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Homemade Strawberry Julius

Homemade Strawberry Julius
I’m definitely awash in strawberries this summer – but I’m not going to complain about that any time soon. I love eating strawberries when they’re at their peak, and I also love the opportunity to incorporate them into all kinds of different recipes. With more strawberries than I knew what to do with in my kitchen then other day, I decided to give a Homemade Strawberry Julius a try.

Orange Julius is a light, frothy orange drink that tastes a lot like a creamsicle – only better. They were a favorite of mine as a kid, when I used to come across Orange Julius store locations all over the place. These days, I don’t see them as often, but I’ve been making Homemade Orange Julius‘s at home for a while now, using freshly squeezed orange juice. A Strawberry Julius is the same concept, only the drink uses fresh strawberries instead of orange juice.

The recipe is very simple: strawberries, water, sugar, egg white, vanilla and ice. It sounds like it might be watery based on the ingredient list, but it is very flavorful and very refreshing, with a great creamy/fluffy consistency. The egg white is really the key to the drink, so don’t leave it out. Use pasteurized egg whites (this is what I use) or even a pasteurized egg white product (the whites-only variety, not anything yellow) in this recipe to substitute for the egg white when you’re mixing it up. It has a fantastic berry flavor and is one of my favorite summertime drinks.

Homemade Strawberry Julius
8-oz (generous 1 1/2 cups) fresh strawberries, tops removed
3/4 cup water
1 large egg white (pasteurized or egg white substitute)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups ice

Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed 45-60 seconds, until mixture is very smooth and frothy. Use slightly less ice for a thinner consistency; use slightly more for a thicker shake-like consistency.
Serves 4, makes about 36oz.

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8 Comments
  • Amy's Cooking Adventures
    June 30, 2011

    You just made my summer! I LOVE strawberry Julius! DO you suppose Meringue powder could be used in place of the egg whites?

  • Judy
    June 30, 2011

    Sounds really yummy! Just curious though… what does the egg white do? I would never have thought of using an egg white in my drink.
    Thanks,
    ~Judy

  • Maureen
    June 30, 2011

    Thanks Amy, I wondered the same thing. I’m going to try it and see. What a delicious looking drink.

  • Nicole
    July 1, 2011

    Judy and Maureen – The egg whites give the drink a creamy, frothy texture that is pretty unique. It’s an ingredient that used to appear all the time in old-time soda fountain recipes and, since pasteurized eggs are becoming more widely available, I think it should make a comeback. Definitely give this a try – and report back on what you thought of the drink!

  • Teri@thefreshmancook
    July 3, 2011

    This sounds so refreshing and delicious! I am definitely going to try this one. I have always loved Orange Julius! Thanks!

  • It just tried this today & it was fantastic! I used 2 tsp meringue powder mixed with 2 tbsp water in place of the egg white and I still had a frothy, delicious drink!

  • dena
    July 14, 2011

    I’ve used Meringue powder in place of raw egg whites in a similar recipe for years with great success. As it says above, don’t omit this step or the drink will be very watery.

  • heather
    June 5, 2017

    i have been making julius’ for years for the kids but never used egg whites. but i always use milk instead of water for the creamy taste and frothy texture. i guess we all have our own way of getting that unique taste that a julius brings us. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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