Pineapple Coconut Mousse with Pistachios


My hubby celebrated his birthday a couple of days back. Our 3 year old woke up in the morning -hugged, kissed & wished him. She also reminded him “Don’t forget to wear your crown”, just as he was walking out of the door for work, with no doubt in her mind that he is going through deal of crown, birthday song, cupcakes and cheers….

Anyway, almost every single year for his birthday, I bake his favorite cake – a layered pineapple cake. But this year, being caught up so many other things, I did not get enough time to make one. However at the last minute, while I was frantically thinking of a quick & easy dessert to celebrate the day, i thought of mousse, pineapple mousse…

Now a confession… quite a few years back I had this obsession with the Pinacolada cocktail mix. No I was not pregnant. I used to have the chilled non alcoholic mix for dessert almost every single day. (That was when the health concerns do not get so intense.) I do not do that anymore, but I still love the flavor of pinacolada.

The urgency & memory combined, I scurried and checked my pantry to find that I had all the ingredients I need. So pineapple coconut mousse it was going to be. Besides the cocktail, the combination of pineapple & coconut does have a refreshing tropical touch to it. Its all fruits, and no refined sugar, & a great way to entertain the kids too.  One has to agree to that.

Sending this to FIC:White hosted by Lubna of Yummy Food & started by Sunshinemom of ToungueTicklers,
Recipes for rest of us hosted by Ramki &
Monthly Mingle:Low Sugar Treats hosted in the Daily Tiffin.



  1. 7 ounces Coconut Milk
  2. 1.5 Cup Pineapple Cubes in Light Syrup (If using fresh pineapple, you will need additional 1/2 cup Pineapple Juice)
  3. 1/2 Cup Grated Coconut
  4. 1/4 Cup Honey
  5. 2 Envelopes of Powdered Unflavored Gelatin
  6. 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
  7. 5 Tablespoons Pistachios (coarsely chopped)

Note: Do play around with the amount of honey/sugar. Pineapple, coconut & the coconut milk will lend their natural sweetness.


Chill the Heavy Cream.

Drain the pineapple & save the juice.

Puree Pineapple, coconut, coconut milk & honey in a blender. Set aside.

Sprinkle Gelatin in 1/4 Cup of pineapple Juice and let it sit for about 10 minutes.

Heat about 1/2 cup of juice and mix in the gelatin till completely dissolved.

Fold in the gelatin mix into the pureed pineapple coconut mix.

Beat the chilled cream till it forms soft peaks. Fold it in the above mixture.

Pour it in a dish, Cover & Refrigerate.

Chill for atleast 2-3 hours. This can be made a day or two ahead.


Slice it up & Serve with pineapple pieces & pistachios topped on the mousse. BTW, the first person to try this out and even asked for more helpings was my 7 year old daughter. She loved the pineapple pieces & nuts on the top & the melt in the mouth feel, and even asked me to make it again & to try out with different fruit combination.

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26 comments to Pineapple Coconut Mousse with Pistachios

  • That looks angelic, with the flower, the presentation looks impeccable.
    And yeah, that is me in the pic…. I wouldn’t dare to put somebody else’s picture up there now, would I? ! He he he. 🙂

    Thanks! Anu, I love that yellow u r wearing:-)

  • gorgeous pictures Soma. u are an amazing photographer. love the decorations.. just the way i like. mousse looks great too.

    Thanks Mahimaa!!

  • Oh my! This looks and sounds incredible! Just lovely and thanks for the entry!

    Oh! Meeta Thank you!

  • Amar oi plate ta chai Soma … noyeto at least ekta sli Flower ce? Please? 🙂 Shajeicho khub beautifully! Flower gulo ki edible?

    Sharmila, shob niye nao. pathiye debo? ekhane chole esho, aro bhalo hobe:-). I wish the flowers were edible.

  • Amar oi plate ta chai Soma … noyeto at least ekta slice? Please? 🙂
    Shajeicho khub beautifully! Flower gulo ki edible?

  • Awsome presentation Soma. What a superb recipe and I have bookmarked it for a party.

    Thanks Shibani!! if u make it lemme me know how it turned out.

  • mohana

    Happy Birthday to the man of your life !
    This is a beautiful post !! wonderful recipie and awesome photo !! I couldnt put my eyes off this post !!!

    Mohana, Thank you!

  • Belated wishes to your hubby.. Very nice pics.. looks gorgeous 🙂

    Thank you so much!

  • Cham

    Look like a sensational piece of mousse, great tropical flavor! Very gorgeous!

    Thanks ! I love the tropical flavors.

  • wow,perfect.Nice entry to FIC.Lovely and tropical presentation

    Thank you! yes the FIC, makes me think:-)

  • Soma, this is absolutely stunning!!!

    I have something for you @

    Thanks Jayashree! & Thanks for the award too!

  • Belated birthday wishes to your husband Soma. Loved the cute comment by your 3 year old 🙂
    The presentation and the mousee looking stunning and elagant.

    Thank you so much:-) My little one has a mind of her own…

  • Wow.. very Nice & innovative site.. first time here.. super recipes & all recipes are very tempting..THXS for sharing..

    Sripriya Thanks for stopping by and for ur sweet words:-)

  • Pretty presentation, Soma! I love the joyous mood of the picture:) Happy birthday to your husband and hugs to the little one. I will try this dessert for the kids – they love these kinds which are semi frozen better than cakes!

    Harini, do you see that your FIC is making me make wonders? he he 🙂
    I like these kinda a desserts more than cakes.

  • I still love pinacolda the alcholic version.
    I love this dessert. I am bookimarking it to make them.

    Thanks! I like alcoholic version of anything:-)

  • yum, makes you almost smell the tropical air!

  • Gorgeous Ananas mousse…cute presentatin…belated b’rthday wishes for ur better half…

  • Thanks for visiting me! And I am not only a one time visitor, but will be a regular here from now on!

  • Oh and needless to say, what a gorgeous and delectable dessert dish.

    Oh! Supriya ! Thank you so much! I would love to have you over as frequently as u want. I’ll visit u too:-)

  • Droolworthy pics. Simple ingredients delightful recipe. Thank you for sending it to FIC-White.

  • mousse looks superab and thx for visiting my blog dear..u have a nice blog

  • I like the sound of a pineapple panna cotta! Great photos!

  • Hi – this looks wonderful – i will make this tomorrow. I am preparing a caribbean 4 course dinner and this will be the glorious ending… Thanks for this recipe and the lovely pic
    Cheers Alissa

  • You have some decadent and heavenly desserts:) Loved browsing your blog

  • Vaishu

    Hi – This looks wonderful.Can we substitute Agar-Agar instead of Gelatin in this recipe?

  • Its Me

    Hi this is an awesome blog and this recipe looks and sounds delish! Question, however…. what do you mean when you say “Fold in the gelatin mix into the pureed pineapple coconut mix.

    Beat the chilled cream till it forms soft peaks. Fold it in the above mixture”

    Dont quite understand what you mean by folding. Would love to make this for thanksgiving so hope to see a reply from you soon! =)

    Here is what “Fold” would mean.. “Folding” is combining one ingredient with another, very lightly to avoid loss of air. The motion consists of cutting vertically through the mixture and sliding across the bottom of the bowl and up the side and then turning over. Repeat until ingredients are mixed.

    Folding is usually used for “whipped” ingredients such as egg whites and cream. The “whipping” add air to the ingredient making it light and fluffy, and in the case of egg whites also makes the cake/mousse etc. rise, acting like a leavening agent (e.g. baking powder).” ….. with a spoon, gently scoop out some of the part from the bottom of the container and place it on the top… don’t stir… continue doing this till all is well combined. here is a video for “Folding” :

    Beat the Cream with a spoon(will take some time) or with an electric beater till you see the soft peaks on the surface of the cream. Fold in the cream (like explained above) with the pineapple gelatin mix. Again don’t stir.. it needs to keep the fluff of the cream.

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