5-Minute Dragon Fruit Smoothie
Bright pink, creamy, and packed with nourishing ingredients, this easy dragon fruit smoothie recipe combines frozen dragon fruit, strawberries, banana, and milk for a vibrant way to start the day. Plus it’s ready in just 5 minutes!
About this Recipe
I love dragon fruit in this smoothie because of the fun, eclectic color it adds (I mean look at that hot pink hue!) as well as the hefty boost of fiber it offers.
If you’re not super familiar with using this ingredient or have never had it before, then this 5-minute smoothie recipe is the perfect excuse to finally try it at home.
Dragon fruit is the English name for pitaya, the fruit of several different cactus species indigenous to southern Mexico and Central America (source).
It’s now cultivated in many countries and fresh pitaya can be found in many well-stocked grocery stores, making it more convenient than ever before.
I find the flavor of pitaya to be pretty mild, so I’ve added strawberries and banana for extra sweetness in this recipe – but it pairs well with LOTS of different types of fruit.
So I’ve added lots of ideas for you below on how to customize this simple smoothie and make it your own!
Process & Tips
The best part about this easy smoothie recipe is that all you really need to do is add all your ingredients to a blender and let it do the work for you.
In just five minutes you’ll be sipping on a delicious, nutrient dense smoothie!
The combination of plant-based milk with the vibrant dragon fruit, sweet strawberries and creamy banana creates a fruity treat that’s perfect for a healthy breakfast or a snack anytime.
Note that this smoothie isn’t super sweet, so if you prefer a sweeter smoothie try using apple juice in place of milk before blending.
Tip: I use frozen dragon fruit for this recipe due to its availability and the thicker texture that the frozen fruit adds to the smoothie but you could use fresh dragon fruit if you prefer. Just be sure to add some ice to the blender for better texture!
Fun Variations to Try
With mango: If you want to make this dragon fruit smoothie without banana, swap in one cup frozen mango for the frozen banana.
With apple juice: For a dragon fruit apple smoothie use apple juice in place of the milk to blend.
With protein powder: Make it a protein-packed dragon fruit shake by adding 2 scoops of your favorite vanilla protein powder.
With yogurt: Up the protein (and creaminess) in this recipe by adding ⅓ cup unsweetened Greek yogurt.
Tip: Dragon fruit pairs well with lots of different fruits so feel free to get creative and add in any fruit you like! Blueberries, pineapple, strawberries, raspberries, bananas, kiwi, and peaches (you name it) would all be delicious choices.
Make it a Pitaya Bowl
To make a fun dragon fruit smoothie bowl, make the smoothie thicker by only using 1 1/8 cups of milk.
Be sure to use frozen bananas, strawberries and dragon fruit to help you get that thick consistency.
Once blended, pour into a bowl and add your choice of smoothie bowl toppings.
Topping Idea: Some fun topping ideas would be nuts, seeds, sliced fresh fruit, granola, honey, cacao nibs and a drizzle of almond butter.
Have Leftover Pitaya? Try this easy Pink Smoothie for another way to use your frozen dragon fruit.
Ingredients & Modifications
Frozen pitaya: Pitaya is also called dragon fruit. Look for it in the frozen aisle by the other fruits and veggies. You can also use fresh dragon fruit in its place.
Strawberries: Fresh or frozen strawberries work in this recipe. You can also substitute raspberries in place of strawberries.
Frozen banana: The banana adds some natural sweetness to this smoothie. You can use fresh or frozen banana in this recipe. If using fresh banana, be sure to add some ice for better texture.
Milk of choice: I used unsweetened almond milk but you can use any milk you like. Oat milk, cashew milk, and hemp milk would all work great in its place. If you like a thinner consistency in your smoothies, add more milk.
Chia seeds: The chia seeds add a bit of fiber and a dose of plant-based protein. Ground flaxseed would also work in place of flax seeds in this recipe. If you don’t have them, feel free to omit them altogether.
Lemon juice: The addition of fresh squeezed lemon juice really helps to lift up the flavors in this and balance the sweet ingredients. You could also use lime juice in its place.
5-Minute Dragon Fruit Smoothie
- 1 cup diced, frozen dragon fruit (pitaya)
- ½ cup frozen or fresh strawberries
- 1 frozen banana, broken into pieces
- 1 ½ cups unsweetened non-dairy milk, or milk of choice
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- juice of one lemon
- Add all the ingredients to a high speed blender. Blend on high until smooth.