfood for a good reason!

Along with the already protein-rich cottage cheese, I added a few tablespoons of vanilla protein powder. Not only does it boost the protein content, creating a smoothie that can be used to supplement a meal on a busy day or as an on-the-go breakfast option, but the vanilla protein powder enhances the flavor, giving the smoothie a rich, creamy texture that’s irresistible.

This smoothie blends up ultra-thick. The combination of cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, frozen mango chunks, and banana create a smooth, creamy smoothie that’s just the right amount of sweet. This sip-able orange treat will quickly become your favorite smoothie recipe.

Dreamsicle Smoothie | This orange and vanilla-infused smoothie is ultra thick, rich in protein, and super healthy.

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Dreamsicle Smoothie

This citrus and vanilla-infused smoothie is rich in protein, healthy, and naturally sweetened.

Yield: 1 (16-ounce) Smoothie

Total Time: 5 minutes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes


  • 1 orange, peeled
  • 1/4 cup cottage cheese, such as Friendship Dairies
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • Heaping 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 ripe banana, preferably frozen
  • 1/4 cup orange juice


  1. Place all of the ingredients in the bowl of a blender. Pulse until smooth. Serve imediately. 
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10 Responses to “Dreamsicle Smoothie”

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    Jean S — January 12, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    would this be the order to put them into a Vitamix? I have the 64 ounce jar but considering a smaller one down the line. Any help would be appreciated


    • Jennie replied January 12th, 2016 at 3:28 pm

      Hi Jean! Thanks for stopping by. There’s no specific order in which the ingredients have to be added to the blender. I usually dump everything into the blender and turn my Vitamix dial to “Smoothie” and let it rip! I’ll use the wand that it came with to force the ingredients down so that all of the ingredients become equally blended. I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions. 


      • Jean S replied January 12th, 2016 at 4:14 pm

        Thanks Jennie – mine doesn’t have a smoothie setting but I can open the book and see what they suggest – I have never liked cottage cheese but all mixed up like this could get me to drink it

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — January 12, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    I just added orange to my smoothie the other day – so good. I love the idea of cottage cheese – so genius!! I must try it.


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    Michelle @My Gluten-free Kitchen — January 13, 2016 at 1:42 am

    I would have never thought to add cottage cheese to my smoothie! What a great idea! This really does look delish!


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    Jenny Flake — January 13, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    What a great looking smoothie!!  My kids ask every morning for them, so love having more recipes to try!!


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    [email protected] — January 13, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    I don’t know why I never add oranges to my smoothies! It’s so stupid! haha This sounds amazing – I loved anything orange creamsicle especially as a kid!


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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — January 14, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    Love all the protein you packed into this smoothie! This smoothie sounds like the perfect way to start my day!


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    Susan — January 17, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    I love these photos Jennie! This smoothie sounds so refreshing and it’s such a great use for the cottage cheese too! 


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    Laura Dembowski — January 20, 2016 at 9:37 am

    That exactly is my rule on food! It must taste good or I am not eating it. But as you say healthy food can be delicious just like this smoothie. Yum!


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