Dole Whip is a tropical treat exclusively available at Disneyland’s Adventureland. It was invented by the fruit producer corporation Dole in 1986, to be sold at Disney parks. We know what you’re thinking. A frozen treat created in the 80’s by a mega-corp, in a deal with another mega-corp? That has to be unhealthy, if not borderline dangerous. But wait! Before you judge this iconic treat by its cover, did you know it’s actually vegan and can be made with two gorgeous, natural ingredients? If that sounds too good to be true, read on.
Homemade Dole Whip Recipe
This recipe couldn’t get any easier. Simply combine
4 cups frozen pineapple chunks
1 cup coconut milk (full-fat or light, your choice. See below for details on coconut milk)
How to Make It:
Dump the ingredients in a blender or food processor, and puree until smooth. Since the mixture is fairly thick, you may need to scrape down the sides periodically.
To serve, spoon it into small bowls or cups. If you prefer a firmer texture, stick it in the freezer for fifteen to twenty minutes before serving.
This recipe serves 4-6, providing 200-300 calories per serving. Furthermore, these two ingredients are nutrient powerhouses, making this treat even more guilt-free, and great for kids of all ages.
Health Benefits of Pineapple
Pineapple is rich in phenolics, flavonoids, and other radical-scavenging phytochemicals, making it a good go-to source of antioxidants3. Pineapple contains a unique enzyme called bromelain. Bromelain has been confirmed to have anti-inflammatory and antithrombotic properties.2 In other words, it soothes inflammation and helps prevent clots from forming in the bloodstream. It also makes a good source of vitamin C, Thiamin, copper, and dietary fiber.4 Pineapple is an exceptional source of manganese, with one serving of the above treat providing close to 100% of your daily manganese needs. Manganese is an important micronutrient for brain and bone health. It also helps regulate blood sugar and the metabolism5.
Health Benefits of Coconut milk
While it’s higher in fat content than coconut water or cow’s milk, coconut milk mainly contains good fats, such as lauric acid. Lauric acid is a medium-chain fatty acid that helps lower cholesterol7. Coconut milk is also a great source of magnesium, phosphorous, copper, and manganese, making this treat a double whammy when it comes to manganese needs.6
Be sure to hit the share button if you like this recipe. For more coconut milk recipes, try this decadent raw honey chocolate mousse. Or, if you’re looking for more tropical flavor, try these pina colada muffins.