Gluten & Dairy Free Orange Dream Pops

Remember sherbet pops? Now you can make them at home without artificial colors, flavors and fillers. For easy preparation, pour the creamy orange mixture into Popsicle molds and freeze. For a fluffy texture, churn mixture in an ice cream maker, as instructed.

MAKES 8

  • ⅓ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin or ¾ teaspoon agar agar powder (not flakes)
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons honey or agave nectar, more to taste
⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • 3 cups unsweetened coconut milk (not lite)
  • Zest of 1 medium orange, finely grated
  • 1 teaspoon natural orange flavoring or orange extract, optional
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons orange liqueur, optional

Instructions

  1. Place ⅓ cup juice in a small saucepan. Slowly sprinkle with gelatin or agar powder. Let stand for 2 minutes until gelatin softens and dry spots disappear. Warm over medium-low heat without stirring until dissolved. Scrape the mixture into a food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Add honey or agave and salt. Blend. Add orange juice concentrate and coconut milk. Blend until smooth, stopping to scrape sides with a spatula. Add orange zest and orange flavoring, if desired. For a sweeter taste, add additional honey, 1 tablespoon at a time, to taste.
  3. Pour mixture into wide-mouth jars. Cover and chill for at least 6 hours before churning or cool more  quickly using an ice bath.
  4. Scrape the chilled custard into the canister of an ice cream maker. Add optional orange liqueur. Churn according to manufacturer’s instructions. Serve immediately or spoon into several freezer- safe containers. Cover and freeze for 3 hours or more. Soften solidly frozen dessert by placing it in the refrigerator for 30 to 45 minutes or on the counter for 15 to 30 minutes before serving.

TIP For lower sugar content, use ¼ cup honey or agave nectar with ¼ to ½ teaspoon pure stevia extract powder or ½ to 1 teaspoon clear stevia liquid.