Orange Creamsicle Frozen Yogurt

Just like the creamsicle bars you ate as a kid, but with a bolder flavor and more tangy bite. [Photograph: Vicky Wasik]

The classic creamsicle gets an upgrade with tangy yogurt and a big jolt of orange zest to bolster the fruit's bittersweet citrus edge.

Why this recipe works:

  • Full-fat yogurt brings a balance of acidity, creaminess, and fruity flavor to the dessert.
  • Using both orange juice and zest emphasizes the flavor and aroma of fresh orange.

Orange Creamsicle Frozen Yogurt

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About This Recipe

Yield:makes about 1 quart
Active time:30 minutes
Total time:30 minutes plus 4 to 6 hours chilling
Special equipment:ice cream machine


  • 1 1/2 cups full-fat plain yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice from 4 large oranges
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest from 1 large orange
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice from 1 lemon, or to taste
  • Kosher salt


  1. 1

    Whisk together yogurt, orange juice, zest, and sugar in a mixing bowl until sugar has completely dissolved. Add lemon juice and salt in 1/4 teaspoon increments, until flavor tastes balanced between sweet and tart. Chill in an ice bath or refrigerate until yogurt registers at least 40°F on an instant-read thermometer.

  2. 2

    Churn yogurt in ice cream machine according to manufacturer's instructions. Transfer ice cream to airtight container and chill in freezer for at least 4 to 5 hours before serving.

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