Grilled Pineapple made Allergy-Friendly with Brown Sugar, Rum, and Spices


This wonderfully easy grilled pineapple dessert is a bit like bananas foster, but without butter, with more spices, and with fresh pineapple instead of bananas. It’s a naturally dairy-free, gluten-free top allergen-free, and vegan-friendly, treat for adults! If preparing for kids, you can substitute fresh pineapple juice for the rum, and perhaps add a little buttery spread to the sauce as it simmers, to bring the flavors together.

Grilled Pineapple with Brown Sugar, Rum, and Spices - Naturally dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, and allergy-friendly dessert recipe

Special Diet Notes: Allergy-Friendly Grilled Pineapple Dessert

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, oil-free, vegan, plant-based, top allergen-free, and vegetarian.

For paleo grilled pineapple, you can substitute coconut sugar for the brown sugar.

Grilled Pineapple with Brown Sugar, Rum, and Spices
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Please note the Prep time is hands-on time only. Allow time for the pineapple to marinade. You can prepare it a day ahead.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8 servings
  • 1 fresh pineapple
  • ¼ cup rum
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  1. Peel the pineapple and cut out the center core. Slice the pineapple into 8 rings, and place them in a shallow glass dish or resealable plastic bag.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the rum, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Pour the mixture over the pineapple, cover, and refrigerate for 1 hour, or overnight.
  3. Preheat a grill pan over medium high heat.
  4. Grill the pineapple rings for 15 minutes, turning once, or until the outside is dry and char marked.
  5. Pour the remaining marinade in a small pot, and simmer for a few minutes to thicken it slightly.
  6. Serve the pineapple with the sauce on the side, and see below for more serving options.
Serving Suggestions: You can top the rings with a scoop of vanilla dairy-free ice cream in the center, and drizzle with the sauce. Or top the pineapple with a dollop of coconut whip, or simply a sprinkle of powdered sugar.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 thick slice + sauce Calories: 97 Fat: .1g Saturated fat: .1g Carbohydrates: 21.4g Sugar: 17.5g Sodium: 12mg Fiber: 1.5g Protein: 1.1g

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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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