Real vegan Pineapple Dole Whip made at home in the Ninja Creami using Dole Pineapple Soft Serve Mix. This pineapple frozen soft-serve tastes just like the Dole Whip you get at the Disney parks but you can make it at home in your Ninja Creami Ice Cream Maker!
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Is Dole Whip vegan? You bet it is! But there are two things we need to get out of the way before we go further down this delightfully nostalgic frozen pineapple dessert path:
- This is NOT healthy Dole Whip dessert made from pure whole fruit fresh pineapple, frozen pineapple chunks, coconut milk, and the like. Sorry, it just isn’t…BUT…
- This is as close as you are going to get to the authentic Disney Dole Whip of your dreams! That’s right, this is the stuff you make a special trip to visit the famous Mouse just so you can get a taste of! So don’t read on if you don’t want your childhood memories dashed into pieces. BECAUSE…
Was anyone else under the impression that Disney Dole Whip was actually made of fresh pineapple, frozen and blended into the soft-serve frozen pineapple masterpiece that we all loved and craved? ME TOO! I hate to burst your bubble, but the Dole Whip we have all come to know and love is really made from a powdered mix! Learn more about why everybody loves Disney Dole Whip in this informative article by Bon Appetit.
In fact, you can even buy the powdered mix on Amazon and make your own dairy-free Dole Whip at home. (I’m sure there are other methods to make this frozen pineapple dessert, but I use my Ninja Creami, and wow, does it turn out smooth, creamy, and so authentic tasting!)
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Disney Pineapple Dole Whip Ingredients:
Again, this is not like the healthy recipes you see using real pineapple chunks, pineapple juice, canned coconut milk, and such. Those recipes are out there. In fact, I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before I post one on Veggie Fun Kitchen…so stay tuned!
In fact, this is almost embarrassing, but you only need two simple ingredients…
- Dole Pineapple Flavored Soft Serve Mix – You might wonder if it’s crazy to buy such a big bag of mix for one little dessert. If you are a fan of Dole Whip, I promise that you will make this frozen dessert over and over again!
- And for this recipe, you are going to need the Ninja Creami Ice Cream Maker– I’m sure there are other ways to freeze and process this simple dairy-free recipe. But today I am focussing on the one device I can promise will deliver absolutely creamy and smooth results!
How to make pineapple Dole Whip at home with the Ninja Creami
Again, embarrassingly simple. But do read on for some tips and tricks that I’ve worked through so that you will get the best homemade Dole Whip too!
Step 1: Measure and mix
Just measure out one-half cup of mix into one-and-a-half cups of water. Then mix mix mix! Just whisk together with a fork (or an actual whisk) until it’s all mixed up.
Step 2: Freeze
Pour the mixed pineapple solution into the Ninja Creami pint container and freeze. The hardest part of this recipe when making it in the Ninja Creami is the wait. According to Ninja, everything needs to freeze for 24 hours before processing. I have found with the Pineapple Dole Whip made with the powdered mix, twelve hours is enough. Just make sure it is frozen solid before processing.
I often have more than one pint of Ninja Creami recipes in the freezer at a time. So that I remember what is in each container and when I can process it, I place a piece of tape on the top of the lid and write the recipe name and the date/time I froze it. That way I will know for sure. You can buy extra pint containers on Amazon or direct with Ninja.
Step 3: Time to process!
It’s pineapple Dole Whip time! Remove the frozen pint container from the freezer and get ready to process. It should be frozen pretty solid by now and be ready to go. The following directions are based on my experiences. You should definitely consult the manufacturer’s directions in the owner’s manual that came with your Ninja Creami for the best results.
The first time you process using the Creami, you should watch the video recommended by Ninja. It will get easier the more you do it. Here is a recap:
- Remove the pint container from the freezer and remove the lid.
- Place the frozen pint container into the outer processing container or bowl that came with your device.
- Insert the blade/paddle device into the outer-bowl lid and lock the lid assembly.
- Place the bowl assembly onto the motor base pad. Make sure it is plugged in and twist it up until it locks.
- You will know it is locked because the lights will turn on when you press the on-switch. If you’ve not done it correctly then the “install” light will be flashing.
- Process this recipe using the “Lite ice cream” setting. Remove from the device following the directions that came with your machine.
What might go wrong?
I have never had it happen with the Dole Whip made from the frozen mix before. But, after processing, it might look dry or powdery on top. Sometimes you will see little frozen balls instead of creamy Dole Whip. This could be because your freezer is too cold.
If this happens then put the lid with blade assembly back on. Reinsert and process on “re-spin”. After that, your Dole Whip should be nice and creamy – like you’d expect Dole whip to be!
You can make a Dole Whip float as they do at the parks with pineapple juice or a sparkling beverage. I tried to be fancy with my Dole Whip and used a piping bag with a large star tip to pipe it into the crystal dishes. BIG MISTAKE!
This frozen Dole Whip recipe freezes SO COLD using the Ninja Creami that my hands absolutely froze frying to pipe it out! The end result was truly beautiful; BUT if you decide to do this too, use a cloth piping bag or wear winter gloves of some sort!
Storing the leftover Dole Whip recipe
This recipe serves four one-half cup servings. I don’t know about you…but that is more like TWO servings for me and mine. (And is a good reason to make double and have two frozen pints in the freezer at all times!)
If you do have leftover dole whip then flatten the extra out and freeze right in the Ninja Creami pint container. If it freezes too hard to easily scoop, you can process it again using the Ninja Creami and it will be good as new! This is the beauty of using this miracle ice cream machine.
For some more Vegan ice cream, sorbets, and other frozen desserts from Veggie Fun Kitchen, try:
- Frozen Yogurt with Banana (also using the Ninja Creami)
- Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream (also using the Ninja Creami)
- Orange Sorbet – No Churn
- Lemony Peach Popsicles
- Watermelon Sorbet in the Ice Cream Maker
- Easy Coconut Lemon Ice Cream
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Vegan Dole Whip Pineapple Recipe for the Ninja Creami
- NInja Creami
- ½ cup pineapple flavored soft serve mix see notes
- 1½ cups water
- Whisk together one and a half cups water and one-half cup Dole Pineapple Flavored Soft Serve Mix. See notes for Amazon link.
- Put into the Ninja Creami pint container. Secure the lid and free upright for 24 hours.
- Remove from the freezer. Insert the ninja processing paddle into the lid. Place the frozen pint container into the processing container. Twist and lock the lid into place. Set onto the Ninja Creami pad, plug in and twist up to lock into place.
- Turn the machine on. If you not inserted everything correctly the "install" light will be blinking. Try again. When all is installed correctly, process on "lite ice cream".