You can top this healthy and creamy Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl with granola and fresh berries for an incredible treat that packs tons of nutrients into one delicious bowl! It only takes five minutes and six ingredients to whip up in your kitchen.
This bright pink smoothie bowl is a refreshing early morning pick me up that will have you running out of bed to grab one before the alarm goes off. This recipe includes frozen dragon fruit plus a frozen banana for sweetness. This hearty breakfast is healthy enough to eat every day!
The vibrant fuschia color of this dragon fruit smoothie bowl reminds me of a tropical sunset and instantly transports me to Costa Rica. This bowl has me wanting to jump out of bed early to make it - looking at the color puts a big smile on my face! How could it not? Let me know if you try it!
We all know the best part of waking up is breakfast! But, you can make it even more satisfying with this creamy, tropical-tasting smoothie full of nutrients and flavor. It's the perfect way to get your day started!
There are only six ingredients you need - and the protein powder is not essential. However, I like to include it to make this smoothie bowl filling. It typically holds me until lunchtime.
- Frozen 100% organic pitaya, also known as dragon fruit - you can find this in the frozen section at the grocery store. I buy Pitaya Foods.
- 100% organic pure red dragon fruit powder is optional, but I love to add it to enhance the pink color.
- Vegan protein powder - Use whichever vegan protein powder you like!
- Almond milk - I like Califia or make my own. You may substitute with other plant-based milk.
See the recipe card for the amounts needed.
What is dragon fruit?
Dragon fruit is a tropical fruit from a night-blooming cactus (genus Hylocereus), native to Southern Mexico and Central America. It's also called pitaya, pitahaya, and strawberry pear. The two most common varieties have bright red skin with green pointy scales that resemble a dragon, which accounts for the name.
You can typically find the variety with white pulp with black seeds, although a less common type with red pulp and black seeds exists as well. I've only seen the variety with white pulp with black seeds (Peruvian Apple Cactus), which grows in our back yard. There is a yellow dragon fruit that has yellow skin and white pulp with black seeds.
Is dragon fruit healthy?
Dragon fruit is nutrient-dense yet low in calories and is a good source of fiber, magnesium, and iron. It is rich in vitamins, minerals, and beneficial plant compounds such as betacyanins, carotenoids, and polyphenols. It also contains many types of antioxidants, such as vitamin C, beta-carotene, and lycopene.
It's easy to make this pink pitaya smoothie bowl! No need to go out to buy one at a juice bar for $10 when it's this easy to make at home.
- Break the frozen fruit into chunks.
- Combine the frozen dragon fruit, frozen mixed berries, frozen banana, almond milk, red dragon fruit powder, and vegan protein powder in a high-speed blender. Add a quarter cup of almond milk.
- Start the blender at a low speed and gradually increase the speed. Use a tamper if necessary to push the fruit down into the blender and scrape the sides with the tamper. Add up to another quarter cup of almond milk or more to get a creamy consistency.
Top with homemade granola and fresh berries. Enjoy!
Hint: This smoothie bowl is best enjoyed right away for the best texture!
Start slow with blending and start with a quarter cup of plant-based milk. Gradually increase the liquid to get a creamy consistency.
Can't find frozen pitaya? Can you find frozen dragon fruit cubes? If so, use a half-cup. If not, make this smoothie bowl with a frozen banana, ½ cup frozen mango, and ½ cup frozen raspberries or cherries.
Depending on the frozen fruit you choose, the resulting color will be a bit different. Cherries will make this smoothie bowl a magenta color.
Instead of vegan protein powder, try adding chia seeds, hemp seeds, or greens such as spinach or kale.
Try these additions:
- A splash of lemon or lime juice
- Chia seeds or hemp seeds or ground flax seeds (1 tablespoon)
- Maple syrup, agave syrup, or pitted dates for extra sweetness - I don't find this necessary since I find the fruit sweet enough, but maybe you have a sweeter tooth than I do!
Try these toppings:
- Almond butter or another nut butter
- Banana, kiwi fruit, mango, papaya, passion fruit, pineapple, fresh chopped dragon fruit, or star fruit
- Cocoa nibs
- Coconut flakes, unsweetened
It tastes mildly sweet, kind of like a cross between pear and kiwi. It has a crunchy texture.
You can most likely find frozen dragon fruit in the freezer section of your grocery store. You might even find it fresh in the produce section. But for the purposes of this recipe, buy the frozen red dragon fruit, typically found in smoothie packs.
Start the blender at a low speed. Use a tamper to assist with blending and scrape the sides of the blender occasionally. Start with a small amount of liquid and add more gradually. Frozen fruit gives this smoothie bowl a creamy consistency.
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Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl
- 100 g frozen organic 100% red dragon fruit, unsweetened broken into chunks
- 1 frozen banana broken into chunks
- ½ cup frozen mixed berries
- ½ cup almond milk or any other plant-based milk, start with ¼ cup
- 2 tablespoons vegan protein powder
- ½ teaspoon 100% red dragon fruit powder optional
- Add all ingredients to blender.
- Start blender on slow speed and use tamper if needed.
- Blend until mixed, approximately 30 seconds.
- Serve and enjoy!
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