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Dragon Fruit Smoothie

Dragon fruit smoothies recipe is a delicious and refreshing drink that can be made in minutes. It would make a perfect addition to any summer party or barbecue, and it's also great for breakfast!

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Dragon fruit smoothies recipe

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.

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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.

If you adore tropical flavors, also try this Mango Coconut Smoothie.

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.

(Below, the two smaller fruit are white dragon fruit, and the larger and more round fruit are the magenta variety.) 2 red dragon fruit and 2 white dragon fruit, whole before being peeled.

Is dragon fruit a superfood?

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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!

A close up of red dragon fruit chopped into cubes ready to be frozen.

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.

A tray of frozen dragon fruit, mango and bananas, with limes, almond milk and whey protein powder set to the side,

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.

Also try:

  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Frozen orange slices
  • lemon juice

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Looking down into a blender at a thick bright pink smoothie.

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.

Two clear glasses with black paper straws, filled with a thicky and creamy dragon fruit smoothie.

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.

Looking top down at two bright pink dragon fruit smoothies garnished with white dragon fruit.

Other Dragon Fruit Recipes:

  • Pitaya Bowls (Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowls), by Sunkissed Kitchen
  • Dragon Fruit Sorbet, by Sunkissed Kitchen
  • Dragon Fruit Salad, by Sunkissed Kitchen
  • Dragon Fruit Smoothie, by Sunkissed Kitchen
  • Mango Dragon Fruit Refresher, by Sunkissed Kitchen

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Two dragon fruit smoothies garnished with mint, lime and white dragon fruit,

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