Caramelized Pineapple Macadamia Coconut Frozen Dessert


This recipe for coconut frozen dessert is a “15 minutes or less” entry in the Fast & Fresh Dairy-Free Time Trials Recipe Contest, submitted by reader Naylet LaRochelle. For the rich, tropical sauce, she uses Culinary Coconut Milk from So Delicious.

Caramelized Pineapple Macadamia Coconut Frozen Dessert

Fast and Fresh Dairy Free Time Trials Recipe Contest Caramelized with brown sugar and spiked with fragrant ginger and cinnamon, this tropical pineapple and coconut frozen dessert is one to remember. For more details and to enter the recipe contest, see this post:

Special Diet Notes & Options: Pineapple Coconut Frozen Dessert

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan and vegetarian. For a tree nut-free and dairy-free coconut frozen dessert, omit the macadamia nuts.

Caramelized Pineapple Macadamia Coconut Frozen Dessert
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Serves: 4
  1. In a large, nonstick skillet, over medium high heat, add grapeseed oil and ¼ cup light brown sugar. Stir to mix. Add pineapple; sauté until caramelized and golden, about 2-3 minutes per side. Using a slotted spoon, transfer pineapple to a bowl. (Do not drain syrup from skillet.)
  2. To the skillet, add coconut milk, whisking to dissolve sugar. Add ginger paste, cinnamon, and if desired additional sugar to taste. Bring to a simmer; allow to reduce and thicken slightly, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; let cool 2-3 minutes.
  3. Spoon ice cream into dessert bowls. Top with pineapple; drizzle with syrup. Sprinkle with nuts. If desired, garnish with mint leaves.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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