Real Food Pineapple Whip Recipe (like Dole Whip)

Real Food Dole Whip Recipe

One of my favorite hobbies is trying to recreate recipes I try and love, like this amazing seafood bisque that was popular at a local restaurant in our town that closed. Yeah, I know… super exciting hobby.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I must admit that this is a recipe that I did not recreate, as it is based on the famous Dole Whip, which I have never actually gotten to try.

What I do know:

  • I love pineapple
  • My kids view pineapple as the best dessert ever
  • I was trying to make frozen pineapple taste as delicious as fresh pineapple and this recipe was born

What is Pineapple Whip?

I actually had no idea what on earth Dole Whip was, as apparently this is a treat served at Disney parks and other select areas. The idea of taking six small children to any theme park sounds more like Dante’s inner circle than a fun vacation when the kids are this young.

Thus, I’ve never been to Disney with my kids and none of us have ever tried the famous Dole Whip.

So how do I know this recipe tastes like it?

Here’s how:

I have a friend who is the connoisseur of all things Disney. She goes every year with her kids. She gets invites to their special themed parties. They have more pictures, pins and apparel than the actual parks do.

Like Dole Whip…

One day, I made this pineapple whip because we were all swimming with our kids and she declared that it tastes very similar to the pineapple magic served at theme parks.

Of course, this prompted a search of what on earth Dole Whip was and a realization that I had accidentally made this treat with real-food and allergy safe ingredients.

So now, this pineapple whip (or pineapple clouds as my three-year-old calls it), is a favorite summer treat at our house.

The best part:

No baking, no ovens and no junky ingredients. In fact, it is one of my easiest recipes of all time.

If you’ve tried the real thing, I’d love to hear your opinion of this! If you haven’t- just enjoy this in all its amazing pineapple-ness without need for petty comparisons!

How to Make Pineapple Whip

Real Food Dole Whip Recipe

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Real Food Pineapple Whip Recipe (like Dole Whip)

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Yield 3 -4 servings

Delicious homemade pineapple whip with just three simple ingredients. A fresh and light summer treat!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice (coconut milk is great in this recipe)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add ingredients to high speed blender or food processor and blend until smooth. It is very important that the pineapple is frozen or this will not work.
  2. As soon as it is smooth, remove and scoop into individual serving cups.
  3. Serve and eat immediately.
  4. Enjoy!

Notes

This is not a recipe to make ahead of time and it should be served immediately to get the soft-serve ice cream texture. The pineapple naturally makes a creamy texture and and is amazing as long as it is served right away. It can be stored in the freezer for a few minutes but will freeze solid if left too long.

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  1. My favorite is frozen blueberries smothered with heavy cream when the ice cream craving hits. Yum!

    • I’ve just gotta try this pinapple whip! I bet it’s amazing!!! — as for frozen blueberries…..: Personally, I love frozen blueberries as is…. not the ones from the freezer section, but blueberries purchased in season when they are lower in cost. Rinse them. Freeze them on a tray, bag them, and eat them as is…….. so fabulous! — but then, I don’t love blueberries just any old way. I love frozen blueberries & blueberry muffins – but that’s about it…. (as a child, they were my favorite food at our favorite restaurant…., but times have changed, and so has my diet……). I am planning on trying blueberry salsa though……… as per Rachael Bryant’s new cookbook…… but I bet I try this pineapple whip first!!! Come to think of it, we even have a pineapple in the fridge right now that just needs to be chopped up and eaten! I think it can take a run through the freezer first!!! I can hardly wait!

      • A tip I read from Driscoll’s berries newsletter is to wash your blueberries after freezing to keep the skins from getting nasty like they normally do after freezing. I tried it this year but haven’t used them yet. I probably won’t wash them though. I get them from the Farmer’s Market, so I know my source and think a bit of garden dirt is healthy for you. 😉
        My kids would probably love this. I am allergic to pineapple. It makes the roof of my mouth peel and bleed. That’s awful because I love pineapple.

    • How do you make that?

  2. Sounds amazing!

  3. I’m guessing you could probably do this with any frozen fruit

    • I’ve done it with Mango :O sooo good…

  4. One of our local amusement parks here in Pennsylvania, (Dutch Wonderland) serves the infamous Dole Whip & I must admit, it is craveable! I WILL be trying out your recipe soon, would love to have “Dole Whips” without refined sugar. Thanks for the simple recipe, yay!

  5. sounds delicious…we’ll be trying it!

  6. Sounds delicious! Will be trying soon.

  7. Can you buy frozen pineapple or do you freeze your own? I don’t think I’ve ever seen it in the store. But then I haven’t been looking for it either.

      • Awesome I have a fresh pineapple I will cut up amd freeze so i can make whips tonight thanks 🙂

  8. Dole whip comes from Hawaii. It was fiervrst served at the Dole Plantation Park and is a huge hit, not surprised it’s being sold at other major attractions. Since I don’t make it home to Hawaii often, I will definitely give this a try.

  9. Delicious. I was craving ice cream but this was such a refreshing substitute. Will be making again.

  10. This is great! I’ve been making variations on this for years with my ever so old champion juicer!! I’ve used frozen coconut milk or frozen vanilla yogurt and loved it! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Have never had Dole Whip, but definitely going to give this a try. Sounds delightfully refreshing.

  12. Yes, I’ve done this with different fruits before. Great natural dessert with ingredients we have on hand usually anyway!

  13. Wellness Mama you mention that coconut milk works well in this recipe but is canned coconut milk?

  14. Canned coconut milk or the kind in the carton?
    I’m assuming the canned kind would be richer and creamier but also higher in fat.

    • But it’s a good kind of fat and the coconut milk beverages I’ve seen that come in a carton usually have a bunch of additives/questionable ingredients.

      • Yes they do. So does almond milk sold in cartons.

  15. Yes! I have been eyeing pineapples and thinking “too much work, today”, but this sounds so inviting. I don’t think my Yonana can handle it, but definitely the big blender! I’m 69, and the kids are all grown up with kids of their own, but I read your e-mails at every opportunity! Great home tips/cleaning recipes! I also forward it to young friends. You are doing great!

  16. Easiest looking Dole whip like recipe I’ve seen! As a Walt Disney World cast member, I thank you for recognizing that six small kids at the Disney parks is not exactly a vacation. I see sooooo many meltdowns, both parent and child, that you just know it wasn’t as amazing as it could be and will forever affect their Disney memories. ? We look forward to having you visit someday in the future! Back to the recipe, we’ve got pineapple at home… I may have to pop it in the freezer and give this a try!

    • We went on four-day passes when my daughters were 5 and 3. it was hot, and the kids were tired and cranky most of the time. On day two the older one had a meltdown and screamed, “They don’t show these lines on TV!” On day four she begged us not to make her go back. She wanted to stay in the resort pool.

  17. I love soaking a couple of pitted medjool dates in the coconut milk before blending and then add the frozen pineapple. It adds a bit of extra sweetness and dates are so so good for you! 🙂

  18. Has anyone tried this recipe with evaporated milk? Any ideas on how it will come out?

    • In case anyone’s wondering, I did try it with evaporated milk. It came out a very nice texture, but I don’t recommend it because the tastes don’t complement each other very well.
      I can imagine that coconut milk would be wonderful, though, as mentioned. 🙂

  19. Literally just made this for my husband and I and it’s awesome! Thank you for making Paleo so much easier for him! (I personally love our new diet, but he is not a fan!) 🙂

  20. I’ve never had or heard of Dole pineapple whip either, but our local county fair has a soft serve pineapple whip cone that is to die for, and I always used to look forward to it, as nothing else could compare. We actually make an almost identical version with just frozen pineapple and coconut milk. Now I’ll have to try it with the lime juice. This is absolutely one of my favorite treats. When pineapple goes on sale for $0.99 I’ll stock up. I try to keep some in the freezer at all times! I also discovered a great hint (thanks to my own procrastination). I always noticed that fresh pineapple would burn my lips and mouth, my 4 children also complained of the same thing. Once, unintentionally, I kept putting off cutting up some pineapple we had, and by the time I did it had turned a pretty orangey yellow color, not a hint of green left on it, there was even a wee bit of mold on the very bottom (which I cut off, of coarse). It was by far the sweetest one I’d ever had and did not burn our mouths at all! Since then I’ve found that if in my impatience to eat some pineapple, I cut it open before it turns that beautiful orangey color and all sign of green has disappeared, it is never as sweet and rich tasting and it will burn our mouths every time (punishment for not waiting!) It’s so worth the wait for this though. Before Paleo I was a huge sherbet and ice cream lover and unless it’s chocolate I’m wanting this kicks the craving every time!!!

    • My lips and mouth would burn and itch as well. Until I went to the Dole pineapple plantation. The reason they do this is because some pineapples contain more citric acid than others. It is best after you cut a pineapple to quickly run it under cold water or dip it in a small bowl of water. They recommend always rinsing the inside of a pineapple.

  21. Amazing and simple to make ! Thank you.

  22. 40 weeks pregnant and needing some pineapple, in the middle of summer! This was just the ticket! Thanks Katie!

  23. We do this with bananas, also, adding less milk to the ratio, just a few TBSP to about four bananas to give a creamier texture. I have some very ripe mangoes now in the freezer to try with that. My daughter and her husband actually buy extra bananas specifically to freeze. He sometimes adds peanut butter to his. My homemade chocolates also are good with the frozen dessert. They are made with monkfruit and stevia (Dr. Mercola’s recipe from that website).

    Back to the pineapple, don’t forget to juice the core where most of the bromelain is which is a great tenderizer. I mix that juice with some siracha (some like it hot!) and some salt and seasonings like rosemary, marinate chicken that is cut up even overnight and it is just as tender as can be. I usually cook the chicken pieces on my panini press, being careful not to overcook. My husband ALWAYS raves about that chicken. I am sure the juiced core can be mixed with any seasonings of your choice. I can imagine this would work for lamb, also.

  24. How do u freeze pineapple? Cut it up i chunks?and freeze. T U

  25. I have never had Dole Whip so I’ve no comparison. But I made this recipe and thought it was really bland. Maybe my pineapple wasn’t sweet enough. Not really sure but it had very little flavor.

  26. I love Dole Whip, but this doesn’t taste like Dole Whip. There is no “tang” or much flavor to this. It tastes like it is still missing ingredients. As it is, it just tastes likes frozen pineapple purée. I’ve watched uTube videos with this same recipe and I just don’t get it. It doesn’t even taste close to what makes Dole Whip special.

  27. I’ve never had Dole Whip, but I love pineapple so I wanted to try this. My blender struggles with thicker textures so I had to add extra milk – I just used whole cow’s milk. I did use the lime juice as well as some plain Greek yogurt. That added a nice tartness to balance the sweet pineapple. This recipe is great for taming a sweets craving without going too far off track nutritionally. It made all the time I spent cutting and freezing a whole pineapple worth it 🙂

  28. This looks wonderful! I’ve never had the Dole Whip either, but I don’t think I’d need to after enjoying these pineapple clouds! Pineapple is a total favorite around here, so I know this would be gobbled right up. Thanks for sharing! <3

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