These Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowls are a perfect breakfast, snack or dessert. The Pitaya Bowl craze is popular in juice shops for a reason – pitaya (dragon fruit) is full of antioxidants, and is a low calorie, nutrient dense fruit. A pitaya bowl is a great vegan or paleo breakfast option.
How to Make a Pitaya Bowl
Dragon fruit, also called pitaya, is a beautiful tropical fruit, full of fiber, and bursting with nutrients that have been found to boost immunity, prevent cancer, and slow aging.
The flesh inside is either white or a vibrant magenta. I live part of the year in tropical Malaysia, and it’s a local crop that we can buy quite cheaply here. I can buy a huge organic dragon fruit for about US $1.
In the states, they are a little more difficult to come by. Popular juice bars are selling Pitaya Bowls for $7-$10 each.
If you can’t find dragon fruit in your local market, try an Asian or latin import store. If you still have no luck, you can buy frozen pitaya packs at Whole Foods.
I chopped my dragon fruit into small dice-sized cubes and froze them.
I had planned on making this pitaya bowl recipe in the blender, but at the last minute, I had visions of a thick ice cream-like smoothie bowl, similar to “nice cream.” I hate ordering a smoothie bowl at a restaurant and having it come out watery and melted – this method ensures you can eat it with a spoon and enjoy it as much as eating a bowl of ice cream.
Red Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl Recipe
Part of what makes this recipe so much fun is the vibrant color! I much prefer the red dragon fruit to the white fleshed typed. I used the white dragon fruit as a topping on this bowl. It’s beautiful, but it won’t turn your smoothie bowl hot pink!
While I typically love throwing lots of veggies into my smoothies, this one is an exception! I kept things sweet by mixing frozen bananas, mangoes, and red dragon fruit with a little coconut milk. That’s it, just 4 natural, sugar free ingredients.
Once the fruit is chopped and frozen (preferably overnight), all you need to do is throw all the fruit into a food processor, add some coconut milk (almond milk with also work, but I love the creaminess and extra touch of tropical flavor from the coconut milk), and process until smooth. After all the fruit has broken down, keep processing and watch the fruit “fluff” up a little bit. This is where ice cream magic happens.
Topping your Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl
If you want to stop there, and just enjoy a hot pink bowl of fruit-sweetened “soft serve,” this is a delicious treat.
But I love adding toppings for flavor and texture! Try adding:
- Fresh fruit (like chopped white dragon fruit, kiwi, berries, or bananas)
- Toasted Coconut Granola
- Almond Butter or my Toasted Pecan Almond Butter
- Dark chocolate chips
- Unsweetened coconut
- Almonds, walnuts, hemp seeds or pumpkin seeds
I’ve made these pitaya bowls for my son and his friends. They are always a hit!
Tips for Making Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowls
- If you can’t find dragon fruit, or don’t want to pay the high price for the smoothie packs, this can be made with bananas and mango. Try adding some fresh raspberries for a burst of color (I’ve never tried this!).
- For the Family: These Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowls were a huge hit with Xander, and I had a friend with her two toddlers over the day I photographed them, and they liked them too. We called it “dragon fruit ice cream,” and spoons were busy digging in!
Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowls
This bright pink "nice cream" will have you dreaming of a tropical island vacation. This smoothie bowl is thick like ice cream, and while you might be thinking breakfast, it's a pretty amazing dessert as well. Juice bars in the US sell these as a "pitaya bowl."
- 1 banana chopped and frozen
- 1 cup mango chopped and frozen
- 1 cup dragon fruit (pitaya) chopped and frozen
- 1/4 cup coconut milk canned, full fat
- fresh fruit
- nuts or nut butters
- chocolate chips
Add the frozen fruit to a food processor. Allow to sit at room temperature for about 5 minutes to gently thaw before beginning to process.
Add coconut milk, and then process until very smooth and the mixture begins to fluff up.
Use a spoon to push down any chunks of fruit that aren't processing.
This works the best in my food processor if I fill the bowl about half full. Any less or too full, and some of the fruit doesn't get blended well.
Top with fruit, nuts, coconut, or nut butter, or just enjoy like soft serve ice cream!
*Fruit needs to be fully frozen to use for this recipe (if you want it thick like ice cream). Freeze fruit overnight to be sure it's ready to use.
Other Dragon Fruit Recipes:
- Dragon Fruit Cheesecake Bars, by Choosing Chia
- Dragon Fruit Ice Cream, by Around my Family Table
- Dragon Fruit Juice Mojito, by Ciao Florentina
- Tropical Green Smoothie Bowl, by Vitamin Sunshine
- Fruit Pizza on a Snickerdoodle Crust, by Vitamin Sunshine
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