Chicago has turned into a tropical rain forest. We’ve had heavy rain, temperatures in the eighties, high humidity, and it’s so lush and green. When Mother Nature throws a steamy, hot, and rainy curve ball at me I just throw it right back; she doesn’t know how well my imagination can get me through her crummy weather. If she wants to make my little world tropical, then I’ll raise her one with a Vietnamese sandwich, like this one. And then I’ll make the most delicious tropical dessert ever, like this crazy good grilled pineapple & cinnamon coconut cream. Ain’t no getting this girl down mama N.
Can I just say that this super easy, super delicious, and super healthy dessert is also super decadent? SUPER! Because it really is, it’s all that, wrapped up in a spiny shell with pretty grill marks and sweet caramelized pineapple juice bubbling through, and it’s topped with a fluffy pillow of creamy coconut and cinnamon. Think pineapple upside down cake without the fattening cake.
This gorgeous grilled pineapple & cinnamon coconut cream really does remind me of pineapple upside down cake. The grilled pineapple is sticky, caramelized, and sweet, like that in an upside down cake. You can cut through it with a fork because grilling it makes it nice and soft, and its natural sugar bubbles at the surface, helping to make those pretty grill marks. Yum, yum, yum.
The cinnamon coconut whipped cream* is heavenly. My secret ingredient to get the coconut milk to whip up so light and fluffy is tapioca starch. Just one teaspoon will take your whipped cream to another level. It will make it form those stiff peaks that you’d get from dairy whipped cream, and it won’t collapse as quickly as coconut whipped cream will without it. The beautiful, slightly sweet flavor comes from the cinnamon, vanilla, and maple syrup. I could just eat it with a spoon.
The sun made an appearance on Sunday for a few hours, and the thick, hot, humid air reminded me of Costa Rica. Have you ever been? It’s my favorite place in the world. It’s absolutely stunning, there are mountains, ocean, volcanos, rainforests, and the nicest people ever. My backyard looked so lush and green (like Costa Rica) that for a second I thought about putting a zip line up in my backyard. I’m so happy I didn’t think that thought out loud, or my husband and son would have run with it.
Zip-lining in beautiful Costa Rica when my babies were still kind of babies.
Coco and Gizmo were so happy to get a reprieve from the rain. Miss Coco stalked the dry creek (it’s not dry anymore) pretending to be a panther stalking her prey—not very vegan like, but hey, she’s a dog.
Gizmo just enjoyed the sunshine on dry pillows on his favorite chair.
And I grilled pineapple, before the rain began again.
If you want a healthy, easy, and delicious dessert, this is it. It takes ten minutes to whip up, but it tastes like it should have taken so much longer. I’d totally serve this at a summer dinner party.
*Refrigerate the full fat coconut milk for at least twenty-four hours for best results.
Have you ever grilled pineapple, or any kind of fruit?
Have you ever been to Costa Rica?
Has it been raining a lot where you live?
This is my favorite coconut milk. It’s organic and the can is BPA free. Affiliate link.