These paleo orange creamsicles use real orange juice to recreate a dairy free and naturally sweetened version of the childhood favorite!
It’s another one-post week, guys. I have had family visiting 3 weeks in a row now, which means less time for cooking and more excuses to go out for meals and sometimes that’s just… necessary. The weather is warming up and the sun is gracing us with its presence on a semi-regular basis, so who wants to be in the kitchen non stop? Who wants to crank up the oven when the weather is scorching? (Me. I do. Always. But hopefully you all have more sense than me.)
So I guess I made these paleo orange creamsicles for the same reason that I haven’t been blogging much: a break from the kitchen once in awhile is important. A break from cool, refreshing treats is never a good idea.
Sometimes, I worry that I get in a dessert rut when every idea I have ends in chocolate. When that happens, I think WWBWTE? That is, for those of you who aren’t in my warped little mind, “What Would Bryan Want To Eat”?
I’ve discussed before – ad nauseum, in fact – how different my husband’s preferences are from my own. He likes meat, I like vegetables and carbs. He likes fruit, I like chocolate. He likes creamy textures and buttery pastries, I like dense cookies and rich cake. He doesn’t even like sweets that much and when he does, he prefers store bought over homemade (though, because he’s a good husband, he’d never admit it). And he loves (LOVES) orange creamsicles, with their sugary interior and coating of a shade of orange that only exists in nature if you put a traffic cone in the middle of a forest.
I wish I could give you some cutesy diatribe about how I want to share a batch of popsicles with you but that would be a bold faced lie because they are gone. Long, long gone. Bryan devoured them, sometimes twice a day, and for someone who doesn’t actually love healthy homemade sweets, his excitement about these was, well, let’s say noteworthy.
So, I guess you could say they’re pretty good!
- 2 large Juice and zest of 2 large oranges (see note)
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (full fat is best)
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- Stir together all ingredients until combined.
- Divide mixture between 6-8 popsicle molds.
- Freeze until solid.
- If you prefer a stronger orange flavor and/or don't have fresh oranges on hand, you an use 1 cup no-sigorange juice concentrate (defrosted)
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