This layered Raspberry Orange Smoothie is a healthy and delicious way to start the day! The entire smoothie requires just 5 ingredients, is packed with Vitamin C and an easy way to add fruit into your diet.
Why you'll love this recipe
- It's an easy way to add some fruit to your breakfast or afternoon snack
- It's chalk full of Vitamin C
- You can layer it--or not--for an Instagram-worthy smoothie
What you'll need:
- Oranges - navel oranges, and make sure you peel them before adding them to the blender
- Raspberries - need to use frozen raspberries if you want to layer your smoothie
- Yogurt - vanilla or plain (I used Greek yogurt)
- Milk - ANY milk will work, though I tend to prefer almond or oat
- "Extras" - can use chia seeds or hemp seeds to add protein to this smoothie
Step 1: Make the raspberry layer. Add the raspberries and milk to a blender and pulse for 30-60 seconds. You want this layer to be THICK, so you may have to blend it for a little longer, but try not to add any extra liquid. If it really isn't blending, add 1-2 tablespoon more milk. Then, pour the smoothie into 2 glasses and place the glasses in the freezer.
Step 2: Make the orange layer. Add the oranges, yogurt, ice, and chia/hemp seeds to a blender and pulse for 1 minute. Then, pour the orange layer over the raspberry layer and drink up!
FAQs and Tips
The bottom layer (in this case, the raspberry layer) has to be thick or else when you add the second layer, they will mix into one another. So, you want to do two things:
- Use frozen raspberries, which will automatically make the smoothie much thicker than it would be with fresh raspberries
- Freeze the smoothie for 30 minutes, which will help to hold the layer in place. Don't worry, it won't actually be frozen -- you can definitely still drink it!
Do I have to layer the smoothie?
Nope! Layering the smoothie is fun, but it's definitely not necessary. If you're not feeling the layers, simply add all the ingredients to your blender at once and blend for 1 minute, then pour the pink-colored smoothie into a glass.
If you made this recipe, be sure to leave a comment and star rating below!
Raspberry Orange Smoothie
- 1 cup frozen raspberries
- ¾ cup milk
- 2 oranges peeled
- ⅓ cup yogurt vanilla or plain
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 8 ice cubes
- For the raspberry layer: add raspberries and milk to a blender and blend until smooth. You want the mixture to be THICK. Then, pour it into 2 glasses and place them in the freezer for 20 minutes.
- For the orange layer: add ingredients to a blender and pulse until smooth. This layer should be thick, but not as thick as the raspberry layer. Pour it on top of the raspberry layer.
- Alternatively, you don't have to layer the smoothie. Instead, add all ingredients to a blender at once and blend for 1 minute.
UPDATE NOTE: This post was originally published in August 2014. It was updated with new text and photos in May 2020.
Suzanne Holt says
I love smoothies! I'm always trying out different combinations of things to put in my smoothies. I have never put oranges in my smoothie, but I have some here, so I'll be adding them to my smoothie tomorrow!
Arman @ thebigmansworld says
You are a bloody talented photographer....is it bad I said bloody? It's slang here in Australia in a good way! I actually have never thought to add orange JUICE to something dairy- I'm intrigued- is it a really evident citrus flavour?
Thank you friend!! And yes... it is citrus-y but in a good way I think 🙂
Diane @ Life of Di. says
I've never tried kefir but would totally try it for this recipe. Raspberry + orange sounds like such a yummy summer combination. I should try it before fall arrives!
Thalia @ butter and brioche says
loving making smoothies in the morning for breakfast. loving the sound of an orange and raspberry smoothie, definitely will be recreating it!
Bre & Ree @ bumpandrunchat.com says
I can't believe summer is coming to an end as well! How does time fly by so quickly! Thanks for the recipe! It looks fab!
These photos are gorrrrrg, Erin, I love them! I never add oranges, I really need to start!
Thanks Cass 🙂
Nicky @ Kitchen Sanctuary says
That is one tasty looking smoothie! I mostly end up going for green smoothies, but I'll have to give this one a try!
Jordan @ The Balanced Blonde says
Yummmness!! I'm glad you chose to say "aftertaste of raspberry" because I can totally imagine it and it makes me want to drink it... and umm YAY for fall birthdays!! When is yours? We have the same bday month we have to do a super cool recipe challenge celebration. 🙂
YESSSSS let's do it!!
Kim @ BusyBod says
No more talk of fall! No more! I saw pumpkin stuff everywhere at the grocery store today, and even WINTER flavors! Like wtf is peppermint mocha and gingerbread with christmas trees doing in stores in August? I've only had 2.5 weeks of summer so far and I'm really just feeling gypped. But also I'm excited for pumpkin and boots and sweaters.... but not until I've had my fair share of summer! So anyyyyyyway other than that, this smoothie looks delicious. xo
Hahah ok yeah I agree that peppermint mocha in August is a little much.. WHYYYYYY.
Lauren @ ihadabiglunch says
Those colors look beautiful together - I can only imagine what the flavors taste like! I'd probably add chia seeds instead because I have them but that extra crunch is always nice in a smoothie 🙂
Liz @ Carpe Diem and Run says
This looks so tasty, Erin!
Diana @sosmallsostrong says
This is so beautiful and I happen to have some raspberries in the fridge! Even though summer is fantastic, I'm always a Fall fan. Between the pumpkin and the cinnamon all my favorite flavors come into season , not to mention my Birthday is in October too!!
I'm new to your blog and I'm excited so excited to read it Erin! 🙂
Hi Diana--thanks for stopping by 🙂 YAY for fall birthdays--they're the best!
As much as I love summer I am without a doubt a fall person! I love pumpkin everything and I can not wait for all the festivals and apples and the holidays 🙂 Love this recipe too! Never thought about trying hemp seeds but I may have to give them a try 🙂
Chelsea @ A Fit LittleOne says
You always come up with the best combinations! And yes to FALL!! I can not wait. I love the fall air, boots, scarves, and my birthday too!!!
Heather @fitncookies says
I have to say I have been LOVING this weather in Pittsburgh! However, I don't love it because I really want to use our boat a bit more 🙁 So that's really the reason I love summer. Other than that, I love the 60s and 70s temps. perfect for me!
I have been adding Orange powerade zero (need the electrolytes..) to my smoothies for years! I love it and am so glad someone else got on the orange drink bandwagon 😉
Kirtley Freckleton@ The Gist of Fit says
Pretty pics and colors!
I love that it's got raspberries--low on the glycemic index for controlling blood sugar. Looks amazing!!
Well well well - what a gorgeous color smoothie. To answer your question, I'll have to go with our winter. Kuwait is hot... freaking hot really. I can hardly wait for our sixty degree temperatures.. which is freezing here since our summers are 130 degrees. Haha!
Amanda @ .running with spoons. says
I'm am getting SO freaking excited about the fact that fall is on its way! Don't get me wrong -- I like summer well enough -- but it's gotten to the point where I'm tired of the heat and excitement, and I just want something cooler and calmer. That and fall is so pretty... and tasty... and cozy 😀 I seriously can't wait to bust out the sweaters and boots!
Amy @ Long Drive Journey says
This looks delicious!! I need to try making a smoothie with fresh raspberries because I usually buy a frozen berry medley and the seeds are out of control! I love fall, but I don't really want summer to be over. Actually, I want it to be between 75 and 65 degrees at all time. So yes, I should move to northern California.
Hahah I'm with you on that one!
Tina Muir says
This looks delicious, and love the combination of flavors! Easy too! I am sad summer is coming to an end, but I think I will have a little bit more time in Kentucky, so I am okay at the moment, as I will not be in Michigan. I was thinking the same thing about making the most of summer foods though, i have frozen so many already!