If you're looking for a fun and exotic breakfast option, look no further than this vegan Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl! This delicious treat is made with frozen dragon fruit, frozen banana, frozen berries, and almond milk. It's perfect for starting your day off right.
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!
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.
The vibrant magenta 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?
If you're looking for more recipes utilizing ripe or overripe bananas, try my Easy Vegan Banana Oat Pancakes, Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins, Vegan Buckwheat Banana Waffles, and Chocolate Tahini Banana Bread.
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 pitaya packets in the frozen section of grocery stores. I used Pitaya Foods brand (not sponsored).
- Frozen banana - preferably an overripe banana that has been frozen for maximum sweetness. This contributes to a creamy texture.
- 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 unsweetened almond milk or I make my own.
See the recipe card for the amounts needed.
What is dragon fruit?
Dragon fruit is a sweet 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 backyard. 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 great 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 for a healthy breakfast! There's no need to go out to buy one at juice bars for $10 when it's this easy to make at home!
- Break the frozen fruit into chunks.
- A high-speed blender combines frozen dragon fruit, frozen mixed berries, frozen banana, almond milk, red dragon fruit powder, and vegan protein powder. Add a quarter cup of almond milk.
- Start the blender at a low speed and gradually increase the speed. If necessary, use a tamper 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 your choice of toppings, such as 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.
- Almond milk - You may substitute with another plant-based milk of your choice, such as organic soy milk, for more protein.
- 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.
- Vegan protein powder - instead, try adding chia seeds, hemp seeds, or greens such as spinach or kale. You can add some drained and rinsed beans, too! White beans such as butter beans or naturally sweet adzuki beans would be a good choice here.
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, orange juice, 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
- Cacao nibs
- Coconut flakes, unsweetened
- Goji berries
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 this recipe, buy the frozen red dragon fruit, typically found in smoothie packs.
First, 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 (vegan)
- High-speed blender
- Measuring spoons
- 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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