Homemade Orange Creamsicle Ice Cream

Ice cream is a favorite treat around our house.  After dinner my kids usually ask if we have any ice cream they can eat for dessert.  They like most kinds, but their favorite is actually sherbet.   This orange creamsicle ic ecream is a cross between a really smooth creamy ice cream and a more fruity icy sherbet.  Best of both worlds and it is mostly fruit!

My two younger kids love oranges and will eat them in any form – cuties, navel oranges, peeled, sliced, canned, in a smoothie…… But my oldest daughter is super picky about fruit and textures and will not eat oranges.  I love being able to create recipes with whole fruit that include all those good nutrients, but change the texture so that she will eat it!

This ice cream is literally the easiest thing to make.   A couple of hours before you want to make this, peel and section 2 oranges.  Lay them flat on a tray and freeze until solid.  Once they are frozen, pour one can of coconut milk into your blender.  I LOVE my Blendtec.  I literally use it every singe day.  There are SO many things you can make in it and it just works so well.    Add half the frozen oranges and blend.  Then add the other half and continue blending.  Add the rest of the ingredients.   Then pour into a container that you can freeze.  I used a glass bread pan and it worked great!  Freeze until it has hardened – a couple of hours is all it takes.

Scoop into ice cream cones or a bowl and serve!  If it isn’t easy to scoop out, let it soften for a few minutes.  This would be super yummy with toasted coconut on the top, or even mini chocolate chips.

We love this recipe because it is dairy free and includes whole fruit!  If you don’t like the taste of coconut milk and don’t need to do dairy free, you can always substitute heavy cream or half and half for the coconut milk.  Either way this ice cream is super yummy and incredibly easy to make!

Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup – coconut milk, full fat
  • 2 medium – Orange
  • 4 tbsp – Sweetener
  • 1 tsp – Vanilla extract
Directions
  1. Peel and section oranges.  Lay flat on a tray and freeze until hardened.
  2. In a blender, add coconut milk and half of the frozen orange sections.
  3. Blend until smooth.  Add the remaining oranges and continue blending.
  4. Add the sweetener of your choice (honey, powdered sugar, maple syrup) and vanilla extract.
  5. Blend.
  6. Pour into a freezer safe container and freeze until solid.
  7. When ready to serve, let it sit out for a few minutes to make it easier to scoop. Enjoy!

Thanks to Natalie Monson for the deleicious idea

 

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