A delicious, easy to make, and beautiful dragon fruit smoothie bowl is the perfect way to start your day. It is creamy, it is vibrant, and it is jam-packed with health benefits. Not to mention, it can be very fulfilling.
I love starting my days with nutritious smoothies because I know they will fuel my body with vitamins and minerals, so I don't have to worry about it for the rest of my day. Plus, a nice and cold smoothie is a great breakfast for the summer because it helps you stay cool and stay hydrated.
This dragon fruit smoothie is one of my classic go-to fruit smoothies, and I am so obsessed with dragon fruit smoothies. You only need six ingredients, and most likely, you already have these ingredients right in your kitchen. Not to mention, this dragon fruit smoothie is packed with antioxidants, vitamin c, fiber, and other goodness so you can feel good and healthy about drinking it. The beautiful magenta color fruit smoothie simply makes me feel cheerful and bright with its vibrant color. And when I need something more fulfilling, I turn this smoothie into a smoothie bowl.
What Is Dragon fruit
Dragon fruit is a tropical fruit that is native to Mexico and Central America. This beautiful tropical fruit is also known as pitaya, pitahaya, and strawberry pear. If you never had dragon fruit before, they are slightly sweet and taste like a cross between a kiwi and a pear.
There are three varieties of dragon fruit skin color that you can find in the U.S.: Red, pink, and yellow. Each type has unique flavors. The pink skin with white flesh variety is the most common variety you can find in the grocery store. This pink variety has a mild sweetness and makes them great additions to a salad. The yellow skin with white flesh variety is the sweetest dragon fruit of all. They are great to enjoy in their natural state. And the red skin with magenta flesh is in between the two varieties. It has earthy and sweet-tasting flesh. They are great to enjoy in their natural state. But because they are beautiful in color, they are often used in desserts, smoothies, or baking.
Health Benefits of Dragon Fruit
Dragon fruit is considered a highly nutrient-dense fruit and makes them a great addition to your fruit smoothie.
- Rich in fiber
- Packed in several antioxidants, including betalains, hydroxycinnamates, and flavonoids. With the red skin pink dragon fruit variety containing higher antioxidants. (Source)
- Excellent source of iron. One cup of dragon fruit has 8% of your daily iron needs.
- Great source of magnesium. One cup of dragon fruit has 20% of your daily magnesium needs.
- Dragon fruit is a low-calorie fruit but packed with essential vitamins and minerals.
- It contains Vitamin C, which can offer immune-boosting properties and help boost iron absorption. (Source)
- It contains prebiotic properties, which may promote the growth of healthy bacteria in your gut. (Source)
- Small protein boost. One cup of dragon fruit has about 3 grams of protein.
Why you will love my dragon fruit smoothie recipe
- Vegan friendly and gluten-free! I used nut milk to blend all the ingredients together.
- No added sugar. I used a banana to sweeten my dragon fruit smoothie bowl, and it is perfectly sweetened enough without needing to add any additional sugar.
- You only need six ingredients to make this dragon fruit smoothie.
Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 Minutes
Serving Size: 1
1 Cup Oat milk
1 Whole Banana Fresh Or frozen
1 100g dragon fruit freezer pack or 1/2 cup of fresh dragon fruit
1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger
1/2 Small Lemon Squeezed
1 Tablespoon Chia seeds
Nuts and seeds/ your favorite cereal
- In a Vitamix or a high-speed blender, add all the ingredients and blend until smooth.
- Add the toppings and then serve immediately.
Yield: 1 Serving
Amount per serving: Calories: 390 calories. Total Fat: 9.1 g, Saturated Fat: 0.9g. Cholesterol: 0mg. Sodium: 202mg. Total Carbohydrate: 72g. Dietary fiber: 10.7g. Total Sugar: 42.2g. Protein: 9.2g.
**The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice. Nutritional info is based on smoothie only with no toppings.**
- Use frozen dragon fruit instead. If fresh dragon fruit is not available, you can get frozen dragon fruit or a frozen dragon fruit smoothie pack to make this dragon fruit smoothie.
- Chia substitute. I love adding chia seeds to my smoothie because it helps thicken my smoothie bowl, but you can substitute them with protein powder or hemp seeds for extra protein.
- No added sugar. I didn't add any sugar to my smoothie, and I find it to be sweet enough. The dragon fruit itself has sweetness, and the banana also adds sweetness. The more ripe the banana is, the sweeter your smoothie would be. If you don't have a ripe banana or banana on hand, add 2-3 Medjool dates or other sweet berries.
- Oat milk. I like to use oat milk to make my fruit smoothie for extra creaminess. But you can use any type of nut milk you want or coconut milk. If you are going for a tropical vibe, go with coconut milk.
- Don't skip the lemon. If you don't have a lemon on hand, you can use fresh lime instead. The lemon's sour taste will balance the sweetness from the dragon fruit and nuttiness from the nut milk.
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Dragon fruit is very pricey, so you are probably wondering how you can make this dragon fruit smoothie at a reasonable price tag.
Frozen dragon fruit smoothie packs cost a little more than $2 for 1/2 a cup. A single fresh fruit cost about $9 or more depending on where you live and where you shop. And you will need at least half of dragon fruit to make this smoothie.
So, to keep your dragon fruit smoothies bowl at a lower cost, go for an organic and freezer packs option.
Good Toppings you can add to your smoothie bowls
- Add fresh fruit but not too much. Fresh fruits are a great addition to add into your smoothie bowl but because fruits are packed with natural sugar, avoid adding too much.
- Chopped nuts or nut butter
- Seeds: chia, flax seeds, hemp
- Cacao nibs
- Your favorite cereal