This Dairy-Free Dole Whip is a great way to say “happy official start to summer”! A few weeks ago Ryan and I took the kids to Disneyland to celebrate the end of the school year and the pre-launch of my latest book, Food Saved Me. It was a trip that was originally planned pre-covid, so we were all very excited to finally be there. Disneyland is one of our favorite places, and some of my fondest memories involve this magical theme park – from date nights with Ryan in college, first introducing Asher to the happiest place on earth, and most recently, watching Kezia’s face light up at seeing Mickey and Elsa! And on this trip, we finally tasted a Dole Whip next to the Tikki Room for the first time ever!
When creating recipes for my 5th cookbook, I knew I wanted to re-create a Whole30, dairy-free and sugar-free version of this recipe and I am thrilled to be able to share this sneak peek!
Pineapple Whip is like a mixture of soft-serve ice cream and sorbet. The original recipe is frozen fruit, ice cream, fruit juices, and sugar…a LOT of sugar. This paleo and Whole30 compliant Pineapple Whip contains only 6 simple whole ingredients and no added refined sugars! It’s a refreshing treat for a hot summer day that will help you stay cool.
Ryan’s top 5 recipes
When I was testing this recipe for my 5th cookbook, I asked Ryan to taste test it for me. He immediately called it “heaven in a bowl” and practically asked me to make it every night during the second half of quarantine. Ryan then declared this his absolute favorite recipe and it’s 1 of the 5 recipes he deemed worthy of learning to make himself! He claims this recipe can make any bad day turn into a good day, each bite brings a fresh smile, a new perspective and literal happiness. I find it hilarious that after all the recipes I have tested over the years, this extremely simple recipe was the one that got the biggest stamp of approval from Ryan!
This recipe for Dairy-Free Dole Whip calls for just 6 very simple ingredients. Bananas, pineapple, coconut cream, pineapple juice, lemon juice, and vanilla extract! The bananas help balance out the tart flavor from the pineapple and lemon juice. It also helps give it that creamy texture along with the rich coconut cream. The vanilla extract gives it a subtle depth in flavor that adds a good balance of savory to the sweet fruit. This is definitely a recipe that the whole family will enjoy!
This recipe is best enjoyed fresh, but if you would like to make a big batch of this and store in the freezer until needed that works too. I would recommend letting it sit and defrost slightly and then use your immersion blender or handheld electric mixer to mash it up and break up the ice.
I hope you love this recipe as much as Ryan and my kids love it! If you are looking for more desserts to stay cool this summer you can try my recipes for Watermelon Pineapple Ice Pops, Homemade Firecracker Popsicles, or my recipe for Dairy-Free Fudge Pops.
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Dairy-Free Dole Whip
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Cuisine: American
- Add the banana, half the pineapple, coconut cream, pineapple juice, lemon juice, and vanilla extract to a 10 to 12 cup food processor. Process until mostly smooth, about 5 minutes, then add the remaining pineapple and continue processing until very smooth and creamy, 2 to 3 minutes longer. If large chunks of pineapple persist, use the pulse function on the food processor and pulse 8-10 times until they break up. Continue processing until smooth. Serve immediately.
Make it ahead: Eating this fresh gives the best, creamy texture, but you can freeze and enjoy later if desired. I suggest allowing it to melt a bit on the counter – 15 to 20 minutes. And often times, I will use an immersion blender or handheld electric beaters to re-blend and make it less icy.
Keywords: paleo, disney, disneyland, disneyworld, dole whip, Danielle Walker, gluten free, against all grain