The ice cream truck just passed my house like it does everyday, blaring the same warbly tune we all remember as kids. My boys stare out the window to watch all the neighbor kids running out to buy their treats. I’m fairly certain the ice cream man doesn’t carry a Dairy Free, Dye Free version of anything, and my heart sinks a little knowing my kids feel left out.
I can still remember what I picked out as a kid… an Orange Creamsicle. Do you remember those? It was the Orange Popsicle with the white cream center. I haven’t had one of those in years, but if I close my eyes, I can still remember exactly what they taste like… and the artificial ingredients they’re made with.
Determined to re-create a healthy and non-allergenic experience my own kids will remember, I set out to make a Raw, Vegan, and Sugar Free version of my favorite childhood treat. After a couple of batches, I think I’ve come pretty darn close. My kids absolutely love them, and now I keep a batch in the freezer to pull out when we hear the music coming down the road.
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Natural Orange Creamsicle Recipe – Vegan & Sugar Free
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Cook Time: 4 hours
- Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
- Yield: 64 ounces 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Cuisine: Gluten Free
A natural spin on a classic dessert… This Natural Orange Creamsicle Recipe is Gluten Free, Vegan & Sugar Free! It whips up in less than 5 minutes in your Vitamix.
- 1 Cup Raw Cashews – Soaked for 1/2 Hour (then drain)
- 4–5 Pitted Dates – Soaked for 1/2 Hour (then drain)
- 2 Whole Oranges (peeled – no need to de-seed them if you’re using a Vitamix)
- Juice from 1/2 Lime
- 2 Cups Milk Alternative (you can also use Dairy)
- 1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
- 8 Drops of Liquid Stevia (or to taste)
- 2–3 Drops of Food Grade Essential Oil (or to taste), or 1/4 tsp Orange Extract, or Zest from Orange Peel
BLEND IN LAST:
- 3 Cups of Ice
- Soak your Cashews & Dates in the Vitamix Container with just enough water to cover them. Soak for about 30 minutes (this step isn’t required, but it does make it a bit creamier & easier to blend)
- In Vitamix, combine all the remaining ingredients in order listed – except Ice.
- Start on Variable Speed 1, working your way up to 10, then to High.
- Once everything is completely smooth, add in Ice.
- Blend again (using the Vitamix Tamper if necessary) until all ingredients are running smoothly through the machine and everything is well blended.
- Mixture should be runny, but smooth and creamy.
- Pour into your favorite Popsicle Molds and freeze 4-8 hours or until completely frozen.
- This recipe can easily be scaled (smaller or larger).
- This recipe is delicious as a smoothie too!
- Serving Size: 1 Popsicle
- Calories: 100
aloha Erika!!!! this looks really yummy!!
Aloha Tutu! =) Hope you are doing great! xo God Bless! ~Erika
I tried this its one of those raw food creations that inspire you to stay raw, most of this woman’s recipes kick ass.
Thanks for the sweet comment! =) God Bless! ~Erika
Wow.. that looks great. Can’t wait to try it. Thank you.
Looks delicious! I’m always on the hunt for new ways to convince my husband that our Vitamix was a good purchase, and he loves creamsicles. This will be a handy recipe to have. Thanks so much!
My meat & potato hubby LOVES this recipe… even my dad ate it! And he’s pretty old school when it comes to ice cream! lol =) Enjoy & God Bless! ~Erika
Erica, I just found you via Youtube and I’m excited to read your entire site! Woot! I just got a Vitamix a few weeks ago and I’m loving it, but finding you is even more inspiring.
My middle daughter has severe allergies that cause eczema all over her body. Do you have any trouble in your family like that? I’ve put her on the GAPS diet and it seems to be working…but the world isn’t easy on food sensitive kids so we do have some problems.
I’m mostly concerned about chemicals in what I buy…do you think nuts.com is good for chemical free?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
Thank you for the sweet comment! xo
Yay on getting a Vita-Mix, and so excited for you to really put it to good use!!
I am sorry about your daughters eczema, but thrilled that the GAPS diet is working… I’ve heard from lots of people who have had amazing success with it! Your daughter is so blessed to have you as a momma; who cares enough to take the time and effort to really help her (without throwing drugs at it). It is so hard to find healthy food options and avoid foods that sensitive kids can’t eat!
My kids each have their own severe allergies to a huge range of foods… Gluten, Dairy, Soy, Food Coloring, Peaches/Apricots, Some Nuts, Mushrooms, Eggs, Oats, etc… Cooking something everyone can eat is crazy at times, and going out to eat has almost become impossible for us… Which is really how this website got started in the first place! lol =)
I personally buy all of my nuts from Nuts.com… and I almost always buy everything ‘Organic’ even tho it cost a little bit more. I’m hoping that since they are Organic, that they are as Chemical free as possible. Since I live in Hawaii, my only choice for fresh nuts has been to order from them, but perhaps your local food co-op caries something comparable?
There are some amazing GAPS specific websites out there – here is one that has a great list of resources on where to get specific ingredients: https://www.healthhomehappy.com/resource-page Hopefully this will help.
Keep me posted on your VitaMix adventures… I’m sure it won’t be long before you’re inventing new recipes! =)
Oh my GOSH, I don’t even have any words…this just looks too GOOD! Wow, I can actually have orange dreamcicles again. And by using almond milk!!!! Awesome. Thanks so much!!!
only 421 views? im pretty sure 5 of them were me, but this is a great recipe! love your blog!
LOL! =) Thanks for all the views & encouragement! My recipe videos will probably never go ‘Viral’, but I hope over time people will watch them and realize how good ‘Healthy’ food can be! God Bless! ~Erika
Wow. Here is a trick that you may not know. you can get whole fermented vanilla beans and put like half a bean in, and the Vitamix will pulverize it to perfection. I grow my own stevia and I have been experimenting with using the vitamix to make my own stevia pop. Wonderful stuff. I will have to try this recipe looks awesome.
Hi Erika. I just made these and just coming out of the VitaMix, they are AWESOME!!! The flavor is perfect! Thank you so much for the recipe. I just love your website and videos. I’m looking forward to making many more of your recipes (I just got my Excalibur dehydrator yesterday!). Thanks again. :)
Thanks so much for the sweet comment… So glad you liked the recipe! =) And you are going to L-O-V-E the Excalibur Dehydrator… it’s so much fun to create snacks and treats with!
Recipe looks great. Hope you make some more Vitamix videos soon.
Very interesting recipe. So healthy! I may try it with non-sugar “orange” breakfast drink powder from Walmart instead of oranges. Since…..fructose is sugar for diabetics! Great idea to thicken with cashews and dates. You are so sweet! (no pun intended!) I’m a fan and I’m subscribing! Thanks for caring!
Aloha Maureen! Thanks for your encouraging comment…and it looks like we’re practically neighbors! =) I hope you enjoy the recipe! God Bless! ~Erika
How sweet is that! I’m from Oahu! Mahalo!
How could I transform the recipe to make Creamcicle Ice cream? Thank you
You might try adding a bit more ice and not over-blending it. Or, you could freeze your orange slices & milk before adding them into the VitaMix, using your tamper to get it well blended, and it’s sooooo good that way! =) Enjoy & God Bless! ~Erika
My kids LOVE these popsicles! My oldest is 4 and he’s always begging for store bought ones, which we don’t buy. He’s thrilled that I let him eat as much of these as he wants. He tells everyone, “We make popsicles with no sugar, only vitamins!” He came up with the vitamin part all by himself. We’ve made two batches this week alone, but I cut the recipe in half because we don’t have many molds. Thank you for posting such great recipes!
My kids LOVE these! Thank you for all your great recipes!
can you adopt me too?! :)
These sound sooo good. What brand of Stevia Extract do you use? God Bless you
I typically use the natural vanilla flavored liquid Stevia from Whole Foods, but I also like this one https://goo.gl/q2M7Mi from Amazon which has great reviews.
How do I print this wonderful recipe?
Just came across your recipe on Pinterest and looking forward to trying it. Thought I’d share a vegan creamsicle smoothie/freezer pop recipe I interpreted form a local vega resto in Montreal called Aux Vivres. It’s bit simpler with fewer ingredients (so pros and cons, as your recipe offers the benefit of protein):
1. Juice the following:
1 enormous carrot, or 2-3 medium sized ones
2 large oranges
I prefer to juice these items using my Breville rather than my Vitamix so that the texture is extra smooth, liquidy, and pulp and pit free, but I’m sure it would be just as tasty all in the Vitamix (and a step easier)
2. Blend the juice with:
2-3 tsp good quality vanilla
1 cup or so of coconut milk (not the low fat kind. you want to get that super thick creamy top, my favourite brand is Aroyo-D)
Agave to taste (about 2-3 tsp)
And that’s it. Taste it and tweak for your flavour preference, drink or freeze into pops.
Hope you enjoy it.
I couldn’t belie
I just made this recipe and it is absolutely DIVINE!!!!! I was planning on making popsicles, but realized my molds already had stuff in them, so my brother and I drank it :) Boy was that a treat! You really nailed it with that flavor! I didn’t have dates, so I subbed 1/4 cup pure maple syrup and it tastes great. Thanks for this delicious recipe?