This healthy summer dessert combines warm grilled pineapple with a fruity coconut milk ice cream. Ready in under 5 minutes, this vegan dessert is a light, sweet and refreshing way to end a meal.
Updated July 6, 2019
We are well into grilling season. I’ll admit. I love grilled foods but you’ll rarely find me with a bag of charcoal, lighter fluid, and a match trying to do it myself. So when someone else is firing up the grill, best believe I’m nearby with an arm full of stuff to grill too.This Piña Colada Grilled Pineapple Dessert is ready in just 5 minutes. #healthydessert
Nothing compares to the flavor you get from grilling outdoors but I’ve been using my indoor grill pans regularly and love that too. Though you miss some of the smoky flavor, the pan helps to caramelize the sugars in foods to create an entirely different experience that’s still really tasty. Fruit is just perfect for indoor grilling. It takes just a few minutes to make the fruit even sweeter than before.
How to grill fruit
- Prepare the grill pan or grill grates of an outdoor grill by brushing with a neutral-tasting oil that can tolerate high heat. I like avocado oil but peanut oil would works too.
- Make sure the grill is hot before adding the fruit.
- Flip the fruit just once. This will ensure solid, well-formed grilled marks and keep the fruit from becoming torn.
- Don’t overcook it. Depending on the thickness of the fruit, you only need 2-3 minutes per side to get a good sear.
Now bear with me on the title of this recipe. I chose to call it Piña Colada Grilled Pineapple because of the flavors. This one doesn’t actually have rum so it’s family-friendly. I struggle with the name because from my Spanish speaking days, I know that I’m being redundant. Piña = pineapple… but I’m rolling with it. Two pineapples are better than one right?
For this grilled pineapple dessert, I grilled 1/2 inch pineapple rings – just a couple minutes per side. Then topped each one with a coconut milk frozen dessert. I know. This is taking the easy way out but store-bought coconut milk “ice cream” is better than the last one I tried to make from scratch. I’ll try again but it’s almost officially summer and I’ve got porch swinging and vacation planning to do!
I hope you enjoy this easy dessert. I’d love to hear what you’re grilling and eating this summer.
Piña Colada Grilled Pineapple Dessert
- 1 medium pineapple, cored, sliced into 8-½ inch rings
- 1 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 cup Pineapple Coconut Milk Frozen Dessert (1/2 the pint)
- 4 small sprigs organic fresh mint
- 1 tbsp Avocado Oil to prep the grill
- Slice and core a medium sized fresh pineapple into about 8 – ½ inch rings.
- Add coconut flakes to a small skillet. Cook over medium heat, shaking or stirring frequently, until the flakes are golden brown. Set aside to cool.
- Heat a grill pan or outdoor grill. Prepare it by brushing the grill lightly with avocado oil so the food won’t stick. Add the pineapple rings to the grill (in batches if needed to avoid overcrowding). Grill on medium-high heat about 3 minutes per side. Flip only once for those pretty grill marks.
- For each person, top two grilled pineapple rings with a small scoop (~ ¼ cup) of the Piña Colada frozen dessert. Sprinkle with toasted coconut and a sprig of fresh mint. Serve immediately.
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