Dragon Fruit or Pitaya Smoothie is an easy breakfast or snack that is packed with vitamins and fiber. You can make it in less than 10 minutes with little to no prep.
Dragon Fruit Varieties
There are different types of dragon fruit with the most popular being the pink flesh fruit that adds a beautiful color to smoothies and bowls.
There is also white flesh pitaya. This variety and the pink flesh dragon fruit are very similar on the outside, so if buying the fresh fruits, read the sticker to make sure which variety you are getting.
There is also yellow dragon fruit which looks different than the other 2 varieties. This one is a lot sweeter and smaller.
Dragon fruit has a sweet kiwi-cactus pear flavor and kiwi-like texture and is soft to the touch. You can easily spooned or scooped it out. Most supermarkets sell the frozen pink flesh variety but you can also find fresh fruit in select stores or Asian markets.
Most people are disappointed in the flavor of pink dragon fruit as they expect a sweet and intense flavor.
The reality is that the flavor is very mild and some people can't even taste it.
The lack of flavor might be due to the fact that this fruit is imported from countries like Thailand, therefore it is harvested before is completely ripe to ensure that it can travel without spoiling.
What can you add in a Dragon Fruit Smoothie
Dragon fruit has a mild taste so you can pretty much add any other fruit you like. Bananas are a very popular choice since they add creaminess and sweetness.
If you are using yellow dragon fruit, go easy with the bananas or sweetener of choice. Yellow dragon fruit or Pitaya is plenty sweet on its own.
When using pink skin dragon fruit, I like adding frozen berries, mango or pineapple to sweeten my smoothie.
To make your smoothie I highly recommend using frozen fruit. I will add that silky texture without having to add extra ice to our smoothie.
I also like to blend it in coconut milk or any other alternative nut milk like almond or cashew instead of water. You could also use fresh squeezed orange juice to add more sweetness to your smoothie.
If you find the sweetness to be lacking, adding a few drops of stevia will do the trick without altering the flavor of your smoothie.
Because of the mild taste and bright color of dragon fruit (pink variety) these smoothies are one of the most kid-friendly drinks. A perfect way to sneak in some veggies and fruits in your children's diet.
Dragon Fuit (Pitaya) Smoothie
- 100 grams frozen Dragon Fruit about 2 fresh fruits
- ½ banana frozen
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 3 drops stevia optional
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds optional
- 1 tablespoon cacao nibs optional
- Blend all the ingredients until smooth for about 1 minute
- Serve immediatly and enjoy