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Pina Colada Fool

Crushed pineapple gets nestled between sweet layers of fluffy whipped cream and toasted coconut. This no-bake dessert is ready to serve in 10 minutes.

Pina Colada Fool | This no-bake dessert is layered with whipped cream, sweet pineapple, and toasted coconut and almonds. It's ready to serve in 10 minutes.

I pity the fool who doesn’t make and devour an entire batch of this pina colada fool recipe. <— Said in my best Mr. T voice.

Happy April Fool’s Day!

Pina Colada Fool

Yes, that is the best joke I have for the occasion. Put it this way, I’m no Tina Fey.

I’m not foolin’ around (get it?) when I tell you this recipe is good…like, really good. Before I go into anymore details about how tasty this fool is and how you should run to your kitchen and grab your whisk, I’m gonna get schoolmarm-y for a moment.

Pina Colada Fool

What is a fool? Oh, well, I’m so glad you asked. A fool is an English dessert that is typically made with some sort of seasonal fruit that has been folded into sweet custard. More modern versions of the fool, like this recipe, trade the sweet custard for lightly sweetened whipped cream. The origin of the name is unclear. It reminds me of a mousse, only much easier and far less time consuming to make.

That concludes my lesson for the day. All you really need, and probably care, to know is that this very easy dessert is delicious–emphasis on easy.

Pina Colada Fool

This pina colada fool is perfect for spring. Crushed pineapple and coconut extract get folded into lightly sweetened whipped cream. Let’s not confuse it with whipped topping. Oh, no, folks, I used the real deal in this recipe. Let’s admit it, homemade whipped cream is a dessert all on its own…and it’s even even better mixed with tropical flavors and crunchy toasted almonds.

If you’re all about instant gratification (who wants to wait, really?), this recipe is perfect. It comes together in 10 minutes from start to finish. That means you get to spoon fluffy, tropical-infused dollops of whipped cream in your mouth almost instantly.

Who’s winning?

Pina Colada Fool | This no-bake dessert is layered with whipped cream, sweet pineapple, and toasted coconut and almonds. It's ready to serve in 10 minutes.

You are, my friend. You’re winning. This easy, no-fuss dessert is perfect for your upcoming Easter festivities. You can make it a day ahead and store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve.

Pina Colada Fool

Crushed pineapple gets nestled between sweet layers of fluffy whipped cream and toasted coconut. This no-bake dessert is ready to serve in 10 minutes.

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 (28-0unce) can crushed pineapple, divided
  • 1 teaspoon agave
  • 4 tablespoons toasted coconut
  • 4 tablespoons toasted sliced almonds

Directions:

  1. Add the crushed pineapple to a mesh strainer that has been placed over a large bowl. Using a rubber spatula, press down on the crushed pineapple until most of the juice is strained.
  2. Add the heavy whipping cream to a large bowl. Whisk vigorously until soft peaks form. Add the powdered sugar and coconut extract to the bowl. Continue to whisk until you achieve stiff peaks. Fold in a 1/4 cup of the crushed pineapple.
  3. Add the remaining crushed pineapple and agave to a small bowl. Mix to combine.
  4. To assemble the fool, add 2 tablespoons of of the whipped cream mixture to the bottom of 4 small custard dishes. Add a layer of the crushed pineapple mixture. Top the crushed pineapple with 1/2 tablespoon each of the toasted coconut and toasted almonds. Add the remaining whipped cream mixture between the 4 dishes. Sprinkle the top with the remaining 1/2 tablespoon each of the toasted coconut and almonds. Cover the glasses with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator until you're ready to serve.
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Diethood- Pina Colada Floats

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17 Responses to “Pina Colada Fool”

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) — April 1, 2015 at 6:40 am

    Girl you definitely have Tina Fey qualities and this right here is perfection. I will be a fool all day for this!

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    • Jennie replied April 1st, 2015 at 7:03 am

      Thanks, Jocelyn! You’re so sweet.

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — April 1, 2015 at 6:51 am

    I am SO in love with this fool, that it’s almost foolish of me!
    Whatever, I tried.
    But really, I have never had any kind of “fool” but I am obsessed with the flavor combos here! Hello Spring eat-age! Pinned!

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    • Jennie replied April 1st, 2015 at 7:03 am

      Thanks, Taylor. Girl, I’m no comedian either. We both tried. Thanks for the pin.

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    Julia — April 1, 2015 at 9:04 am

    You’re slapping me silly, smalls! I had no idea there was such thing as a fool dessert, and now I want alluhduhfoooooooos! How brilliant, and what impeccable timing you have! Lay all that pina coloada on me, sister!

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    Liz @ Floating Kitchen — April 1, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    Oh you made me laugh. And yes, I definitely said that line in MY best Mr. T voice as well – which isn’t very good. So good thing I’m sitting here with just my dog as witness to my silliness! This is the perfect spring time dessert. Love it!

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — April 1, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    bahahaaa you always make me laugh :) I’m so not an April Fools person but I think it’s so adorable that you shared a “fool”! It looks fluffy and sweet and loooovely

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    • Jennie replied April 8th, 2015 at 3:32 pm

      I’m usually not this trendy, but I couldn’t help myself. Thanks!

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    Amy @ Elephant Eats — April 2, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    I’ve always wanted to make a fool (not to be made a fool!) and I’m loving this flavor combo. Yummy!!

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    • Jennie replied April 8th, 2015 at 3:32 pm

      They’re so easy to make. Plus, there’s no waiting. Score!

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    Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures — April 8, 2015 at 6:53 am

    I have never eaten this before. Looks yummy! The flavors are great!

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    • Jennie replied April 8th, 2015 at 3:05 pm

      Thanks, Laura! You’ll love it. It’s a lot like a mousse.

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    Anita at Hungry Couple — April 8, 2015 at 8:36 am

    I love no-bake desserts because anything that gets the dessert into my mouth faster… :) Pinned.

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    • Jennie replied April 8th, 2015 at 3:05 pm

      Exactly! It’s all about instant gratification. Thanks!

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    Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker — April 9, 2015 at 6:29 am

    Love this tropical fool. Is it wrong that I just want to spike it with rum!

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