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Pineapple Dessert: Pina Colada Split

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This frozen, no bake recipe for Pineapple Dessert: Pina Colada Split combines coconut and pineapple for a dessert to remember!

Two years ago, I had the absolute pleasure of taking an amazing trip to Kauai. It was life changing.

Pineapple Dessert Ice Cream Split

The scenery, the people, the food — each moment and experience was more incredible than the last. The entire trip was absolute perfection.

Kauai Hawaii

One of the best parts of the trip: the fresh pineapple. I’ve never tasted anything so amazing in my life. I think I had pineapple with every meal. Not to mention the snacks in between. 😉


I seriously couldn’t get enough fresh pineapple.

Pineapple became a representation of life lessons learned while on Kauai. A year after my trip, I actually got a pineapple tattoo on my shoulder as a reminder of what shifted inside me while traveling.

Back home, I was going through a particularly challenging time in my life. Away from regular life, I had a fresh perspective. I was able to reflect and think about what I really wanted in my life.

Kauai was the first time in years that I felt truly peaceful. That I felt brave. That I felt like I could be strong enough to change things in my life I didn’t love.

Not to mention the incredible experiences we had while on the island: hiking, swimming in waterfalls and kayaking to name a few.

When I got home, there were big changes in my life. A complete 180. It’s been a challenge, but also the most rewarding thing I’ve done as well. I’ve found that good things are always hard.

Whenever there is a particularly tough day, I look down at my shoulder at my little pineapple and remember the lessons I learned on Kauai. Pineapples have become a representation of bravery and boldness for me.

And of course, I look for any excuse possible to eat pineapple as regularly as possible! 🙂 I’m especially always on the look out for desserts with pineapple. Because that’s just perfection.

Sometimes creating a special treat means slowing down, being intentional and taking a deep breath. My day to day life is hectic and it’s important to take those moments to create treats for myself and my boys.

As a busy mom, making those treats happen requires a little planning ahead.

That’s where Walmart’s Make Meals That Do More comes in to help. Their Unilever products and recipes help me create meals, snacks and desserts that are both time and budget friendly. Both necessities in my world.

Have you tried Walmart’s Grocery Pick Up yet? I highly recommend it! It’s an excellent way to get your favorite ingredients delivered straight to your car without any hassle. It’s a big time saver for me. You’ll also be impressed with the freshness and quality of the products.

I’m definitely not the only one in my house that loves fresh pineapple. My boys do too — which makes this pineapple boat recipe a great choice for us.

Pineapple Ice Cream

Let’s talk about this amazing pina colada split! It’s like a pineapple split and pineapple sundae collide into the perfect world. It features ice cream, a main food group in my household. 😉

Did I also mention how easy it is to make? Because it only takes about five minutes. Every busy mom’s dream come true!

Another thing I love about this simple recipe is how beautiful and colorful it is. It totally reminds me of being on Kauai, where everything is vibrant, bright and gorgeous.

Pina Colada Ingredients

I had my fair share of pina coladas  while on vacation. Some even served inside pineapples. With little umbrellas and fun straws. Oh, perfection. I consider myself a little bit of an expert on the topic, in fact. 😉

Pina Colada in a Pineapple

A classic pina colada features pineapple, along with coconut cream plus both light and dark rums. For our recipe, we’re skipping the rum and creating a coconut and pineapple dessert.

Pineapple Split

How to Make a Pineapple Boat

Don’t be intimidated while creating this pineapple dessert. It’s so easy to make a pineapple boat! First, you’ll cut your pineapple in half, lengthwise. You’ll want to use a melon baller to scoop the inside out, leaving about a 1/2 inch border. Save those bite size pineapple balls for our recipe!

Pineapple Dessert

Although, I usually do pop a couple into my mouth, because who can resist fresh pineapple? Not me. 😉

My boys like to help use the melon baller while we make this recipe. It’s a great way to have them help me.

If you want, you can also make the pineapple boats ahead of time and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.

How to Make a Pina Colada Split

Breyer's Natural Vanilla Ice Cream

Scoop Breyers® Natural Vanilla Ice Cream and the pineapple balls evenly into the pineapple boat.

Easy Pineapple Dessert

Next, you’ll toss together coconut and lime zest to sprinkle across the top and then top with cherries. Serve immediately!

Pina Colada Sundae

Next time you are looking for an easy pineapple dessert, make this pina colada split inside a pineapple boat — your tastebuds will thank you!


Pineapple Dessert: Pina Colada Split

  • Author: Spaceships and Laser Beams


  • 1 small pineapple
  • 2 cups Breyers® Natural Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 2 cups toasted flaked coconut
  • 1 tsp. grated lime peel
  • 6 maraschino cherries


1. Cut pineapple in half lengthwise. Remove core. Use a melon baller to scoop out bite-size chunks of
pineapple, leaving 1/2-in. border.
2. Scoop Breyers® Natural Vanilla Ice Cream and pineapple pieces evenly into each pineapple boat.
Toss together coconut and lime zest and sprinkle over pineapple. Top with maraschino cherries. Serve
3. Make-Ahead: Pineapple boats can be refrigerated for up 24 hours.

Pineapple Dessert: Pina Colada Split

Layne Henderson

Layne is a boy mom in love. Surrounded by three adventurous little men, she's in pursuit of an empty laundry basket, the perfect cup of coffee, and sleep. She blogs, parents, and manages social media while wearing her tiara.