Blood Orange “Dreamsicle” Ice Cream (Dairy Free)

  bloodorangeicecream

I started off experimenting with making a lemon ice cream with my beautiful Meyer Lemons. And it was delicious. Really, really good. If you want to make it, you can use this same recipe, but change out the blood orange with two lemons.

 

As good as that Meyer Lemon ice cream was, I made something even better.

 

My fruit basket was overflowing with blood oranges (I went a little crazy with blood oranges at the store. Read that story here) and thought I’d give the blood oranges a shot at ice cream. So I did.

 

And, OH. MY. GOSH. Best thing ever.

 

Zach said as soon as I licked the spatula my eyes almost popped out of my head. He grabbed the spatula from me, took a lick and then said this was the best thing in the universe.

 

The universe!

 

My version tastes just like those dreamsicle popsicles that we both remember loving as kids. Those popsicles have a ton of yucky artificial ingredients and I’m sure they are loaded with so much sugar/high fructose corn syrup. Yuck, no thank you.

 

But this version is full of good for you ingredients! The fat in the coconut milk is the really good healthy kind of fat that serves very important roles in our body like calcium absorption and proper immune function. Plus we can’t forget about the abundant Vitamin C and antioxidants in our blood orange.

 

The best thing in the universe and healthy? Sounds like a big win to me :)

 

*If you don’t have an ice cream machine, don’t fret. I do not have one and it turned out perfectly :)

Blood Orange “Dreamsicle” Ice Cream (Dairy Free)

Serves 4

Ingredients:

1 can full fat coconut milk (or you can make your own, but do not use the coconut milk out of a carton), refrigerate the can for at least a day for best whipped results

1 blood orange, zested and juiced (a regular orange will work, too)

2-3 tablespoons pure raw honey, or to taste

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:

Dump the water out of the coconut milk can and just put the coconut cream into a mixing bowl. With a mixer, whip your coconut milk until peaks form (about 5 minutes). For best whipped results, make sure you have refrigerated your coconut milk can at least overnight.

Pour your fresh juice from the orange, the orange zest, vanilla, and honey into the bowl and stir until combined.

If you have an ice cream maker, process your ice cream and freeze according to the directions of the ice cream maker (sorry I can’t be of too much help with the ice cream maker directions because I’ve never had one). Enjoy!

If you don’t have an ice cream maker (I don’t), put the bowl into the freezer. Wait 45 minutes and take it out. Stir it all around and place back in the freezer. Wait 45 more minutes and then take it out. Stir again. Keep doing this until it reaches your desired consistency. If you like it “soft serve” or like a milkshake it will generally take 2 45 minute cycles (so it’ll be ready in an hour and half). If you like your ice cream a little bit more hard, it will generally take 3 cycles (so it will ready in 2+ hours). Enjoy!

*After the ice cream is done processing or you have stirred it for 2 or 3 45 minute cycles, you can keep it in the freezer for a few days, but you will need to let it sit out and thaw for just a few minutes before trying to scoop it out.

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36 Responses to Blood Orange “Dreamsicle” Ice Cream (Dairy Free)

  1. Karina says:

    This sounds heavenly! I’m going to try it with our Vitamix since we do not have an ice cream maker either.

  2. Rebecca Dee says:

    I definitely need to try this. This is the one issue with our families new healthy lifestyle – finding healthy “desert” like options for our sweet tooth(s). http://www.colorushealthy.com

  3. lb says:

    So i’m curious, why not coconut lite? i haven’t taken the time to read the back of the label and compare ingredients so i’m sorry if this question is an obvious one. but why not lite?

    • Lite Coconut milk just has more water in it. It is usually very watered down and has a very thin consistency. In my opinion it’s kind of a waste of money (if you want to ever use lite coconut milk, you can buy the full fat stuff and add water to create “lite coconut milk” So you get 2 canfuls out of one can. Hope that makes sense.

      But for this recipe, we throw the water out (or save it to put in a smoothie), and just use the coconut cream. Only the coconut cream only will whip. If you dump the whole can in your bowl without throwing the water out, it will not whip. Hope that helps!

  4. Blair says:

    Hi!! This sounds sooo yummy! If I were to use regular milk how would I get it creamy?

  5. Lyall says:

    Tastes just like a dreamsicle! We all loved it!!

  6. Monica says:

    AMAZING!!! This was so refreshing. I love blood oranges, too. It was nice to have a summertime treat in the summer! I was imagining myself on a beach getting tan :) Loved the recipe and will try it with the lemons next!

  7. Mindy says:

    This is delicious! Tastes just like a dreamsicle! My kids love it and it’s such a nice treat for them to have!

  8. Maureen says:

    My kids loved this!!!

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  10. deb says:

    Can I make this with straight coconut cream out of a can or carton? which one would suit best? thanks

    • Hi Deb, Yes either would be perfect. Just make sure the coconut cream doesn’t have any extra ingredients. A lot of those canned coconut creams have a ton of extra sugar. It should just be plain coconut cream. Hope that helps!

  11. Alvaro says:

    Excellent website. Plenty of helpful information here.

    I’m sending it to some friends ans additionally sharing in delicious. And certainly, thank you for your effort!

  12. Ronda says:

    Looks and sounds yummy would love to do for next dinner party can you tell me how many you get out of one recipe

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  18. Cara says:

    What’s the point of whipping the cream?

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  23. ling says:

    Hi! This ice cream sounds perfect!! I may be making it into popsicles… (may be) ;)

  24. Jon says:

    When you say zested and juiced…. Do you zest a whole orange and juice another? Zest outside and then juice rest of orange?? Apologies for simple question ;)

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