Vegan Pineapple Recipes

If you’re looking for the best vegan pineapple recipes, this will be your favorite resource. Whether it comes to pineapple cakes, smoothies, or popsicles, this post has you covered!

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If you love recipes using pineapple and you’re yearning for some vegan options, this will be your go-to resource. Learn how to select, cut, and even cook with your favorite ingredient, pineapple!

I hope you enjoy these vegan recipes with fresh pineapple…and some with frozen pineapple, too!

Pineapple Nutrition

It’s a good idea to include fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet because of the nutrition they offer. Pineapples are nutritious and offer many great health benefits.

For example, pineapples are loaded with Vitamin C, which is important for immune health. They’re also chockful of manganese, which is an important antioxidant that can lead to reduced inflammation.

Selecting and Prepping Pineapple

The first step when it comes to cooking with pineapple is selecting the right pineapple. Here’s more on that and how to cut pineapple as well.

The top and bottom of a fresh pineapple have been chopped off. A hand holds a knife, cutting down the outer edge of the pineapple to remove the outer layer.

How to Choose the Best Pineapples

Pineapples are non-climacteric, meaning they do not ripen after they’re picked. This means you want to pick the best pineapples when you’re at the market. Look for ones with a green crown. Sniff the bottom of the pineapple — it should smell like pineapple! Finally, press in gently on the sides of the pineapple. It should give slightly.

Once you get your pineapple home, don’t wait too long, because it will get soft and mushy within days. The most important thing to know at this point is how to cut a pineapple. Watch this video to learn more.

Storage Tips

Store cut pineapple in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 or 7 days. You can freeze pineapple chunks for up to a year.

A hand holds a bowl with crushed pineapple, pouring into a bowl with flour.

Vegan Pineapple Desserts

You’ll love these tasty vegan pineapple cakes, including the lovely vegan upside-down-cake! One thing I love about vegan cakes, is there are no messy eggs to deal with. You’ll learn how to make a completely delicious egg-free cake and love it!

You can even make vegan carrot cake with pineapple, by adding crushed pineapple to the batter.

Marly’s Tips

Make vegan pineapple muffins by pouring the cake batter above into muffin tins filled with cupcake papers. Then bake them for 18 to 22 minutes, until done. They’re sweet and delicious as is, or add a drizzle of vanilla icing by combining 1/2 cup of powdered sugar with 1 teaspoon of soy milk.

Pineapple Beverages

There’s nothing like the flavor of pineapple in your favorite summer drinks! Everything from the pineapple matcha (a Starbuck’s copycat recipe), to the refreshing pineapple agua fresca, also referred to as pineapple water.

You’ll enjoy all these drinks in the summer when fresh pineapples are readily available. But if you have frozen pineapple in the freezer, you can sip on them all year long!

Looking down on pineapple chunks in a blender.

Pineapple Smoothies

We love adding lots of frozen fruit to our smoothies, including frozen bananas and frozen pineapple. That means I’m usually cutting a fresh pineapple in the summer, and freezing the chunks so I can sip on that unique pineapple flavor all year long!

These smoothies are even better by adding a few frozen pineapple chunks. Whether it’s our green smoothie or the pina colada smoothie, you’ll love the delicious flavor and nutrition they add to your everyday life.

Pineapple Frozen Treats

Let’s move on to the crème de la crème of vegan pineapple recipes, frozen treats.

Yes, if you’re looking for the place where the pineapple shines, it’s in making frozen treats! Frozen pineapple chunks add a smooth, creamy texture and loads of sweet flavor to frozen treats like popsicles, frozen yogurt, and more. You can even add pineapple to your next batch of nice cream!

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Pineapple Savory Recipes

We oftentimes think of the sweet things when it comes to pineapple. However, you can make dinner recipes with pineapple as well. For example, the pineapple sauce added to this vegan ham recipe is amazing. Or you can add pineapple chunks to fried rice or tofu stir fry.

You can make just about any of your savory pineapple recipes vegan by making them without meat, eggs, or dairy. Add pineapple glaze to vegan chicken tenders or add pineapple chunks to your favorite casseroles or even vegan pizza!

  • Tofu Stir Fry

    This teriyaki tofu stir fry features crispy fried tofu served in a thick sweet sauce with colorful veggies. Serve it over rice or noodles.

  • Vegan Ham

    This vegan ham is perfectly seasoned with smoky sweet flavors and topped with a pineapple glaze. Serve it as a loaf or sliced on sandwiches.

  • Vegan Fried Rice

    Vegan Fried Rice is flavorful and easy to make. Enjoy a Chinese takeout favorite at home and save money. Make it with your favorite veggies!

Frequently-Asked Questions

Is pineapple vegan?

Yes, pineapple is vegan because it’s fruit. All fruit, and plants for that matter, are considered plant-based and vegan.

What can I do with too ripe pineapple?

I recommend freezing pineapple that has gotten soft and mushy. Then you can use that frozen pineapple in smoothies, popsicles, nice cream, and more!

I hope you enjoy these vegan pineapple recipes as much as we do!

Two glasses sit one in front of the other. Both hold pineapple drinks with fresh limes, mint sprigs, and pineapple chunks. There are more mint herbs, a lime, and a pitcher with more of the beverage in the background.

Vegan Pineapple Recipes + Pineapple Agua Fresca

You'll love these tasty vegan pineapple recipes, including pineapple upside down cake, smoothies, popsicles, and more! Plus, make yourself a glass of this tasty pineapple agua fresca. It's a refreshing beverage made with only a few ingredients. You'll enjoy sipping on this drink in the spring and summer!
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 66kcal

Ingredients

Pineapple Juice Concentrate

  • 5 cups fresh pineapple
  • 5 cups water, divided
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (subsitute 2 to 3 Stevia packets)
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

For Serving:

  • 1 cup club soda (or any bubbly flavored water)
  • 4 fresh mint leaves
  • 4 cups ice cubes

Instructions

  • Add pineapple, 1 cup of water and lime juice to a food processor or blender. Pulse until mostly smooth.
  • Pour this into a fine mesh strainer and pour the remaining juice into a pitcher. Discard the pineapple pulp or reserve it for a smoothie or to freeze it to make pineapple nice cream.
  • Add remaining water and maple syrup to the pineapple juice. Stir until it's combined. Refrigerate for at least an hour until time to serve.

For Serving:

  • Add ice and sparkling water before serving. Garnish with pineapple chunks, lime slices, and mint leaves.

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Calories: 66kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 21mg | Potassium: 131mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 83IU | Vitamin C: 51mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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