This Orange Creamsicle with cranberry swirl is part smoothie, part dessert

Feb 24, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. ET

I thought Creamsicle pops were the lamest of lame when it came to ice cream desserts as a kid. I mean, who wants fruit in their ice cream pop when there was fun, artificially colored, jumbo pops in the shape of rockets from the ice cream truck?

As an adult, though, the sweet orange and vanilla combination is one of my favorites. I dig it in baked goods, ice cream and even smoothies. It's also a great one for winter when you're longing for the taste of fresh fruit but don't have much to work with.

Adding a simple cranberry sauce to this smoothie takes the classic combination to the next level. The sweetness from the oranges and vanilla gets balanced with the tart freshness of cranberries, and you'll want to sip this all the way until spring.

Orange Creamsicle smoothie with cranberry swirl recipe

The classic Creamsicle combination gets a winter makeover with a cranberry swirl! Part smoothie, part dessert.

Serves 2

Prep time: 5 minutes | Cook time: 10 minutes | Total time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

For the smoothie

  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1/2 scoop (about 2 tablespoons) vanilla protein powder (optional)
  • Flesh of 2 oranges
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the cranberry swirl

  • 1 cup frozen cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon water

Directions:

  1. Into a small saucepot, place the ingredients for the cranberry swirl, bring to a simmer, and let cook for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently until thickened and the cranberries have popped/mashed. Set aside.
  2. Place all the ingredients for the smoothie into a blender, and blend until smooth.
  3. Pour the smoothie into glasses, drop the cranberry sauce into the glasses, and swirl with a spoon.
  4. Garnish with additional orange slices if desired, and serve.

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