Orange Creamsicle Ice Cream [Vegan]

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Lauren Zembron
Lauren Zembronhttps://www.healthyfoodforliving.com/
I am a 34 year old living outside of Boston with my wonderful husband, energetic daughter, sweet son, and playful dog. I have degrees in both psychology and guidance counseling, and have worked in a variety of school settings. I strive to find a balance between the two basic food philosophies of “eat to live” and “live to eat“. I believe that food should be (and is!) one of the great pleasures of leading a healthy lifestyle.
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The blogosphere seems to have been bitten by the creamsicle bug.

Orange Creamsicle Ice Cream [Vegan]

Jessica kicked things off with these wholesome Whole Wheat Creamsicle Muffins; Angela bestowed upon us her healthy Flu Buster Clementine Creamsicle Smoothie; and Ashley presented her version of Angela’s creation with a tempting Orange Coconut Creamsicle.

Orange Creamsicle Ice Cream [Vegan]

Determined to come up with my own creamsicle-inspired treat, I set out to create a vegan orange vanilla ice cream.

Orange Creamsicle Ice Cream [Vegan]

I browsed through my trusty dairy-free ice cream cookbook The Vegan Scoop and found a recipe for orange ice cream using soy milk, soy creamer, orange zest, and freshly squeezed orange juice. I used Wheeler’s recipe as a starting point, but subbed in unsweetened vanilla almond milk for the soy products, added extra vanilla in the form of vanilla bean paste, and poured in a splash of vodka.

Orange Creamsicle Ice Cream [Vegan]

Wait… vodka? Let me explain.

If you’ve made homemade ice cream or frozen yogurt, you are probably aware that it can be difficult to scoop once fully frozen. In an attempt to keep this frustration from occurring, I turned to the technique of adding in a bit of flavorless vodka to the ice cream base. Since alcohol does not freeze, adding it to ice cream before churning should theoretically yield a softer end result… which is to say easier to scoop.

Oh, and you can’t taste the vodka, I promise!

Orange Creamsicle Ice Cream [Vegan]

My ice cream was still somewhat hard straight from the freezer, but it was noticeably softer than others I’ve made… which is impressive given the negligible amount of fat in this recipe.

Orange Creamsicle Ice Cream [Vegan]

I initially hesitated to call this ice cream, as it is more icy than the traditional creamy frozen dessert. I’d describe the consistency as somewhere between sorbet and ice cream.

Orange Creamsicle Ice Cream [Vegan]

As for the taste, this citrus-scented and vanilla bean-speckled ice cream is quite refreshing. I wouldn’t say the flavor is a spot-on replica of an orange creamsicle, but it is reminiscent of the classic treat.

Have you ever tried homemade ice cream with almond milk? Please share links if you have!

Orange Creamsicle Ice Cream [Vegan]

Vegan Orange Creamsicle Ice Cream

adapted liberally from Wheeler Del Torro’s The Vegan Scoop

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk, divided (Trader Joe’s carries a super creamy version)
  • 2 Tbsp arrowroot powder
  • 2 Tbsp freshly grated orange zest
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (from about 4 medium-sized oranges)
  • 3/4 cup evaporated cane juice (I might reduce this to 1/2 cup next time – the ice cream is very sweet)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp vanilla bean paste or pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp vodka, optional (I picked up this trick for keeping the ice cream softer from David Lebovitz)

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup almond milk and arrowroot powder; set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the remaining 2 3/4 cup almond milk, orange zest, orange juice, and evaporated cane juice. Bring mixture to a gentle boil, stirring often; remove from heat, and immediately whisk in the almond milk/arrowroot mixture. Mixture will thicken noticeably. Whisk in the vanilla bean paste or extract and vodka (if using).
  3. Pour thickened ice cream base into a large bowl and refrigerate until completely chilled, at least 2-3 hours. Freeze according to ice cream manufacturer’s instructions. Serve immediately as soft serve or chill in the freezer until “ripened” (hardened).
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