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Smooth Operator


“Citrus fruits are some of the very few redeeming aspects of winter,” I declared with no uncertainty in my voice, immediately following yet another grating comment about all of the snow. Just as the novelty of trudging through dense, wet, frozen slush wears out quickly, so does one’s patience for hearing about it. So, instead of boring you with yet another long rant about how nasty this season has been behaving, let’s skip right to the good stuff, shall we?

Blood oranges, those elusive orange globes that masquerade as a standard Navel or Valencia, only reveal their true colors when sliced open. Crimson red, their juicy dips do look every bit as macabre as their name, but their flavor is so much more enticing. A bit sharper and more intense than their paler brethren, these babies are worth waiting all year for. Their season is pitifully short though, so enjoy them while you can- As soon as that snow starts to thaw, they’ll vanish from store shelves and farmers markets so fast, it will be like there never were blood oranges at all.

Though this sweet and tangy winter smoothie is a disarming shade of creamy pink, it actually tastes like a brilliant orange creamsicle. Thanks to the unusual hue, you could even get away with sneaking in a good splash of beet juice too, should you want to squeeze in a serving or two of veggies.

Midwinter Morning’s Dreamsicle (Blood Orange Smoothie)

2 Blood Oranges
1 Frozen Banana
1 Cup Orange Juice
1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/4 Teaspoon Ground Ginger
1 – 2 Tablespoons Light Agave Nectar (Optional, if you like it sweeter)

Slice or peel away the skin from the oranges and remove any pips you should find. Toss the whole oranges, membrane and all into your blender, along with all of the remaining ingredients. Blend on high for a minute or two until pureed and completely smooth. Enjoy with a straw for ultimate satisfaction (because smoothies really taste better slurped through a straw, don’t you know.)

Serves 1 or 2

Printable Recipe

Author: Hannah (BitterSweet)

Author of My Sweet Vegan, Vegan Desserts, Vegan a la Mode, and Easy as Vegan Pie.

42 thoughts on “Smooth Operator

  1. That sounds delicious! My Whole Foods had free samples of blood orange slices yesterday, so good.

  2. That looks and sounds incredible!! I love blood oranges, but always seem to have trouble finding them. They only have a slight difference in taste, but I am absolutely in love with the juicy red hidden color.

  3. I absolutely LOVE that little glass jug. Can I ask where you got it?

    I’ve always hated anything orange, but I’ve been coming around on including it in my smoothies. This sounds great, a little like the Mango Creamsicle shake at 105degrees. Try throwing in a little coconut butter next time for extra wow!

  4. What a wonderful photo, delicious !!

  5. This looks so cool! I love the straw and glass. You mush have so many dishes! :) Where did you get that straw?

  6. I love your glass half full approach to the snow. Citrus is definitely the most redeeming part of winter..grapefruit, blood oranges and now this glorious smoothie. What a way to get through it all.

  7. That looks and sounds delicious. I need to make more of these in my life. Cute straw!

  8. I love that picture! Citrus fruit are at their best just now here, and I consume a lot of them,Lovely smoothie!

  9. You have done it again, Hannah! I can’t wait to try this!

  10. Beautiful! I’m always in awe of your photographs. That straw is too cute as well!

  11. I love everything about this photo! The blood oranges, the milk bottle, the straw, the juice…EVERYTHING! Thanks for sharing.


  12. I do heart blood orange. Sounds delicious!

  13. This looks so good! blood orange is one of my favorites!

  14. I don’t often go for smoothies in winter, but this sounds too good to pass up! I need to seek out some blood oranges, stat.

  15. delicious picture lovely combination

  16. I couldn’t agree more with your quote! I was driving through the fog this morning, which is usually depressing but it wasn’t so bad with a pile of tangerines in my lap :)

  17. Hannah – this recipe would be the perfect burst of sunshine to add to a day where Toronto was -26 Celsius. As always, I salute your culinary genius!

  18. Simply beautiful picture! I love the color of the smoothie and I really love that flavor combo

  19. That looks so good! I’m not a big juice drinker, especially orange juice. But…we’ve been getting tons of oranges in our CSA share. AND…I know that blood oranges are in next week’s box. What perfect timing!

  20. I may never have had a creamsicle, but that doesn’t detract from my firm opinion that this smoothie-ish creation look wonderfully refreshing, and that the bottle you served it in is one of the most gorgeous things I’ve ever seen!

  21. This Dreamsicle looks amazing! I can’t wait to try the recipe. You have the cutest straws- ever! :-)

  22. Sounds like it would scare away any nasty winter cold too. OhSheGlows had something like this a while ago with cute little clementines. I love winter citrus too and have recently discovered Cara Cara oranges; have you had these? They’re a little less sweet than navel and are pink like a grapefruit inside!

  23. So beautiful! I love the pinkish-orange tinge. Makes me think of summery days :)

  24. Gorgeous presentation of the power smoothie :)

  25. Great the color, looks so refreshing and yummy!!

  26. What a perfectly beautiful smoothie! It would certainly brighten any morning, especially these drab January ones.

  27. I completely agree about citrus — it is defintely one of the best things about winter! And mmmm, blood oranges…what a great use for them this is. I love creamsicles and I have everything on hand for this…I’m definitely making it today!

  28. What a beautiful picture! I look forward to *favoriting* it on Foodgawker! :)

    I don’t think I’ve ever had a blood orange. Do you watch Dexter? In case you don’t: during the show intro, he slices a blood orange for breakfast and it looks so gory! It’s the complete opposite of your lovely smoothie!

  29. Doh! Your picture was already on foodgawker! *favorited*

  30. That looks so refreshing and healthy. I love the straw in it as well! I think I’ll have a change from my regular banana smoothie and try this :)

  31. That looks amazing! I love going to the farmer’s market and trying all the different kinds of oranges :)

  32. Just say “dreamsicle” and I am there. This looks and sounds amazing, Hannah! Fresh and healthy.

  33. I love your food photography! How did you manage to decorate the straw? Is it store-bought, with the little dots and swirls?

  34. This looks beautiful! Dreamsicles were my absolute favorite!

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  36. Hmm, I keep clicking on your deconstructed falafel salad recipe and this is what comes up. Is there another way to get to the salad. It’s all I can think about now! :)

  37. this recipe looked so awesome that I had to include one of your pictures on a post i did about smoothies and shakes. i linked it to this page and gave you credit, of course! here’s the link and thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks for letting me know, it really does fit nicely in your blog post. ;) I’m appreciative that you credited and linked, because that makes all the difference in the world to me. Looks good!

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