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.

Vertical image of three popsicles and half of a grapefruit on a sheet pan full of ice.

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 and bright, fruity orange and zesty, subtly bitter grapefruit that’s sure to satisfy on a warm summer day.

Plus, the combination 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 combo!

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.

Vertical top-down image of four frozen desserts on sticks on top of a sheet pan of ice cubes next to half of a grapefruit.

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.

Vertical image of stacked popsicles on a sheet pan full of ice cubes next to slices of grapefruit and oranges.

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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Cool Off with 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: Blender/Freezer
  • Cuisine: Frozen Dessert

Cooking By the Numbers…

Step 1 – Prep Citrus and Measure Remaining Ingredients

Horizontal image of cut citrus fruit, yogurt, seasonings, and basil in small glass bowls.

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.

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

Horizontal image of a light green liquid sectioned into 8 rectangular molds.

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. The most common variety products popsicles like the ones you see pictured throughout this article, with either 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.

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

Do you like to eat popsicles year-round or do you only eat 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.

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

  1. What a cute popsicle mold! Marriage really is one of the greatest journeys in life. The journey will differ from couple to couple because everyone is different and every relationship is different. When you’re confused by all the “helpful” advice, think back to all the trips you’ve gone on. How many of them have been 100% hassle-free or 100% pleasure-free? Even on your best trips I’m sure there were a few snags. And even on National Lampoon’s Vacation (probably the worst road trip in history), there were a few sweet moments, like Clark & Rusty bonding. The point is marriage is like a never-end trip. You’re going to snags and sweet moments. But whatever path you choose to go down, you’re never alone in making that decision. 🙂

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  2. Take in only what is nourishing to the body and nourishing to the soul. I wish it could be easier than it really is sometimes.

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  3. Spring is just around the corner and this is the most perfect thing to celebrate its arrival.

    what i learned a long time ago, in high school perhaps, is that advice should never be given unless asked. as a result, i am always mindful to ask if someone is seeking advice or just looking for someone to talk to. more often than not, it is the latter, they just want their voice to be heard.

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  4. Shanna – your writing is always so beautiful and honest! What a joy to read. My husband and I got married this summer and felt the very same way, as if we were getting all types of advice that ranged from good to horrible. Thankfully, we are making our own way in marriage and learning what suits us. And that has turned out to be such a joyful experience. Kudos to you for doing the same.

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  5. You have popsicle weather?! Jealous! You’re absolutely right…I think the messages become more powerful when you hear the same things from different circles of people. Then subconsciously I find myself thinking, “Yes, Sam and I shouldn’t work from home together. Our relationship will suffer…” In reality, I love having lunch with him and we’ve worked out a great ‘I’m in my office, you’re in your office routine’. We make our own ways, eh? Happy week to you and Tim!

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    • So good to read that, Meg. I love hearing from another couple who loves working from home together! : ) Here’s to you and Sam and your daily lunches!

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  6. I’m thankful for the voices that speak God’s truth to me. It’s wonderful to read it in blogs, hear it from the voices of family, & receive it in text messages. All of these avenues have been a blessing to me lately. My mom unexpectedly died a couple of weeks ago & it’s been difficult for me to pick up my Bible. But the voices of some (who know me & my situation) & the voices of others (who are just faithfully speaking the truth in love – like you here on your blog) have all been instrumental in upholding my faith these last couple of weeks. So thank you, Shanna for using your voice to talk about food & also talk about other things, like God’s truth.

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    • Oh MaryAnn, I am so sorry to hear about your mom. !!! I loved reading your comment and feel so encouraged by the way you are pointing to truth and faith even in the midst of what is hard. May God continue to draw you to voices of comfort and love and may He grant me the same faith that presses into Him.

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  7. Oh yes, everyone has “the answer,” everyone knows the path we “should” be on. I think people lack the vocabulary as well as the insight to express that they really just want us to be happy. They go about it in this twisted, annoying, finger-wagging way that totally misses the point. Shaun and I have been getting “advice” like the sort you’re talking about throughout the entirety of our relationship. I had to learn quickly to become “like a duck and let it roll off my back” as my mom always said growing up. And you’re right. YOU have the power to control your destiny. We’re all doing just fine.

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    • Yes. And the thing is, some of these advice-giving people are right. When they are telling me, even in a finger-wagging way, what is TRUE, I need it (although, let’s be honest, the attitude can really damage the message). And I want that kind of advice, even when I don’t seek it out… but so so often advice is thrown around thoughtlessly without any real truth behind it, and that is what is so destructive. Don’t poison my heart with things that aren’t true like I should complain about my husband who is my best friend and the most faithful demonstration of love, you know? Ugh.

      I like what you said about rolling it off your back, and that is something I want to get better at. Taking what is right and letting go of what isn’t.

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  8. I loved reading this post. I’m finding that advice in all forms is something I think about a lot these days. There are a lot of people who want to give me advice about wedding planning and getting married and finding a house. Granted, some of it gets me down and makes me feel worried, wondering if things are really going to be like that. But also, I want advice. I’m craving it – I want to learn how to be a wife and to benefit from the knowledge of those who are doing it. I’m working on learning how to recognize and find balance between these good kinds and the not-so-good kinds.

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    • Yes. Exactly! I want advice, too–GOOD advice, advice rooted in truth. So that is what I need: the wisdom to recognize what is actually good advice and what isn’t.

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  9. This really hit home for me — I’m also a newlywed (Oct. 8) and it seems like nearly everyone has an opinion … thoughts to share …etc. etc. It’s hard to tune it all out sometimes, but I try to remember that every person’s experience is different; it helps!

    And this looks amazing; I’m bookmarking for Saturday-morning juice-making.

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  10. I recently discovered your beautiful blog and I love it. I am so impressed by your recipes and photography. Just found out you’ll be at the Dole Conference, too and I’m so excited to meet you!
    Have a great weekend.

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    • Amie, I’m so glad you stopped by to say hi because I just checked out your blog and love the focus on clean eating. So many great recipes! Excited to keep up with you and looking forward to getting to meet you in May!

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  11. This post is so beautiful and so true. My husband and I just celebrated our 6th anniversary and people were asking us if we are still happy. My first thought was, of course we are why wouldn’t we be. The world believes a lot of lies. That breaks my heart for them.

    Keep feeding your spirit and body good things. We were made for more than the world’s lies.

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  12. Love this – beautiful writing- guarding your heart is so important and filtering out what is true These popsicles look delicious. I am so glad I found your site!

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  13. Here I am, late to the party, as promised. But this post is so worth the late read and the late comments. I remember all the similar comments we received while we were engaged–and yes, still!–that left Brad and I boggled. Though guarding my heart (I love how you compared that to guarding your body) is still one of my biggest struggles, I try to do this: There is a very small group of family and friends who I trust love the Lord, love me, and love Brad. They also have taken the time to understand both of us and truly have our best at heart. These are the people who I listen to if they say anything about marriage or our relationship. They’re the same people who affirm and rejoice in our relationship and model an everlasting sweetness in their marriage, too. Other advice givers get a sweet smile and nod, but I release myself from any obligation to take to heart what they say.

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    • YES. YES. I wholeheartedly agree with your take on this and am working (!) on that sweet smile and nod part (especially the bit about releasing myself from obligation to do anything else). Very wise thoughts.

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