Not only smooth and creamy but also healthy, this pina colada nice cream is a deliciously fruity frozen treat that makes a great family friendly dessert or snack! It's vegan and alcohol free but you could add a dash of rum if you wanted!
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Who doesn't love a frozen sweet treat? It's even better when it's a healthy one! And when it's something the whole family will enjoy then yes, that's definitely the best.
This pina colada nice cream is inspired by a holiday in Mexico long before we had children. I drank a lot of pina coladas and ever since then, it's been my favourite cocktail.
This homemade nice cream may not have any alcohol in it but the flavours of coconut and pineapple are enough to transport me somewhere tropical.
What Ingredients are in Pina Colada Nice Cream?
Well, the main ingredients are coconut cream, frozen fresh pineapple chunks and frozen bananas. Ok, I know that pina coladas don't have banana in usually. But, the bananas are what help to make this healthy ice cream smooth and creamy.
I've also added lime juice to give it a touch of acidity and a bit more tropical flavour.
What about the rum?
Well, I know that pina coladas normally contain rum but trust me, they are just as tasty without. And this pina colada nice cream is still evocative of a pina colada even without the rum.
Can you add rum to nice cream?
Oh yes, if you are making this for tropical nice cream for adults then yes, add some rum. I wanted my children to enjoy it too so my pina colada nice cream is totally family friendly and alcohol-free.
If you do want to add some rum I would suggest adding three tablespoons. The rum will also help prevent the nice cream from freezing quite as hard if you are saving it to eat later.
Can you use rum extract?
If you want a hint of rum flavour but still want the nice cream to be kid-friendly then you can add a little rum extract instead of rum. Half a teaspoon would be enough for this recipe.
Do you have to freeze the nice cream after blending it?
If you want a soft scoop ice cream then you can eat it straightaway. There is no need to freeze it. If you have any leftovers then just freeze them.
I often prepare the nice cream a couple of hours before we are going to eat it and then freeze it for a short time so it is not too soft but not rock solid either!
How long can you freeze nice cream?
Nice cream stores well in the freezer for up to three months. However, it does go very very hard. So, when you want to eat it, it is best to take it out of the freezer for half an hour before serving.
How can you adapt this healthy tropical vegan nice cream?
In addition to the ways I've mentioned above and adding rum you can also make a few more variations.
If you want a sweeter nice cream then add a tablespoon of honey to the blender.
If you're a fan of mint in your pina colada then add some mint leaves to the blender.
What can you eat with pina colada nice cream?
I love fruity desserts and so love to eat this nice cream on top of a tropical fruit salad or just with some sliced bananas. However, it is delicious just by itself.
When to eat this healthy ice cream?
If you're looking for a lighter dessert then it is a great option. It's easy to make and you can make it ahead so it's perfect as either a midweek treat or as a healthy dinner party dessert option.
As it's vegan and gluten-fee it's also suitable for most diets too.
What equipment do you need to make this nice cream?
I used my Froothie Evolve high speed blender to make the nice cream. It's fantastic as it has a sorbet function which is perfect for frozen desserts as you can put frozen fruit directly in the blender. I've also used it to make this blueberry banana nice cream.
It can also cook soup from scratch like in this smooth and creamy vegan spiced leek and potato soup.
If you do want to know more about the Froothie Evolve then do check out my recent review post. I am a Froothie Ambassador which means if you buy through my Froothie Evolve Affiliate Link* I can offer an extra 2 years warranty to bring the total warranty to 7 years.
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Can you make this Nice Cream with any blender?
If you don't have a Froothie Evolve then don't worry, you can still make this pineapple nice cream. You can use another high speed blender or a food processor.
If you don't have a very powerful blender then you can blend the fruit and then freeze it rather than trying to blend the frozen chunks of fruit.
More Healthy frozen treats
If you're looking for some healthy frozen dessert recipes then why not try one of these:
For even more inspiration then check out my collection of homemade frozen desserts.
Pina Colada Nice Cream
- Froothie Evolve or other Power Blender
- 2 bananas sliced and frozen
- 300 g pineapple peeled, diced and frozen
- 250 ml coconut cream
- 1 lime juiced
- The day before you plan to make the nice cream, prepare the bananas and pineapple and freeze them. I put them on some non-stick baking paper on a baking tray in a single layer. When they have frozen I transfer them to a bag or airtight container until I need to use them.
- If using the Froothie Evolve then put all the ingredients in the blender jug and select the sorbet function. Use the tamper tool to push down any frozen lumps that are not blending. If you are not using the Froothie Evolve you may need to use the pulse function on your blender. You may also need to keep stopping and removing the lid to scrape the contents down the side of the jug.
- Check that the nice cream is smooth and there are no lumps. If there are a few lumps of frozen fruit then blend for a little longer.
- Transfer the nice cream to a freezer proof container. Use the spatula to scrape out the nice cream that's at the bottom.
- Serve immediately or put in the freezer for later.
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