Make this vibrant, hot pink pitaya bowl in just 5 minutes and serve it for breakfast, snack or dessert. (vegan, gluten-free)
What is Pitaya?
Pitaya is a tropical fruit and it grows on a cactus. It also called Dragon Fruits, maybe because it’s covered in spiky leaf-like appendages that look like scales. It is bright pink from the outside, but from the inside, the soft flesh comes in two colors, white or bright pink.
Usually, the bright pink one is used for smoothie bowls as it gives a nice color to the smoothies. This juicy fruit has a very subtle taste and tastes more like a combination of kiwi and pear and the seeds have a nutty flavor.
About This Recipe
Summers are almost here, and there is nothing better than a delicious bowl of smoothie. And this Pitaya Bowl will definitely be your new favorite once you try it. It is vegan, easy to make, and super delicious.
Pitaya which is also known as Dragon Fruit is combined with banana, strawberries, orange juice, and maple syrup to get a delicious smoothie bowl. Pitaya bowl is a perfect breakfast if you want something easy yet delicious for your vegan or gluten free diet.
Just make sure to serve it right after you make it, otherwise, the frozen fruits will melt and lose their creamy consistency. Once you make a smoothie, top it with your favorite fruits, nuts, seeds, etc, and make it look even more appealing or we can say “Instagrammable”.
This Pitaya Bowl is healthy, refreshing, and cools your body down when the temperatures are soaring high outside. So make use of these seasonal fruits and make yourself a pretty looking and delectable Pitaya Bowl for breakfast, snack, or even dessert.
This Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl is,
- Vibrant & Hot Pink
- Gluten Free
- Easy + Quick
Pitaya – Also known by the name of dragon fruit, this fruit is available in abundance in summer. So get your hands on this bright pink fruit, and make yourself a delicious smoothie bowl. Pitaya needs to be frozen before you use it to make the smoothie.
If you do not get fresh pitaya, you can get frozen pitaya packets from the market and use them to make the bowl. Check out Whole Foods or Sprouts for frozen pitaya.
Other Fruits – Along with pitaya, I also added some frozen bananas and strawberries, which add to the creamy consistency of the smoothie.
Orange Juice – To make the blending easier, I used orange juice. You can also add regular milk, but as I am making a vegan version, I went for an orange juice.
You can also opt for vegan milk options, such as almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk, etc.
You could also use apple juice or coconut water instead of orange juice to make this smoothie.
Maple Syrup – To add that extra sweetness, add in some maple syrup. If you do not care about the smoothie being vegan, you can use honey too.
Lastly, top it with your favorite toppings such as – chopped fruits, nuts, seeds, coconut flakes, almond/peanut butter, chocolate chips, granola, etc.
Variations – You can add protein powder, sweetener of your choice, other fruits, green, etc to make variations of this recipe.
How to make Pitaya Bowl?
Start by preparing the fruits. Wash the pitaya and chop off 5 mm of both ends. Now peel the skin with your hands or use a paring knife. Cut the flesh into small pieces and freeze them for 3-4 hours.
You can also cut the Pitaya in half and use a spoon to take the flesh out. Once the flesh is out you can cut it into pieces.
Note – Red pitaya stains the skin and cloths, so be carful while chopping it.
Peel the banana and cut into slices. Freeze for 3-4 hours.
Wash the strawberries and chop the top leafy part. Cut the strawberries into quarters and freeze for 3-4 hours.
Take out the frozen pitaya, banana, and strawberries from the freezer and let them sit on the counter for 5 minutes to thaw a little.
Add the frozen pitaya, banana, strawberries, orange juice, and maple syrup to the medium jar of a high-speed blender.
Blend until very smooth and creamy. Keep scraping the sides of the jar while processing.
Transfer the mixture to a large serving bowl.
Top with your choice of toppings. Serve immediately otherwise it will melt and the creamy texture will be gone.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, of course, you can. Just top the smoothie bowl with contrasting colored fruits like kiwi, mango, strawberries, etc to create a visually appealing bowl.
Pitaya Health Benefits
Pitaya is rich in fiber and is actually fat-free, therefore great to include in your weight loss diet.
It is rich in anti oxidants, which is extremely good for your skin and hair.
Good for diabetic people, as it helps to control the sugar levels.
Strengthens your immune system.
It is also rich in iron, which is extremely important for your overall health.
I will suggest you make it fresh and serve. But in case you have leftovers, store them in the refrigerator in an air-tight container and consume them within a day. Mix it well before serving again.
You can top this pitaya bowl with other fruits such as chopped fresh strawberries, sliced bananas, mangoes, dragon fruit, kiwi, raspberries, blueberries, apples, etc.
Top it with nuts such as almonds, walnuts, cashews, pine nuts, dried berries etc.
You can also add in some nutritious seeds such as sunflower seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, melon seeds, etc.
Top it with your favorite butter such as almond butter or peanut butter. Top it with other toppings such as coconut flakes, chocolate chips, granola of your choice, etc.
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Pitaya Bowl Recipe
- High Speed Blender
- 200 gram red pitaya (chopped and frozen)
- 1 large banana (chopped and frozen)
- ½ cup chopped strawberries (frozen)
- ½ cup orange juice
- maple syrup (to taste)
- Start by preparing the fruits. Wash the pitaya and chop off 5 mm of both ends. Now peel the skin with your hands or use a paring knife. Cut the flesh into small pieces and freeze them for 3-4 hours.
- You can also cut the Pitaya in half and use a spoon to take the flesh out. Once the flesh is out you can cut it into pieces.
- Note – Red pitaya stains the skin and clothes, so be careful while chopping it.
- Peel the banana and cut it into slices. Freeze for 3-4 hours.
- Wash the strawberries and chop the top leafy part. Cut the strawberries into quarters and freeze for 3-4 hours.
- Take out the frozen pitaya, banana, and strawberries from the freezer and let them sit on the counter for 5 minutes to thaw a little.
- Add the frozen pitaya, banana, strawberries, orange juice, and maple syrup to the medium jar of a high-speed blender.
- Blend until very smooth and creamy. Keep scraping the sides of the jar while processing.
- Transfer the mixture to a large serving bowl.
- Top with your choice of toppings. Serve immediately otherwise it will melt and the creamy texture will be gone.