This is the BEST No Bake Pineapple Dessert recipe! It’s a quick and easy no-bake dessert you’re gonna love! A no bake crust is filled with a thick eggless cream cheese filling and topped with crushed graham crackers!
I have to say, Pineapple Cream Cheese Dessert is one of my weaknesses. It’s rich and silky, yet light and creamy, and bite after bite goes down SO easily. Good luck just having one slice! A favorite with everyone who’s tried it, you can’t miss on this No Bake Pineapple Pie for your next Pot Luck or family gathering!
In the past I’ve made No Bake Chocolate Dessert, No Bake Lemon Pudding Cream Pie, No Bake Oreo Dessert, and now this NO BAKE Canned Pineapple Dessert. I gotta say, I think no-bake pies are my favorite and this pineapple cream version is definitely in the top 3!
It’s hard to believe that this delicious no bake dessert requires no baking, but it’s true—the dessert assembly is a snap and all you have to do is chill it. Crushed graham crackers top a cream cheese pie filling layer inside a buttery graham cracker crust. The richness of the cream cheese combined with the sweetness of cool whip, served up cold, is a tasty finish to any family dinner!
How to make No Bake Pineapple dessert
You will need a short trip to your grocery store to purchase an 8 oz. block of cream cheese, a tub of cool whip, a can of sliced pineapples, a box of graham crackers and one graham cracker crust.
What kind of canned pineapple to buy
I didn’t buy crushed pineapples because in my store they only sell them in heavy syrup. Do you know what crushed pineapples in heavy syrup look like? Applesauce! Runny and slimy. That’s not what we want for this dessert. We need distinct pieces of pineapples not mushy mess. Therefore I recommend being sliced pineapple and chopping it into smaller slices with a knife. That’s it!
What kind of pie crust do I need
You will need an 8 inch pre-made graham cracker crust. If you head down the baking isle, you will find it on the shelf next to sugar, and other baking condiments. Not in a freezer section. It comes in a disposable tin foil pie dish. You definitely need to carefully open it up to avoid damaging it.
Do I need to bake my graham cracker crust?
No, you can use it straight out of the box.
Let’s start by softening cream cheese. You will microwave it in the oven safe dish for 20 seconds. Next, you will move it to a large bow and add a tub of cool whip. Using a rubber spatula, gently mix everything together.
How to use canned pineapple
First of all, let’s drain it first. Then, we will chop it into small chunks and add it to the cream cheese/cool whip mixture. Fold all that pineapple into the mixture.
Now that we prepared the filling for our pineapple dessert, let’s fill that pie crust all the way to the top.
How to crush graham crackers
Because we are using crushed graham crackers as the topping our no bake pineapple pie, we will need a zip lock bag and a wooden roller to crush them.
Once you crush your graham crackers, you will have both powdery chunks and more sizable ones. That’s exactly what we want. We don’t want uniformity – we want a variety of texture!
All that we have left to do is add these crushed graham crackers on top of our pineapple dessert. I used my fingers to spread them over the top. As you can see from the picture below, I didn’t put anything on the edges of the pie, but instead kept the crumbs towards the center.
Why refrigerate this no bake pineapple pie
We want to be able to cut into this delicious dessert easily, which is why I recommend refrigerating it for at least an hour! I also sometimes put it in the freezer for 30 minutes or more, if short on time. That works too! We just need a cooler temperature to ensure that fats in cool whip and cream cheese solidify again so that we can easily slice our pineapple dessert. It’s so much easier to serve it that way!
No Bake Pineapple Dessert
- 8 oz. cream cheese (one package)
- 8 oz. cool whip (one tub)
- 20 oz. chopped canned pineapples (drained, from a can)
- 1 graham cracker crust (8 inch)
- 6 graham crackers (crushed)
- Soften cream cheese by microwaving it for 20 seconds in a microwave safe bowl.
- Using a rubber spatula, add Cool Whip into the softened cream cheese and gently mix together.
- Drain pineapples. Once you chop your pineapples, add them into the cream cheese mixture.
- Next, spread the cream cheese mixture over 8 inch graham cracker crust.
- Crush graham crackers inside a zip lock bag using a wooden spoon or a roller. Add crushed graham crackers on top of the pie.
- Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.