Real Food Pineapple Whip Recipe (Like Dole Whip)

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The first time I made this pineapple whip, I had no idea how much it resembled a certain famous dessert. I was just trying to make pineapple sorbet! I’m not sure how I got lucky the first time I tried making it, but I do know:

  • I love pineapple
  • My kids love pineapple
  • I was trying to make frozen pineapple taste as delicious as fresh pineapple and this recipe was born!

Now the recipe lives on as one of our favorite real food summer desserts.

What Is Pineapple Whip?

One day I made this pineapple whip after a friend and I took our kids to the pool. She declared that it tastes very similar to the pineapple magic served at theme parks. At the time I’d never been, so 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! It’s a cool and refreshing treat perfect after a hot summer day at the beach or playing in the backyard.

The best part:

No baking, no ovens, and no junky ingredients. In fact, it is one of my easiest recipes of all time. It’s creamy thanks to healthy and nourishing fats from coconut milk, and sweet from the golden goodness of fresh pineapple.

Is It Like Dole Whip?

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

No pineapple on hand and need some more healthy dessert inspiration? Find all my favorite summer desserts here. My next summer dessert experiment will be this frozen yogurt bark. I haven’t tried it, but it checks all my boxes for a simple, healthy treat.

How to Make Pineapple Whip

All you need is a high-speed blender (one of my favorite pieces of kitchen equipment), some frozen pineapple, and coconut milk. It’s even better with a squeeze for fresh lime to balance the tart and sweet flavors.

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Real Food Pineapple Whip Recipe (Like Dole Whip)

Delicious homemade pineapple whip with just three simple ingredients. A fresh and light summer treat!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Calories 109kcal
Author Katie Wells




  • 2 cups frozen pineapple
  • ½ cup coconut milk (homemade or canned, or other milk)
  • 1 tsp lime juice (optional)


  • Add all 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.
  • As soon as it is smooth, remove and scoop into individual serving cups.
  • Serve and eat immediately.
  • Enjoy!


Nutrition Facts
Real Food Pineapple Whip Recipe (Like Dole Whip)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 109 Calories from Fat 65
% Daily Value*
Fat 7.2g11%
Saturated Fat 6.3g39%
Sodium 5mg0%
Carbohydrates 11.7g4%
Fiber 2.2g9%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 0.7g1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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 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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What do you like to make for quick desserts? Will you try this?

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


50 responses to “Real Food Pineapple Whip Recipe (Like Dole Whip)”

  1. Desiree Avatar

    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!!!

    1. Rita Avatar

      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.

  2. Melissa Pender Avatar
    Melissa Pender

    5 stars
    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!) 🙂

  3. Rachel Avatar

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

    1. Rachel Avatar

      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. 🙂

  4. Cherise Avatar

    5 stars
    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! 🙂

  5. Sarah Avatar

    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!

    1. Heather Avatar

      5 stars
      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.

  6. Sharon Avatar

    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!

  7. Kim Avatar

    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.

    1. Rikka Zimmerman Avatar
      Rikka Zimmerman

      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.

  8. Phyllis Avatar

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

  9. Maria Avatar

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

  10. Rikka Zimmerman Avatar
    Rikka Zimmerman

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

  11. Sheron Avatar

    5 stars
    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!

  12. Renee Avatar

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

  13. Lani Avatar

    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.

  14. Rebecca Avatar

    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.

      1. Terrisa Sharp Avatar
        Terrisa Sharp

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

  15. amy Avatar

    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!

  16. Joyce Avatar

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

    1. Rainah Avatar

      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!

      1. Tracy Avatar

        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.

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