Homemade Strawberry Julius

Growing up, one of my favorite treats was a Strawberry Julius from Orange Julius.  So when I moved away from home and to a town without an Orange Julius, I was a bit dismayed.

Fast forward to now and a recipe for a homemade Julius (and my town finally got an Orange Julius—just this summer!)  The original recipe calls for a raw egg white.  The egg white is said to improve the texture of the drink.  I was a little nervous about pasturing my own eggs, so I went ahead and used meringue powder instead.  I was pleased with both the texture and the flavor of the drink, but if you’d like to pasteurize your own egg whites, be sure the check out the original recipe!

Homemade Strawberry Julius
Adapted from Baking Bites

1 ½ cups (8 oz) fresh strawberries, stems removed
¾ cup water
2 tsp meringue powder + 2 tbsp water
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ cup sugar
2 cups ice

In a small bowl, whisk together the meringue powder and 2 tablespoons of water.

Pour the meringue mixture, strawberries, water, vanilla, sugar, and ice into a blender.  Mix 2-3 minutes or until completely smooth.  Pour into glasses and garnish with additional strawberries.

Makes 3 drinks