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Easy Pina Colada No Bake Dessert Recipe

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This no bake dessert recipe combines two of my favorite summer things: pina coladas and an easy dessert recipe! With little hands on time, this quick dessert recipe is perfect for summer potlucks.

Easy no bake desserts are perfect for summer and this pina colada inspired treat is also quick to make!  Coconut, pineapple, and cherries are the stars of this simple dessert recipe.

I love pina coladas especially when the weather is hot.  My husband and I had a pina colada every single night on our honeymoon and they’ve become “our” drink.  The combination of coconut and pineapple is just so refreshing.

I needed to whip up a quick dessert recipe for a potluck just before school let out.  I had seen this Italian cake recipe on Pinterest and those cherries were calling my name.

No Bake Pina Colada Dessert

I did a little searching and found the recipe in a few places pretty much exactly as written. No one had a photo of what the cake looked like when served, though. I got curious.

I also couldn’t find what is Italian about the cake so I decided instead to add my own twist by using coconut milk to make it even more like a pina colada.

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This no bake dessert recipe is super quick to make. I put it together while my husband put the kids to bed one night.  He was rather surprised to come downstairs and find dessert going in the fridge.

The original recipe calls for this to be made in a 9×13 pan, but I wanted two smaller dishes so I made two of them in pie pans.  I just divided everything in half and it pretty much worked.

Easy no bake desserts are perfect for summer and this pina colada inspired treat is also quick to make!  Coconut, pineapple, and cherries are the stars of this simple dessert recipe.

Pina Colada No Bake Dessert Recipe

Easy Pina Colada No Bake Dessert Recipe

Easy Pina Colada No Bake Dessert Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 box vanilla wafers
  • 1 20 oz can crushed pineapple
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup canned coconut milk
  • 3-4 drops lemon essential oil
  • 1 container whipped topping
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 10-15 Maraschinos cherry halves, dried off with a paper towel

Instructions

  1. Place a single layer of the cookies on the bottom of a 9 x 13 or two pie plates. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together pineapple, condensed milk and coconut milk until combined.
  3. Carefully spread half of the milk and pineapple mixture over the top of the first layer of cookies.
  4. Place another layer of cookies on top of the pineapple and milk mixture.
  5. Using an offset spatula, evenly spread the whipped topping on top of the second layer of cookies.
  6. Top with coconut and cherries.
  7. Cover the dessert and refrigerate for at least 8 hours. The dessert will keep for at least a few days in the refrigerator.
  8. It's easiest to serve this by scooping out the dessert with a large spoon.
 

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7 Comments
  • JamesCannon
    May 19, 2017

    OMG! Look so good.I glad to thank you Camille to provide the wonderful dessert dish and best part is it’s no bake dish.

  • Theresa
    June 25, 2015

    Looks so good! We love no bake recipes for summer. It’s already been getting hot here. Pinned, tweeted & scheduled on FB. Thanks for dropping in at the Inspiration Spotlight Party! Hope to see you again soon.

  • Tanya
    June 24, 2015

    I love pina coladas but it’s been awhile since I had one. Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday Linkup last week. Pinning to our linkup board and hope you joined us again this weekend.

  • Katherines Corner
    June 22, 2015

    Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Watch for your feature tomorrow xo

  • Cindy
    June 21, 2015

    I love no bake desserts and this one sounds fantastic! I’m featuring you this week, over at Simple Supper Tuesday. We hope you can join us again, starting Monday night at 8pm EST.

  • Christy
    June 12, 2015

    So glad you tried the recipe and liked it. Your cake looks amazing. Pass some over please!

    • Camille
      June 12, 2015

      Thanks for the inspiration, Christy!