Pineapple Mousse

July 25, 2021mayurisjikoni
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Pineapple Mousse is an easy to prepare, light, creamy, summery, vegan dessert. It is unbelievably delicious and perfect for summer parties. I usually prepare it a day ahead to save on time. You just need a few ingredients to prepare this dessert.

You may use fresh pineapple to prepare the mousse but you need to cook the pineapple and cool it down before proceeding to make the mousse. Bromelain present in fresh pineapple is a protein digesting enzyme. This enzyme prevents gelatin or agar agar to set. In cooked or tinned(canned) pineapple the bromelain are de -natured and thus don’t prevent the agar agar or gelatin to set.

I use both, cooked and canned pineapples for this dessert, depending on the time I have and also if pineapples are in season.

Vegan Pineapple Mousse

I don’t follow a vegan diet, but this recipe just happens to be vegan as I love the combination of coconut and pineapple. Also I had some Vege-Gel (by Dr. Oetker) which I had to use up before I closed my kitchen down in June.

You can replace the Vege-Gel with normal gelatin. However, remember that normal gelatin is not vegan.

Can I replace the Coconut Cream with normal double or whipping cream?

The answer is yes if you are not making a vegan pineapple mousse. Occasionally I make it with double whipping cream and it turns out lovely.

Puree and Strain The Pineapple

This step is important whether you use cooked or canned pineapple. It just gives a nice smooth texture. No one enjoys pineapple fiber in a smooth velvety dessert.

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Did I mention, I love pineapple? Yes I do, fresh or canned. I can actually finish a can of pineapples, but have to hold back…desperately. During the pineapple season, I buy constantly keep on buying them till hubby complains that the apartment smells as though I’ve opened a pineapple market! But the pineapple smell doesn’t bother me at all.

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For this week Stacy who blogs at Food Lust People Love, suggested this :”Share your favorite dessert recipes that do not require turning the oven on”! This was just down my alley, as I really don’t make many oven based desserts, mostly due to the hot weather in Mombasa. My really old pineapple mousse recipe required a bit of updating, especially the write up and the definitely the photos.Therefore, for this theme I am sharing an updated post – Pineapple Mousse.

This post was first published on 26/06/2013. While the recipe remains the same, I’ve added new photos and written the post in a more constructed manner.

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Ingredients Required For Pineapple Mousse

Pineapple – you need about 350 – 400g pineapple chunks. Can be fresh or canned. If you are using fresh pineapple, then you need to cook it with little water till it becomes soft. Cool the pineapple before you use it to make the mousse.
Gelatin – here I have used Vege Gel by Dr. Oetker. If you use normal gelatin, use one sachet which is usually about 7g.  Vege Gel sachets are usually  6.5g but for the mousse one sachet works well as I don’t want a firm set mousse.
Water – normal tap water for soaking the gelatin.
Powdered Sugar – icing sugar, confectioners sugar. Add according to your taste and how sweet the pineapple is.
Coconut Cream – use good quality coconut cream which is thick and creamy. When in Mombasa I prefer to use Azam Cream. Or I prefer Umbrella Coconut Cream.
Turmeric Powder – totally optional. Sometimes I add a pinch to the pineapple puree especially when the pineapple is not deep yellow.






Pineapple Mousse is an easy to prepare, light, creamy, summery, vegan dessert. It is unbelievably delicious and perfect for summer parties. I usually prepare it a day ahead to save on time. You just need a few ingredients to prepare this dessert. 
4.80 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine International
Servings 4


  • 400 g pineapple chunks canned and approx 3 cups
  • tsp gelatin
  • 3 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 cup coconut cream 250ml
  • ¼ cup water room temperature


  • Add water in a small heatproof bowl. Sprinkle gelatin over the water. Mix gently and leave it on the side to bloom for 10 minutes.
  • In the meantime get the pineapple ready. Puree the pineapple chunks with ¼ cup of the juice or water.
  • Strain the pureed pineapple to remove any fibers if there are any. Add turmeric powder if you are using any.
  • Heat water in a small pan. Place the bowl with the gelatin over the hot water. Mix till it dissolves.
  • Add coconut cream and sugar into a big bowl. Whisk together to mix and till the mixture is a bit frothy.
  • Add the pineapple puree and whisk to mix well.
  • Add the dissolved gelatin mixture and whisk to mix.
  • Pour the mousse into serve cups or bowls.
  • Cover the cups or bowls with a lid, cling film or aluminium foil.
  • Allow the mousse to set for at least 6-8 hours.
  • Top with your favourite topping and serve. I just added some pineapple pieces. Can add chopped pistachio, coconut flakes, or with grated chocolate.


  • If you use fresh pineapple, then you need to cook or stew it in some water to de nature the bromelain. Bromelain present in pineapple doesn't allow gelatin or agar agar to set.
  • Can use fresh double or whipping cream instead of coconut cream. But I highly recommend the coconut cream.
  • Use any topping of your choice... chopped pineapple, grated chocolate, toasted coconut flakes, etc.
Keyword easy pineapple mousse recipe, vegan pineapple mousse recipe

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  • kitchen queen

    June 26, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Hi u have a lovely blog.U can visit my blog and give ur valuable comments.

  • Mayuri's jikoni

    June 27, 2013 at 10:10 am

    thank you. I will visit your blog.

  • sangeetha pn

    September 1, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Wow.. This looks superb.. New one for me.. seems delicious.. Very happy to be here and happy to follow you

  • Sneha Datar

    July 25, 2021 at 12:35 pm

    Looks so good, must try this recipe!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 25, 2021 at 2:44 pm

      Thanks Sneha.

  • Stacy

    July 25, 2021 at 8:01 pm

    I love pineapple desserts and your mousse with the coconut cream looks so inviting! Perfect for a warm summer day.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 27, 2021 at 6:53 pm

      Thanks Stacy and totally agree with you, it is perfect for summer days.

  • Wendy Klik

    July 25, 2021 at 8:04 pm

    I will have to go with the non vegan option because my husband has an adverse reaction to coconut cream but I know he is going to be thrilled with this dessert.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 27, 2021 at 6:53 pm

      Thank you Wendy, sometimes I make it with dairy cream and it tastes equally good. So go ahead and make it.

  • Archana

    July 27, 2021 at 2:17 pm

    5 stars
    I have been eyeing this recipe since 8t showed up on my you tube feed and wishing I can grab the vegan pineapple mousse off the screen.
    Absolutely delicious and easy to make and I will make some soon and share my feedback.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 27, 2021 at 6:47 pm

      Thank you so much Archana, waiting for your feedback.

  • Preethicuisine

    July 27, 2021 at 2:32 pm

    5 stars
    Vegan pineapple mousse sounds so refreshing and delish. I would love to treat myself with this yummy dessert. I think I need to start using pineapple in my recipes. Beautiful clicks.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 27, 2021 at 6:47 pm

      Thank you so much Preethi. Try out this easy recipe.

  • Jayashree T.Rao

    July 27, 2021 at 7:29 pm

    5 stars
    The vegan pineapple mousse looks delicious. Liked the coconut cream that you have used, it must have given a good taste to it.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 27, 2021 at 9:55 pm

      Thanks Jayashree, pineapple and coconut make a good combination.

  • hem lata srivastava

    July 27, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    4 stars
    Mousse looks absolutely delicious. You have described easiest way to make it as we know. Pineapple has water but the texture looks so perfect. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 27, 2021 at 9:54 pm

      Thank you so much Hem Lata. I’ve added only little water to process the pineapple.

  • Jolly

    July 28, 2021 at 4:19 pm

    5 stars
    Pineapple and coconut such a delightful combo. I love this quick and easy desserts. The texture of mousse is so beautiful and perfect. Perfect summer treat for vegans as well for non vegans.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 29, 2021 at 4:06 pm

      Thank you so much Jolly.

  • Isabelle

    March 15, 2022 at 7:33 pm

    Hello! Just reading through this recipe and noted that it does have gelatin in it-making it non vegan. Wondering if you meant to use agar agar? As that is derived from seaweed, rather then animal based gelatin.
    Just curious!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 17, 2022 at 11:21 pm

      Hi Isabelle I have used Dr. Oetker’s vege gel which basically is made of carrageenan (red seed weed) and locust bean gum (also known as carob gum). Therefore, it totally plant based.

  • Mike

    April 26, 2023 at 11:24 am

    This recipe can’t be vegan if it contains gelatin how funny is that gelatin is made 86% with animal fat 😂🙈

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 26, 2023 at 11:02 pm

      Hello Mike I am aware that gelatin is not vegan. For this particular recipe I have used vege gel by Dr. Oetker which contains no animal gelatin. The main gelling ingredient in this particular product is carrageenan which is extracted from edible seaweed.

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