Creamsicle Orange Sherbet is my favorite orange sherbet recipe. It's made with fresh orange juice and buttermilk, which gives it a creamsicle-like flavor. This refined sugar-free ice cream is sweetened with honey so you can feel good about eating it. Go ahead, have another scoop!

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Making a creamsicle sherbet wasn’t my intention. Really, it wasn’t.  Not that there is anything wrong with creamsicles, it’s just that was I had intended was a little, well, fancier. This post was supposed to be titled, Orange Blossom Buttermilk Sherbet. But how could I call it that when it tastes just like a creamsicle?

This is summertime, backyard ice cream at its best. It’s refreshing, light and reminiscent of childhood favorites. The buttermilk adds a little tangy flavor which is why I think this ended up tasting just like a creamsicle.

And the best part? Other than the taste, of course. This is a healthy ice cream recipe. There's no heavy cream or whole milk in sight and sweetened with just enough honey so you still know you're eating a dessert.

Orange creamsicle sherbet in a container with an ice cream scoop making a ball of ice cream on top.

How to make orange sherbet

Making this orange sherbet recipe is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

  1. Whisk the honey and orange juice with water until the honey dissolves.
  2. Stir in the buttermilk.
  3. Pour it into your ice cream maker.

See how easy it is to make orange sherbet?

What does orange sherbet taste like?

The best thing ever!

If you have fond memories of eating creamsicles as a kid then you will love this orange sherbet. It's tangy and refreshing and has just the right amount of orange flavor.

Because this is a sherbet (as opposed to orange ice cream) it is lighter in texture. It reminds me a little of a slightly creamy snow cone. It's delicious!

Three bowls of orange sherbet on a blue background waiting to be eaten.

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Creamsicle Orange Sherbet

Creamsicle Orange Sherbet is my favorite orange sherbet recipe. It's made with fresh orange juice and buttermilk, which gives it a creamsicle-like flavor. This refined sugar-free ice cream is sweetened with honey so you can feel good about eating it. Go ahead, have another scoop!

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • ¾ cup honey
  • 2 large navel orange zest and juice (about ¾ cup)
  • 1 ½ cups buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon orange blossom water, optional, see notes

Instructions 

  • In a large bowl, whisk the water, honey, orange zest, and orange juice until the honey has completely dissolved.
    1 cup water, ¾ cup honey, 2 large navel orange zest and juice (about ¾ cup)
  • Add the buttermilk and, if using, the orange blossom water, and stir to combine. Cover the bowl and place it in your fridge until it is cold.
    1 ½ cups buttermilk, 1 tablespoon orange blossom water
  • Process it in an ice-cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

No Churn Method

  • Pour the cold ice cream into a shallow dish and put it into your freezer. After 1 hour, remove the dish and scrape the ice cream with a fork and mix it around. Continue letting it freeze for an hour then scraping and mixing it two more times.

Notes

Note: prep time does not include the time it takes to freeze the ice cream.
You'll find orange blossom water sold for a couple of dollars in most grocery stores. It's also available on Amazon here, although it's a little more expensive than in a store. The ice cream is delicious without it, but adding it really brings out the creamsicle flavor.
Serving: 1 serving = ½ cup, Calories: 135kcal, Carbohydrates: 31g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 5mg, Sodium: 50mg, Potassium: 124mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 30g, Vitamin A: 121IU, Vitamin C: 12mg, Calcium: 57mg, Iron: 1mg
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