Orange Whirl

RECIPE #264, DAY #442


ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Orange-Banana Whirl” from Stepaniak’s and Melina’s Raising Vegetarian Children*

TIMING: 5 minutes

DIFFICULTY: Easy as it gets

TOOLS: A decent blender


dsc_0641HEALTH: This is healthy, as in drinking juice and eating fruit is healthy. However, a breakfast of orange juice and a banana–or even a snack of orange juice and a banana–is not really complete. Perhaps you could round it out with a whole grain bagel with peanut butter? Or serve it alongside some scrambled eggs and toast. I know, it is tempting to whip it up and call it breakfast, but you will have a blood sugar drop in about 30 minutes and will not have sustained energy or satiety.

dsc_0640EXPERIENCE: I make this simple whirl for two reasons: the kids like it, and we all have an undying love of orange juice. It is listed in the original cookbook under “Snacks,” so you could whip it up after school. With peanut butter toast or a cheese stick or a yogurt or something.

NOTES: There’s no reason to change this. If you did, it would become something entirely different. Yogurt would make it a smoothie. Vanilla ice cream would make it a creamsicle milkshake.

We multiply this by people.


  1. In a blender, blend 1 frozen banana, 1 cup orange juice, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract until completely smooth and a little frothy. Drink right away.

Serve along with regular breakfast or a protein-rich snack. Ideas listed above.

*Recipe has been changed from the original.


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