School is out and summer is here! Can I get a, “Hip-hip hooray”?
It’s time to focus on enjoying the long days of summer with family and friends. Barefoot temps, fresh and simple meals, and doing as much as possible outdoors. There’s an especially delicious pace to summer.
There are few things that delight my heart as much as the presence of summer. Okay, who am I to lie? Chocolate ranks pretty high up there when it comes to delighting, but summer comes in a very close second. And since summer and chocolate just don’t go hand in hand (if you know what I mean…messy!), let’s talk summer and savoring up all her goodness.
Today, let’s make one of summer’s greatest pleasures: orange creamsicles.
Growing up, the first days of summer always equaled special, homemade treats. A way to celebrate the close of a hard-worked school year and the new season ahead. Chilled watermelon, creamy popsicles, and special chilled drinks always accompanied the celebration of hot weather and summertime fun.
As a parent it’s my desire to bring back those nostalgic, “school’s out, let’s celebrate the goodness of summer” memories I once enjoyed as a kid. My favorite way to do this is by enjoying special savory treats made in my kitchen alongside my kids. Sweet memories are made as we create delicious and healthy treats together.
Creamsicles are one of our family’s favorite summertime treats. With the summer heat sure to last a few months, now is the perfect time to share a homemade recipe for this childhood favorite.
What You’ll Need to Make Homemade Creamsicles
To make a homemade version of creamsicles, you only need a few real ingredients: yogurt, refreshing coconut cream (skimmed from the top of a can of coconut milk), orange juice, and honey.
Once these ingredients are whisked and smooth, you’ll need to pour that liquid into molds before freezing. If you plan to make popsicles on a regular basis, or even just occasionally, I highly recommend purchasing popsicle molds.
I purchased my popsicle mold four years ago. $13 well spent! Popsicle molds are super easy to use and most come with sticks/handles. I recommend this popsicle mold. (Note: The popsicle molds pictured in this post weren’t my favorite. I quickly replaced them with the set recommended.)
If you don’t want to use molds, you can use paper cups and popsicle sticks. Pour your mixture into paper cups, add sticks, and place in the freezer. When you’re ready to enjoy, remove from the freezer and peel away the paper.
Once the creamsicles are frozen solid (which takes a few hours), you can enjoy them as-is, or roll them in some shredded coconut before serving.
Homemade Orange Creamsicle Popsicles
- 1/2 cup coconut cream
- 1/2 cup plain whole milk yogurt or a dairy-free yogurt
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 3 TB honey
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut optional
- In a medium-size bowl, combine: coconut cream, yogurt, orange juice, honey, and vanilla. Whisk together. To get the coconut cream, use canned coconut milk and remove the top layer of cream from the milk. You can also purchase coconut cream in a can versus purchasing milk (with the cream layer on top).
- Pour the liquid into the popsicle molds and freeze for at least four hours.
- To enjoy, run the outside of the popsicle molds under cold water for a few seconds, then remove from the molds.
- If desired, roll or sprinkle shredded coconut over the top of the creamsicles popsicles and bites.
These creamsicles look delicious! As a kid I always ordered orange creamsicles from the ice cream trucks as they passed through town. I’d love to try making my own. Thank you for sharing the recipe. Pinned.
Your website is beautiful. I was wondering for those that have a dairy allergy, what might be a nice replacement for the yogurt? Thanks!
Hey Lisa, You could replace the yogurt with additional coconut cream or even a coconut yogurt. Enjoy!
I have such great memories of making popcicles during the long lazy summers of my childhood. Those molds would be a great way to share that memory with my daughters this summer. Regardless…we are going to test those summer recipes! They’ll love it! Thanks for sharing your ideas and beautiful photography.
Hey Molly, You’re so welcome and thank you for the compliment.
I love childhood memories of good, homemade food. What a wonderful blessing you have which you are passing down to your daughters! Enjoy the creamsicles :).
Oh, I love this recipe! I must try these soon. I have always been fond of creamsicles. So delicious, my mouth is watering. Yum!
Thank you, Trish! I’m so addicted to these right now…good thing they are so healthy ;).
Traditionally we make ice pops with fresh squeezed coconut milk + sweetener every year called Limber de coco. These look fantastic :O) TY
Roxana, Limber de Coco sound amazing! Do you have a recipe you wouldn’t mind sharing? I’d love to make them.
Great giveaway I can’t wait to try the recipe.
Great giveaway. I can almost taste those homemade pops!.
Thanks, Laura! They are delicious, wish I could hand you one :).
Cool giveaway, I’d love those popsicle molds!
These are so perfect for summer, love ’em! Great pictures too:)
Thanks, Real Food by Dad! They are delicious…enjoy!!
Who can resist a homemade creamsicle?? Pinned and sharing this recipe! And thanks for hosting the giveaway – LOVE those stainless pop molds! 🙂
Thanks, Dena! I’ve been chowing down on these creamsicles for days- very hard to resist ;).