Dole Whip Popsicles (Paleo & Vegan!)
Homemade Dole Whip Popsicles – Your favorite Disneyland Dole Whip turned into healthy homemade pineapple popsicles! This one is naturally sweetened, has 3 ingredients, and is paleo & vegan approved!
Since I’m not going to Disneyland or Disney World anytime soon, can we talk about our favorite Disneyland treats for a minute? In my pre-gluten free life, I was all about a warm churro and the amazing corn dogs (yeah, I know, corn dogs. But have you TRIED THEM?). I loved the soft Mickey pretzels and the chocolate-dipped bananas, and well, anything I could get my hands on.
- Related: Homemade Chocolate Dipped Bananas (Just like Disneyland!)
It wasn’t till I was an adult, however, that I tried my first Dole Whip. (Whaaaat!? I know!) Turns out, they’re totally worthy of their amazing reputation. Creamy pineapple soft-serve ice cream that tastes amazing AND is dairy-free! You can bet we’ll never again visit without having a Dole Whip.
But, in between Disneyland trips, I’ve got exactly the recipe to get my fix: homemade Dole Whip popsicles!
DOLE WHIP POPSICLES = DOLE WHIP IN POPSICLE FORM!
Dole Whip Popsicles have all the creamy dreamy deliciousness of the original Dole Whip, just in popsicle form! Of course, you could totally eat these as “soft serve” after blending the ingredients together (see my directions below!), but I love that I can make a big batch of popsicles once that we can enjoy all week long. Plus, you know my love affair with a good popsicle in the summer…
Dole Whip popsicles have an intensely pineapple flavor since the whole recipe is based on pineapple. (You can use fresh pineapple or frozen pineapple!) Next, we get lots of creaminess from just a little coconut milk and a tiny bit of added sweetness from a little honey or maple syrup. Then, all you need is a quick blend and a freeze, you’re in business!
So, while it won’t be *quite* the same as sitting on a bench in the sun enjoying a Dole Whip in Adventureland or strolling through the magic kingdom, these Dole Whip popsicles will certainly give you those summery Disney vibes you miss. (Especially if you play Disney music while eating them. Just saying.)
FAQ + TIPS & TRICKS FOR THE BEST DOLE WHIP POPSICLES.
MY FAVORITE POPSICLE MOLD – Every time I post a popsicle recipe, I get asked about my mold. I own many different ones, but this is my favorite popsicle mold. It’s got 10 slots and has a lid that holds the sticks in place while you freeze them (so handy!).
HERE’S HOW TO MAKE POPSICLES WITHOUT A POPSICLE MOLD. If you don’t have a popsicle mold or aren’t ready to buy one, you can still totally make homemade popsicles. You’ll just need small paper cups + popsicle sticks + foil. Pour the popsicle smoothie mixture into the cups (leaving a bit of room at the top to allow for expansion), cover the cups with foil, and poke the popsicle sticks through. (The foil will help hold the sticks in place as they freeze.) Then, pop the cups into the freezer (putting them on a plate or tray to stay upright helps!) and freeze 3-4 hours or till solid. Then, just peel the cups away and dive in!
CAN I JUST MAKE A DOLE WHIP INSTEAD? Yep! If you’re making “nice cream” or soft-serve, I recommend using a food processor and frozen pineapple over fresh. You can get by using less coconut milk in a food processor with frozen pineapple than you can in a blender, so you’ll get that nice soft-serve texture, rather than it turning into a smoothie.
A TIP ABOUT COCONUT MILK. I highly recommend using canned full-fat coconut milk in this pineapple whip popsicles recipe. It’ll give you the best creamy texture and you’re really not using a lot for the whole recipe. If you *must* use a lower fat version, I recommend lite canned coconut milk over the refrigerated/carton stuff. The ready-to-drink/carton coconut milk will be very thin and will give you more ice-y pops rather than a creamy popsicle. PS – Looking for coconut milk without any gums? Natural Value has only coconut + water!
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Dole Whip Popsicles (Paleo & Vegan!)
- Total Time: 5 Min + 3-4Hrs to freeze
- Yield: about 10 popsicles 1x
Your favorite Disneyland Dole Whip turned into a healthy homemade popsicle. Don’t miss the directions for making soft-serve style Dole Whips in the notes section!
- 4 1/2 cups diced pineapple (fresh or thawed frozen–not canned)
- 1/2 cup full-fat canned coconut milk (more, if needed)
- 1–2 Tbsp pure maple syrup or honey (optional)
- Place pineapple chunks, 1/2 cup coconut milk, and syrup/honey (if using) into your blender.
- Purée until completely smooth and no lumps remain, adding more coconut milk if necessary to blend.
- Taste and add additional syrup or honey as needed, blending again to combine.
- Pour the pineapple whip mixture into popsicle mold, insert sticks, and freeze 3-4 hours or until completely firm.
- To release from popsicle mold, run mold under cool water (not warm water or they’ll melt!) for a few seconds and use a side-to-side motion to release popsicle from the mold.
- Store leftover popsicles in an airtight bag or container in the freezer.
Can I Just Make a Dole Whip Instead? Yep! If you’re making “nice cream” or soft-serve, I recommend using a food processor and frozen pineapple over fresh. You can get by using less coconut milk in a food processor with frozen pineapple than you can in a blender, so you’ll get that nice soft-serve texture, rather than it turning into a smoothie.
A Tip About Coconut Milk – I highly recommend using canned full-fat coconut milk in this recipe. It’ll give you the best creamy texture and you’re really not using a lot for the whole recipe. If you *must* use a lower fat version, I recommend lite canned coconut milk over the refrigerated/carton stuff. The ready-to-drink/carton coconut milk will be very thin and will give you more ice-y pops rather than a creamy popsicle.
PS – Looking for coconut milk without any gums? Natural Value has only coconut + water!
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Category: dessert, popsicles
- Method: blender, freezer
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: popsicles, pineapple, dole whip, healthy popsicles, pineapple, coconut, vegan, paleo
I need these popsicles in my life asap! They look amazing!
Thank you Paige! I LOVE them!
Thank you for the recipe! Should I attempt to blend the separated cream into the watery part of the coconut milk prior to using it in this recipe, or should I only use the separated cream? Thanks!
I usually shake the can to combine the cream/water so i can use both parts. If that’s not an option, I’d grab a little of each when it’s open!
Thank you! Sorry for the duplicate questions, it didn’t appear to post the first time so I posted again.😌
Thank you for the recipe! Should I blend the thick cream into the watery part of the coconut milk prior to using, or should I only use the thick cream? Thanks!
Hello! We met in the produce section at Walmart yesterday, and I just wanted to let you know I actually stopped by your website! It’s beautiful, and I’m excited to keep snooping around. Thank you for the inspiration! 🤗
It was so nice to meet you! I hope you find something you love! 😊
Wow these popsicles are fantastic!!! So sweet and creamy. My four year old and two year old are loving them, and my 8 month old got to try some of the smoothie base before it froze. All three are in heaven!
Oh hooray! It’s always great when something is a hit with EVERYONE in the family!!!
can i make a popsicle without the coconut milk?
Tina – You will likely need something to blend it with. You can substitute water, pineapple juice, or any milk you drink (dairy, almond, rice, soy, etc.) if you can’t do coconut milk.
Delicious and easy! We blended the extra with ice for a “nice cream” treat.
Great idea! I’m so glad you loved it! 🙂