Dragon Fruit Smoothie
Creamy dragon fruit smoothie made with coconut milk, banana, mango, chia seeds, and a dragon fruit smoothie pack. Find out how to make this thick and cold dragon fruit smoothie as a bowl or a drinkable smoothie.
Summer smoothie mode, activated! My littlest daughter had a morning acting camp this week right next to Backyard Bowls. She was hot and hungry after camp, so we headed over to the acai bowl and smoothie shop two days during the week.
She got her favorite, the Dragon Fruit (aka Pitaya), smoothie. The dragon fruit smoothie is pink, creamy and sweet but not too sweet. Though I’ve shared my simple method for Making a Pitaya Bowl at Home before, we really liked the Backyard Bowls version with coconut, so I wanted to share a copycat recipe with you. Be sure to read this Pitaya 101 post for everything you need to know about dragon fruit. If you happen to be in the heat wave zone, this one is especially for you!
What is Dragon Fruit?
Dragon fruit, also known as pitaya, is a tropical fruit indigenous to Central America and later exported to Asia. Dragon fruit has bright pink, spiky skin that does remind me of a pink dragon. Dragon fruit flesh can be white with black seeds or pink with black seeds. The pink variety is such a vibrant color that even after years of making dragon fruit smoothies, I’m still impressed each time.
You can find fresh dragon fruit in some grocery stores with the other tropical fruits like papaya, pineapple, mango, and passion fruit. Fresh dragon fruit can be hard to find, and quite expensive. That’s why I keep frozen dragon fruit packs in the freezer for smoothies. You can find the smoothie packs at Sprouts, Whole Foods, and other grocery stores in the frozen fruit section. They look just like the acai packs, only pink. Dragon fruit has many health benefits. Read about them on Dr. Axe.
How to Make a Dragon Fruit Smoothie
I recommend using the dragon fruit/pitaya smoothie packs to make dragon fruit smoothies unless you live in an area with plentiful dragon fruit. The freezer packs are cheaper and easier to find than fresh dragon fruit. The only downside I can think of is the excess plastic. I use the packs from Pitaya Plus.
While still in the plastic sleeve, break the dragon fruit pack into a few pieces. Cut the top off and add to a blender. You can use any fruit, but for this creamy dragon fruit smoothie I used frozen mango, a banana, and some coconut milk. I also like to add a nutritional boost with a tablespoon of chia, hemp, or flax seeds.
For a thick smoothie bowl mixture, use as little liquid as possible. For a thinner, drinkable dragon fruit smoothie, add more liquid. It’s that easy. We like them both ways. I often make a smoothie and bring it in a jar with a glass straw to pick my girls up from school.
Smoothie bowls are just so fun and pretty though. A really thick smoothie bowl is a great replacement for a bowl of ice cream. This dragon fruit smoothie bowl is topped with coconut shreds and raspberries. Some other favorite smoothie bowls include: Matcha Smoothie Bowl, Acai Smoothie Bowl, Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie Bowl, and Chocolate Maca Smoothie. If you like tropical smoothies, you’ll love my Pineapple Smoothie. You can see more Superfood Smoothies here and my entire collection of smoothies here!
- 1 dragon fruit (pitaya) frozen smoothie pack
- 1 cup frozen mango chunks
- 1 banana
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- coconut milk
- While the frozen dragon fruit pack is still in its plastic sleeve, break it into a few chunks. Open and add to a blender or food processor.
- Add the mango, banana, chia seeds, and a small amount of coconut milk (about 1/3 cup). Place the lid on top and blend until smooth. Add more coconut milk as needed to turn the blender.
- Transfer to a bowl or glass and enjoy!
For a thick smoothie bowl, add just enough liquid to turn the blender. For a drinkable smoothie served in a glass, add more liquid. Nutrition information is approximate.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1 smoothie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 529Cholesterol: 0mg