Healthy Ninja Creami Dole Whip Recipe: Vegan, Refined Sugar-Free, No I

2 servings
5 min

In case you aren’t sure what Disney Dole Whip is, let me explain. It’s a creamy pineapple soft serve that you can get at Disney parks that are actually vegan and gluten-free as is!

I love it, but I haven’t been to go to the Mouse House in a while, so I’m making a tastier (and healthier!) pineapple whip at home in my Ninja Creami.

It’s a simple recipe, easy to make, cools you down on a hot summer day, and only requires 2 ingredients. It’s dairy-free, has no added sugar, and doesn’t require you to mix it with already made ice cream like many other recipes do.

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Is Dole Whip Vegan?

Most fruit flavors of Dole Whip are vegan, but I always look at the ingredient cards out in case there was a formula change. There are almost always vegan options where ever they sell Dole soft serve.

Pineapple, Mango, Lemon, Orange, Raspberry, Strawberry, Lime, Cherry, and Watermelon are all stated to be dairy and gluten-free at the writing of this post.

This copycat pineapple whip is 100% plant-based and vegan.

What is Dole Whip Made Of?

My plant-based copycat pineapple Dole Whip is made of simple ingredients, just fresh or canned pineapple, its juice, and maybe a few tablespoons of your favorite unsweetened non-dairy milk. That’s it!

It can be a can of crushed pineapple or a fresh pineapple you cut up and blend in your blender.

The Dole Whip soft serve mix you can buy at Disney or on Amazon’s main ingredients are:

Sugar, Dextrose, Stabilizers (Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Locust Bean Gum, Guar Gum, Karaya Gum, Pectin, Cellulose Gum, Xanthan Gum), Coconut Oil, Contains 2% Or Less Of Each Of The Following: Maltodextrin, Citric Acid, Natural & Artificial Flavor, Modified Food Starch, Malic Acid, Beta Carotene (Color), Mono & Diglycerides, Silicon Dioxide (Anticaking).

Ack! That’s a big difference. I’ll take a bowl of my recipe, please!

Creamy Homemade Dole Whip

But how can just pineapple look that creamy and be a dairy-free dessert? I think it’s a combo of the fiber in the pineapple plus the “creamizer blade” shaving it does the trick, and it actually looks like sherbet or ice cream more than a sorbet.

Maybe it’s all the fiber from the pineapple, after all, that’s what it’s mostly made of.

If it comes out looking crumbly or powdery, just add in a few tablespoons of non-dairy milk and spin again on the sorbet setting.

Note: If your freezer is extra cold you may have to spin it up to 3 times. Next time take the pint out 5 – 10 minutes before spinning and that will help it spin better.

How do you store vegan dole whip?

In the freezer, silly! If you have leftovers you could put it in popsicle molds so kids can grab one without bothering you to respin it.

If you have leftovers though, you can just smooth down the top in your Ninja Creami pint, put the lid on, and then freeze to respin using the sorbet button when you’d like to have it again.

What are some tips for making the perfect vegan dole whip every time?

No matter what method you are using to make it, let it sit at room temperature for about 5 minutes before processing.

Some people put the lidded pint under warm water for less than a minute to get the thin layer of ice at the edges to melt. Since the creamizer blade doesn’t go all the way to the pint, that eliminates that before you even begin to spin it.

If the mixture looks like a powder, don’t panic. It’s totally fixable. It usually means that your freezer is extra cold. You could change your freezer temp, but I just take my pint out 5 to 10 minutes before I spin it. You can also just run the pint under warm water for a minute or put it in the microwave for about 30 seconds.

What are some common mistakes people make when making vegan dole whip?

If you are using fresh pineapple, you may have to add a little sweetener if your pineapple isn’t ripe enough or just isn’t that sweet. Just add some date paste, maple syrup, agave nectar, or even a simple syrup that you make yourself.

You may not think about this, but if you have been using canned pineapple in juice it is cooked some during the canning process. Why would that matter?

Back to fresh pineapple again, it will be much more acidic because the bromelain is tamed some in cooking.

To prevent pineapple burns, remove the core and grill or cook a bit. Or if you are like me and lazy, just don’t eat more than 1 cup of homemade Dole whip made with fresh pineapple just to be on the safe side.

Are you already burning? Don’t fret. As long as you don’t have an allergy, it will go away in an hour or two.

Learn all about your Ninja Creami in The Ultimate Ninja Creami Experience with Kathy Hester!

Healthy Ninja Creami Dole Whip Recipe: Vegan, Refined Sugar-Free, No I
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  • 2  servings
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 0 Minutes Total time: 5 min
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  • 2 cups pineapple in juice , canned or fresh
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy milk , as needed after first spic

Blend the pineapple and the juice in a blender or dump the chunks or crushed pineapple straight into a Creami pint.
Do not go over the max fill line, and smooth the top so it's even, and sit the pint on a level spot in the freezer. Freeze 24 hours.
Take the lid off the pint, and place it into the outer bowl base.
Put the creamizer blade into the outer lid.
Snap on the outer lid to the outer bowl until it locks.
Then place that straight into the Creami with the handle point toward the front. Turn to the right and the plstform will rise and the contianer will lock in.
If it isn't locked in, you will not be able to turn it on.
Click the on button, and spin on sorbet.
If it's crumbly, add a few tablespoons of nondairy milk and spin again using the respin button.
Depending on how cold your freezer is, you may have to re-spin again.
  • Feel free to add some vanilla extract or a teaspoon of real rum for flavoring.
  • If your can of pineapple in juice doesn’t fill up the pint, add non-dairy milk to reach the max fill line.
Kathy Hester
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