Dragon Fruit Banana Smoothie
Enjoy this beautiful and refreshing Purple Dragon Fruit Banana Smoothie any time of the year. It’s made with only five ingredients and is gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan.
Don’t you just love when your food is beautiful and delicious? Dragon fruit (also called pitaya) is a tropical cactus fruit that tastes similar to a kiwi and a pear.
It’s naturally sweet, perfect for smoothies, and rich in antioxidants. It’s also high in fiber which helps you feel full for a longer period of time.
Whip this smoothie up on a busy morning for an on-the-go breakfast or as a healthy snack (see all of my healthy breakfast smoothie recipes).
Why You Need This Recipe
- Smoothies are an excellent way to pack in vitamins and minerals. Pitaya is full of Vitamin C, magnesium, and iron while chia seeds add protein.
- It doesn’t need any added sugar. The banana and frozen dragon fruit add the perfect amount of sweetness all on their own.
- It’s dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan! Unsweetened almond milk is a perfect base when you want to avoid dairy.
Unsweetened almond milk has a mild flavor and creamy texture which makes it perfect for smoothies. You can use any of your favorite plant milks for this recipe (and, if you’re not on a dairy-free diet, feel free to use regular milk).
Banana sweetens up the smoothie naturally and also makes it thick and creamy. See my tips on how to freeze bananas.
Pitaya or dragon fruit gives this smoothie its gorgeous pink color, tropical flavor, and array of vitamins. Look for dragon fruit in the frozen fruit section of your grocery store. You can also use yellow dragon fruit in this recipe!
Frozen strawberries keep the smoothie icy cold while keeping it creamy.
Chia seeds add filling protein and naturally thicken the smoothie.
In the base of a high-speed blender add all the ingredients.
Blend on high until the mixture is thick and creamy.
As always, please do see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.
If you want the smoothie to be thicker, add a few ice cubes and blend well. Otherwise serve immediately.
Recipe Tips & Substitutions
- To open the packet of frozen dragon fruit, run it under warm water for about 30 seconds. Then, use your hands to break it in half and use scissors to open the packet.
- It’s ideal to use a high-speed blender like a Vitamix or Blendtec, but you can also use a regular blender.
- To increase the protein content of this smoothie to make it a meal replacement, feel free to add a scoop of your favorite unsweetened protein powder. See my list of the best clean protein powders.
- This recipe can easily be doubled.
Smoothies made with healthy ingredients can be an excellent part of a weight loss plan. Avoid smoothies with added sugar, fruit juice, sweetened yogurt, ice cream, or canned fruit.
Dragon fruit has a tropical sweet flavor that goes well with most fruits. It pairs particularly well with bananas, strawberries, oranges, pineapple, and mango.
This fruit got its name for its appearance. Its skin has large folds or scales which are reminiscent of what a dragon’s skin looks like.
Other Healthy Smoothie Recipes You Might Like
- Watermelon Banana Smoothie
- Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie
- Acai Strawberry Smoothie Without Dairy
- Oat Milk Smoothie with Strawberry & Banana
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- 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 1 ripe banana, broken into chunks
- 1 100–gram packet of purple frozen dragon fruit, also called pitaya (about 1/2 cup)
- 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- In the base of a high-speed blender, combine the almond milk, banana, dragon fruit, strawberries, and chia seeds.
- Blend on high for about 30 seconds, or until the mixture is thick and creamy.
- If you want to increase the thickness of the smoothie, feel free to add a few ice cubes.
- Serve immediately.
- Look for dragon fruit in the frozen fruit section of your grocery store. To open the packet of frozen dragon fruit, run it under warm water for about 30 seconds. Then, use your hands to break it in half and use scissors to open the packet.
- To increase the protein content of this smoothie to make it a meal replacement, feel free to add a scoop of your favorite unsweetened protein powder.
- This recipe can easily be doubled.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 2 minutes
- Category: Smoothie
- Method: Blender
- Cuisine: Healthy
- Diet: Vegan
Keywords: vegan pitaya smoothie, dragonfruit smoothie, pitayaha smoothie
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