piña colada sorbet

by Amy on 3 July 2012

if you’re anything like me, the moment the weather gets warm, you’re all, HEY, GUESS WHAT? IT’S ICE CREAM TIME! seeing as the temps have been well above 100 here, it’s absolutely, positively ice cream + sorbet weather. despite not owning an ice cream maker, i really wanted to make some sorbet this past weekend, so i did some searching + discovered this post on how to make ice cream without a machine. hallelujah! so, i gathered up the ingredients for this piña colada sorbet + got cookin’.

this turned out AMAZING. it tastes just like a piña colada in refreshing sorbet form. the combination of bright pineapple + creamy coconut is one of my favorites, + it absolutely does not disappoint here. while i must disclose that this sorbet is highly addictive, i do have good news: at under 150 calories per serving, it’s guilt-free. yay! so, next time you’re craving a fab dessert that will transport you to a tropical paradise (while still keeping you swimsuit-ready), give this awesome sorbet a try!

piña colada sorbet

makes 10 servings (serving size: 1/2 cup), adapted from cooking light


3 cups fresh pineapple, cubed
1 cup coconut water
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup light coconut milk
2/3 cup cream of coconut


place first 3 ingredients (pineapple, coconut water + sugar) in a blender, + process until smooth + sugar dissolves.

combine pureed pineapple mixture, coconut milk, + cream of coconut in a bowl; stir well with a whisk. cover + refrigerate until thoroughly chilled.

pour mixture into the freezer can of an ice-cream freezer, + freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions. once frozen, spoon sorbet into a freezer-safe container; cover + freeze for 2 hours or until firm.

OR, if you don’t have an ice cream maker, do what i did + use david lebovitz’s instructions on how to make ice cream/sorbet without an ice cream machine. it worked wonderfully for me!

nutritional information per serving, as provided by cooking light:
servings per recipe: 10 • serving size: 1/2 cup • calories: 136 • fat: 4 g • protein: 0.7 g
carb: 26.4 g • fiber: 0.3 g • sodium: 40 mg

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1 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar July 3, 2012 at 6:22 am

My favorite cocktail! Yum!

2 Kristen @ notsodomesticated July 3, 2012 at 6:31 am

Love this idea!! I love pina coladas! I’ll have to check out that link on how to make your own ice cream, because we don’t have an ice cream maker. That’s probably the ONE tool that we didn’t get when we got married haha!

3 Kathryn July 3, 2012 at 7:10 am

Hello summer! I can’t imagine what it feels like for it to be over 100 every day…ice cream is definitely the way to go!

4 Ashley@BakerbyNature July 3, 2012 at 7:43 am

If I close my eyes and eat this maybe I’ll trick myself into believing I’m on a tropical island somewhere, free of all life’s worries… or at least, I’ll cool off for a second! Looks fab!

5 sally @ sally's baking addiction July 3, 2012 at 8:09 am

Amy! You’ve combined TWO of my favorites into one cool treat! Pina coladas and sorbet are a match made it heaven! I neeeeed some right now, the AC is taking forever to kick in in my office!

6 Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel July 3, 2012 at 8:55 am

Sorbet is actually more refreshing for me in the summertime!! Ice cream is always awesome + welcome, but there’s something about sorbet that’s so light and perfect when the temps are not. And pina colada sorbet no less? Love me some coconut any time or temp of year!

7 Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl July 3, 2012 at 9:10 am

Okay, this is like PERFECT timing, since I’ve actually been wanting to make pina colada ice cream/sorbet. I’ve been reading about using coconut milk as the base, which sounds simply devine to me! We’ll definitely give this a try–looks and sounds fabulous! Happy 4th of July to you, friend!

8 amy July 3, 2012 at 9:55 am

yay! my husband actually told me last night that this is his favorite ice cream/sorbet that i’ve ever made, so i hope you love it, too. happy 4th, friend!

9 cassie July 3, 2012 at 10:09 am

awesome flavors in this. i don’t have an ice cream maker, and discovered that article a while back, but still haven’t done it. can’t wait to try this one!

10 Baking Serendipity July 3, 2012 at 11:26 am

I am so game for ice cream in the summer, and this could definitely become my favorite flavor of the season!

11 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious July 3, 2012 at 11:33 am

Oh man, this looks like absolute perfection! I’m just sitting here at work, counting down the minutes and now I’m just tortured looking at this! Okay, I’ll definitely need to do an emergency grocery run to make this ASAP!

12 Mommyof2Girlz/StephD July 3, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Amazing! My favorite drink and my favorite treat all in one..wahoo! Thanks for sharing the delish recipe :)

13 Joanna July 3, 2012 at 1:29 pm

YAY! So glad to see this post. I LOVE pina coladas and the fact that it’s in ice cream form is making me happy. I’m definitely going to try this out!

14 Donna @ The Slow Roasted Italian July 3, 2012 at 1:29 pm

I love ice cream and this one is right up my alley. Pineapple and coconut. YUM!

15 Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama July 3, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Loving these flavors and any ice cream with out a machine! Looks great Amy!

16 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef July 3, 2012 at 3:21 pm

i’ll definitely try making this. thanks for the tip on making it w/o an ice cream maker…i just can’t add another appliance to this apartment kitchen!

17 amy July 3, 2012 at 3:24 pm

I hear ya! We have a fairly small kitchen + limited storage, so I’m always thrilled when i find an option that allows me to NOT have to buy another appliance!

18 Jocelyn @BruCrew Life July 3, 2012 at 3:25 pm

You just made my favorite drink into a fun cold sorbet…I think I love you:-) I need to make this for sure!!!

19 Jackie @ Domestic Fits July 3, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Amazing. And can I please add some rum?

20 amy July 3, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Yes! It would be fantastic with a drizzle of rum on top – excellent idea!

21 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet July 3, 2012 at 3:36 pm

It’s totally a sorbet kind of weather – HOT! Your pina colada version sounds divine! Thanks for sharing, Amy!

22 Steph@TheChickpeaChickadee July 3, 2012 at 5:06 pm

You had me at piña colada! Loved that you used coconut milk. Looks refreshing and tasty!

23 OliePants July 3, 2012 at 5:30 pm

I’m all about pina coladas in any form – especially ice cream!! Bring this on! Lovely!

24 Blond Duck July 3, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Happy 4th! Where do you find cream of coconut?

25 amy July 3, 2012 at 6:04 pm

it’s usually in the grocery store in the section of the store that has drink mixes (like the Bloody Mary mixes, just-add-alcohol daiquiri mixes, etc.) because it’s used a lot in cocktails. the most common brands are Coco Lopez or Coco Real. I believe that some stores also carry a Goya brand in the international aisle. Hope that helps! =)

26 Renee July 3, 2012 at 6:54 pm

There I was cutting grass this afternoon and thinking about an ice cold pina colada Italian ice I had recently. This sorbet would be absolutely terrific to have instead. Love pina colada!

27 angela@spinachtiger July 3, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Amy, I’m happy to see this recipe because I am trying to eat dairy free and just getting into cooking with coconut milk. Your picture looks like it turned out very rich and I love the low calorie part of it too.

28 Julie @ Table for Two July 3, 2012 at 8:45 pm

haha, I’m TOTALLY dig the way you think and am totally like you. I have ice cream on my brain all the time when it gets hot out! This is a great ice cream flavor to have sans alcohol..great alternative 😉

29 Sammie July 4, 2012 at 4:25 am

wow! You only needed like 5 ingredients for this!! And they’re all pretty easy to get too!! That’s such an awesome recipe Amy!!! Oh yes, I’m sooooo glad it’s summer. I wish the weather could just stay nice all year round…..

30 Choc Chip Uru July 4, 2012 at 6:46 am

This is the ultimate sorbet my friend, way to celebrate summer!

Choc Chip Uru

31 Jen @ Savory Simple July 4, 2012 at 7:25 am

What a great summer treat. I could live off ice cream and sorbet right now with this heat!

32 ea-the spicy rd July 4, 2012 at 8:12 am

This sounds fabulous Amy, in fact I may need to make some for our 4th of July party today! I love all the different forms of coconut in it, and fresh pineapple too-yum! Happy 4th!!

33 ErinsFoodFiles July 4, 2012 at 9:07 am

i don’t normally like sorbets, but i bet i would like this one! i love that’s a bit creamy, and not so icy. i sent this to my friend who loves pina coladas. :)

34 amy July 4, 2012 at 9:22 am

yes! it’s definitely not as icy as some sorbets, which i loved, too. if you want to sample any, just let me know + I can drop some off at your house! =)

35 Baker Street July 5, 2012 at 9:18 am

Oh Amy! I love that you made a pina colada flavored sorbet! It looks so refreshing. I’m surely trying this over the weekend! :)

36 Tracey July 5, 2012 at 9:27 am

How did you know that I adore all things pina colada?? This sounds beyond amazing! And I’m so glad you tried the DL method for making it with no ice cream maker. I have recommended that method to a lot of readers, but never tried it myself since I have a machine.

37 Katie B. of HousewifeHowTos.com July 5, 2012 at 10:32 am

Wow, this sounds so delicious! I love pina coladas, I love sorbet, and I love desserts that aren’t so full of calories that I have to starve all day long before I get to eat. This? This is awesome!!!

38 Jed Gray (sportsglutton) July 5, 2012 at 3:55 pm

OMG…this post made me so happy and sad at the same time. Happy because of the concept. Sad because there is no rum. :-(

39 amy July 5, 2012 at 4:25 pm

bahaha! it would definitely be fantastic with some rum poured over the top of it!

40 Blond Duck July 5, 2012 at 7:49 pm

I hope you had a good 4th!

41 Catherine July 6, 2012 at 1:09 am

Yes, a little bit of rum would be good for this one, and this would turn into an above 18 summer snack, well you would always have a choice in that one. Just wanted to ask, in making this tasty treat, isn’t it challenging to make without machines?

42 amy July 6, 2012 at 9:00 am

Nope, not at all! It does take a bit of time, as you have to beat it for a minute every 30 minutes for a few hours (i used a hand mixer). So, it takes some time but it’s super easy!

43 Jen @JuanitasCocina July 6, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Oh my. What did you DO????

I’m on such an ice cream kick! This one will be perfect to add to the rotation (which is happening about every other day! LOL!)

44 Meghan July 6, 2012 at 1:18 pm

I think I’m going to have to try this Amy! It sounds way too good to pass up & would be the perfect poolside treat!

45 natalie@thesweetslife July 6, 2012 at 2:58 pm

i definitely eat ice cream year round, but feel like it’s more justified in the summer :) this sounds like a dream combo!

46 Jess July 6, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Ahhhh what a lovely sight to see after coming home, and to see a glorious picture of not just any icecream, but one that involves pina coladas! YUM!!!! Happy Weekend to you! This sounds yummy! Of course, I’ll probably make mine with some rum!!!!

47 Jeff July 7, 2012 at 9:50 pm

I have a secret addiction to pina colada’s. Making it into ice cream form is practically diabolical! Thanks for the ice-cream making tips at the end!

48 Erin @ Texanerin Baking July 8, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Oh yum. I immediately bookmarked this! I don’t know if I like frozen pineapple goodies so I have to try this. I’ve tried coconut milk ice cream before but it was so icy. This looks way better. :)

49 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts July 8, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Oh yes, a great drink into ice cream!! Perfect for summer!

50 Jessica July 8, 2012 at 3:01 pm

I so wish we lived next door to each other! We could always have sweet and savory, this looks delicious and perfect on a hot summers day.

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