Who remembers growing up eating Creamsicles? I definitely do. Sometimes my family would get a supersized pack of popsicles with 3 different flavors – red creamsicle, blue and orange. I remember loving the orange Creamsicle flavor. It would always be the first one to go as it was just heavenly good. The exterior was an orange flavored popsicle with the interior being a creamy, sweet filling. The 2 flavors went so well together that every single time, without fault, all of us kids would fight over who got the orange one.
As I grew up, I discovered Orange Julius. This was kind of the adult version of the same flavor. They have one in almost every mall throughout America, and in Montreal, Quebec where I grew up, Orange Julep was THE thing. These brands have become so popular because their drink, sort of like a juice mixed with a smoothie, is just incredibly delicious.
One problem with this oh-so-tasty beverage is that it contains tons of dairy ingredients, as well as raw eggs and lots of chemicals. As you probably know, The Vegan Jetsetter is not the biggest fan of dairy, eggs or chemicals in our food. While we love the taste that those ingredients create, we don’t love consuming products that hurt animals, nor do we love consuming products bad for our health!
Unfortunately, the famous popsicles are no better. A quick look at the ingredients show that they contain: nonfat milk, water, liquid sugar (sugar, water), high fructose corn syrup, maltodextrin, corn syrup, milk fat, orange juice concentrate, citric acid, malic acid, mono and diglycerides, guar gum, polysorbate 80, locust bean gum, natural flavor, ascorbic acid, annatto (for color), propylene glycol monoesters, cellulose gum, cellulose gum, locust bean gum, carrageenan, vitamic A palmitate. Our general rule is that if we can’t even pronounce the ingredients, we should probably stay away from them. Enough said.
So in an attempt to create a similar drink with the same taste that is healthy, cruelty free and low fat, we began experimenting with recipes. Little did we know, it would be SO easy to make this addictive beverage. Once we landed on the perfect portion sizes for this recipe, we made it 8 days in a row! No exaggeration – we are obsessed.
This recipe is completely vegan. It is also gluten free, very low in fat and compliments a high carb, low fat lifestyle really well! It can be made raw by substituting the coconut milk for a raw vegan milk.
The recipe for our Caramel Date sauce included below may be found HERE.
This recipe makes enough for 4 people (approximately 42 ounces), depending on how much you want – I personally love it so much, I have a hard time sharing! The oranges used are large – as seen in the photos below.
If you decide to make this recipe, We’d love to see how it turns out! Please tag us in your photos and use #theveganjetsetter.
- 3 large oranges
- 5-6 tbsp date sauce (linked in post)
- 1 cup coconut drinking milk
- 2 cups of ice
- 1-2 tsp vanilla (to taste)
- Peel the oranges and blend first in a high speed blender.
- Once the oranges are fully blended into juice, add the coconut milk, vanilla and date sauce. Blend on high.
- Add the ice last and blend well.
- Serve/Drink immediately.