Our Pineapple Pie recipe is loaded with tangy pineapple, creamy coconut, and delicious rum flavoring. This is a no-bake recipe with only 20 minutes of prep time!
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Why This Pineapple Pie Works
In the warmer months, hovering over a hot oven is the last way I want to spend my afternoon. This recipe is loaded with classic island flavors that are perfect for the beach or pretending like you’re there.
Here are a few reasons I think you’ll love it,
- Minimum effort, maximum yum. It’s only 20 minutes of hands-on time, and your refrigerator will do the rest. I like to use packaged ingredients which makes the entire process virtually effortless.
- Great for any season. This pie is the perfect mix of tangy and creamy, which is an amazing way to cool down on a hot day. Or an easy solution to inject a taste of warmer weather into the cooler months.
- It’s a great stow-away dessert. Pineapple pie stays good in the freezer for up to 3 months, so next time you’re craving something coconut or sweet, you’ll have a slice on standby.
Love today’s pie? Be sure to try our pistachio pie (packed with pineapple too)! A fun, green, twist.
For the Crust– similar to our graham cracker crust recipe, but we added some coconut for delicious flavor.
- Graham Cracker Crumbs
- Coconut Flakes – Sweetened coconut flakes are softer and moister than unsweetened ones. The added flavor and moisture create the tastiest crust.
- Butter – Unsalted butter is best in this recipe. You can melt it on the stove or microwave before beginning the recipe.
For the Pie Filling
- Cream Cheese – Use full-fat, softened cream cheese for the best flavor and texture. Plus, room-temperature cream cheese is easier to incorporate with other ingredients.
- Granulated Sugar
- Rum Extract – Rum extract has a more concentrated flavor and less alcohol by volume than regular light or dark rum. This way, you can get all the rum flavor without the astringent burn of alcohol.
- Sweetened Coconut Flakes
- Pineapple – Crushed pineapple is the most convenient since there’s no prep work involved. Drain off as much liquid as possible so you don’t end up with loose filling.
- Cool Whip – Store-bought cool whip is an effortless inclusion in this recipe. But if you’re not a fan, try making your own stabilized whipped cream!
- Coconut Flakes
- Whipped Cream- homemade whipped cream is delicious here!
- Maraschino Cherries
- Create the crust. Combine all the crust ingredients in a bowl, and then press the wet-sandy mixture into a solid shell at the bottom of your pie pan. Freeze it for 15 minutes to solidify the crust.
- Prep the filling. An electric mixer combines the cream cheese, sugar, and rum. Fold in the cool whip gently. And add the fruit last, so it’s well distributed throughout the filling.
- Fill, top, and freeze the pie. Fill your frozen crust with cream cheese mixture, smoothing it out. Freeze the finished pie for at least 4 hours before serving. Toppings are optional and should be added just before plating.
Tips and Tricks
- When folding in the Cool Whip, do it gently. This helps maintain the fluffy, airy texture of the mixture. Overdoing it will knock some air out of the mix, meaning the pie will come out flatter than intended.
- To avoid a mess, crush the graham crackers inside a Ziplock bag. Just ensure it’s not fully zipped so that some air can escape. You can do this with your hands, but I like to use a rolling pin or heavy-bottomed pan. It speeds up the process and gives my hands a break.
- Experiment with your crust. I love using graham crackers for this crust. The honey cinnamon flavor pairs nicely with the pineapple and cream, and the sweetness isn’t overpowering. But you can substitute other crackers like Golden Oreos or Vanilla Wafers. This substitution can help you fine-tune the sweetness, crispiness, and crust flavor to match your palate.
- Have fun with the toppings. This pie doesn’t freeze well with toppings, so add them before serving. I love toasted coconut and maraschino cherries to achieve the classic flair of a piña colada. You could also try pineapple pieces, graham cracker crumbles, or whipped cream using the ingredients you already have. Or, if you’re feeling artsy, add a few dots or a drizzle of rum glaze using a squeeze bottle.
Rum extract is usually kept in your grocery or craft store’s baking aisle. If you don’t have any, you can substitute an equal amount of vanilla extract. Or, you can use 2 tablespoons of light rum, but expect the flavor to be much boozier.
Cover the pie with plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
If you plan to freeze the pie, hold off on adding any toppings until you’re ready to serve. You can cover the pie with a few layers of plastic wrap and foil and store it in the freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to serve the pie, let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
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What can I use in lieu of the coconut in the crust and pie? I LOVE pineapple but HATE coconut. Any ideas? Thanks!
You can leave it out, use pecans, or just add more graham crackers.