Do you also hear Rupert Holmes’ Escape a.k.a The Piña Colada Song when someone mentions Piña Coladas to you? For me, it’s as if a record starts playing in my head and the very familiar “If you like Piña Coladas and getting caught in the rain…” begins.
The weather has been ridiculously hot this past week, and the thought of turning my oven was a major turn off. (Insert HIMYM joke here.) So with Piña Coladas on the brain, I started a journey for a pineapple coconut frozen yogurt. I’ve always loved pineapples, but coconuts have been a love-hate relationship until a few years ago when out of nowhere I became a coconut fiend. Dried, toasted, grated, shredded, fresh – I ate it all until like all good things, I eventually got tired of it. But this recipe has sparked the love again, and I’m back on the coconut train.
Instead of using only shredded coconut as most recipes call for, I added a good dose of coconut cream into the yogurt base. To make coconut cream, refrigerate a can of full fat coconut milk overnight. When you’re ready, open up the can and the cream should’ve separated from the coconut water. Scoop up the thickened cream and reserve the coconut water for another use. So easy, yet it adds a surprising coconut element that you can’t put your finger on.
I have to say, this frozen yogurt was not easy to photograph. Because of the added water content of the coconut cream and the pineapple, it is icier than your normal frozen yogurt. This translated into melting quickly and causing me much grief. If I could do this again, I would make them into popsicles. I had half a mind to just scrap the project, but it was too tasty not to share. Onto the next one …
Piña Colada Frozen Yogurt (Pineapple Coconut Frozen Yogurt)
2 c. vanilla whole-milk yogurt
2 c. plain nonfat or reduced-fat Greek yogurt
½ c. granulated sugar
3 tbsp. light corn syrup
1 batch of coconut cream
1 20 oz. can of crushed pineapple, drained
2 c. sweetened shredded coconut
- In a large bowl, whisk whole milk yogurt, Greek yogurt, sugar, corn syrup and coconut cream together until combined.
- In an ice cream maker, pour the yogurt base and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions until you reach a soft serve consistency.
- Transfer to a plastic container and fold in crushed pineapple and shredded coconut. Line the top with plastic wrap and seal with the lid.
- Freeze for at least 2 hours. Let it sit out for about 15 minutes if completely frozen.
1 – 14 or 13.5 oz. can of full fat coconut milk
- Place can of coconut milk in the refrigerator for 8 hours or overnight.
- When ready for use, open the can to reveal a thick layer of coconut cream.
- Carefully scoop out the cream portion of the coconut milk. You will see the separated coconut water when you harvest all the cream.
- You can whip the coconut cream like whipped cream if desired.
- Do not throw out the coconut water. You can use it for smoothies, recipes or just drink it.
*Frozen yogurt recipe adapted from The Food Network.