Well it finally feels like spring and for longer than just one day. Last week was wonderful and inspired us to think about all of the fabulous spring recipes and even some new ones to create.

Joy and I decided to take a trip to the grocery store and walk around the produce section of the store to see about a lighter, healthier dessert using fruit. As soon as we hit the aisle the scent from the sweet pineapples engulfed us with tropical wonders. We looked at each other and and said that’s it, we have to do something with pineapple.

Of course Joy rattles off tons of ideas, babbling on and on about about all the fancy recipes she’s had over the years. Fancy Schmancy … I just want to keep it simple. Apparently one of us has a lot of time and energy and it definitely is not me. I do like fabulous just like Joy but I like to keep it simple. I think you will love this simple recipe for grilled sweet pineapple slices.

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Grilled Pineapple with Coconut cream and Roasted Nuts

An easy recipe for grilled pineapple with vanilla scented maple and roasted nuts is so simple and definitely a winner!

1 tub So Delicious coco whip *

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/3 cup maple syrup or honey

1/2 cup nuts of choice, chopped & roasted

1 pineapple

Fresh mint for garnish, if desired.

Roast the nuts of choice in the oven heated to 350F for about 12 minutes, set aside to cool. Grill the pineapple. Pre-heat your grill to high or if using a grill pan on top of stove heat to medium high heat. Remove the top and bottom portions of the pineapple and discard. Slice the remaining pineapple into slices about 1-inch thick. We are leaving the skin on. You can usually get about 6 slices from one medium pineapple. Mix the maple syrup with 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Taste it, if you like more vanilla then add it! Brush each each side of the pineapple slices with maple syrup glaze and place them on your pre-heated grill. Grill for about 2-3 minutes on each side, or until they get nice grill marks and the pineapple is slightly softened. Remove from the grill. Squeeze some fresh lime juice over the pineapple slices.

Get creative! Try brushing the slices with sweet or spicy rum and topping with coconut flake or even pistachios. You can even use can slices of pineapple if you don’t want to deal with the real deal.

Serve the grilled pineapple slices with a dollop of coconut whipped cream and a sprinkle of toasted nuts. Garnish with fresh mint, if desired.

*can be purchased in the health food section of most grocery store chains

— Judy Vig and Joy Paoletti