Recently, we shared with you a recipe Disney had released for a “frozen pineapple treat.” Of course they expect us to believe that this is the famous Dole Whip. 😉
It should come as no surprise that our readers LOVE Dole Whip. It won the ultimate Snack Throwdown, after all! But we couldn’t help but notice that something was a bit…off when we looked at Disney’s recipe. So we decided to make sure you had an AUTHENTIC recipe…as well as another totally vegan option…and cover all our “DIY Dole Whip” bases!
Did you know that Dole Whip served in the parks is actually vegan AND gluten-free? The recipe Disney recently shared — using ice cream — isn’t vegan at all. And it isn’t what’s served in the parks.
So we thought we would share two other step-by-step ways you can make Dole Whip at home (you want ALL your options, right?). We have the ingredients and tools you’ll need to whip up your very own “frozen pineapple treat” in a jiffy!
One of these recipes is authentic and will get you exactly what’s served in the parks. The other recipe is much easier, and still vegan, but isn’t what’s served in the parks.
Please note that while we found these ingredients at the locations below, the current availability of some of these products may vary depending on where you live and when you’re reading this!
Method #1: Roll Up Your Sleeves (But Only a Little)
This first method has a few ingredients and tools involved, but the end result is delicious! Now this is the easy-but-not-authentic-but-still-vegan option. It’s basically pineapple flavored banana soft serve. But it IS vegan so if you’re looking to get closer to Dole Whip than the recipe Disney shared, look no further!
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- 1 banana
- 2.5 tsp confectioners sugar
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- Separate 1 cup of pineapple juice into ice cube trays and freeze
- Freeze 1 banana, sliced
- Combine frozen pineapple juice, banana, and 2 1/2 teaspoons confectioner’s sugar in a blender.
- Cover and blend until smooth, gradually adding in your coconut milk and scrape down the sides if necessary.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!
To start, you’ll need one cup of pineapple juice, poured into ice cube trays and frozen. You will also want to slice and freeze one banana (we put ours in a ziptop baggie).
Dump your frozen goodies in a blender and add 2 1/2 teaspoons of confectioner’s sugar! We mentioned this was a frozen SWEET treat, and this is where the real sweetness comes in! If your pantry is currently running low on confectioner’s sugar, we got you covered:
Finally, for the liquid, the recipe calls for 1/4 to 1/2 cup coconut milk, depending on how thick you want your Dole Whip to turn out!
Blend this up and in seconds you should have a soft-serve sweet treat not TOO unlike the real thing! Except it’ll taste mostly like banana. 🙂
Don’t got all the gear needed to make this treat? No sweat! We pulled some of our favorite tools to get you whipping in no time! 😉
For the pineapple juice, you’ll need some ice cube trays to separate it out and freeze it! We have some fun options for you to choose from! The first is this colorful set of ice cube trays for $10.99:
If you’re looking to make your experience even more magical, why not get a set of Disney-themed ice cube trays? We spotted this SUPER ADORABLE Little Mermaid silicone ice cube tray at Target! Grab one for $12.99:
Disney also has a super cute Mickey Mouse silicone ice cube tray. What better way to bring Disney magic into your kitchen than to use Disney cooking tools to create your Dole Whip! This Mickey Mouse & Friends ice cube tray is currently ON SALE for $5.99!
So now you’ll need something to BLEND them all together! In need of a new blender? We found this blender that you can grab online for under $50!
And we simply CANNOT forget about our serving tools! This is where the fun REALLY comes in – may we suggest a set of tiki mugs to serve your Dole Whip in? For starters, we found these cute tiki glasses that make perfect serving bowls for a soft-served treat. You can get this set of 2 for $28.95.
If you want your Dole Whip to truly feel “out of this world” and you have some Star Wars fans in your home, why not serve your frozen treat in a Death Star? We’re serious! Check out this amazing Death Star tiki mug! This 24 oz ceramic mug can be yours for $44.99.
But perhaps you prefer your Dole Whip to be served a little more on the “Light Side.” Fear not, there’s a tiki mug for you, too! Be prepared for the cutest Dole Whip you’ve ever seen when it comes served in this BB8 ceramic tiki mug! This little guy is 20 oz and can be yours for $39.99.
Our final tools of the trade are of course the spoons! While any plain kitchen spoon will do, if you want to elevate this experience, you may want to invest in some longer-stemmed spoons. Luckily we found a set of 6 iced tea spoons for $13.99.
Method #2: “Set It and Forget It”
This is the REAL DEAL, folks. It doesn’t get more authentic than REAL Dole Whip mix. The main ingredient you’ll need for this method of creating Dole Whip is provided by Dole themselves! They actually sell pineapple soft serve mix online. Note that these are larger bags, so be prepared to make LOTS of Dole Whip (which we totally endorse). The only other ingredient you’ll need is cold tap water, and that’s it! This is exactly what happens backstage at your favorite Disney Dole Whip location.
Follow the instructions on the bag and you’ll be on your way to pineapple paradise in no time!
This method of making your very own Dole Whip requires very little effort, but requires more unique kitchen equipment. For this method, you’ll need an ice cream maker. You can pick one of them up for less than $100 (and then imagine all the ice cream you can make at home once you have it!).
One of Disney’s most iconic treats is easier to make at home than you may have thought! With a few simple ingredients, you can feel as though you’re strolling through Adventureland in no time. If you decide to recreate these recipes at home, be sure to let us know how they came out!
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