Cool Off with All-Natural Citrus Honey Basil Creamsicles

I’m pretty sure that kids and adults alike will request these all-natural citrus honey basil creamsicles all summer long.

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Are you a popsicle fanatic? I’m guessing you at least enjoy them or else you wouldn’t be here in the first place!

One of the best investments I ever made was buying a popsicle mold on impulse when I was shopping one summer, and spotted one that was on sale out of the corner of my eye.

I decided that it would be a fantastic idea to get into making popsicles, and ever since then, it’s been a summer tradition for me. Every year, I start making them as soon as the weather turns consistently warm, and I try to make a few batches every single month throughout the season.

And come on, who knew that popsicles are so simple to make? After you prepare a base in the blender, all you have to do is pour the contents into a mold. It’s quite possibly the easiest way to make a sweet frozen dessert. You can pull together your favorite ingredients and make something completely unique with just a few minutes of prep, every single time.

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If I had to choose one popsicle flavor to have over and over again, it would be the creamsicle. There’s something about the combination of creamy goodness with bright, fruity orange and zesty, subtly bitter grapefruit that’s sure to satisfy on a warm summer day.

Plus, this combo really brings me back to my childhood. Memories of running out to the ice cream truck as a young child to get a creamsicle come flooding back with every creamy bite.

To make things a little more exciting, these all-natural creamsicles are made not only with fruit, they’re flavored with fresh basil as well, and sweetened with honey.

This gives the sweet frozen treats an herbaceous note that will set your taste buds dancing, and a touch of added sweetness. Kids and adults alike will love the unique flavor of this fun flavor pairing!

What Kind of Yogurt Do You Recommend?

Personally, I think plain, unsweetened Greek yogurt creates the best base for these freeze pops because it has a thicker texture and a slight tanginess that’s the perfect complement to the other flavors.

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However, you can also use regular yogurt if that’s what you prefer to buy. I know there are some folks out there who just don’t like Greek yogurt, and that’s okay! Whatever you choose, a full fat product is preferred, to get the most luscious texture.

Can I Use Different Types of Citrus?

When it comes to making substitutions for this recipe, the easiest option is to swap out the generic “orange” for your favorite type. You can use navel, tangelo, blood orange, cara cara, or Valencia. I personally really enjoy using blood orange because the flavor blends so well with grapefruit, and the color is even prettier.

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This recipe is so simple to prepare, I highly recommend making it with your kids. It’s a fun way to keep the kids occupied for a little while during the summer if you need an activity for them, and it gives them something to look forward to later in the day.

There isn’t a lot of knife work involved and the ingredients are easy to measure. All you have to do is blend everything together and then pour it into your mold.

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All-Natural Citrus Honey Basil Creamsicles


  • Author: Meghan Yager
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours, 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 popsicles 1x

Description

Are you looking for refreshing homemade popsicles? All-natural citrus honey basil creamsicles are flavorful with a surprising herbaceous twist.


Ingredients

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  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup full-fat plain Greek yogurt (or regular)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 grapefruit, peeled and cut into quarters
  • 1 orange, peeled and cut into quarters
  • 810 fresh basil leaves

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender. Process until smooth. 
  2. Pour into popsicle mold and add popsicle sticks in the center of each. 
  3. Freeze for at least 4 hours or until solid before unmolding and serving.
  • Category: Popsicle
  • Method: No-cook, Blender/Freezer
  • Cuisine: Frozen Dessert

Keywords: citrus, basil, popsicle, orange

Cooking By the Numbers…

Step 1 – Prep Citrus and Measure Remaining Ingredients

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The type of grapefruit and orange that you choose to use is up to you! Ruby red grapefruit and Valencia or navel orange are nice choices if you’re looking for a sweeter flavor. Blood orange will add extra color.

Peel and cut one grapefruit into quarters.

Peel and cut one orange into quarters.

Measure out all of the remaining ingredients as listed on the ingredients list.

Step 2 – Blend

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Combine all ingredients in the order listed in a high-speed blender. Process until the mixture is smooth, for about 1 minute.

Step 3 – Freeze

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Pour the mixture into your popsicle mold. Add popsicle sticks in the center or place the top on, and place in the freezer. Freeze at least 4 hours before serving.

Store extra popsicles in the freezer, either in the mold, or tightly wrapped individually in plastic.

Does the Variety of Mold That I Have Matter?

There are many different molds out there and these may vary in size. There are even ice pop sleeves, just like from your childhood! The most common variety produces popsicles like the ones you see pictured throughout this article, with eight standard size popsicles per mold.

Horizontal image of popsicles on a sheet try with ice cubes next to sliced citrus fruit.

However, there are also molds that are smaller, that make twelve freeze pops in total, and others that only make six at a time.

Whatever size you have, be sure to fill the molds just about to the top, skip any that you won’t be able to fill up all the way, and feel free to reserve any excess to make another batch later, or to enjoy as a refreshing beverage instead of freezing it.

Looking for other tasty frozen treats to try next? Cool off with even more recipes, starting with these:

Do you like to eat popsicles year-round or do you only enjoy them in the summer? Tell us in the comments below, and be sure to rate this recipe when you try it.

Photos by Meghan Yager, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. Originally published by Shanna Mallon on March 13, 2012. Last updated on April 14, 2021.

Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.

About Meghan Yager

Meghan Yager is a food addict turned food and travel writer with a love for creating uncomplicated, gourmet recipes and devouring anything the world serves up. As the author of the food and travel blog Cake 'n Knife, Meghan focuses on unique foodie experiences from around the world to right at home in your own kitchen.

14 thoughts on “Cool Off with All-Natural Citrus Honey Basil Creamsicles”

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