Dragon Fruit Smoothie (Pitaya Smoothie) is a healthy and delicious smoothie loaded with tropical flavors. Freeze the fruits in advance and make the smoothie in under 5 minutes (vegan, gluten-free).
Here are a few more smoothie recipes that you can try for your weekday breakfast – Berry Blast Smoothie, Pineapple Banana Smoothie, Green Goddess Smoothie, Pumpkin Pie Smoothie, Watermelon Smoothie, and Mango Kale Smoothie.
About This Recipe
Tropical Dragon Fruit Smoothie (Pitaya Smoothie) is a healthy and delicious blend of fresh dragon fruit (pitaya), juicy mangoes, ripe bananas, and almond milk. This smoothie is loaded with tropical flavors, has a vibrant color, thick & creamy texture, and a very refreshing taste!
Loaded with antioxidants and vitamins, dragon fruit mango smoothie is a healthy and quick breakfast option to serve on a busy morning. You can also enjoy it as a healthy snack whenever hunger strikes.
This drink is vegan and gluten-free too. You can easily scale the recipe if making it for a crowd.
Fruits – This smoothie is a combination of tropical fruits like dragon fruit, mangoes, and bananas.
Fresh dragon fruit and mangoes are easily available in summer. In case you can’t find fresh fruits, you can use frozen fruits as well.
You will find the frozen fruits in the frozen section of grocery stores like trader joe, whole foods, etc.
Dragon fruits are also known as pitaya and they come in two varieties, one with the white flesh and one with the pink flesh. It has a mildly sweet and fruity taste with tiny black seeds throughout the flesh. I like to use the pink-fleshed dragon fruit for its bright magenta color.
This tropical fruit has many health benefits. It is a great source of vitamin c, iron, and fibers. It has a high nutrient density and is considered a superfood. Pitaya is great for the immune system too.
You can also add other tropical fruits like pineapple, kiwi fruit, pear, etc to this smoothie.
Milk – To make it vegan, I have used almond milk. You can use any other plant-based milk such as coconut milk, oat milk, soy milk, oats milk, etc.
Regular dairy milk can also be used if vegan is not your concern.
You can also replace the milk with coconut water, orange juice, or pineapple juice.
Maple Syrup – If the fruits are not sweet enough or you like your smoothie sweeter, then add a little maple syrup. You can also use honey (not vegan) instead.
Add a scoop of vanilla protein powder or whey protein to serve it as a pre or post-workout snack.
You can also add seeds like chia seeds, hemp seeds, flax seeds, etc to it for added nutrition.
Nut butters like cashew butter, almond butter, and peanut butter are also a great addition to this dragon fruit smoothie recipe.
How To Make Dragon Fruit Smoothie
Add 1 cup peeled cubed and frozen dragon fruit, 1 cup peeled, cubed, and frozen mangoes, 2 large bananas(peeled, sliced, and frozen), 1 cup chilled almond milk, and 2 tablespoon maple syrup to a high-speed blender jar or a food processor, and process until very smooth.
Note – If the frozen fruits are very hard, then thaw them on the counter for 10 minutes before processing.
Add more almond milk as necessary to thin the smoothie to desired texture.
Pour in tall glasses and serve immediately. You can also add a few ice cubes to the glasses to keep the smoothie chilled.
Frequently Asked Questions
To make a pitaya bowl smoothie, skip adding the milk and make a thick smoothie. Transfer the smoothie to a large serving bowl and top with your choice of topping. Check out the detailed recipe to make pitaya smoothie bowl here.
Pitaya smoothie is a perfect “on the go” breakfast for busy days. You can also enjoy it as a mid-day snack in between the meals or whenever the hunger strikes.
Make the smoothie thicker and serve it as a smoothie bowls with a topping of fresh fruits, granola, nuts, seeds, nut butter, or coconut flakes.
You can also enjoy it as a healthy dessert after your everyday meals.
Smoothies taste the best when served fresh, right out of the blender. However, the leftover pitaya smoothie can be stored in an airtight container for one day. Stir it well before consuming.
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Tropical Dragon Fruit Smoothie Recipe (Pitaya Smoothie)
- 1 cup peeled, cubed, and frozen dragon fruit (pitaya)
- 1 cup peeled, cubed, and frozen mangoes
- 2 peeled, sliced, and frozen bananas
- 1 cup chilled almond milk (or any other plant based milk)
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup (or any other sweetener)
- Add all the ingredients to a blender jar or a food processor, and process until very smooth.
- Note – If the frozen fruits are very hard, then thaw them on the counter for 10 minutes before processing.
- Add more almond milk as necessary to thin the smoothie to desired texture.
- Pour in tall glasses and serve immediately.