Frozen Pina Colada with Sugar-Free Simple Syrup

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When hot summer days are upon us that means slushie drinks are a perfect way to cool down. Traditional pina colada recipes call for cream of coconut, which is a sweetened version of coconut cream. This refined sugar-free recipe uses the rich coconut cream found on the top of a can of unsweetened coconut milk. The secret to sweetness in this recipe is a simple syrup made with powdered monkfruit to balance out the flavor.

You can use fresh, frozen, or canned pineapple for this pina colada recipe. For best results, use fresh pineapple that has been cut into chunks and frozen prior to blending.

Frozen Pina Colada Recipe

Frozen Pina Colada Ingredients

  • 2 c. frozen pineapple chunks
  • 8 oz. pineapple juice
  • 1/3 c. coconut cream
  • 4 oz. light rum
  • 6-8 ice cubes
  • Fresh pineapple slices, garnish

Sugar-Free Simple Syrup

  • ¼ c. powdered monkfruit sweetener
  • ½ c. water

Note: Simple syrup is traditionally prepared using a 1:1 ratio of refined white sugar to water. In general, monkfruit sweetener is considered a 1:1 replacement for sugar, but in this case, a 1:2 ratio (one-part sweetener to two-parts water) works well because the pineapple is inherently sweet.

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Frozen Pina Colada Directions

  1. Prepare the simple syrup by combining the powdered monkfruit sweetener and water in a small skillet. Stir to combine and heat until the sweetener dissolves completely, approximately 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  2. Place the frozen pineapple, pineapple juice, coconut cream, rum, and one-quarter cup simple syrup into a blender and blend until smooth.
  3. While the blender is still running, add the ice a little at a time until the desired consistency is reached.
  4. Turn the blender off and remove the lid. Taste and add additional simple syrup, if desired, and blend for another 30 seconds to combine.
  5. To serve, pour into glasses and serve immediately garnished with fresh pineapple slices. Enjoy!

Mocktail Version – Omit the rum and replace with 1 oz. coconut cream and 3 oz. pineapple juice before blending.  

Nothing beats sharing a frozen pina colada with friends!! I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do.

Frozen Pina Colada Ingredients

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Course beverage
Servings 3 people

Ingredients
  

  • 2 c. frozen pineapple chunks
  • 8 oz. pineapple juice
  • 1/3 c. coconut cream
  • 4 oz. light rum
  • 6-8 ice cubes
  • Fresh pineapple slices garnish
  • ¼ c. powdered monkfruit sweetener simple syrup
  • ½ c. water simple syrup

Instructions
 

  • Prepare the simple syrup by combining the powdered monkfruit sweetener and water in a small skillet. Stir to combine and heat until the sweetener dissolves completely, approximately 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  • Place the frozen pineapple, pineapple juice, coconut cream, rum, and one-quarter cup simple syrup into a blender and blend until smooth.
  • While the blender is still running, add the ice a little at a time until the desired consistency is reached.
  • Turn the blender off and remove the lid. Taste and add additional simple syrup, if desired, and blend for another 30 seconds to combine.
  • To serve, pour into glasses and serve immediately garnished with fresh pineapple slices. Enjoy!

Notes

Omit the rum and replace with 1 oz. coconut cream and 3 oz. pineapple juice before blending.  

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