Pineapple and Passion Fruit with Toasted Coconut Flakes

This is an extremely easy, cheap and healthy dessert to make. It is the perfect dessert if you are on a tight budget/a student but still want to serve your guests (or yourself) a beautiful yet healthy treat. Pineapples are very good for your stomach, containing bromelain, an enzyme that breaks down proteins. The bromelain from pineapples is used as an anti-inflammatory agent. Its nutrients include calcium, potassium, fibre, and vitamin C. In addition it is low in fat and cholesterol. One of the benefits of pineapple is that it helps to build healthy bones. Pineapples are rich in manganese, a trace mineral that is needed for your body to build bone and connective tissues. Passion fruits contain vitamin C, A and potassium. They are also rich in fibre, contain antioxidants and the juice of passion fruit is supposed to reduce cancer cell growth. The phenolic acids and flavonoids present in the fruit are supposed to possess heart-protecting function. You can use mangoes instead of pineapples. Note that you can prepare this dessert at least one day ahead.

This recipe is:

  • Egg free
  • Gluten free
  • Lactose (dairy) free
  • Nut free
  • Nut free but includes seeds/oils from seeds
  • Vegan

Pineapple and Passion Fruit with Toasted Coconut Flakes

Serves 2 people


  • 250 grams pineapple (weight measured after trimming)
  • 2-3 passion fruits
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • Handful coconut flakes


  1. To peel the pineapple, place it base side down and carefully slice off the skin, carving out any remaining hard "eyes" with the tip of your knife. Then cut the pineapple into quarters, remove the core (hard part in the middle) and cut the 250 grams pineapple into small chunks.
  2. Place the handful coconut flakes on a frying pan without oil and heat them for 2-3 minutes or until fragrant. Shift the flakes around in the pan. Allow to cool completely.
  3. Divide the pineapple between two large dessert bowls or glasses.
  4. Slice the 2-3 passion fruits into halves. Scoop out the seeds and divide between the bowls.
  5. Divide the 2 tablespoons orange juice between the bowls (sprinkle over the pineapple chunks).
  6. Place in the fridge until serving time (at least 30 minutes).
  7. Just before serving, divide the coconut flakes between the two bowls.
  8. Serve immediately.


  • You can use apple juice instead of the orange juice.
  • You can prepare the dessert a day ahead. Just wrap the bowls in clingfilm and place in the fridge.
  • When selecting passion fruits: Select those that are heavy for their size with smooth to slightly wrinkled skin. Passion fruit should never feel too light or airy.