Tropical Grilled Pineapple with Coconut Cream Dipping Sauce aka Pina Colada Dessert (vegan)

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Sometimes I get my inspiration from the craziest places… this one came from a TV show where the characters were drinking Pina Coladas on a tropical island while they were lounging on the sandy beaches and the crystal clear blue water was sparkling in the background! Yep, it was one of those moments when I was dreaming of a relaxing getaway! 

I’m glad I went with it though because this turned out fantastic! It really tastes like a Pina Colada but without the alcohol and well, it’s dessert!


  • 1 pineapple with the sides removed
  • 1 can of coconut cream {refrigerated}
  • 2 tablespoons of real maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon of real vanilla extract. If kids are eating this you can use the fake stuff. It won’t taste as alcohol-y that way.


There are two ways you can grill the pineapple. Either apply a thin coat of honey or not. I didn’t because I wanted it to be vegan, and it tastes great just sliced and grilled. But if you want to add a little extra caramelization and smokey sweetness add some honey to it… just be careful when you are grilling it because it can catch on fire and char quickly with the honey. That sounds a lot worse than it is… I promise, I’ve heard of it happening, but never actually seen it happen.


For the dipping sauce, just whip a can of coconut cream {that is refrigerated for at least 4 hours before hand} until you get stiff peaks. Add in 2 tablespoons of maple syrup and 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract. Stir well. 


We normally just dip it into the cream, but it makes a great dinner party dessert when you chop the pineapple and top it with a dollop of the tropical coconut cream.


Heather Reese
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Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely Life®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.