Pina Colada Dip

I love it when I can drink a pina colada. Or eat one.

This dip tastes remarkably like a pina colada and it takes two minutes to make, has three ingredients, and it’s vegan and gluten free. Do I have your attention?

In a sea of pumpkin cakes, pumpkin cookies, roasted vegetable soup, and other fall-inspired food, I figured I’d turn seasonally appropriate on it’s head and make this dip.

Then again, pina coladas know no season.


If you like pina coladas, pineapple, and coconut, this is your dip. If you’re one of those “but I don’t like coconut” people, this is not the dip for you because it’s quite coconutty, as a pina colada is and should be.

I savored every chewy, texture-filled bite, largely from the sweetened shredded coconut that’s bound with creamy cream cheese. Feel free to use vegan cream cheese if that’s your preference. The bits of crushed pineapple further sweeten and add more texture and brightness to the tropical-infused spread.

I’ve made the dip both with and without adding rum. Malibu is especially delicious in it and if rum is added, this goes from a three-ingredient to a whopping four-ingredient recipe. Both versions are equally good. One will just get you in an island mood quicker than the other.

The dip comes together in literally two minutes. To four ounces of softened cream cheese, which is half of a standard-sized plastic tub or half of a block, add the pineapple, and add the rum if it’s after five o’clock somewhere, and stir in the coconut. If you like a very densely packed spread, add more coconut or more pineapple to the four ounces of cream cheese. As written, it’s pretty dense, although it could hold even more if you like an uber-thick spread.

If you prefer something more along the lines of a pineapple-and-coconut-flavored-cream cheese, simply add less pineapple and less coconut, allowing the cream cheese to shine through more. Scott’s more of a cream cheese purist whereas I’m a texture and flavor infusion junkie. I won and this dip is chock full of pineapple and coconut and tastes much more like a pina colada than it tastes like flavored cream cheese. Actually, there’s very little cream cheese taste per se, rather it lends the creamy mouthfeel that I associate with pina coladas.

The beauty of this little dippity dip is that it doesn’t make a big batch, just a cup and a half, give or take. When I see recipes that start off by calling for two eight-ounce blocks of cream cheese, I always wonder if these people have hollow legs or are feeding football teams when needing a pound of cream cheese in one recipe. It sounds great and all though. Small batches of dip are my friend because I’ve never met a dip, condiment, spread, or chutney, that I didn’t love, want to layer on thick, and polish off immediately.

I’ve been slathering this on bread, bagels, crackers, and my spoon has found its way into the container. It’s probably not that much different than eating pineapple-coconut Greek yogurt. Or something like that mindgame I can play so well. The dip tastes best after it’s been out of the refrigerator about 15 minutes and the cream cheese softens, gets creamier, and the dip tastes even more like an island vacation.

Although I love drinking pina coladas, eating them has been even better.

Pina Colada Dip (vegan, gluten-free)
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This dip tastes remarkably like a pina colada. Sweet, creamy, and full of bright pineapple and creamy coconut flavor. The spread comes together in two minutes flat, is vegan, gluten-free, and uses just a three ingredients.
Serves: Makes about 1½ cups dip, double the recipe if desired
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened (half of most standard-sized blocks or tubs; use vegan cream cheese, whipped, or light cream cheese if desired)
  • ⅓ cup crushed pineapple, with some juice included
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons Malibu or other rum, optional
  • 1 to 1¼ cups sweetened shredded coconut flakes
  1. In a medium-sized bowl, combine cream cheese, pineapple, and stir to combine. Optionally, add rum and stir to combine. Add coconut and fold it in, playing with the amount until dip is as dense and thick as desired. Serve immediately. Extra dip may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Related Recipes:

Pina Colada White Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies – A fun little cookie that tastes like a pina colada and they’re very soft, mois,t and goofproof, as cake mix cookies tend to be

Coconut Oatmeal Toffee Cookies – Chock full of texture from the coconut, oats, and crunchy bits of Heath bar toffee pieces, and it’s a small batch recipe

Baked Orange Banana Coconut Donuts with Orange Coconut Vanilla Cream Cheese Glaze – The donuts are wonderful with bananas, oranges, and coconut baked in, and the glaze makes them even better

Malibu Rum Fruit Loops Treats – Malibu, Fruit Loops, white chocolate, sprinkles, and no-bake. Sounds like a good Friday night 10-minute project to me

Coconut White Chocolate Chip Blondies – Rich, dense and full of coconut flavor, with white chocolate baked in, and dark chocolate drizzled on top. They’re almost fudge-like in texture

Pineapple Banana & Coconut Cream Smoothie (vegan, GF) – Tastes like a virgin pina colada in healthy smoothie form

Taste of the Tropics Smoothie (vegan, GF) – Another version of a healthy smoothie masquerading as virgin pina colada, but feel free to spike it

Do you like pina coladas? Coconut? Pineapple?

I love them all and try to work coconut, coconut milk, coconut oil, or pineapple, into anything I possibly can; from sweets and desserts to savory food and soups and stir frys.

I hope it’s after 5 o’clock for you and your weekend has started or is in sight. Have a great one and thanks for the Pumpkin Whoopie Pies + Book Giveaway entries – winner announced next post.


  1. Pina Colada Dip, get on my bagel!

    What a brilliant – and glorious – idea.

  2. Piña Colada DIP?! Amazing. Love coconut & pineapple – such a refreshing, delicious flavor combination.

  3. So whimsical and fun, Averie! Instead of coffee, I can now dunk your Baked Orange Banana Coconut Donuts into Piña Colada Dip! Yum =)

  4. I’ve never had a pina colada but I love coconut and rum, so I know I’d be a fan. It’s fun to still have summer-y desserts, as it reminds me it will one day be warm again.

  5. What a fun dip idea. I’m not a coconut fan, but I’ve found that when used properly, I don’t mind it so much. And I love pina coladas so I’m thinking I’d love this! And I love how easy it is too. Perfect for a party!

    • If you like pina coladas, you’ll like this I think…but if you don’t like coconut, but like pina coladas, well..I dunno…:) This is pretty coconutty! But see I think pina coladas are the epitome of coconutty!

  6. I’m definitely on your side, I prefer the chunky dip to the smoother ones!

  7. I’d love this, mr. Fussy pants wouldn’t. I think this would be so good as a shrimp dip or with veggie sticks. Yum!

  8. This is so beyond anything I’d imagine myself! Makes me think of warmth. Always good!

  9. A tropical touch as the weather gets cooler? Just perfect. Love pineapple anything

  10. Love how simple this recipe is!!! And packed with all that great pina colada flavor, I imagine this is quite addicting.

  11. A four-ingredient dip that can instantly transport me to a tropical island? Sign me up! I want to stick my face in there.

  12. What a fun idea, I love these flavors!

  13. The dip is a great idea! I can’t wait until I can make that. And it’s so pretty.

  14. Brill. Just brilliant.

    And how did I miss those Fruit Loop treats? I was never allowed to eat sugar cereals as a child so cereal treats + rum = PURE SCANDAL!!

  15. WhileI certianly LOVE LOVE LOVE drinking my pina coladas, I don’t think I’ve ever eaten one before? Or anything with thoe same flavors. Shame on me. Dip, being one of my favorite foods -(I call it a food because I literally EAT it like it’s at the bottom of my food pyramid – I can hold my own next to hummus, guac and buffalo dip) – in Pina Colada form is genius Averie. Leave it to you, queen of the tropics to come up with this. 3 ingredients (heck why would you NOT throw in the 4th?) to perfection. I love this idea! I’d spread it on a toasted bagel, toasted pita, dip salty pretzels into it… and maybe cinnamon graham crackers too! And I love that the ingredients are so common, more likely than not a person has a can of pineapple, CC, and coconut. At least I always do!

    • I eat dip like it’s its own food group. Trust me :) And yes, simple, easy, but oh, so good. You will never be able to look at cream cheese the same way again after loading it up with the tropics. Unless you stir in PB & cocoa powder (that’s a diff recipe though…lol)

  16. You get me with those white choco cookies every time…craving, craving, craving…Have a great weekend!

  17. I made the roasted carrot, pepper and peanut soup today for lunch and positively loved it! A loaf of homemade bread would have been good with it but I ran out of time…maybe tomorrow. I think some piña colada dip would be excellent on that as well!! The dip looks nice and chunky–and tropical flavors taste good to me in any season.

  18. Oooooh yeah, I like ALL of those things. A lot. Too much.

  19. Oh my goodness – I could seriously slather this on anything and everything!

  20. YUM! Flavors of the island that I grew up with in a dip?! I’m soo going to serve this at the next family get together. Everyone is going to flip for it! :)

  21. Hi Averie, I just found your site and your recipes look delicious.
    Would you mind answering a question for me?
    We are going to Aruba in April and I was wondering if you know what is the best Belgian chocolate to buy there?
    Brand, etc., and any other treats I should look for while there. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you!

    • That’s a really specific Belgian chocolate. I’m not an expert on Belgian choc. Aruba is a Dutch island (Holland, not Belgium) but I live in San Diego full time so my guess is as good as yours :)

  22. I would happily eat this whole bowl myself! Whoa!

  23. Pineapple, cream cheese, rum and coconut…um, what is NOT to love in there??! That dip looks fantastic. You know those big sourdough, hard pretzels? I bet those would be perfect for dipping that pina colada deliciousness! Another good one, Averie! :-)

  24. Oh my! I can see spreading this on a baked baguette and topped with cooked shrimp! Perfect recipe, I love it!!

  25. Wow, this looks dangerous! I love anything coconut and tropical.

  26. You always win the prize for creativity! :D This is something that I would never think of. But I absolutely LOVE pina coladas, it’s probably one of my favorite flavor combinations in the world. This dip is very intriguing!

  27. My favorite drink in dip form? This will be made today. Maybe twice.

  28. Wow-that looks so refreshing and amazing!

  29. Thank you for turning the season on it’s pumpkin-y head! This looks amazing!! I can’t get enough of anything that has chunks of coconut sticking out in every direction. (One of my mantras just happens to be “it’s five o’clock somewhere.”) :D

  30. Thank goodness there is no season for pina coladas! I know for a fact that I would never share this amazing dip with anyone… I will hide in the closet and eat it.

  31. Brilliant! I am a huge coconut lover so this dip sounds amazing and could be my new go-to dip this winter when I’ll miss summer. Thanks, Averie!

  32. This looks wonderful, I’m a huge coconut fan too and what a fun way to use it!

  33. Delicious! I would love to eat my pina colada!

  34. I don’t understand how people can NOT like coconut and pineapple. Personally, I love it!

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