If the vibrant color of this Dragon Fruit Smoothie is not enough to get you hooked, the tropical flavors sure will be! This nutrient-rich drink is packed with delicious tasting, healthy ingredients, and is a great way to kick off your morning!
What is Dragon Fruit?
Dragon fruit, also known as pitaya, is a sweet and mild tropical fruit grown in Central America and South America. Some say it tastes similar to kiwi, but it has less flavor than a kiwi fruit. My kids love to eat dragon fruit because they are so beautiful and exotic in appearance. But they don't just look gorgeous, they are nutritious as well! Dragon fruit is considered a superfood, as it is antioxidant-rich, and packed with fiber, lycopene, and Vitamin C.
There are 3 different varieties of dragon fruit:
- Pink skin with white flesh - This fruit is about the size of a softball. It is the most common to find at the grocery store. This varietal is very mild in flavor and is the least sweet.
- Pink skin with red flesh - While the outer appearance is similar to its white flesh cousin, this dragon fruit is larger and rounder than the other. It is sweeter than white dragon fruit, and can usually be found in the frozen section of your grocery store.
- Yellow skin with white flesh - This dragon fruit varietal can be hard to find, but if you see it then get it! It is the sweetest of all of the dragon fruits. So delicious!
Fruit - The dragon fruit's mild flavor is balanced with the sweetness of mango and bananas. With that natural fruit sweetness, this smoothie needs no added sugar! We also get a little tartness from the pineapple. Fresh dragon fruit can be used, or you can purchase it already frozen.
Protein Powder - Not only does protein powder add nutrients, but it also makes your smoothie creamier! I use Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides, but whey protein or your favorite plant-based protein can be used.
Coconut Milk - You can substitute equal parts of almond milk, soy milk, oat milk, or regular cow's milk. You can even use coconut water to make your smoothie extra hydrating!
How to Freeze Fruit
Using frozen fruit in a smoothie helps the drink to be thick and cold. Frozen fruit can be purchased at your grocery store, but you can also easily freeze fresh fruit!
- Cut your fruit into cubes.
- Line a baking sheet or plate with parchment paper and lay the fruit on the paper in a single layer.
- Freeze for 2 hours, until the fruit is firm. Remove from the paper and place in a freezer-safe container.
- Place back in the freezer.
The fruit will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.
How to Make a Smoothie
If you have a high-quality blender then it does not matter what order you build your smoothie. However, if you have difficulty with it blending well then try putting the liquid into the blender first.
- Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl - It is so easy to turn your smoothie into a breakfast bowl! Just blend as normal, then pour into a bowl and top with your favorite ingredients like coconut flakes, berries, and granola.
- Dragon Berry Smoothie - Because dragon fruit is mild in flavor, it pairs well with sweeter fruits. Tropical fruits complement this fruit beautifully, as we have done in this smoothie recipe. But there is a wide variety of fruit that can be used! Berries work really well. Try adding strawberries and blueberries to your dragon fruit smoothie!
Frequently Asked Questions
Smoothies can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Stir well before serving. You can also make your own frozen dragon fruit smoothie packs by placing all of the ingredients, except for the coconut milk, in a freezer bag. They will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months. Just add the coconut milk, along with the contents of the bag, into a blender when you are ready to serve.
The dragon fruit smoothie can be made vegan by using a plant-based protein powder.
There are so many additions that can be added to this smoothie! Experiment with your favorites, including adding a tablespoon of chia seeds, flax seeds, or hemp seeds, and up to a cup of spinach or kale.
While freezing your fruit will give the smoothie the best texture, fresh fruit can be used as well. Simply add ½ cup of ice cubes to the mix before blending.
A quarter cup of plain or vanilla yogurt can be added to this recipe, with no other adjustments needed. I recommend Greek yogurt to maximize the protein.
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Tropical Dragon Fruit Smoothie RecipeRecipe by:
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 cup cubed dragon fruit frozen
- ½ cup cubed mango frozen
- ½ cup pineapple chunks frozen
- 1 ripe banana frozen
- ¼ cup protein powder
- Add the coconut milk, lime juice, frozen fruit and protein powder to your blender. Secure the lid tightly.
- Begin on low speed until the ingredients are combined, and then increase the speed. Blend until the contents of the blender are smooth. If you desire a thinner consistency, add additional coconut milk.
- Smoothies can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Stir well before serving.
- You can make your own frozen dragon fruit smoothie packs by placing all of the ingredients, except for the coconut milk, in a freezer bag. They will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months. Just add the coconut milk, along with the contents of the bag, into a blender when you are ready to serve.
- Add-ins: You can add a tablespoon of chia seeds, flax seeds, or hemp seeds, and up to a cup of spinach or kale to this smoothie.
- If your fruit is not frozen, add ½ cup of ice before blending.