The BEST Dragon Fruit Smoothie recipe ever – creamy, healthy and packed with nutrients! It’s ready in less than 5 minutes, and made with almond milk so it’s naturally dairy-free and vegan. This refreshing smoothie has the vibrant pink color and is the perfect quick and easy breakfast, snack or dessert!
This dragon fruit smoothie is made with only 3 ingredients without added sugar. Dragon fruit (pitaya) is loaded with antioxidants, and is a low-calorie and nutrient dense fruit. It also adds the beautiful bright pink hue to the drink!
I used almond milk, so it’s vegan and low-calorie, but you can use regular milk or yogurt. Banana adds the creamy texture and acts as a natural sweetener.
You can make dragon smoothie as a pitaya bowl or a drinkable smoothie – a perfect drink to enjoy for breakfast, snack or dessert!
How do you make a healthy dragon fruit smoothie?
This recipe is so easy to make, and will be ready in 5 minutes!
Step 1: Gather the ingredients
The base of the smoothie is made with only 3 ingredients: dragon fruit, almond milk, and bananas. There are also many possible substitutions, and you can even add more fruits if desired.
Fresh vs. frozen fruits?
The major difference between smoothies made with fresh and frozen fruits are the consistency. If you like super thick smoothie, use frozen fruits; if you like a thinner and liquidy smoothie, use fresh fruits.
If you cannot find the fresh dragon fruit with red flesh, you can buy frozen dragon fruit pitaya packs (under the Pitaya Plus brand) at health food stores or Whole Foods next to acai packets. If you don’t care about the color, you can always use the white-fleshed varieties.
For the bananas, I recommend using frozen bananas so that you don’t need to add ice to your smoothie. They make your smoothie thick and creamy!
Step 2: Blend
Add almond milk, dragon fruit, and banana into the blender. Secure the lid and start to blend on low speed and increase to high. Blend for about 30 to 60 seconds or until the mixture is evenly smooth.
Always add liquids to the blender first
It’s important to add the liquid into the blender first to ensure a smooth blend. This will help the blades to move freely and avoid blender logjams.
Step 3: Serve immediately
You can pour the smoothie into glasses or bowls, and decorate with more fruits on top. It’s best to serve them as soon as you finish blending.
FAQs about making dragon fruit pitaya smoothie recipe
Can you add vegetables such as kale or spinach to this dragon fruit smoothie?
Yes! You can add kale and spinach to this recipe for more nutrients. It doesn’t change the texture and the vegetable flavor is so subtle that you can hardly notice it.
What are the other fruits that go well with dragon fruit?
You can add other fruits such as strawberries, kiwi, mango, and pineapples to this recipe.
Can I use milk or yogurt instead of almond milk?
Yes! Both milk and yogurt work well for this recipe.
How do you make a smoothie thicker?
Frozen fruits produce thick smoothies. So use frozen dragon fruit and frozen bananas for the thickest and creamiest dragon fruit smoothie! Another tip for a thicker smoothie is to start with less almond milk, and add more as you blend.
Dragon Fruit Smoothie Recipe Variations
I like to make this recipe with a mix of dragon fruit and banana, but you can add strawberries and raspberries. As I use frozen fruits, there’s no need to add ice. If you use fresh ingredients, it’s best to add some ice to make it thicker. You can also add small amount of vegetables such as kale or spinach for extra nutrients. If you’d like to boost the protein intake, feel free to add a scoop of your favorite protein powder.
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Healthy Dragon Fruit Smoothie
- 2 cups dragon fruit 2 frozen pitaya packs or 1 medium dragon fruit*
- 1/2 cup almond milk** unsweetened
- 1 large whole banana*** frozen
- granola and seeds such as chia seeds
- fresh fruits such as kiwi,banana, blueberries, strawberries
- If using fresh dragon fruit, chop it into small cubes and freeze overnight. (If you use frozen pitaya packs, you can use them directly.)
- Gather together all the ingredients and slice frozen banana into chunks.
- Pour almond milk into the blender first.
- Add frozen banana and dragon fruit.
- Secure the lid and start to blend on low speed and increase to high. Blend for about 30 to 60 seconds or until the mixture is evenly smooth. (If the smoothie is too thick, add more almond milk; if it’s too thin, add more fruits.)
- Pour in glasses or bowls and garnish with optional toppings.
- Serve immediately.
- * If you cannot find fresh red dragon fruit, you can use frozen Pitaya Plus smoothie packs.
- **You can substitute milk or yogurt for almond milk
- ***You can substitute strawberries or raspberries for banana for the keto option.
- I recommend using a high-quality blender such as Vitamix for this recipe.