Sugarless Faux Pineapple

Sugarless Faux Pineapple (Sugar Free, THM FP)

So the other day, one of my lifelong friends posted about making some Faux Pineapple!

Oh did my mind start whirling about with that! Kathy You truly inspired this creation … Thank you!!

I would love to share her recipe with you however it isn’t friendly to those of us following Trim Healthy Mama, I had to tweak it to make it on plan.

She used Pineapple Juice and Splenda in this recipe from the USDA website. Which for those not following THM would probably work wonderfully.

However I’m trying not to spike my sugar with juices and I rarely use Splenda (unless I am cooking for those that will not/ cannot eat stevia, which Kath is one of those people)

So I swapped out the juice for some water…added my sweetener… added a bit of extract/flavoring and


Sugarless Faux Pineapple was born!

I can now make cakes and treats with something that tastes like pineapple without spiking my sugar and use cream cheese frosting to my heart’s content on those treats.

Can you say Hummingbird Cake!! Yeah Mama!!


5.0 from 2 reviews
Sugarless Faux Pineapple
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A wonderful replacement for canned pineapple made from garden fresh zucchini. They will never know the difference!!
Serves: 5⅕ Quarts
  • 4 quarts zucchini (peeled and grated)
  • 46 ounces water
  • 1½ cups lemon juice
  • 1½ cups THM Gentle Sweet
  • 2 teaspoons pineapple extract/flavoring
  1. Peel and grate zucchini. Set aside.
  2. Place Water, lemon juice, and gentle sweet into a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and boil for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. Stir in zucchini and pineapple extract/flavoring.
  4. Allow mixture to sit for a minimum of 24 hours before use.
  5. Canning instructions:
  6. Ladle hot mixture into sterilized jars with ½" headspace, remove air pockets. Place lids and rings onto Jars and process in a hot water canner for 15 minutes. Allow to cool and store in cupboard for up to 6 months.
You can also use chunks of zucchini in place of the shredded zucchini for tid bit style.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¼ cup Calories: 11 Carbohydrates: 4g Sodium: 2mg Cholesterol: 0mg


I love my hot water canning basket, like this one. It fits into my dutch oven and allows me to can small amounts to meet our family’s needs with sugarless jams, jellies, canned fruits and vegetables. This basket also fits in my instant pot and works great as a steamer and to hold eggs, radishes and other vegetables and it’s got a built-in handle which make it really easy to use!!



  1. Mary Kathryn Smith

    WOW! This is a great idea. I can’t wait to try it. This also encourages me to experiment making “orange juice” for use in recipes;since juice is mostly water and “sugar” with a little bit of flavoring.

  2. Kathy

    I am glad I could inspire you 🙂

    1. Judy (Post author)

      Thank for commenting… Miss you lots!!

  3. Brenda

    Can’t wait to try this…bang up job Judy and Kathy

  4. Dianne

    May I ask the reason for letting it sit 24 hours? I would like to try it with smaller amounts.

    1. Judy (Post author)

      it gives the shreds a chance to absorb the pineapple flavor

  5. Nan

    Do you think this would freeze well?

    1. Judy (Post author)

      That i don’t know, I have not tried it

  6. Shari T

    This would be great for recipes calling for crushed pineapple. But could you just cut the zucchini into small dice for “pineapple” tidbits?

    1. Shari T

      Just saw the end of the recipe and answered my own question. Duh! 🙂 Thanks, I wouldn’t have ever thought of this for pineapple replacement!

  7. Liza

    Which brand of pineapple extract did you use?

    1. Judy (Post author)

      I personally use Lor Ann oils for things like this but Watkins also has one.

  8. Tami

    Thanks for this wonderful recipe, I am going to try it. I was wondering how it will settle if you are not using any gelatin?

    1. Judy (Post author)

      This is more like canned pineapple than a jam or jelly

  9. Barbara

    My garden is done with zucchini. I have some in the freezer. Would it work for this faux pineapple?

    1. Judy (Post author)

      I’m not sure that it wold hold up to the canning after being frozen.

  10. Joy

    Can you do this in the instant pot too?

    1. Judy (Post author)

      Hi Joy, Canning is not recommended in electric pressure cookers via the FDA. Personally, I haven’t canned in my IP and I have no plans to for this reason 🙂


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