Pineapple Coconut Ice Cream Recipe
We never all agree on what kind of ice cream to get at the store. Making homemade ice cream allows us to make smaller batches. If your family is like mine are like our family, some of us love pineapple and this pineapple coconut ice cream recipe. And then some prefer our homemade cherry and strawberry ice cream.
We make this ice cream in a food processor as everything is dumped into one container (less dishes). You can make this with a hand mixer if you want too. If you have all the ingredients ready to go, this recipe can take just a few minutes to make. Waiting for the ice cream to freeze is the longest part of this recipe. If you preferred, you could use an ice cream maker.
For a smooth taste, you can mix the pineapple and coconut into the blender. Or, add in at the end, for chucks of fruit. We like it both ways. It’s a bit of a pina colada ice cream, without the alcohol, in a milk mixture.
How to Make Pineapple Coconut Ice Cream
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup half and half
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 cups pineapple chunks
- 1 cup toasted coconut
- In a food processor, add the heavy cream, half & half and sugar.
- You can also use a manual blender to mix the cream and sugar together.
- Blend on a medium for a total of 60 seconds if needed.
- Check and ensure the sugar is mixed. Mix in 30 second increments until the sugar and cream are mixed.
- Put the ice cream into a bowl and add the coconut and pineapple and mix.
- Pour the ice cream into a freezer safe container.
- Place top on container and freeze overnight.
Do You Have to Use Fresh Pineapple?
You can use canned pineapple or fresh pineapple. You would want to drain the pineapple if you are using canned. If you like to have a chunk of pineapple, use chunky pineapple. When using fresh pineapple, cut the piece the way you want. If you have frozen pineapple, that works also.
Can You Use Half and Half Instead of Heavy Cream to Make Ice Cream?
Absolutely yes. You can also use half heavy cream and half – half & half to make the ice cream. You could even try canned coconut milk if you like. I recommend to start by adding a little bit of full fat coconut milk and tasting as it may not be as sweet as you want.
You want the ice cream to have a creamy texture, and then in adding the fruit/frozen fruit it will build on flavors.
How Do You Toast Coconut Flakes?
In a flat sauce pan on medium heat. Place the coconut flakes in and stir. Once they start to brown, it will cook quickly. So stir, keep an eye on it. You may need to turn the heat down. Remove immediately and place in another container to stop the cooking or you’ll have black coconut.
Who Makes Pineapple Coconut Ice Cream?
You, after you make this recipe.
Do You Have To Toast The Coconut for the Ice Cream?
No, but I would suggest doing it. The toasting adds another flavor level to the coconut. It gives you a crunchy versus chewy texture to the coconut. And it’s homemade ice cream, you might as well, take the step to do it right!
How Do You Store the Ice Cream?
You will want to use an airtight container to store the ice cream. I recommend a freezer safe container that you label what is in it.