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. This healthy smoothie has no added sugar.

dragon fruit smoothies with pink striped straws.

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.

Red dragon fruit originates in Central America and has a variety of health benefits (see my related article on the health benefits of dragon fruit).

Fresh dragon fruit or frozen dragon fruit puree is 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 some plant-based 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.

Key Ingredients

ingredients for a purple dragon fruit banana smoothie.

Unsweetened almond milk has a mild flavor and creamy texture which makes it perfect for smoothies. Coconut milk would also be amazing.

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). Or, feel free to use fruit juices such as orange juice or even coconut water instead of plant-based milk.

Banana sweetens up the smoothie naturally and also makes it thick and creamy. Be sure to use a ripe banana.

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 or white flesh dragon fruit in this recipe. But, the red dragon fruit with the pink flesh will offer the most vibrant color to your pitaya smoothie.

Frozen strawberries keep the smoothie icy cold while keeping it creamy. You can also use fresh fruit, but then you’ll need to add a few ice cubes to thicken the smoothie.

Chia seeds add filling protein and naturally thicken the smoothie. They are one of my top weight loss smoothie ingredients!

Please see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

Recipe Steps

collage with photos on how to make a dragon fruit smoothie.

Step One

In the base of a high-speed blender add all the ingredients.

Step Two

Blend on high until the mixture is thick and creamy.

Please see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

Step Three

If you want the smoothie to be thicker, add a few ice cubes and blend well.

Step Four

Otherwise serve immediately.

This is a great easy breakfast or snack with simple ingredients. I hope you love this Dragon Fruit Smoothie recipe as much as I do! It’s a tropical smoothie with a mild taste.

photo showing the smoothie being poured into a glass.

Recipe Tips & Substitutions

  • Look for dragon fruit in the frozen section of grocery stores. It is a tropical fruit so it’s more cost-effective to buy it frozen. 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, 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.
  • Other optional add-ins include: maple syrup, hemp seeds, cacao nibs, a handful of ice, or pineapple juice.
  • To make dragon fruit smoothie bowls, reduce the liquid in this recipe by half.
  • Store any leftover smoothie in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
purple dragon fruit banana smoothie served in a glass.

Recipe FAQs

Are smoothies good for weight loss?

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.

What fruit goes well with dragon 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.

Why is it called dragon fruit?

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. You may like this article on the health benefits of yellow dragon fruit.

glass of purple dragon fruit smoothie.

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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 it’s gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan.

  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 ripe banana, broken into chunks
  • 1 100gram packet of purple frozen dragon fruit, also called pitaya (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds

Instructions

  1. In the base of a high-speed blender, combine the almond milk, banana, dragon fruit, strawberries, and chia seeds.
  2. Blend on high for about 30 seconds, or until the mixture is thick and creamy.
  3. If you want to increase the thickness of the smoothie, feel free to add a few ice cubes.
  4. Serve immediately.

Notes

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. This recipe can easily be doubled.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 207
  • Sugar: 9.1 g
  • Sodium: 152.6 mg
  • Fat: 8.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 30.5 g
  • Fiber: 8.3 g
  • Protein: 4.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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