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Pineapple Floats

With Coconut Ice Cream.


I’m practicing for when I move to Hawaii.

My friends used to love hanging out at my house when we were younger, probably because my mom was the best hostess. She’d always be prepared for guests with freshly-baked cookies, brownies, or even English muffin pizzas. Come summertime, one of her favorite treats to serve (and one of my friends’ favorite things to be served) was a root beer float. I’ve never liked soda, and so she’d make me a special Orange Juice float.

Last night, when my friends came over for a girls’ night, the drinks I created for them reminded me of those oj floats my mom used to make. Except these were pineapple-flavored: Pineapple Floats!

pineapple drink

Pineapple Floats

  • 4 cups fresh or canned pineapple
  • stevia or sugar of choice to taste
  • optional: rum or rum extract
  • coconut ice cream (I used my favorite Ice Cream Recipe)

Freeze the pineapple in a container. Once frozen, thaw it until you can easily blend it. (You don’t need a Vita-Mix for this recipe!) Blend with the optional sweetener and rum or extract. Do not add water. Pour into glasses, and serve topped with coconut ice cream.

float with ice cream

 You could also make a float from my Watermelon Ice Cream.

Just thaw the frozen watermelon longer than the recipe calls for, and pour it into a glass instead of a bowl.


Oh, and with the floats I also served Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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Published on July 8, 2011

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  1. teabagginit says

    i’d so rather be a guest – but i ALWAYS bring something i know i’ll eat. i’m so picky about my food & getting protein/good carbs at every meal that i won’t trust others to provide what i want. anal/control freak? perhaps. hungry? nope!

  2. Rebecca says

    This float looks like just the thing for a hot day!

    I’d rather be a guest most of the time, I like the freedom to come and go when I want.

  3. Leslie says

    I’d say hostess, but if you were serving me one of those floats I would totally have to change my answer to guest!

    • Lisa C. says

      Oh me too. I would rather be in charge of the party and know where everything is and have control (control freak!). But I would make an exception for a CCK party! I can see why everyone’d want to come to your house! Your friends are smart people. 🙂

  4. Ragnhild says

    Yum yum- looking fresh!

    I love to host, and I always make my friends come over for dinner. I also make them breakfast and brunch! I also always bring foods when Im not the host. I love to convince friends that vegan healthy foods are yummiiii 😀

  5. Emma says

    Gah! It is sooooooo hot here, and this would be perfect! I’m so excited you don’t need a vita-mix for it too. That’s on my wish list, but until I get one, I’m stuck with a rusty old blender. So excited it’ll work for this!

  6. Michaela says

    I absolutely love hosting parties!! I love preparing the food, chosing music, decorating the place… But I also enjoy being the guest and having not to worry about anything 😉

  7. Jenny says

    I would definitely rather host a party! Or be a part of a team or group that’s hosting a party. 🙂 I think being a caterer for parties, banquets, or any sort of celebration would be so much fun! I was always super involved in planning my own birthday parties as I was growing up, even though the majority of my friends always left it up to their moms to decide everything.

    Also… I’ve never had a root beer float, or any sort of float-y thing. Definitely missed out on a lot of “traditional” North American treats and foods, having grown up mostly in South East Asia and having a ‘non-traditional’ [but still super amazing, of course] mom. I don’t like soda either! Or any sort of carbonated drink, actually! The fizz burrrns! Haha but this still looks super interesting. I think I wouldn’t mind one of your milkshakes + some ice cream on top. Would that qualify as a float? 🙂


    • Julia says

      Can you believe it, neither have I! I’ve never even had root beer!
      Mmm, I think anything could qualifly as a float as long as something was floating… so yeah, I think the ice cream shake float would work.
      Maybe someday I will have to try root beer, but for now that pineapple concoction looks way better!

  8. The Teenage Taste says

    I’ve never been a huge fan of root beer floats, but these pineapple floats look FABULOUS! They remind me of the pina coladas I look forward to ever Summer vacation. Virgin, of course! 😉

  9. Sarah says

    These are SO beautiful! I love the coconut ice cream, and I really love how it’s dripping down the side in the photo. So artistic. And yummy besides, which is more important, right? 😉

  10. Abby says

    ZOMG! Katie, I am running to my kitchen to freeze the pineapple ASAP! NEED one of these floats. Yes, need.
    Oh, and like some of the other commentets, I like to be in control, so I like being the hostess. But I also like being waited on. So a guest in my own home maybe?

  11. Bianca- Vegan Crunk says

    Ooh, yum! Katie, do you eat dessert everyday? You have to to make all this awesomeness. I’m totally J.

    As for parties, I love to be the hostess, but I HATE cleaning up the mess. So I like to host a few parties a year, but I like to attend plenty as well.

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Of course! I eat dessert at least twice a day. Let’s see… today I’ve already had some of my Endangered Species chocolate-raspberry bar, and it’s only just noon. I’m having some ice cream very very very soon… it’s so hot here!

  12. Charissa says

    *Fainting* I am in love with this idea. In fact, I wish I could have it right this second, but there is no pineapple in the house (SNIFF!)…I shall dream of it. Over and over.

  13. Brittany *Sparkles* says

    OMG My best friend is OBSESSED with pineapple – I’ll definitely have to try these out!! I’ve never liked Pina Coladas much because I cannot stand the syrup-y fake flavoring but fresh pineapple sounds like a win!

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