Easy Pitaya Bowl Recipe (Dragonfruit Smoothie Bowl)
Perfect for breakfast, lunch or a healthy snack, this easy Pitaya Bowl recipe is light, fruity and refreshing. A dragonfruit smoothie base is blended with banana, yogurt and other nutrient packed ingredients before being topped with your favorite fruit.
Smoothie bowls are somewhat of an obsession in my house. We love to visit our local smoothie shop for the vibrant, flavor packed bowls that are brimming with fresh fruit but they can be pricey. And it a bit of a mission to find time to drive there so, the next best thing is to make them at home.
They couldn’t be easier to whip up at home, either. We love making Acai Bowls but these Pitaya Bowls are another one of our favorites that have been on repeat all summer long.
Smoothie Bowl joints are popping up all over the place right now but the bowls can range from anywhere between $8 and $14 a pop. That’s a lot of money for one bowl so we like to save some money by making them on our own.
Pitaya, also known as dragonfruit, is a beautiful tropical fruit, full of fiber, and packed with nutrients that has been found to boost immunity, prevent cancer, and slow aging.
The inside of the dragonfruit can be either white or bright magenta and you can buy it both fresh or frozen. The white dragonfruit (which is actually magenta on the outside) is much easier to find in the United States in fresh form. BUT you can find the red dragonfruit in your grocer’s freezer section. That’s what we used to make our Pitaya Bowls in the photos.
HOW TO MAKE A PITAYA BOWL
Making a Dragonfruit Smoothie Bowl is super easy to do. The base whips up the same way a smoothie does and then you just add your favorite toppings.
Add all the smoothie bowl ingredients to the pitcher of a high speed blender and puree until smooth but still thick.
Pour the smoothie bowl base into a bowl and top with fresh chopped fruit, granola, flaked coconut or nuts.
TIPS FOR SMOOTHIE BOWL PERFECTION
- Your Pitaya Bowl is best if enjoyed as soon as you make it. If you want to make it in advance, pour the smoothie base into individual containers and freeze without the toppings. To eat later, allow the smoothie bowl to thaw for 10-15 minutes and give it a stir before adding your toppings.
- Customize your own smoothie bowl by trying other fruits like mango, apple, papaya and kiwi. Sometimes I like to add a beet to amp up the nutrition factor. Beets provide tremendous energy and oodles of antioxidants!
- If you can’t have dairy or are looking to make a vegan smoothie bowl, simply substitute your favorite dairy-free yogurt.
- Keep the sugar low by skipping the honey. I find if I add a super ripe banana there’s no need to add honey or other sweeteners.
TOPPINGS FOR SMOOTHIE BOWLS
You can really top your smoothie bowl with just about anything you want. Here are a few of my favorite toppings:
- Chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, vanilla chips
- Coconut Flakes
- Homemade Granola
- Fresh berries
- Sliced Banana
- Flax Seed or Chia Seeds
- Peanut Butter
- Nuts like macadamia, almonds, walnuts or pine nuts
You’re only limited by your own imagination here……remember, eat the rainbow so look for a variety of colors and shapes to make your Pitaya Bowl interesting.
And that’s it! How easy is that and now you can save tons of money by not visiting the local smoothie bowl joint down the street several times a week.
MORE SMOOTHIE RECIPES
- Easy Pineapple Kiwi Spinach Smoothie
- The BEST Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie
- Simple Strawberry Banana Smoothie
Easy Pitaya Smoothie Bowl
- 1 cup frozen Pitaya
- 1 banana
- 1/4 cup pineapple
- 1 cup frozen mixed berries
- 1/4 cup plain low fat greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Fresh Fruit
- assorted nuts
- shredded coconut
- Add the pitaya, banana, pineapple, berries, yogurt, almond milk and honey to the pitcher of a high speed blender.
- Puree until smooth.
- Divide the mixture among three bowls and top with your favorite toppings.