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This dragon fruit smoothie bowl was created with my daughter. One of my favorite ways to spend time with my daughter Clare is painting our nails together and talking about life. What better way to let those new nails dry than to indulge in a bright snack? Try this dragon fruit bowl with one of your loves and enjoy its uniqueness together.

This brightly colored snack is just as thick as my maple smoothie bowl yet uses tropical flavors (and colors!) that are all its own.

2 hands with blue nail polish dipping a spoon into a dragon fruit smoothie bowl topped with berries and fresh mint.

Smoothie bowls are an easy snack win because you can top them however you want. Add a crunch from some healthy granola, freeze-dried fruit or load up the top with more fresh fruit. This dragon fruit smoothie bowl is the perfect base for a bowl full of berries.

Table of Contents
  1. Recipe Ingredients
  2. Easy Swaps
  3. How to Blend a Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl
  4. FAQs
  5. More Smoothie Bowl Options
  6. Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl Recipe

This spiky fruit originated in Central America and has recently gained worldwide fame. Toss frozen fruit cubes into your next glass of water for a fruit-infused detox water, or get even more adventurous with one of the five recipes below.

While I started with the dragon fruit smoothie bowl below, I quickly fell in love with eating this fruit, whether plain or in a fun dish.

Recipe Ingredients

pink and blue nail polish next to a dragon fruit bowl with berries and fresh mint.

This recipe blends both fruits and vegetables for a thick and creamy bowl that is as nourishing as it is delicious. It’s a great recipe for a smoothie bowl newbie, and also one kids will flock to. Who doesn’t want to eat purple food? Here’s what I’m blending:

  • Dragon fruit: This unique fruit might be visually shocking, but it is pretty mild in flavor. It tastes a bit like a kiwi with the texture of a pear. Also called pitaya, dragon fruit is high in fiber and magnesium.
  • Banana: Added for sweetness and a natural thickener.
  • Pineapple: Added for sweetness and to heighten the tropical flavor.
  • Cauliflower florets: Used as a thickener and to boost the nutritional value of this smoothie bowl, yet you won’t even know it’s in there!
  • Water: I am using a few water-dense fruits so just a little bit of extra liquid is needed to achieve the perfect blend.

Easy Swaps

To cut down on the natural fruit sugar in this pitaya smoothie bowl, swap 1/2 banana with 1/4 avocado, or use berries in place of the pineapple. This will change the flavor yet it will still taste delicious.

While pink-fleshed dragon fruit will help you achieve the deep purple color in this creation, you can use white or yellow depending on what’s available at your grocery store.

Swap in coconut water for extra electrolytes or use almond milk, coconut milk or the dairy-free milk of your choice.

You can also boost this smoothie by adding in hemp seeds, chia seeds or some homemade protein powder.

How to Blend a Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl

scooping purple smoothie out of a blender container and into a coconut bowl with a wooden spoon.

Blending a smoothie bowl is similar to a regular smoothie. I definitely recommend using a high-powered blender for this one as it takes a while to get a smooth finish. Patience and persistence will get you the consistency you desire.

  1. Add all ingredients to the blender and turn on high. Blend until the blades stop, then stop and scrape down the sides, or use the tamper to continue to push the ingredients into the blades until they can spin on their own. If your blender is having trouble even after stopping to mix then add a bit more water just until the blades start moving on their own.
  2. Once the mixture is smooth, stop blending and scoop into the bowl of your choice. The mixture should be really thick and scoop like ice cream.
  3. Add the toppings of your choice and enjoy!

I love topping this bowl with chopped mango, healthy granola, coconut whipped cream, coconut flakes, a ribbon of acai, strawberries or nut butter. Frozen banana is also delicious as a topping.


Is a pitaya bowl healthy?

Yes! Dragon fruit smoothie bowls can be a great healthy snack option. Use whole food, plant-based ingredients and toppings. Boost your bowl with plant-based protein powder for a more filling treat, and top with a variety of toppings to help it fuel your day.

What’s the best way to peel dragon fruit?

This unique fruit can be intimidating to peel looking at its spiky exterior. To peel, I cut off both ends then slice the fruit in half length-wise. Then using a spoon, I scoop out the fresh fruit inside. Then cut into chunks to freeze, toss into smoothies, or eat.

What tastes good with dragon fruit?

To me, dragon fruit is similar in taste to kiwi. It’s fairly mild in flavor and slightly sweet, making it a great ingredient to toss into your next smoothie bowl. It pairs well with a variety of tropical fruits like mango or pineapple or goes nicely with berries.

purple dragon fruit smoothie bowl swirled with white coconut whipped cream and topped with berries and fresh mint.

More Smoothie Bowl Options

Smoothie bowls are a great way to enjoy your daily smoothie in a different form to keep it fresh and exciting. Plus, toppings. Need I say more? Here are a few of my favorites:

Use them as a snack, breakfast or dessert. They really can change based on how you top them or what you blend into them, and I love that!

Would you please rate + review this recipe once you try it? It’s such a fun one!

5 from 4 votes

Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl

This dragon fruit smoothie bowl is a bit unique for us, yet still 100% perfect in a smoothie or bowl recipe. You'll commonly find white flesh ones at the grocery store, but if you can score one with a bright pink or bright yellow center then blend it into the most gorgeous creation.
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Author: Jen Hansard
Course: Smoothie
Cuisine: Plant-Based
Serves: 1


  • 1 cup dragon fruit frozen
  • 1 banana large frozen
  • ½ cup pineapple frozen
  • ½ cup cauliflower florets frozen
  • ¼ cup water plus more if needed, for blending


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  • Blend all ingredients together.
  • Use a tamper to push down and encourage blending if getting stuck.
  • Spoon mixture into a bowl.
  • Swirl in coconut cream.
  • Top with fresh berries.


  • Coconut cream is added for visual effect and is not needed.
  • Smoothie bowls are meant to be thick and eaten with a spoon instead of a straw. You want a yogurt or sorbet consistency, so you may have to stop and scrape down the sides of the blender several times to get it all mixed together. 
  • Add just enough liquid to get your blender moving, but don’t add too much or you won’t get that scoopable consistency.
  • To cut down on the natural sugar in this dragon fruit bowl, swap one banana with blueberries. 
  • Top with fresh berries, coconut whipped cream, cashew cream, fresh fruit, healthy granola or nuts/seeds.


Calories: 301kcal, Carbohydrates: 61g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 0.2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g, Sodium: 162mg, Potassium: 662mg, Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 42g, Vitamin A: 123IU, Vitamin C: 74mg, Calcium: 29mg, Iron: 4mg
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  1. 5 stars
    From the vibrant color of this smoothie to it’s deliciousness. I particularly love that its just 215 calories per serving. Thanks for sharing this bright deliciousness

  2. I would love to make it but I can’t find the dragon fruit puree. How do I do it with the fresh fruit?

    1. Hi Morvelle, I would prepare your smoothie bowl the same way but using fresh dragon fruit instead of the frozen puree. Cut the dragon fruit into smaller slices or chunks first, and then cut off the peel.

  3. Can’t wait to make this! I have dragon fruit in my freezer right now My Sprouts had the chunks and purée packs.

    1. Thanks for the photo love, Ben! We’re so lucky to have our amazing photographer, Lindsey as part of our team!

  4. This looks delicious… however, I am worried about the 62 grams of carbs!!! wowza. May have to wait on this one… or take out the banana and 1/2 the dragon fruit and add some greens…

    1. Hi Nancy,

      Thinking about swapping out the banana? Go for it! Some great substitutes are mango, papaya, pears, unsweetened applesauce, nut butters, chia seeds, fresh dates + my personal favorite – AVOCADO!

  5. Definitely have to try this recipe out as soon as possible. Thanks for the share, love checking out your blog.

  6. Dear Jen!
    I love you you’re teaching your daughter life lessons with the help of fruit. Who would have thought a Dragon fruit could teach about beauty,but the more thought I put into it the more sense it makes! A dragon fruit looks fierce and colorful on the exterior-which is how we should be and yet on the inside it has more of a pure and clean vibe to it which is very beautiful to look at. Beauty comes from within and I love your idea!
    Although I do have a query. Is the smoothie sweet without any sugar included because of the coconut cream ? Or do you add sugar later if needed to be sweetened?

    1. Hi Ushmana,

      No added sugar needed. The fruit (especially banana) adds plenty of natural sweetness. Want even more sweetness? Some of our favorite natural sweeteners are Medjool dates, honey, and maple syrup and all make a great sweet addition to any green smoothie. Learn more about them here…

  7. 5 stars
    Dear Jen!
    I love you you’re teaching your daughter life lessons with the help of fruit. Who would have thought a Dragon fruit could teach about beauty,but the more thought I put into it the more sense it makes! A dragon fruit looks fierce and colorful on the exterior-which is how we should be and yet on the inside it has more of a pure and clean vibe to it which is very beautiful to look at. Beauty comes from within and I love your idea!
    Although I do have a query. Instead of Dragon fruit puree , is it possible to use a fresh blended dragon fruit from the market?
    Would love to hear from you!

    1. Hi Ushmana Rai,

      I love your take on dragon fruit! Don’t have puree, then definitely use fresh!! I’d reach for fresh too if it was more available here.

  8. Looks delicious! Where do you buy dragon fruit puree? I doubt any local store in my small town would carry that!

    1. Hi Kayla,

      Dragonfruit is hard to find for me too! But sometimes it’s worth the splurge! I purchase it from Pitaya Plus. Learn more here…