As far as no bake frozen desserts go, this recipe for creamsicles with graham cracker crumble is a dream! Orange Creamsicle Bars are made from just a few ingredients and they require no hot oven, making them perfect for the warm summer months to help you beat the sweltering summer heat.
The best part? These popsicles are topped off with a simple graham cracker crumble. These Creamsicles with Graham Cracker Crumble are summer dessert perfection!
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Classic Summertime Snack
Orange creamsicles remind me of summertime when I was a kid. We'd always get them on the boardwalk on a hot summer day.
My favorite was (still is!) the classic creamy orange flavor swirled with vanilla ice cream. In this easy recipe, the fresh flavor of classic creamy orange is paired with graham cracker crumbs, reminiscent of a buttery graham cracker pie crust (but way easier!).
Now you can put these Creamsicles with Graham Cracker Crumble together at home without having to make a special trip to the boardwalk or even to the frozen aisle at the grocery store.
No-Bake Dessert for Summertime
If you choose to forego a popsicle mold, you can use good ol' paper cups and popsicle sticks.
Blend or puree until well mixed and that's all! Pour into the molds and freeze until mostly frozen. Then, top with graham cracker crumble, insert the popsicle sticks and freeze until completely frozen.
Domino® Golden Sugar is less-processed, made from pure cane sugar, and works cup-for-cup just like white sugar. It has a beautiful golden color and a distinct hint of molasses flavor that brings just the right amount of rich sweetness to these creamsicle pops.
The graham cracker crumble is also super easy to put together. Start by crushing the graham crackers into smaller pieces.
In a small bowl, mix together graham cracker pieces, browned butter (can be substituted for melted butter), Domino® Light Brown Sugar which helps give this topping a rich, caramel flavor, and a dash of salt.
Don't worry, the salt won't make the topping salty by any means. The salt provides balance to the brown sugar in this delicious topping that tastes like a buttery graham cracker crust.
Ice cream bars make for easy recipes perfect on a hot day or for your next summer bbq. As much as my kids love to hear that ice cream truck coming down the street on a summer night, I certainly don't like paying the extra cost they charge for those individual ice cream bars.
Looking for more great ideas for summer recipes? Give these popular recipes a try:
Tips for making these Creamsicles with Graham Cracker Crumble
- Keep everything cold throughout the process. I would recommend placing the popsicle mold in the freezer before you begin making the creamsicle mixture. And, keep the orange juice and greek yogurt chilled in the fridge until ready to use. This will help the creamsicles set quicker and reduce the risk of melty mess while you're preparing these pops
- Similarly, allow the graham cracker crumble to come to room temperature before adding to the semi-frozen bars. Placing hot or warm crumble on top of the semi-frozen bars will likely result in the graham cracker crumble settling on the bottom of the molds, which will be the top of the popsicles when they're unmolded. No bueno
- The orange juice can be substituted for orange juice concentrate. Follow package directions to mix and use in the recipe as directed
- Browned butter is super easy to make, however, if you are short on time, feel free to substitute with melted unsalted butter in the graham cracker topping
- Garnish with orange slices or orange zest, if you're feeling fancy!
Can these Creamsicles with Graham Cracker Crumble be made with different kinds of oranges?
Sure! For a fun twist, try using mandarin oranges or even blood oranges instead of navel oranges in this recipe
How can I make striped creamsicles like those pictured?
To make striped creamsicles, you will need an additional ½ cup of orange juice. Start by preparing the creamsicle mixture as directed in the recipe and place in the fridge to chill.
Next, add 1 tablespoon orange juice to popsicle molds and freeze for 20 minutes. Remove from the freezer, and add 2 tablespoons creamsicle mixture to each popsicle mold, stirring a bit before pouring into the molds. Freeze for 20 minutes.
Repeat twice, alternating between plain orange juice and creamsicle mixture, chilling creamsicle mixture and orange juice in the fridge between freezings.
How can I easily unmold the creamsicles from the popsicle mold once fully frozen?
Good question! The method I like to use for unmolding is as follows: Fill a tall glass with warm water.
Dip the frozen popsicle mold into the water for about 10 seconds, being careful not to dip the entire popsicle, only go about ¾ of the way up towards the popsicle stick.
Remove from the water and tug gently on the popsicle stick while pulling the mold away with your opposite hand.
What can I use if I don't have popsicle molds?
You can use paper cups as popsicle molds instead of a mold. To unmold the popsicles, dip in warm water for 10 seconds, about ¾ of the way to the rim of the cup, being careful not to get water into the popsicles. Gently tug on the popsicle stick while pulling the cup away with your other hand
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- 1 cup orange juice store-bought with no pulp or freshly squeezed and strained for pulp (from 3-4 large navel oranges)
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons Domino® Golden Sugar
Graham Cracker Crumble
- ⅓ stick unsalted butter
- 4 sheets graham cracker broken into small pieces
- 1 tablespoon Domino® Light Brown Sugar
- pinch kosher salt
- Prepare creamsicle mixture: Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend / puree until well combined. Pour into popsicle molds, leaving 1 inch of head room and freeze for 30-40 minutes or until set but not frozen solid
- In the meantime, prepare the graham cracker crumble. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the butter 5-7 minutes till golden. In a medium bowl, mix graham cracker pieces, brown sugar, and salt. Add browned butter and mix until evenly coated. Allow to cool before using
- Once creamsicles have set, sprinkle tops of popsicles with graham cracker crumble. Insert popsicle sticks and freeze at least 2 hours or until completely frozen
- To make the stripes as seen in some of these photos: Start by preparing the creamsicle mixture as directed in the recipe and place in the fridge to chill.To make striped creamsicles, you will need an additional ½ cup of orange juice. Next, add 1 tablespoon orange juice to popsicle molds and freeze for 20 minutes. Remove creamsicle mixture from the fridge and stir. Add 2 tablespoons creamsicle mixture to each popsicle mold, freeze for 20 minutes. Repeat twice, alternating between plain orange juice and creamsicle mixture, chilling creamsicle mixture and orange juice in the fridge between freezings
- To break graham crackers into small pieces, place the graham crackers in a sealed ziplock bag, with as much air removed as possible. Take a rolling pin or mallet (flat side only) and gently pound on the graham crackers to break into pieces
- The orange juice can be substituted for orange juice concentrate. Follow package directions to mix and use in the recipe as directed - Browned butter is super easy to make, however, if you are short on time, feel free to substitute with melted unsalted butter in the graham cracker topping
- Did you know popsicle sticks can be reused? Simply wash with warm soapy water, rinse well and allow to air dry
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