Healthy Mandarin Orange Popsicles! Forget processed ingredients and dyes, our new favorite popsicles just hit the scene and you won’t want to miss them!
Simple, flavorful, and delicious, these Healthy Mandarin Orange Popsicles will keep you cool and refreshed all summer long. Beat the summer heat with this tasty treat that you can feel good about enjoying all summer long!
Whole Food Plant Based, Vegan, plant based, oil free, refined sugar free, no highly processed ingredients and gluten free.
Hi there, Ameera here!
Mom and I were all about creating delicious popsicles for summer enjoyment. This tasty treat is hard to beat. Yasmeen absolutely loved it. Be sure to check out Yasmeen’s favorite below. We have a line-up of whole food plant based popsicles coming your way!
You gotta give this one a try!
Tips for Success:
- Flavor Profile: These Healthy Mandarin Orange Popsicles are a Whole Food Plant Based nod to orange popsicles using canned/jarred mandarin oranges. Deliciousness never tasted so good with the yummy frozen treat on a hot summer day.
- Healthy Popsicle: If you are looking for popsicles that taste like a traditional orange popsicle then perhaps pass on this recipe. Those processed popsicles are made with high fructose corn syrup and are full of artificial flavors and often times, dyes. These homemade popsicles are made from real fruit and use maple syrup as a sweetener.
- Mandarin Orange Flavor/Orange Extract: These popsicles are made with mandarin oranges so they are flavored accordingly. The flavor is subtle as mandarin oranges flavor is lighter than an orange, yet still tasty. If you are looking for a stronger orange flavor, feel free to add orange extract. We tried them both ways, with and without the orange extract. We enjoyed the extra flavor from the orange extract.
- Yasmeen’s Favorite: 3 – [ 11 oz. cans ] mandarin oranges (in 100% fruit juice), ¼ cup + 1 Tablespoon maple syrup, ½ cup light coconut milk, ¼ teaspoon vanilla, ¼ teaspoon + several drops orange extract. This recipe made 8 popsicles.
- Sweetness: These popsicles are very lightly sweet. You can easily increase the sweetness by adding more maple syrup.
- Sweeteners: We used pure maple syrup; however, you can substitute with your favorite sweetener with the understanding that the flavor and/or texture may be impacted accordingly.
- Mandarin Oranges: We used jarred/canned mandarin oranges in 100% fruit juice. Feel free to use fresh mandarin oranges as long as you take the time to remove all the pith as the pith will create a bitter aftertaste.
- Canned Light Coconut Milk: We used light unsweetened coconut milk from the can. Light Unsweetened Coconut Milk is Whole Food Plant Based compliant, full fat unsweetened coconut milk is not.
- Number of Popsicles: The number of popsicles that this recipe makes is directly proportional to the size of the molds used. Popsicle molds come in all different sizes and shapes. This is our favorite popsicle mold. We also filled them to nearly the top of the mold.
- Smoothy Alternative: If you are looking for an Orange Smoothy, simply pour the mixture into an ice cube tray and place into the freezer for two hours. Once the mixture is frozen, place in a high-speed blender, then blend on high until smooth. Serve.
- Sorbet-Like Alternative: If you are looking for a “sorbet-like” dessert. You can follow the instructions for making the Smoothy Alternative above, then place the Smoothy mixture into a freezer container, place in the freezer for several hours just until almost completely frozen, stir and enjoy.
- In a Hurry Removal: Loosen the popsicles from the mold by tugging on the individual sides of the popsicle mold (if silicone) on all sides to loosen, then gently place a blunt-ended knife down the sides to loosen. This only works on silicone molds, be careful not to poke a hole in your popsicle mold.
Leftovers and Freezing:
Keep treats frozen up to 3 months.
- Mandarin Oranges: We used a 23.5 oz. jar Dole Mandarin Oranges in 100% fruit juice. We also used 2 to 3 – 11 oz. cans. Feel free to use your favorite jarred or canned mandarin oranges or use fresh mandarin oranges (with all the pith removed).
- High speed blender (or food processor)
- Popsicle mold
- Popsicle sticks
Simple, flavorful, and delicious, these Healthy Mandarin Orange Popsicles will keep you cool and refreshed all summer long.
- 1 – [ 23.5 oz. can/jar ] mandarin oranges, drained *
- 1 to 3 Tablespoon pure maple syrup
- ½ cup light unsweetened coconut milk (from can)
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla (optional)
- ¼ teaspoon orange extract (optional) *
- Place all the Ingredients into a high-speed blender, blend on high until smooth.
- Pour into popsicle mold, add sticks, and freeze at least 8 hours or until completely frozen.
- To remove from popsicle mold, remove the popsicle mold from the freezer, allow to sit for 4 to 6 minutes at room temperature, or dip into warm water to loosen.
- Store remaining popsicles in individual freezer bags and return to the freezer.
*Please reference the blog post for Tips for Success, Pantry Items Used, Storage and Freezing, and Kitchen Products Used.
*Servings: Makes 7 to 8 frozen treats
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