Dairy-Free, Vegan, Orange Creamsicle Recipe

By Crystal Baldwin, August 2, 2022

Nothing is better on a hot summer's day than a cold popsicle right out of the freezer!  These orange creamsicles not only taste good but they are good for you with a healthy dose of vitamin C and anti-inflammatory turmeric. They are Dairy-free, refined sugar-free, vegan, and free of all chemical additives. They contain healthy fats, fruit, turmeric, honey & vanilla - super simple ingredients.  You can feel good about eating these popsicles. 

So many commercial popsicles contain artificial colors, artificial flavors, chemical additives and LOADS of sugar.  Making your own, healthy popsicles at home gives you all of the control over which ingredients goes into them plus, endless flavor combinations - you can create the popsicle of your dreams!

Dairy Free Orange Creamsicles

  • 1 Can Full-Fat Coconut Milk (I like Thai Kitchen brand)
  • 1/2 cup Cashew's Soaked & Drained
  • 2 Oranges, peeled and pithed (removing the white parts avoids bitterness)
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1/4-1/2 Cup Honey or Maple Syrup (sweetness decreases once frozen)
  • Pinch of Turmeric (about 1/8th teaspoon, enough to add color)


1. Place cashews in a heat-proof bowl and pour boiling water over top.  Cover the bowl and let them soak for 1 hour or until very soft. 

2. Strain cashews, then rinse with cold water and strain again. 

3. Place cashews in the vita-mixer (or blender) and add coconut milk, blend until very smooth and no bits of cashews remain.

4. Add all other ingredients and blend to incorporate.

5. Pour orange mixture into popsicle molds and freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight be sure they are frozen solid.

6. Hold the popsicle molds under running hot water for a few seconds to help them release. 

7. Place in an air-tight container and store in the freezer.


  • If you can't do coconut milk you can replace it with all cashew milk - just increase your cashews to 1 1/2 Cups, soak, rinse and blend with water to equal the consistency of coconut milk (less water if you want it thicker)
  • You can skip the whole oranges and use 1 cup orange juice, however I like getting the benefits of the fiber and nutrients from the whole fruit.
  • If honey and maple syrup are just not sweet enough for you try replacing with 1/2 raw organic sugar and 1/2 honey or maple syrup.


Don't have popsicle molds or popsicle sticks? No problem! You can use other household items.  Try one of these handy items you might have around the house.

  • Plastic cups (run hot water over cup to release)
  • Paper dixie cups (they peel away)
  • Yogurt containers (keep the peel back lids to help hold your popsicle stick)
  • Ice-cube trays (make cute bite-sized pops)
  • Tall shot glasses (run under hot water to release)
  • Silicone muffin liners (place them on a cookie tray)
  • Muffin pan or baking molds
  • Loaf pan (cover with foil to insert popsicle stick and slice before removing.

When using one of the above options, place foil or plastic wrap over-top of the container and then slide your popsicle stick thru it to hold in place. I find it's easier to have the molds on a cookie sheet when placing or removing from the freezer.

Don't have popsicle sticks?  No Problem, try one of these alternatives:

  • Plastic spoons (great recycle option)
  • Toothpicks (work for smaller molds like ice cube trays)
  • Kebob Skewers (Cut in half or thirds)
  • Straws (reusable ones will be sturdy enough)

Blending- A high-speed blender, like a vita-mixer or Blend Tec is best when making these but not required. If you have a regular blender and can't get all of the cashews to blend in, you can strain the milk before adding the other ingredients.  Of course if you don't mind it a little chunky, just leave them in. 


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