11 Fun Dessert Ideas to Try With Pineapple
When you think of pineapple, there are probably a number of things that cross your mind, such as the funny shape of the spiny, sweet and juicy fruit, a tropical paradise, or of course a personal favorite of ours, Pineapple Upside Down Cake. Pineapple is so much more than meets the eye, and it can be used in and to create a variety of delectable desserts!
Eating this succulent fruit is good for you in a number of ways, such as its rich content of nutrients, antioxidants, enzymes, and other components that go a long way in helping combat inflammation and disease. According to several scientific studies, eating pineapple has been found to aid in digestion, helping to boost immunities, and even cutting recovery time significantly after surgery among many other benefits. Daily consumption can also boost metabolism and help with the nourishment of hair, skin, and nails, and teeth among many other benefits.
So all in all, it’s not a bad idea to incorporate a little more pineapple into your diet, and we’ll show you how in one of our favorite ways – a list of eleven fun dessert ideas to try with pineapple!
Make a Pineapple Crisp
Fruit crisp recipes are some of the easiest and most delicious desserts to make, and using pineapple as the main fruit is definitely a winner! Its sweet juiciness is the perfect complement to the buttery, brown sugar and cinnamon, crispy topping. Serve soon after bringing it out of the oven with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream for a perfect hot and cold, creamy and crispy sensation with an amazing symphony of flavors.
Serve it On Top of Ice Cream
Wait, before you pour a can of crushed pineapple onto your vanilla ice cream (although that’s not a bad idea either), we recommend grilling some fresh pineapple rings and serving them on top of vanilla ice cream with a drizzle of caramel syrup. Grilling the pineapple brings out its natural sugars, thus making it even sweeter. The sweetness of the fruit, plus the slight charring it will get in places from being grilled, then the caramel drizzle on top will take your vanilla ice cream to a whole new level.
Whip Up a Pina Colada Pie in a jar
Looking for a dessert that will transport you right to the tropics? Well, look no further than this fun layered concoction made from pineapple, buttery graham cracker crust, and whipped cream cheese, all topped off with some toasted flaked coconut. Layer all of the ingredients in small jars for a great dessert with friends for an evening by the pool or at any backyard barbeque.
Bake Some Pineapple Bread Pudding
If you’re a fan of bread pudding, then take this one down because you can most certainly incorporate some of this wonderful, juicy fruit into your next batch! This rich, thick, comforting dessert is definitely a favorite during the colder months of the year, however it’s great anytime, and adding some pineapple to the mix adds a bit of tangy sweetness. Throw in some pecans for added texture and flavor!
Freeze Some Fruity Pudding Pops
For this creamy, fruity, summertime dessert, simply puree pineapple, bananas, and vanilla pudding, then pour the mixture into popsicle molds or in the old fashioned way with a cup and a popsicle stick and freeze them. Just like that, you’ve got a simple, delicious little tropical dessert guaranteed to cool you off!
Mix Up Some Pineapple Delight Bars
Incorporate some pineapple into your next family function or bake sale in a totally non-traditional way by making these delicious bars. With the winning combination of a buttery shortbread crust, a divine pineapple and cream cheese filling, and a toasted coconut and pecan topping, it’s going to be hard to stop at just one of these tangy, yet tantalizingly sweet bars.
Make a Batch of Pineapple Upside Down Fudge
Yes, you read that right, the famous cake has inspired a fudge, too! In order to make the fudge, you’ll need some sweetened condensed milk, a yellow cake mix, white chocolate chips, chopped canned pineapple, and some maraschino cherries with the stems removed. Be prepared for a rich, creamy, fudgy texture with all of the classic flavor of Pineapple Upside Down Cake to blow your mind!
Bake a Hummingbird Cake
If you’ve never heard of Hummingbird Cake, today is the day you’re going to learn all about it! A personal favorite of the writing staff, this moist, delicious cake that is a truly tasty treasure is made with crushed pineapple, mashed bananas, chopped pecans, cinnamon, and topped with a rich, decadent cream cheese frosting that just brings all of these flavors and textures together!
Prepare a Pineapple Cherry Dump Cake
Pineapples and cherries, like many other classic combinations, just go together so well, and this sinfully simple dessert is no exception! Canned crushed pineapple, cherry pie filling, a yellow cake mix, some butter, and optional nuts are all that is required to make this sweet, sticky dessert that goes so well with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream.
Whip Up Some Skinny Pineapple Cheesecake Bars
Looking for a pineapple dessert that will be kind to your waistline? This may be the one you’re dreaming of! Made with a classic graham cracker crust, light cream cheese, non-fat, plain Greek yogurt, eggs, sugar, pineapple juice, pineapple, and cherries, these cool and light little bars would be awesome for a pool party or any other fun outdoor social gatherings, especially for those who may be trying to watch their waistlines.
Blend a Pineapple Smoothie
A simple dessert that you can drink, Pineapple Smoothies only require frozen pineapple and bananas, coconut milk, honey, and just a touch of vanilla extract. Whip some of these up for a cool sipper on a hot day, and of course anyone of legal age can also add in a little of their favorite alcoholic beverage to make it a more potent dessert.
Get Your Pineapple On!
We hope that our list of eleven fun dessert ideas to try with pineapple has inspired you to try to get some more pineapple into your diet, and that you try some of our suggestions or even branch out and find some on your own to try!