A perfect Dragon Fruit Smoothie, made with a creamy blend of dragon fruit, mango, and banana. Keep this dragon fruit smoothie recipe vegan by using a non dairy milk and subbing a plant based protein. Dragon fruit has a mild taste, so the tropical flavor is played up with a squeeze of fresh lime.
I will admit, adding dragon fruit to a smoothie in North America is mostly for Instagram! The fruit is so beautiful, and leaves smoothies and smoothie bowls a beautiful magenta color.
These smoothies brighten up my day, and if you have a young one at home, you might just find a new way to get the 5-9 a day in their diets. My son is a super picky eater, but a bright, fun smoothie is irresistible to him.
Dragon Fruit Nutrition
Now why bother with dragon fruit? Besides its gorgeous color, its gained a lot of traction in the health food community because of its high nutrient value.
Is it really better than raspberries, blueberries, or a simple banana and spinach smoothie? Most likely not.
However, its nutrient profile is impressive. A small dragon fruit (about a cup chopped fruit) has about 60 calories with 3 grams of fiber.
Is dragon fruit a superfood?
Dragon fruit contains a variety of nutrients, most notably high vitamin C and iron.
Its low calorie content helps give it superfood status because of high nutrient density.
My suggestion? Enjoy dragon fruit occasionally as you would any other fruit, unless you happen to live in SE Asia where the fruit is plentiful and inexpensive!
Preparing a Dragon Fruit Smoothie (Pitaya Smoothie)
To make preparing smoothies easy, keep frozen fruit stocked in the freezer. I typically have a combination of frozen bananas, berries, and grapefruit ready to throw into smoothies. Lately, I have been adding dragon fruit to the mix because the vibrant color makes my day!
Once the fruit is frozen, toss it in the blender with a non dairy milk, like almond or coconut, a squeeze of lime, and a scoop of protein powder. I like this whey protein isolate because it’s pure protein – no carbs or artificial sweeteners – it tastes great, and adds the BEST creamy and light texture to smoothies.
I’ve added mango and banana to my dragon fruit smoothie. I like the sweetness and creaminess of both of these fruits, since the dragon fruit is lower in sugar.
- Frozen orange slices
- lemon juice
What Does Dragon Fruit Taste Like?
Dragon fruit has a mild sweet taste. Some people describe the flavor as similar to kiwi, although it doesn’t have the strong tart flavor of a kiwi.
If a dragon fruit isn’t ripe, it has almost no flavor. I’ve also found that organic dragon fruits, and dragon fruits from Thailand, have the sweetest flavors.
If you live far away from where dragon fruit grows, you might want to avoid the $10 price tag of a fresh fruit. While exotic and beautiful, most often they have no flavor at all. If you live in North America, and want to enjoy this fruit, try Pitaya Plus smoothie packs, available at health food stores such as Whole Foods.
What can I mix with dragon fruit?
Dragon fruit has a lightly sweet taste and benefits from blending up with sweeter fruits. Bananas, mango, strawberries, blueberries and pineapple all add great flavor to dragon fruit smoothies. Dragon fruit smoothies work well with non dairy milks, like almond milk, coconut milk and oat milk. Boost the staying powder of your smoothie by adding protein powder, chia seeds, hemp seeds, or greens, like spinach and kale.
Dragon Fruit Smoothie
- 1 cup dragon fruit cubed and frozen
- 1 cup mango cubed and frozen
- 2 bananas cut into quarters and frozen
- 3/4 cup almond milk or sub coconut
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1/2 scoop whey protein powder* option, can sub plant based protein powder
- 2-4 ice cubes depending on how thick an icy you'd like it!
- Add frozen fruit, milk, lime juice and protein powder to a blender, and process until very smooth.
- Add more almond milk as necessary to thin to desired texture.
Other Dragon Fruit Recipes:
- Pitaya Bowls (Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowls), by Sunkissed Kitchen
- Dragon Fruit Sorbet, by Sunkissed Kitchen
- Dragon Fruit Ice Cream, by Too Precious for Processed
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