Dairy-Free Dole Whip (Disneyland Copycat)- Danielle Walker

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.  

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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! 

The ingredients

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

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  • Author: Danielle
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 medium frozen banana, sliced
  • 3 cups frozen pineapple, about 1.5 pounds 
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. 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.


Dairy-Free Dole Whip


  1. Lisa says:

    Can I assume I can do this in my Vitamix also, or is there a reason you prefer a food processor?

  2. Heather says:

    Is there any way to do this without the banana? I can’t do bananas but would love to try this.

    • Danielle says:

      You can try it without the banana!

    • Karibeth S says:

      I am allergic to bananas and mangoes, so I am always having to avoid or sub when I can. At Jamba Juice I would always have them sub peaches for bananas (because they were in so many of their drinks!). Not sure if that would work here. But I was just thinking that texture and sweetness-wise, maybe a little baked white sweet potato for the banana?
      I used to like the dole whip at D. But the last time we went, right before C, it tasted artificial. I was so disappointed!
      This recipe sounds like the way it truly should taste. Can’t wait to try it. But w/o the 🍌! 🤣😊

  3. Jamie says:

    Thanks for this recipe! I have longed to try a Dole Whip! Can you recommend anything in place of coconut cream? (Coconut anything sends me into a major UC flare.) I’m curious if something else might create a similar creaminess? Maybe more banana? 🤔 Thanks again!

    • Jenn says:

      SAME!!! I don’t tolerate bananas well either. I replaced bananas with cooked jicama & added 2 Tbsp of tapioca starch to the pineapple juice. It was the velvety consistency of fresh gelato & even my 2yo nephew (who won’t even eat ice cream) loved it!!!

  4. Thea says:

    Can I refrigerate a can of full fat coconut milk and use the hardened cream or is there a whole different product I should purchase? I was just on Maui and there were Dole Whip shops everywhere, lines were too long, so excited to try this!

  5. Vanessa says:

    This turned out fabulous! I used my Ninja high-speed blender, and I just scraped the sides down a few times and it came out perfectly smooth and delicious! Takes me back to Disney!! Thank you for an amazing recipe!

  6. Margaret says:

    Is there another option for the bananas? I just don’t care for them.


    Calories per serving? Nutritional info?

  8. Mona says:

    What could be used in place of coconut he cant have coconut products but this delish.

  9. Sue says:

    This recipe is simply delicious, and it was so quick,easy, and perfect on a hot summer day!! I chose to mix it in my Ninja blender instead of my food processor and it worked great! This one is a keeper!!! Thank you, Danielle for another AMAZING recipe!!

  10. Yolie says:

    What is the substitute for the coconut cream? Am allergic to coconut. Thank you

    • Danielle says:

      Hi! In place of the coconut cream, you can use another creamy element such as almond milk creamer, a banana, applesauce – just be aware that the taste will be slightly different depending on what you go with! Enjoy!!

  11. Lia says:

    So creamy and delicious and easy to make!

  12. Shannon Thompson says:

    I made this in my vitamix and it was phenomenal! I didn’t have pineapple juice, so I substituted coconut water. It was great! I went to Hawaii in February of 2019 and it took me right back. You won’t regret making this refreshing treat, especially after a hot summer’s day.

  13. D says:

    What kind of pineapple juice do you use?

  14. Kathy says:

    Hi Danielle,
    I made this in my Ninja Blender this afternoon. My husband and I loved it!!! This is the first time I have ever had a pineapple whip since I have UC, I could never have one at Disney. Thanks so much for the recipe. I will make this often.

  15. Christine says:

    I agree with Ryan. This is your best recipe yet! Love it so much and it’s so refreshingly delicious, especially in during global warming.

  16. Jan says:

    Can’t wait to make this,just adored it in Hawaii

  17. Cris says:

    Made this today with my 4 year old, she loved it! Did not have pineapple juice so i used fresh orange juice as I happened to have an orange 🙂 made it in the ninja and was so good

  18. Holly M. says:

    My mind is blown! OMG how heavenly!!! This is THE BEST recipe, wow! We made it again for some AMAZING adult beverages too (added rum) and it was a hit to say the least. I cannot believe how yummy this is :))))

  19. Kat says:

    Sorry for the late review. I made this when you first posted the recipe. I’d never heard of or had a Dole Whip, but it looked so good I had to try it. Quick, easy, fantastic, just perfect for those hot summer days. I’m making up my summer menu plan and this is being added.

  20. Patti says:

    This is a great summer recipe! I used my food processor and turned it great. Mine made alot more than 4 servings though. Maybe I measured the pineapple wrong bc had to add more liquids. I have alot in the freezer for later! Mmmmm

    • Danielle says:

      It’s one of our favorite summer recipes – it always takes me back to Disney! Thank you so much for this review and your support!

  21. Rachel says:

    This is much better than the Dole Whip found at the local ice cream shop which has 14-21 natural but mostly unnatural ingredients, depending on the flavor. Dole/Kent Foods has fooled so many people with their “healthy” advertising. That was a huge letdown for dairy free people like myself but this recipe is off the charts amazing!

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