These flavorful orange creamsicle popsicles are always on repeat at my house. Loaded with vitamin C, protein and probiotics, they’re a lighter, healthier version of the classic creamsicle. And only 4 ingredients! Great for toddlers, kids, and adults alike!
Medically reviewed and cowritten by Jamie Johnson, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), and Lauren Braaten, Pediatric Occupational Therapist (OT).
Healthy Orange Cream Popsicles
I’m determined to recreate as many summertime memories from my own childhood with my kids as possible this year. I’m talking about Slip ‘N Slides, family road trips, camping, and of course, orange creamsicles.
Orange creamsicles were a staple in my childhood. Sweet, creamy and citrusy, the perfect treat to cool off during those long summer days. So naturally, I wanted to make my own version of orange creamsicles, but without those ingredients you could do without, like high fructose corn syrup, added colors, and preservatives.
These healthy Orange Creamsicles hit the mark! Bursting with vitamin C, protein and probiotics, they’re a lighter, healthier version AND still full of flavor.
If you are looking for more easy and healthy frozen desserts for your little one, then be sure to check out these delicious Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles, Healthy Green Smoothie Popsicles, these reader-favorite Homemade Yogurt Tubes, or these hidden-veggie filled Healthy Popsicles for Toddlers. You can also find more recipes and information in my best-selling cookbook Little Foodies: Recipes for Babies and Toddlers with Taste.
Watch this video to see just how easy it is to make these delicious Orange Creamsicles!
Reasons to Love Creamsicle Popsicles
Make sure to read the recipe card below for full ingredients and instructions!
- Made with real fruit
- Comes together in less than 5 minutes
- Quick source of hydration, vitamins and minerals for kids who don’t drink enough water
- Naturally sweetened for a healthier treat
- Can easily be made dairy free
- Makes for a refreshing snack on a hot summer day
- Great recipe for toddlers and kids to work on their skills in the kitchen
- Oranges: any variety of fresh oranges will work.
- Orange Juice: you can use freshly squeezed or store-bought orange juice. Freshly squeezed will give you the most intense flavor.
- Honey: for this recipe, I prefer honey, but you can also use maple syrup, agave nectar, or simple syrup
- Yogurt: plain whole milk yogurt makes for the best ‘creamsicle’ texture, but you can also use regular or plant-based alternative for yogurt
- Vanilla Extract: I love pure vanilla extract for the richest flavor
Healthy Benefits of Orangesicle Popsicles: These orangesicles are packed with vitamin C, which helps support the immune system and aids in iron absorption. And yogurt gives them a pop of protein for strong muscles, calcium for strong bones and healthy fats for brain power.
- Place all of the ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth. Add in more orange zest and pulse for 2-3 seconds until just mixed.
- Pour the mixture into your popsicle molds and place in the freezer.
- Freeze for at least 5 hours, but preferably overnight.
- Pop the popsicles out of the molds and enjoy!
You can make these easy orange creamsicles as-is, or you can add in one or two extra ingredients. Here are a couple of our favorite additions:
- chopped strawberries
- crushed graham crackers
- more orange zest
- slices or chopped pieces of orange
- blend with a handful of spinach
- diced mangoes
Cooking with Kids
This recipe is great for having your little ones help out in the kitchen and develop their cooking skills.
- Toddlers can help peel the oranges, measure the ingredients, and pour them into the blender.
- They can help put the lid on the blender and push start. Note: make sure to talk about not touching the blender blade while making something in the blender, as it can be sharp.
- Once blended, toddlers can help pour the popsicle mixture into the popsicle molds. Pour the popsicle mixture into a smaller measuring cup with a pour lip to make it easier to manage.
- With help, they can place the popsicle molds into the freezer. My kids always spill the tray at this point, so just give them an extra hand.
- You can pretty much let older kids make this recipe by themselves.
- They can pick out and measure all of the ingredients. Note: make sure to talk about not touching the blender blade while making something in the blender, as it can be sharp.
- Kids can pour the popsicle mixture into the molds and place the popsicles into the freezer.
How to Store
After removing the popsicles molds, store these creamsicle popsicles in a freezer-safe bag for up to 1 month in the freezer.
Best Popsicle Molds
If you’re looking for fun and colorful popsicles molds, check out my guide to 6 of the best kid-friendly popsicle molds. There’s options for every age – babies, toddlers and big kids (including adults). – link to our popsicle mold post
- If you’re feeling fancy and really want to make your orange creamsicle flavor shine – stir in a little bit of finely grated orange zest to the mixture after blending.
- Use full-fat canned coconut milk for a dairy-free option that’s super creamy.
- Popsicles can help soothe sore throats or provide relief from teething pain (just make sure your little one is over 1 year of age if you’re making them with honey).
- For the best texture, use a high-powered blender and puree until super smooth.
- If your popsicles seem to be sticking in the mold, running the base under warm water for about 30 seconds will help release a popsicle easily.
- 1 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed or store-bought
- 1 cup plain whole milk yogurt, (see notes below)
- 3-4 tbsp honey (for babies over 1), maple syrup or agave nectar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optoinal)
- 2 tsp orange zest, separated
Yield: this recipe makes roughly 2 1/2 cups of popsicle mixture. You may need to increase/decrease that amount based on your popsicle mold size. If you have any leftovers, feel free to serve it as a smoothie or smoothie bowl to your kiddos (or yourself).
Notes on Yogurt: you can use plain, vanilla, honey (for babies over 1), or whichever other flavor sounds good or you have on hand. I recommend using whole milk yogurt to help boost the flavor and thickness. You can also use any plant-based yogurt you prefer as well – oat, cashew, almond, soy, etc.
Sweetness: Depending on the sweetness of your fruit and your sweetness preference, I recommend tasting the popsicle base before pouring it into the molds, as you may need a little more honey.