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Grilled pineapple sundaes make for the ultimate summer treat! These sundaes consist of brown sugar rubbed & grilled pineapple slices topped with frozen vanilla yogurt and a delicious walnut-graham cracker crumble.
This post shares how to prepare and grill pineapple and the best ways to top it off.
It’s no secret I’m obsessed with grilling! Not too many days go by without the grill being fired up. And while I’ve shared everything from the best chicken marinade to grilled steak fajitas, I’ve never shared a grilled dessert.
But that’s changing today starting with these grilled pineapple sundaes! This dessert is incredibly easy to make and the perfect treat on a hot summer day!
So let’s start with getting the pineapples ready to be grilled!
If your grocery store sells pre-cored pineapple with the rind removed and you’re in a big hurry — grab it!
If not grabbing a pre-cut pineapple, here’s a great guide to cutting one.
Alternatively, a pineapple corer/slicer (affiliate link) will also save time and is great to have if you eat a lot of pineapple. Once the rind is removed, cut the pineapple into 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick slices.
How to grill pineapple
- Preheat the grill to medium high heat (about 400 degrees F) or heat the grill pan over high heat.
- Prepare the grill by cleaning with a grill brush to remove any built-up residue and then oil the grill. I do this by drenching a rolled up paper towel in vegetable oil and, holding it with tongs, rub it liberally over the grill grates (or ridges in a grill pan).
- Prepare the pineapple (read above) and then rub brown sugar over the slices.
- Place pineapple slices on the grill and cook, flipping once in between until tender, golden, and lightly charred. About 2-4 minutes per side.
Serve warm topped with frozen vanilla yogurt and the walnut crumble!
Grilling pineapple on a George Foreman grill
If you don’t have access to a gas or charcoal grill (or oven with a grill pan) you can use a George Foreman grill. Preheat the grill to 375 degrees F. Prep the pineapple as directed and then place the slices on the hot grill and close the top. Check after 3 minutes for char marks and doneness; you may need 1-3 additional minutes depending on personal preference, thickness of pineapple slices, etc.
What goes good on pineapple?
The tangy and sweet taste of pineapple pairs perfectly with frozen vanilla yogurt and a delicious walnut crumble. This is the ultimate summer dessert!
Some other ideas:
- Pair it with other grilled fruits (such as grilled peaches). You could even make fruit kebabs and grill all the fruit together.
- Add fresh whipped cream (how to make whipped cream guide)
- Add vanilla Greek yogurt instead of frozen yogurt
- Drizzle with caramel sauce
- Add just crushed walnuts in place of the crumble
Walnut graham cracker topping
The walnut crumble topping pulls everything together for this grilled pineapple dessert. It starts with crushed graham crackers and finely chopped walnuts. We add some sugar, salt, and cinnamon for flavor and sweetness.
The walnuts not only add a great flavor, but they also keep this dessert on the more nutritious side (with frozen yogurt and fruit, this is definitely categorized as a better-for-you treat). Walnuts have a variety of potential health benefits, and are a natural source of antioxidants. (1)
Beyond adding walnuts to the crumble, I like to also add a few more coarsely chopped walnuts on top for additional texture and flavor.
More fruit-filled treats:
Grilled pineapple sundaes make for the ultimate summer treat! Sugar rubbed grilled pineapple slices topped with frozen vanilla yogurt and a delicious walnut-graham cracker crumble.
- 1 large pineapple, rind cut off and sliced into 1/2 -3/4 inch slices
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
- Vegetable or canola oil
- 1 container frozen vanilla yogurt (found near regular ice cream in grocery store)
- 1/2 cup walnuts, separated
- 3 sheets graham crackers, crushed
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 2 tablespoons white sugar
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Small pinch fine sea salt
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
GRILL: Preheat the grill to medium high heat (about 400 degrees F) or heat the grill pan over high heat. Prepare the grill by cleaning with a grill brush to remove any built-up residue and then oil the grill. I do this by drenching a rolled up paper towel in vegetable oil and, holding it with tongs, rub it liberally over the grill grates (or ridges in a grill pan). (Oil the grill right before adding the pineapple)
PINEAPPLE: Remove the rind and stem from the pineapple and cut into 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick slices (you can also remove core as desired, we just cut it out after it's been grilled). Rub brown sugar over the slices and let stand until grill is fully heated. Place pineapple slices on the grill and cook, flipping once in between until tender, golden, and lightly charred, about 2-4 minutes per side (variation depends on the thickness, ripeness of pineapple, and actual heat of grill) Use a wide metal (sharp) spatula/turner for easy removal and flipping of the pineapple slices. If you find the pineapple sticking at all use a bit more oil on the grill grates.
CRUMBLE: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8 x 8 pan with cooking spray or line with parchment paper and set aside. Finely chop 1/3 cup of the walnuts and add to a large bowl. Crush the graham crackers into crumbs (using a powerful blender or food processor OR crush in a bag using a rolling pin) and add to the bowl. Add the brown sugar, white sugar, melted butter, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla to the bowl. Stir until combined. Pour mixture into prepared pan and spread evenly into one layer. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Allow to cool and then crumble and sprinkle on top of frozen vanilla yogurt. Coarsely chop the remaining few tablespoons of walnuts and add on top of the crumble.
ASSEMBLE: Place grilled pineapple slices on plates and top each slice with a large scoop of frozen vanilla yogurt. Add the crumble on top and coarsely chopped walnuts. Enjoy immediately.
How many calories are in grilled pineapple?
1 Walnuts offer a variety of antioxidants (3.721 mmol/oz), including polyphenols (69.3 ± 16.5 μmol catechin equivalents/g) and gamma tocopherol (5.91 mg/ounce). The data for antioxidant capacity of foods generated by test-tube methods cannot be extrapolated to human effects. Clinical trials to test benefits of dietary antioxidants have produced mixed results.