Dragon Fruit Smoothie

This vibrant pink dragon fruit smoothie recipe is easy and delicious! It’s the perfect tropical puree with mango, pineapple and banana.

Dragon fruit smoothie

You’ve heard, eat the rainbow: here’s a recipe that delivers the best pink puree around. Try this Dragon Fruit Smoothie! Dragon fruit is a delicious tropical fruit that’s become extremely popular for smoothies and smoothie bowls. Because who could resist that lovely shade of fuchsia! Pair this tropical fruit is with banana, mango and pineapple for a vibrant puree that’s sweet tart and pure delicious. Our 3 year old couldn’t stop sipping it…and neither could we.

Dragon fruit smoothie ingredients

Whiz up a blender of this dragon fruit smoothie recipe and you won’t believe the brilliant color! It’s hard to look away from the beautifully bright color. Dragon fruit is popular as a smoothie bowl (like an acai bowl with lots of toppings), but we like it best as a straight-up smoothie. More on that below! Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this smoothie recipe:

  • Frozen dragon fruit puree: It’s easiest to find dragon fruit for smoothies in the frozen section at your grocery store. See more below!
  • Banana: All you need is a room temperature banana: no need to freeze!
  • Frozen pineapple and mango: It’s easy to find frozen pineapple and mango at your local grocery: and this helps to enhance the icy texture and sweet tart flavor!
  • Lime juice (optional): Lime juice helps bring out the fruity flavor: but it’s optional if you don’t have lime on hand.
Dragon fruit smoothie recipe

What’s dragon fruit?

Dragon fruit is a tropical fruit that’s native to Mexico and Central America, but today is grown around the world. The most common types are bright pink on the outside with green scales: hence its name! When you cut into the dragon fruit, the flesh is white with black seeds. It might look unique, but the flavor is not unusual: it tastes almost like a sweet kiwi!

Where to buy dragon fruit?

Where to find dragon fruit at the store? If you’re making a smoothie, it’s easiest to buy dragon fruit as a frozen puree. Sometimes you can find it whole and fresh at a grocery store, but it’s usually difficult to find. The frozen puree is available in the frozen section at many grocery stores, and you can also buy it online.

Dragon fruit smoothie

Tips for blending a dragon fruit smoothie

The only hard part about a smoothie using frozen puree is getting it to blend! When you’re using lots of icy ingredients, sometimes the blender can get stuck. We learned some tips from making our Acai Smoothie that also relate to this dragon fruit smoothie recipe. Here’s what to know:

  • Use a good blender. Of course this smoothie works in any blender, but a quality blender makes the process much easier! Best case is a high speed blender.
  • Thaw the packages under warm water until you can break them into smaller pieces. Then remove the packaging. Breaking them into pieces is helpful for blending.
  • Add the liquid to the bottom of the blender first. This helps the blades to spin freely and not seize up with the frozen fruit.
  • Add more water as necessary. Stop, scrape and add a bit more water as necessary until the smoothie comes to the right texture. Just don’t add too much water: it can water down the flavor.

Protein adders!

As is, this dragon fruit smoothie recipe doesn’t have lots of protein like some of our other smoothies (like our Vanilla Protein Smoothie or Yogurt Smoothie). It’s a vegan smoothie that’s fully made of fruit! Want to add plant-based protein? Here are some ideas:

  • 1 tablespoon nut butter. Best nut butters to pair with the tropical flavors are almond butter or cashew butter. 1 tablespoon adds 4 grams protein.
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds. This quantity adds 4 grams protein and 11 grams fiber to your smoothie (see this Chia Seed Smoothie).
  • 1 scoop protein powder: Use your favorite protein powder to add a boost.
Dragon fruit smoothie

Toppings for a dragon fruit smoothie

Want to turn this dragon fruit smoothie into more of a meal? Add toppings! You can turn it into a dragon fruit smoothie bowl top it just like an Acai Bowl, or just put the toppings right into the smoothie. Here are a few toppings we recommend:

  • Almond butter: Our favorite for dolloping smoothies! It adds just the right savory flavor.
  • Kiwi: Sliced kiwi makes a nice color contrast.
  • Strawberries or raspberries: The pink berries make a beautiful monochromatic look.
  • Blueberries or blackberries: These berries make a contrast.
  • Coconut flakes: Use toasted coconut for a crunch!

This dragon fruit smoothie recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Dragon fruit smoothie

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 large or 2 small smoothies 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This vibrant pink dragon fruit smoothie recipe is easy and delicious! It’s the perfect tropical puree with mango, pineapple and banana.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 7 ounces frozen dragonfruit puree (two 3.5 ounce packets)
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 cup frozen diced or fresh mango
  • 1 large banana (room temperature)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice (optional)
  • Optional: See protein adders above!

Instructions

  1. Thaw the dragonfruit puree under warm water until it can be broken into smaller chunks, then remove the packaging and add the chunks to the blender. Add the water, then pineapple, mango, and banana broken into chunks.
  2. Blend until smooth, stopping and scraping when needed, adding a bit more cold water if necessary to blend into a puree (you’ll need more water with frozen mango vs. fresh).
  3. Taste, then stir in the lime juice if desired. Serve immediately, or store up to 1 day in a covered jar. 
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: Smoothie

Keywords: Dragon fruit smoothie, Dragon fruit smoothie recipe

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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