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Pineapple Ice Cream Sundaes
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Pineapple Ice Cream Sundaes

It’s my birthday tomorrow and I’m turning the big 3-0!  I’m not exactly sure how this happened so quickly, but I’m excited for the future and by the fact that Apolinaras promised to bring home my favorite carrot cake cupcakes from Petsi’s Pies!

Speaking of birthdays, I realized that I never posted the dessert I made for Apolinaras’ birthday last month. He actually doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth, and I usually make this cake by Paula Deen for him that features pineapple and coconut, but this year he said he didn’t even want a cake since he was still in cutting mode for his bodybuilding. I couldn’t take no for an answer though and decided to whip up something healthy that he would still enjoy. I combined fresh pineapple with low-fat cottage cheese, lime juice, and sugar, ran it through my ice cream machine and then made mini sundaes layered with toasted coconut and fresh strawberries. You can definitely taste the cottage cheese, which Apolinaras really enjoyed, but I have to admit I prefer the real deal. But, it’s a nice light treat for those days that you’re craving something sweet but don’t want to undo the progress you made in the gym!

Pineapple Ice Cream Sundaes
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
4 cups chopped fresh pineapple (one pineapple, my 4 cups were 25 ounces)
2 cups low fat cottage cheese
Juice of one lime
3/4 cup sugar (or to taste)
1/2 cup toasted shredded coconut
2 cups chopped strawberries

Directions:
Place pineapple, cottage cheese, lime juice, and sugar in a food processor and pulse until sugar is dissolved and mixture is smooth. Place mixture in the fridge and chill until cold, about 2 hours. Place mixture in the ice cream maker and churn according to the machine directions. Transfer to a freezer-safe container and freeze for at least 2 hours before serving. Layer pineapple ice cream with toasted coconut and strawberries to make mini sundaes. Makes 8 servings.

Nutrition: 192 calories, 2.2g fat, 2.3g fiber, 8.5g protein per serving
Cost: $0.92 per serving

41 Responses to Pineapple Ice Cream Sundaes

  1. I love this idea! I have pureed cottage cheese to lighten up savory cream-based dishes before, but I’ve never thought of doing it for a dessert. Toasted coconut is just about the best thing ever (besides chocolate!) so I’m sure I’d love this!

  2. I would never have thought to ice cream-ify cottage cheese. What a great idea! I love that stuff and it is especially good with sweet things because it is so salty (I am a sucker for the sweet-salty combo). Even though this may not be MY ideal birthday dessert, I’m happy to hear that your husband enjoyed it. Happy birthday to YOU by the way! You do not look 30 at all. In fact, I would have said you were around 24/25 from your picture. Have a good one and enjoy that carrot cake!

  3. That is awesome that you were able to come up with a healthy birthday treat for your husband using the flavors that he loves! I hope you have a great birthday!

  4. Ooh… happy 30th!!! And yay September birthdays (mine’s the 15th).

    I live right down the street from Petsi Pies but have still not been in there. But I have tried some desserts from there at Tupelo, and they were delicious! Hope you enjoy your birthday cupcakes.

  5. you’re almost 30? Who would have guessed? you’ve got such a young and passionate and spunky spirit and style! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! and man, it’s 100 degrees here…that dessert sounds PERFECT to me!

  6. That’s absolutely perfect! I’ll have to keep that in mind as I get closer to my competition. Luckily, I still have so long to go, I can indulge in things even a little more dangerous than that. Gotta love the protein in this though, awesome :) And Happy Birthday!

  7. This looks so yummy. I used to eat cottage cheese a lot before I became lactose intolerant, and I do so miss it. I always found it to be filling and satisfying with fruit. Congrats on reaching the big 3-0, and may you have many more happy and healthy years ahead of you! Enjoy your carrot cake.

  8. happy bday! :) i wonder if greek yogurt would work instead of the cottage cheese? i’ve been meaning to give it a try in ice cream. hope you had a wonderful day, and enjoyed those cupcakes 😉

  9. I hope you are having a wonderful birthday!!!!!!! I too wonder where the time has gone! And wow, I’m impressed that Apolinaras refused a cake on his birthday! That’s hard to do – training or not! This sundae looks really delicious! I bet the crunch of the coconut provides a nice texture to the dessert (I’m gearing up to watch Top Chef tonight so their verbiage is infiltrating my brain!) :)

  10. drat! a day late and a dollar short–story of my life. hope you had a phenomenal birthday–eat all the sundaes you want, particularly the ones as delicious and unique as this concoction!

  11. Looks delicious and light and refreshing! Yummy! Such a great idea.

    And, happy birthday! I hope your day is fun-filled and beautiful. Enjoy the carrot cake :)

  12. Pineapple is always so refreshing! and I could use a cup of this sundae right now. Hope I’m not too late in wishing you a Happy, Happy Belated Birthday :D. Looks like you had a great celebration too!

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