This orange cantaloupe smoothie is the perfect refreshment on a hot summer day. With fresh melon, juicy oranges and yogurt for a rich and creamy feel. It tastes like a healthy creamsicle!
Why you’ll love this recipe
Summer is near and I see lots of melon in my future! This orange cantaloupe smoothie was born because I got some cantaloupe that wasn’t very ripe (and therefore too hard) so I decided to make a smoothie out of it and it turned out so well I had to share!
This recipe is vegan, dairy free, so refreshing and literally takes five minutes to make.
Since so many fruits pair well with melon, you can customize it however you like! Add some protein powder, strawberries, nut butter or some lime juice for a little tang.
If you want to add some vegetables into the mix, frozen cauliflower is my preference since it will keep the color nice and vibrant! Try my strawberry protein shake next!
Oranges. Any kind of orange works here! Cara cara, blood oranges, naval oranges, whatever you like. I also love sumo oranges but they can be expensive so I prefer to eat them fresh.
Whatever you use, be sure to peel the oranges before adding them to the blender! Oranges pair really well with melon which is why I love this recipe.
Cantaloupe. I suggest using really ripe melon so it’s nice and sweet and flavorful.
Frozen banana. Just one frozen banana will help make the smoothie creamy and a bit sweeter. If you aren’t into banana, just sub for frozen mango or pineapple.
Because the orange and cantaloupe likely isn’t frozen, I recommend using frozen banana for the best drinking experience!
Yogurt. I like to keep this smoothie dairy free, so I opted for a dairy free greek style yogurt. You can use anything you like, dairy free or regular!
There is no “best” yogurt to use in a smoothie, but greek yogurt will have the most protein.
Hemp Hearts. I love adding hemp hearts to smoothies because they add so much nutrition in just a small serving. You get an added boost of protein and fiber without the need for protein powder if that isn’t your thing.
Add all ingredients to a high speed blender. A regular blender will also be fine too, but a high speed blender is honestly my favorite kitchen gadget!
Blend until completely smooth, adding more milk as needed to thin if you used mostly frozen fruit.
Pour into glasses and enjoy immediately!
Do smoothies keep?
Smoothies are generally best served fresh and this orange cantaloupe smoothie is no exception.
However, you can store it in the fridge for up to 24 hours but quickly re-blend it or give it a good stir before serving for best results!
Fresh vs. frozen fruit
For this recipe, I use a mix of both! I like to use fresh oranges and cantaloupe, but then some frozen banana or mango to make it creamier and cold! If you use all fresh fruit, just throw in a handful of ice so it’s cold.
Make it a smoothie bowl!
Smoothie bowls and acai bowls were all the rage when I was in college. You can easily make any smoothie into a smoothie bowl!
My suggestion is to add an extra frozen banana and omit the milk to keep it really thick. Depending on your type of blender, you may need a bit of milk to help it blend, but use just a small amount so it stays thick.
Then just top it with some banana slices, granola, coconut flakes, berries or whatever else you like.
More smoothies you’ll love!
Orange Cantaloupe Smoothie
by: claire cary
- 2 oranges peeled
- 1 ½ cups cubed cantaloupe
- 1 frozen banana or 1/2 cup frozen pineapple or mango
- ½ cup non-dairy milk
- 2 tbsp hemp hearts
- ¼ cup dairy free greek yogurt or yogurt of choice
- Add all ingredients to a high speed blender.
- Blend until completely smooth, adding more milk as needed to thin if you used mostly frozen fruit.
- Pour into glasses and enjoy immediately!