This pitaya bowl is filled with superfoods, and nutritious ingredients and has a beautiful, vibrant pink color. The base of this pitaya smoothie bowl is made with frozen pitaya, bananas, and strawberries. Add your favorite toppings like fresh fruit, nuts, seeds, or coconut flakes for a complete and delicious meal!
What Is A Smoothie Bowl?
A smoothie bowl is just like a traditional smoothie but it's much thicker to hold up to the hearty toppings. This ultra thick smoothie bowl is designed to eat with a spoon and is the perfect healthy. The best part about smoothie bowls is that they're an easy vehicle to get all your supplements in, like protein or collagen.
What Is A Pitaya Bowl?
A pitaya bowl is a smoothie bowl, but the base is made from frozen pitaya. It's naturally bright pink because of the pink pitaya fruit, also known as dragonfruit. Fresh dragon fruit is indigenous to central america and tastes like a cross between a kiwi and a pear. It can have white flesh or red flesh in the center, but most frozen pitaya packs (like the ones from pitaya plus) are the dark red (aka pink) because it's richer in nutrients and flavor. It's what gives this smoothie bowl recipe such a gorgeous color!
Pitaya Health Benefits
- Antioxidant rich
- Filled with fiber
- Helps gut health
- Strengthens your immune esystem
- Great source of magnesium
Pitaya Bowl Ingredients
This dragon fruit smoothie bowl (aka pitaya bowl) is really healthy and made with simple ingredients. The main ingredients are simple fruits, veggies and nut milk, so it's vegan and full of healthy nutrients and vitamins.
- Frozen pitaya: You can find pitaya packets in the frozen section of grocery stores. Fresh white dragon fruit is easier to find in the United States but the bright pink pitaya is always in the frozen section of our grocery store.
- Frozen banana: to make it extra thick and creamy.
- Cauliflower: we used frozen riced cauliflower to help with the consistency and sneak some veggies in.
- Dairy-free milk: we used unsweetened almond milk, but any dairy-free milk like coconut milk or oat milk is a great option. You could also use another liquid like pineapple juice, orange juice or even coconut water for a sweeter bowl.
- Optional mix-ins: protein powder, acacia fiber, chia seeds, flax seed, or collagen.
- Optional toppings: more fresh fruit, almond butter, peanut butter
How to Make A Pitaya Bowl
- Add all of the ingredients to a high speed blender or food processor and blend until smooth. You can even add protein powder to this recipe if you want to boost you're morning and keep you full longer! Add a little extra milk as needed until it reaches your desired consistency. I like my smooth bowls really thick and creamy but you can add a bit more if you want it a little thinner.
- Pour it into a large bowl then top it with your favorite fruit, granola,
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Dragonfruit Smoothie Bowl: FAQs
The best way to make a smoothie bowl thick is using frozen fruit as the base, especially a banana. It helps create a smooth texture. Another great way is the liquid and fruit ratio. When in doubt, use less liquid then add more a little at a time until you reach your desired consistency.
Most of the time you'll have to find it at a health food store, like Whole Foods. It's in the frozen aisle with the rest of the fruit. Pitaya, also known as dragon fruit, comes in easy to use frozen packs in the grocery store. No chopping fruit or peeling and freezing. This fruit is already packaged and ready for you to add to your smoothie bowl.
Similar to acai, pitaya is high in antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients. If you're choosing one for the nutrition factor, they're pretty much the same. You can't go wrong!
If you're choosing in terms of flavor, the pitaya is a bit more sweet than acai. It's more similar to a kwiwi and pears where acai is a little more tart like a blackberry.
Pro tip: be careful about what you're wearing when you make it! The pink color is no joke. It will get on your clothes and hands if you aren't careful. I got it on my shirt the morning I made this recipe and I had to course correct the outfit situation before I left for work.
A note about protein: You can even add protein powder to this recipe if you want to boost you're morning and keep you full longer! If you do that be sure to add a little extra milk as needed until it reaches your desired consistency. I like my smooth bowls really thick and creamy but you can add a bit more if you want it a little thinner.
Calories: This pitaya bowl by itself has about 350 calories in it. If you'd like to add any additional mix-ins like protein and toppings like extra fruit or granola, the calories will go up! You can also reduce the amount of pitaya in it and add a nut butter to the smoothie bowl to balance out the carbs.
Go crazy with the toppings! There is no such thing as a bad topping to a smoothie bowl. If you need some inspo here are some more smoothie bowls with toppings: Tropical Coconut Smoothie Bowl, Berry Almond Smoothie Bowl.
Here are a few more pitaya recipes if you love this one.
More smoothie recipes
- 2 packs pitaya
- 1 frozen banana
- ½ cup frozen cauliflower
- ½ cup dairy free milk (I used almond milk)
- Toppings: bananas, strawberries, nuts, granola, chia seeds, other fruit, and more!
- Optional add-ins: Acacia fiber, vanilla protein, collagen
- High speed blender or food processor
- Add all ingredients aside from toppings in the blender. Blend on high for 1-2 minutes until thick and smooth. If you don't have a high powered blender it may take a little longer.
- Pour into large bowls and add assorted toppings. Eat immediately.
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