One of my son's best friends is allergic to dairy. So when I used to decorate elaborate birthday cakes for my son's birthdays, I'd always incorporate something non-dairy into the cake design for him. Usually it was something involving rice krispies. But last year I thought I'd try my hand at vegan baking.
When my son tried the vegan cake he asked me if we could buy a birthday cake instead. OUCH! Granted, I was trying to do it while on vacation, in someone else's kitchen and had never even attempted vegan baking in my life prior to that. It was still an obvious fail. And clearly, I have a long way to go if I'm ever going to become good at vegan baking. But since I am already really good at freezing stuff, when those friends recently invited us over for dinner, I decided to make this No Bake Vegan Orange Creamsicle Pie for dessert.
This is the ultimate summer pie and although it was supposed to be warm spring weather when I brought it to the dinner, it wasn't. In fact, it snowed and yes, it was May (insert sobs here). But who cares, right?! Frozen desserts are great in any weather! It really is no different than eating ice cream all year 'round. And who doesn't do that?
Despite the cold temperatures outside, this non-dairy frozen dessert was a hit and was devoured in no time!
For this recipe, you'll need:
- orange juice
- cultured coconut milk *this is a great vegan substitute for yogurt
- orange extract
- Nutriwhip or dairy-free whipped topping
- canned mandarin orange segments
- Oreo baking crumbs
💭Dairy-free Dessert Recipes
So, if you are looking for dairy-free dessert recipes, beware...they're not easy to find, especially if you want them cold and creamy. And the challenge is to get it to taste like it's not dairy-free so everyone else will want to eat it too! But if you didn’t know it, you'd have no idea this pie is dairy-free. My kids were drooling over it and have begged me to make it again and again. Honestly, I'm really not that crazy about orange creamsicles to begin with and even I LOVED this Orange Creamsicle pie! But I think it's the combination of the ice creaminess of the filling and the Oreo cookie crust that stole my heart... Obviously. It's chocolate and chocolate makes everything better, right? Well, it certainly made this Orange Creamsicle pie even better than it already was.
Oreo Baking Crumbs are diary-free!
I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Oreo baking crumbs are dairy-free! So go ahead and use them in your dairy-free dessert recipes! I mixed the crumbs with vegan margarine for the crust and that's it- 2 ingredients! Easy Peasy. And this rich and chocolately pie crust is the perfect base for this luscious orange creamy filling. Although you have to spend a little time reducing the orange juice and honey in this recipe to create that full-bodied orange flavor, it's time well spent. Trust me.
This year my son will be getting some form of this dairy-free frozen pie for his birthday; he has already requested it. For now, I'm staying away from vegan baking and playing to my real strength - freezing stuff! So if you're looking for the ideal summer dessert that's also dairy-free, you will love the Orange Creamsicle Pie!
📋 Orange Creamsicle Pie Recipe
- 1 cup Oreo baking crumbs
- 2 tablespoon vegan margarine, melted * I use Becel brand - it's easy to find!
- 3 tablespoon honey
- 1 cup orange juice from concentrate or fresh
- 1 ½ cup cultured coconut * I use Silk brand - it's easy to find at most grocery stores
- ½ teaspoon orange flavor/ extract
- 1 ¾ cup Nutriwhip or dairy free whipped topping * I use Nutriwhip because I know it freezes well
- ½ 10 oz - can mandarin orange segments
- ½ 10 oz - can mandarin orange segments
- ½ cup Nutriwhip or other dairy free whipped topping *I use dairy-free coconut whipped cream (spray bottle)
- 1 tablespoon Oreo baking crumb sprinkles
- Spray 9 inch pie pan with non- stick cooking spray. Mix Oreo baking crumbs and melted butter until they cling together. Press into bottom pie pan (only the bottom, not the sides!) Refrigerate for 10 - 15 minutes. Meanwhile, make the filling.
- Heat orange juice and honey in a sauce pan, and heat it over a medium until reduced by half (stirring regularly).
- Once the mixture of honey and orange juice has been reduced by half (to a viscous syrup), for about 25-30 minutes, remove it from the heat and allow it to cool to room temperature.
- In a large mixing bowl, add the cultured coconut with the orange extract. Whisk the cooled orange juice syrup into the mixture. Then fold in the whipped topping and whisk until just combined.
- Pat ½ can of the oranges dry with paper towel and then gently stir into mixture with a large spoon.
- Pour the orange creamsicle mixture over the Oreo pie crust and freeze for approximately 6-8 hours or overnight.
- Before serving, garnish with orange segments (patted dry), nutriwhip or coconut whipped cream(spray bottle) and sprinkle on Oreo baking crumbs
📋More Dairy-free Recipes
This recipe is part of The Country Cook's Weekend Potluck!