How to Make Dole Whip at Home
This copycat recipe should hold you over until you can get the real thing on your next trip!
Everyone knows there’s nothing better than the sweet, tropical taste of Dole Whip at Disney World. Whether you grab a Dole Whip at the Polynesian before the fireworks, at Disney Springs on a non-park day, or at Aloha Isle before heading to the Enchanted Tiki Room (as God intended it), you can’t beat the experience of the first magical bite melting in your mouth on a hot Florida day.
People have been attempting to recreate the pineapple Dole Whip masterpiece at home forever. For some reason, the secret recipe always seems to evade us — maybe we’re just missing that little hint of Disney magic that makes it taste so good. However, Dole released its “official” non-official Dole Whip recipe so you can try to make it at home. Dole does say that it “almost” tastes like you’re on vacation, which leads us to believe that this is not the same recipe, but it might be as close as we ever get.
Yields about a pint
1 cup fresh pineapple, frozen
1 ripe banana, frozen
2 ½ teaspoons powdered sugar
½ cup unsweetened coconut milk
1 teaspoon lime juice
Add pineapple, banana, powdered sugar, coconut milk, and lime juice to a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth or you’ve reached your desired consistency.
Ninja CREAMi Version
We tried making Dole Whip in the Ninja CREAMi to see if that would give us a better consistency than a traditional blender. We followed the same recipe, but used a slightly different method.
Add fresh pineapple, fresh banana, powdered sugar, coconut milk, and lime juice to a CREAMi pint. Mix the ingredients until the banana is mashed and the sugar is incorporated into the liquids. Freeze for 24 hours.
Once frozen, place the pint in the CREAMi and select Sorbet. Allow the machine to process the ice cream. Once the first cycle is completed, select Re-Spin.
Serve immediately and keep stored in the CREAMi pint. When you’re ready to enjoy again, put the pint back in the CREAMi and select Re-Spin until it reaches the desired consistency.
As we expected, this doesn’t taste exactly like the Disney Parks version. The Ninja CREAMi produced a really nice soft serve consistency. Maybe if we would have piped it into the iconic Dole Whip swirl it would have been more authentic, but that’s a lot of work.
We do recommend using fresh fruit and freezing it yourself because it gives it a more prominent tropical taste. Overall, this recipe is really simple to make, however, the Dole Whip tasted more like banana than pineapple. So we’d suggest cutting the recipe down to half a banana — we wouldn’t omit the banana all together because we’re pretty sure that’s what gives it its soft consistency.
If you can’t get to Disney as often as you would like and are having serious Dole Whip cravings, this recipe does the trick.