If you're looking for a fun and colorful breakfast option, look no further than this vegan creamy Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl. This delicious breakfast smoothie in a bowl is made with frozen dragon fruit, banana, berries, and almond milk. It's perfect for starting your day off right with fiber and antioxidants!
We all know the best part of waking up is breakfast. But you can make it even more enjoyable with this creamy, tropical-tasting smoothie full of flavor and nutrients!
The vibrant magenta color of this dragon fruit smoothie bowl reminds me of a stunning 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?
You can top this healthy and creamy Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl with granola and fresh berries for an incredible treat that packs tons of nutrition and antioxidants into one delicious bowl! It only takes five minutes and six ingredients to whip up this smoothie bowl.
Here are the simple ingredients to make this smoothie bowl with a thick consistency and vibrant pink color:
- Frozen 100% organic pitaya, also known as dragon fruit - you can find dragon fruit packs 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 and black seeds also exists.
I've only seen the variety with white pulp with black seeds (Peruvian Apple Cactus), which grows in our backyard. A yellow dragon fruit has yellow skin and white pulp with black seeds.
Is dragon fruit healthy?
Dragon fruit is nutrient-dense with many health benefits yet low in calories and is a great source of fiber, magnesium, and iron. It contains vitamins, minerals, and beneficial plant compounds such as betacyanins, carotenoids, and polyphenols.
It also contains many antioxidants, such as vitamin C, beta-carotene, and lycopene.
Here are a few substitutions you can try when making this pink dragon fruit smoothie bowl:
- 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. The resulting color will differ depending on the frozen fruit you choose. Cherries will make this smoothie bowl a magenta color.
- Vegan protein powder - instead, add 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 when making this dragon fruit bowl:
- A splash of lemon or lime juice when mixing the smoothie
- A variety of frozen chopped tropical fruits
- Chia seeds, hemp seeds, or ground flax seeds
- Maple syrup, agave syrup, orange juice, or pitted dates for extra sweetness
Try these favorite 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
- Cherry compote
How to make this creamy dragon fruit smoothie bowl recipe
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 - $15 when it's this easy to make at home!
- Step 1: Break the frozen fruit into chunks.
- Step 2: A high-speed blender combines frozen dragon fruit, mixed berries, frozen banana, almond milk, red dragon fruit powder, and vegan protein powder. Add a quarter cup of almond milk.
- Step 3: 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 for a creamy consistency.
- Step 4: Top with your choice of toppings, such as granola and fresh berries. Enjoy!
Hint: This smoothie bowl is best enjoyed immediately 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.
It tastes mildly sweet, 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.
Yes - dragon fruit bowls have plenty of antioxidants and nutrition. Choose the additions and toppings of your preference to get even more vitamins, antioxidants, fiber, and protein.
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Creamy Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl Recipe (Pitaya)
- High-speed blender
- Measuring spoons
- Add frozen red dragon fruit, frozen banana, frozen mixed berries, almond milk, vegan protein powder, and red dragon fruit powder if using, to a blender.100 g frozen organic 100% red dragon fruit, unsweetened, 1 frozen banana, ½ cup frozen mixed berries, ½ cup almond milk, 2 tablespoons vegan protein powder, ½ teaspoon 100% red dragon fruit powder
- Start blender on slow speed and use tamper if needed.
- Blend until mixed, approximately 30 seconds.
- Serve and enjoy!
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