14 Piña Colada-Inspired Recipes That Taste Like a Vacation in a Bite
Piña coladas, which are made with pineapple juice, coconut cream, and rum, just scream "summertime." Add an umbrella and a cherry on top, and you're practically at the beach before you have even one sip. But even if you can't get to an island or the shore, you can transfer those same flavors from your favorite cocktail into a whole host of delicious treats. Start the day with piña colada French toast, enjoy piña colada fruit salad as a snack, or end the day on a sweet note by whipping up piña colada cake. We gathered our best piña colada-inspired recipes so you can have a taste of vacation even if you're a thousand miles away from a sandy beach.
Tres Leches Pina Colada Cake
Get all the soft texture of a tres leches cake, but with the fun flavor of a pina colada. Crushed pineapple is baked into the cake batter, while coconut cream flavors the rich topping poured on the cake itself.
Easy Pina Colada French Toast
"This recipe is a keeper," says reviewer DIZ. "As a pina colada fan I loved this and found it to be a new and exciting way to make French toast."
Simple Pina Colada Muffins
These treats are like bulked-up banana muffins, with chopped pineapple and shredded coconut. Reviewer Tammy Lynn says, "These were very good. They turned out very moist and not overly sweet."
Pina Colada Fruit Salad
Say bye bye to boring fruit salads. This version uses pine colada mix as a creamy dressing to bring the entire dish together.
Alcohol-Free Pina Colada Cupcakes
It doesn't get much easier than these pina colada cupcakes, which are kid-friendly since they're alcohol-free. The main flavor comes from a combination of coconut and pineapple baking extracts.
Pina Colada Flan
Rich and custardy, pina colada flan will become your new favorite way to do this classic dessert. Cream of coconut and tangy pineapple juice add flavor to the base, with shredded coconut finishes off the dish with crunchy texture.
Pina Colada Ice Pops
Take a break from the heat with this sweet treat. Canned pineapple, coconut milk, and banana are all blended together before being frozen into perfectly portioned ice pops.
Pina Colada Cake
This decadent cake contains all the ingredients to make a good pina colada — including a whole half cup of rum. Served cold, this recipe is the perfect dessert for cooling down at your next summer barbeque.
Nutty Pina Colada Biscotti
Just begging to be dunked into your next cup of coffee or tea, these rich pina colada biscotti will soon be a staple of your morning routine.
Pina Colada Pie
No one will guess how easy it was to make this impressive pie. The filling is a creamy coconut base, which is mixed with rum extract, canned pineapple, and Maraschino cherries.
Pina Colada Cookies
"A pineapple-coconut cookie with a hint of rum," describes recipe creator Janice. "I started out to make a plain pineapple cookie but then got daring and in the process I discovered a great cookie."
Pina Colada Pudding
This rich pudding is jam-packed with a variety of fruits. Pineapple and coconut are present, for the classic pina colada taste, but also banana and orange zest for a burst of bright flavor.
Pina Colada Macaroons
Macaroons are traditionally made with a coconut base, but this fun recipe also adds diced dried pineapple to create a wow-worthy combo. Best part? These easy cookies are ready in just half an hour.
Pina Colada Bread Pudding
You'll look forward to having leftover bread once you've tried this pina colada bread pudding. Serve hot with a scoop coconut ice cream for the perfect treat.