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by Military Diva

Want to really see your kids smile (or look at you as if you’ve lost your mind) when they land at the breakfast table? Get your camera ready and serve them a bowl of “ice cream” to start their day.  Seriously!!

We are a family of busy, athletic and health conscious individuals.  But we do love our snacks-especially our favorite Disney snacks. Through a little experimentation and a little fun with our new blender I have stumbled on this little treat that reminds us of our coveted Aloha Isle Disney Dole Whip.

dole whip

First off, what is a Dole Whip? 

It is an amazing pineapple, orange or vanilla soft serve treat served alone like ice cream or served “float-style” in pineapple juice.  (There is also a soft serve swirl option for those with a more adventurous palate!)

Where can I find a Dole Whip?

Disney WorldAloha Isle or Sunshine Terrace in Magic Kingdom, Pineapple Lanai or Captain Cook’s at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Tamu Tamu Refreshments in Animal Kingdom.

DisneylandTiki Juice Bar in Adventureland.

Based in flavors of pineapple and orange, dairy and fat free- most feel that a Dole Whip is a healthier option for dessert when visiting Disney Parks.  While this thought isn’t false, considering all of the other dessert options, a 1/2 cup soft serve option unofficially contains 110 calories and 17 grams of sugar (Thank you myfitnesspal!)  Turn that into a float and you’ve added at least 100 calories and 24 grams of sugar. (210 calories and 41 g sugar total in float.)

Dole Whip Float (2)

So, our quest began to find a flavorful, healthy version of this delicious treat.  It is not an exact replica of our Disney favorite, but a great replacement for an everyday snack!

Dole Whip Style Soft Serve

2 Cups Fresh Pineapple, cut into chunks

1 Ripe Banana, sliced

3/4 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk

 

Chopped fresh pineapple and banana

Chopped fresh pineapple and banana

Almond milk- sweet, low calorie and dairy free!

Almond milk- sweet, low calorie and dairy free!

 

-Place prepared pineapple and banana into a sealed bag or container.  Freeze at least two hours or overnight.

-Combine frozen fruits and 1/2 cup almond milk in blender, processor or other high-speed smoothie maker.

-Slowly add additional milk as needed, aiming for a thick fluffy texture.

-Serve immediately or place in freezer for later use.

-If interested in serving as a float place 1/2 cup soft serve into your glass then add natural, no sugar added orange or pineapple juice.

 

Made from fresh ingredients, you can see how simple this Dole Whip-like concoction is to make. Our 1/2 cup serving weighs in around 60 calories and 13 g of natural sugars. (Float style-when using 4 ounces natural, no sugar added orange juice, we have estimated 96 total calories and 22 grams of sugar-a huge difference from park style floats!)

 

Thick and fluffy using mostly fresh, natural ingredients.

Thick and fluffy using mostly fresh, natural ingredients.

Mostly chemical free, these DIY Dole Whips and Dole Whip Floats are an awesome addition to a breakfast plate of eggs or oatmeal. They are an amazingly refreshing pick me up after a workout. And being natural, are great replacements for the processed, sugar filled treats my kids tend to favor. Most importantly, they remind me of all the memories we have made when visiting Disney Parks!

Now, please remember this is not a Disney replica.  I don’t claim to be able to duplicate anything Disney makes. I certainly don’t have that kind of magic or pixie dust at my disposal! Our DIY Dole Whip is more of a super healthy “this reminds me of” version that you can be proud to serve in your home.

Let me know if you choose to try this simple version. I would love to read of any additions or substitutions you can suggest!

 

 

My name is Patricia, aka Military Diva, and I have a soft spot for Disney Destinations! After a two year post-9/11 deployment, our family was able to reconnect during a Disney World vacation. While counting on time together, we did not expect the touching service we received from Cast Members. We were treated like royalty! It is my mission as a writer for "Tips from the Disney Diva" and as owner of "All for Dreams Travel" to help other families experience their own special connections through travel.