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Pineapple Coconut Ice Cream {PF Changs Copycat}



Enjoy this PF Changs copycat recipe for Pineapple Coconut Ice Cream at home. It’s so cool and refreshing!

Pineapple Coconut Ice Cream {PF Changs Copycat} | Enjoy this PF Changs copycat recipe for Pineapple Coconut Ice Cream at home. It's so cool and refreshing!

I really wish I could have eaten more of this Pineapple Coconut Ice Cream because it smelled SO GOOD! Like being on a beach, with cool waves of water splashing over you. But unfortunately, my youngest daughter and I  have developed an allergy to pineapple over the last several years where our tongue starts to swell when we eat it, so I had to rely on my hubby and eldest daughter to do the taste testing on this experiment.

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While on vacation recently, it was our youngest daughters turn to pick out a place to go to dinner and her choice was PF Changs. We don’t go to that restaurant often because the closest one to our home is about 40 minutes away, but it’s one of her favorites so she was glad it wasn’t far from where we were staying.

After our dinner of Sesame Chicken and Mongolian Beef (my personal favorite!), it was time for dessert. She really wanted to try the Banana Spring Rolls, but it came with Pineapple Coconut Ice Cream.  She wound up getting them anyway and gave the ice cream part to my hubby and eldest daughter to eat for her.

Pineapple.Coconut Ice Cream {PF Changs Copycat} | Enjoy this PF Changs copycat recipe for Pineapple Coconut Ice Cream at home. It's so cool and refreshing!

After he took one bite he was hooked, he had never tried that combination of ice cream before so he made me promise that I’d recreate the ice cream at home. Well after weeks of nagging asking me to make it for him, I finally caved and went out to get the ingredients. I’ve seen it made several ways online, but I decided to tweak my standard ice cream recipe and add the flavors he was looking for. Why mess with a good thing right?

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For this recipe I blended coconut milk with sugar; then stirred in heavy cream, coconut extract, crushed pineapple and shredded coconut before adding it to my ice cream maker.  All it took was one try and my hubby and daughter LOVED this ice cream. I did take a small taste and it was incredibly creamy, but had to stop there. Man I wish I wasn’t allergic to pineapple, it used to be one of my favorite fruits. ~Enjoy!

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4.3 from 10 votes
Pineapple.Coconut Ice Cream {PF Changs Copycat}
Pineapple Coconut Ice Cream {PF Changs Copycat}
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins
Enjoy this PF Changs copycat recipe for Pineapple Coconut Ice Cream at home. It's so cool and refreshing!
Course: Dessert
Servings: 12 -1/2 cup Servings
Author: Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
  • 1-13.5 ounce Can Coconut Milk
  • 1 c . Granulated Sugar
  • 1 1/2 c . Heavy Cream
  • 1 tsp . Coconut Extract
  • 8 oz . Crushed Pineapple
  • 1/3 c . Shredded Coconut
  1. In a large bowl, beat coconut milk and sugar with an electric mixer until the sugar dissolves; then stir in the remaining ingredients.
  2. Add ingredients to your already chilled ice cream maker insert and churn for 30 minutes.
  3. Place the ice cream into a container, cover tightly and freeze for 2-4 hours before serving. (You can use a loaf pan and wrap with plastic wrap or a disposable plastic container and lid)


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  1. ally
    August 29, 2015 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    Oh, wowzeee, Carrie!! Love love…but I don’t have an ice cream maker 🙁 Sooooooo I reckon I’ll have to ask Santa!! xo

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      August 30, 2015 at 11:44 am - Reply

      You have to get one Ally, it makes it so easy to make ice cream at home. Thanks for stopping by and hope all is going well! xoxo

  2. alicia szemon
    November 11, 2015 at 8:30 am - Reply

    yummm!!! coconut anything is my friend(:

  3. Joanna Sain
    March 19, 2016 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    Do you drain the pineapple?

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      March 20, 2016 at 8:54 am - Reply

      No, I used the entire can.

      • Mars
        May 1, 2017 at 6:18 pm - Reply

        I’m going to be making this tomorrow night – Did you use the liquid from the canned pineapple? That doesn’t effect the consistency of the ice cream when using the ice cream maker?

        • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
          May 2, 2017 at 8:01 am - Reply

          Yes, I added the entire can of crushed pineapple. There was very little juice so it didn’t affect the outcome. Enjoy!

          • Mars
            May 2, 2017 at 12:16 pm

            Perfect, thank you!

  4. Kathryn W
    May 10, 2016 at 11:41 am - Reply

    I hate that people rate recipes when they haven’t tried them. Has anyone actually made this?

  5. Kathryn W
    May 12, 2016 at 5:16 pm - Reply

    Ok, I made this yesterday. It really is a good ice cream. I was a little hesitant to try it because I always use a custard to make ice cream and there are no eggs in the recipe, but it was really outstanding. I did double the coconut extract and I also pulsed the coconut a few times to chop it up. Also, made the base ahead to make sure the sugar was dissolved and put the bowl in the frig to sit. Yum, enjoyed it and so did everyone else.

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      May 13, 2016 at 5:55 am - Reply

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it Kathryn. My family loved it as well, though they asked me to add more pineapple chunks next time. 🙂

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  7. Cindy
    July 24, 2016 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    Can you replicate the banana sprung rolls recipe as well it was amazing.

  8. Claire
    August 16, 2016 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    I don’t have a ice cream maker but I am going to try this with a mixer tonight.

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  10. Terrye
    May 16, 2017 at 9:34 am - Reply

    This is almost spot on. I roasted the coconut so it was more like PF Changs. Thanks for the recipe

  11. Tammy
    May 25, 2017 at 6:26 am - Reply

    Hi Carrie

    I’m going to try this recipe, it sounds delicious. My son is also allergic to pineapple but only when it’s fresh, he can eat canned pineapple without any reaction, have you tried this?

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      May 25, 2017 at 7:25 am - Reply

      I tried this ice cream using the canned pineapple and didn’t have a reaction so maybe it’s just fresh pineapple with me as well. I hope you enjoy the recipe!

      • Chris
        September 7, 2017 at 9:54 am - Reply

        Could be Pineapple isn’t you and your daughters problem, but the Bromelain that’s in it. Some canned pineapple has been “cooked” in canning long enough to break down the zingy acid like bromelain enzyme. Bromelain is powerful stuff, they use it to tenderize meat,, and it attacks the tongue when you eat it. It also turns the milk in icecream brownish over time.

        Bromelain info >>

        Hopefully that might allow you to eat your delicious ice cream too..

        • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
          September 8, 2017 at 6:33 am - Reply

          Thank you Chris, that’s interesting information. Unfortunately it happens with fresh pineapple as well, do you have a cure for that?? 🙂

  12. Chris
    September 8, 2017 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    Only know some canned has less Bromelain,, If pineapple effected me, I would try with fresh OR canned method of “cooked(ing) the pineapple with ¼ cup sugar in (sauce pan)
    over slow flame for 30 minutes, as a result the enzymes in pineapple got denatured lost its effectiveness.” (Brackets hold text changes to clarify quoted txt)

    Might help you, only know it helps my pineapple to not attack and brown the milk mixture.

    Just a suggestion to try, hope it helps you..

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      September 9, 2017 at 7:59 am - Reply

      Thank you!

    • Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
      September 12, 2017 at 6:28 am - Reply

      Thanks Chris! 🙂

      • Chris
        September 15, 2017 at 11:24 am - Reply

        I’m really hopeful,,, that you tried it and it worked. ☺
        Your recipe is delicious, and you and your daughter not being able to enjoy it saddened me.

        I use super fresh whole pineapple, It’s so loaded with that enzyme it will make your hands hurt from just cutting it up. Found cooking pineapple first to be only solution or it will really attack the milk.

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  14. Lori
    November 3, 2017 at 7:38 am - Reply

    Hi. Did you use sweetened or unsweetened shredded coconut?

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    Absolutely delicious! I bought a Cuisinart once cream maker just for this to surprise my boyfriend, and it was amazing!

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