Flu-Buster Clementine Creamsicle Smoothie

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on January 2, 2011


I’ve been playing nurse for the past few days, doing my best to help Eric beat his flu (and not catch it myself!). We’ve been eating lots of healthy dinner leftovers like Spicy Rainbow Rice & Bean Salad, Ultimate Vegan Lentil Walnut Loaf, Creamy Tomato Barley Risotto, and Back on Track Wheat Berry and Bean Salad, sure to give any cold a run for its money.

I also decided to pull out my Winter Flu-Buster Secret Weapon this week…


Ah Clementine’s, the perfect winter fruit to ward off a cold, don’t you think?

Eric and I have been eating these juicy little delights non-stop, but when he started to feel like he was getting a fever, all he wanted was something COLD to soothe his throat and help his body cool down.

I started thinking about packing vitamin C into a delicious smoothie and then it hit me – Why not make a smoothie based off of one of our favourite childhood popsicles- the Creamsicle?

Yes, this just may work.



Flu-Buster Clementine Creamsicle Smoothie

Yield: ~2 cups


  • 1 large ripe banana, peeled, sliced, and frozen
  • 1/2 small avocado, flesh scooped out, and frozen
  • 2-3 Clementines, peeled and broken into segments
  • 2 tbsp coconut milk (the cream from top of can)
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (watery part) OR 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp milk (I used almond milk)
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 1 Medjool date, pitted and roughly chopped (optional)
  • 1-2 tsp fresh lemon juice

Directions: Peel and freeze the avocado, Clementines, and banana before making this smoothie. Once frozen, place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. You may add more liquid if it is too thick. Makes 2 cups.



You start by freezing your Clementines, Avocado, and Banana like so:

  • Peel and slice a large ripe banana, freeze
  • Take 1/2 of a small avocado, scoop out flesh, freeze
  • Peel 2-3 Clementines, break into segments, freeze


Once those are frozen (they must be frozen before making or it won’t work) grab your chilled coconut milk, almond milk, almond extract, lemon, 1 medjool date, and your frozen avocado, banana, and Clementines.


Place into a blender and blend until smooth. If it is too thick, add a bit more almond milk to thin it out to your desired consistency. It should be very thick and almost like an ice cream shake though.


The result is a creamy and energizing smoothie, with a hint of orange that will help keep those cold bugs at bay! Eric is pretty much obsessed with this smoothie and he asks for one about 6 times a day.


Oh, and it would also be delicious with any type of Winter citrus I’m sure.


Here is to a healthy 2011.

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Kate January 3, 2011 at 9:38 am

That looks simply amazing!!!! :) Thank you for sharing it with us! There is something adventurous about consuming cold stuff in winter. And what better than something that will keep the bad bugs away from us! <3


aubrey @ italktofood January 3, 2011 at 11:01 am

i just love all your smoothies. They look so thick and decadant.

Happy New Year!


kelli January 3, 2011 at 11:37 am

This looks delish!!! Can you taste the banana?


Nichole January 3, 2011 at 12:02 pm

I have everything to make this at home except the coconut milk – do you think it would be okay if I omit?


Jessica January 3, 2011 at 12:09 pm

One word: yum! This looks so good, can’t wait to try it for myself :-)


Christine (The Raw Project) January 3, 2011 at 12:13 pm

This looks wonderful, I haven’t had a citrus smoothie in a long time. Poor Eric, I hope he’s feeling better soon!


Beth January 17, 2011 at 9:47 am

Finally got around to making this wonderful drink this morning.
Fabulous! Fantastic! So thick & creamy.
Who cares if it is -25C outside, I’ve got a huge Creamsicle smoothie to keep me smiling :)


Krista January 27, 2011 at 11:12 am

My poorly made blender finally bit the dust two days ago. I saw these yesterday and was so determined to make them that I went out just to buy a new blender. I was a little apprehensive about using non-dairy milk (you adopt a dairy-friendly attitude when living in Wisconsin), but I’m so glad that I picked a carton of almond milk! These are great! I had them for a treat last night and used my leftovers for breakfast this morning. Thank you!


Isabelle April 18, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Hey Angela,
I see the Almond Breeze milk on your picture. Have you tried the new President Choice Organic (unsweetened) almond milk?
I have never been a fan of almond milk because of the flavourings, but this one is super yummy. Waiting to finish my stash of oat milk (for me) and Brown rice milk (my daughter’s) and we’ll switch to the PC almond one.
Tried it in the green monsters, yummy !!


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 18, 2012 at 4:01 pm

aw so funny that you mentioned the PC organic! JUST picked some up (saw it was the same price as Almond Breeze regular!) and I tried it today….in love. I will have to blog about this for sure.


Isabelle April 18, 2012 at 4:12 pm

how funny is this?
Have just printed 9 more recipes from your amazing blog. I’m going to spend my life in the kitchen (would not complain if I had more time)
Have also reorganised my pantry with mason jars, and it looks soooo much better. Also thinking of making my own jams/preserves now too… ;)
Have a great evening,


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 18, 2012 at 6:59 pm

hah that’s awesome! Im glad im not the only one spending too much time in there….well, I hope it’s worth it for you and you enjoy them!


Isabelle April 18, 2012 at 7:09 pm

I always spend a lot of time in the kitchen. It’s in the blood. My brother is a chef (and teacher), our parents owned a hotel restaurant in France (on an island on the western coast), and for me food has to be home made and super tasty and healthy. And I want my kids to grow like this too… they have to know what “real” food taste like!


Lorell July 18, 2012 at 10:41 pm

I made this smoothie for dh today, since he’s fighting a cold. I had some extra, so I had a little and gave the rest to my four kids. It was awesomely delicious! My youngest boy finished his off and then spent the next few minutes tipping the cup at many different angles to get every possible drop…:D. It was definitely a hit at our house, and I never knew an avocado would taste so good in a smooothie!


Liz Rae August 28, 2013 at 9:16 pm

Sounds delicious, however banana and Clementine do not mix together, a sweet fruit and acid fruit counteract each other and can cause more damage than good. Maybe make it without the banana and dates?


Laurel December 11, 2013 at 5:21 am

Can’t wait to try this one!


PinaColada March 20, 2014 at 7:24 pm

This looks so delicious! I’ve always heard not to eat cold/frozen foods when I have a cold but this looks so good that I would disregard that advice! Plus the Vit. C in the clementines is100% good for colds! :)


Tiffany April 20, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Angela, I’ve been making this smoothly at least 3 times a week! It is delicious!! I don’t usually have coconut cream so I leave that out and reduce the cashew milk to 3/4cup or less to make it extra thick and creamy. Thank you so much!!


Laura July 2, 2014 at 1:15 pm

I’m sorry, but I’m really confused. Are you supposed to freeze the flesh of the acovado, or discard it? How are you supposed to get the cream from the top of the coconut milk? Is the watery part of the coconut milk the rest of the can contents minus the cream? If I want to use another kind of milk instead would I still need to use another 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp? Does the almond milk, almond extract, lemon, and date also have to be chilled? I’m pretty new to smoothies and eating healthy in general, so a lot of this stuff is really unfamiliar to me.


Lindsay August 6, 2014 at 3:21 pm

Is that a lemon I see in the picture of the preparation for freezing the fruits? I didn’t see lemon anywhere in the directions so I’m just wondering how to incorporate it…?


Lindsay August 6, 2014 at 3:24 pm

Nvm sorry I see that you use it for its juice. It was just confusing bc the directions are for preparing to freeze avocado, clementines &banana but the picture is of a lemon instead of an avocado so I didn’t understand.


Leah March 18, 2015 at 4:49 pm

This was delicious! I ran out of lemon, but it was still good! Thanks for another great recipe :)


Julie Ann February 2, 2016 at 1:15 pm

This looks fantastic! I’ve been loving cutie’s clementines, just made jumbo muffins from the Secret Life of Walter Mitty movie’s clementine cake recipe, and used the rest to create a Cuties Vinaigrette (saltsugarsea.com/orange-vinaigrette), but clearly I need to make a trip to store for more as I’m currently nursing my baby with tissue stuffed in both nostrils :(. I’m trying it today for sure!


Laura March 14, 2016 at 8:28 am

YUMMM!! I just searched your site for “flu” and stumbled across this, since I’ve been battling a nasty cold for the past two days- I knew you would have something that would help me! It was just what I needed to get some vitamin C in my belly and soothe my sore throat. I didn’t have coconut milk so I just used a mix of homemade almond milk and coconut water. I also added in some mangos. So good!


Angela Liddon March 17, 2016 at 4:32 pm

I’m glad this smoothie helped, Laura – get well soon!


Anna February 3, 2017 at 7:22 pm

Looks great. Kids would definitely love this. I referenced this recipe in my immune boosting smoothie list if that is OK with you.



Trista September 27, 2017 at 7:14 pm

Love love LOVE THIS!! Its my go to!! Once people Start getting sick at work I drink this to keep from catching their bugs 😁 so yummy!!


Sophia November 11, 2017 at 7:26 pm

This was delicious, everybody in the family wanted a glass and it was gone quickly! I used japanese mikan or mandarin and it worked very well.


Angela (Oh She Glows) November 12, 2017 at 7:57 am

I’m so happy you all loved it Sophia!


Melissa Beedle February 18, 2018 at 3:54 pm

Just made this and it was AMAZING. Thank you!!!!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 20, 2018 at 10:16 am

That’s so great Melissa! Thanks for letting me know how it went. :)


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