Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl

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This one’s a stunner. It’s simple, incredibly nutrient dense, fun to make, beautiful, and delicious! When I was roaming around the fresh markets and streets of Thailand, dragon fruit was at each corner. It’s one of the most beautiful and eye-catching fruits with it’s hot pink color and green spikes, but what else makes this fruit fantastic besides the beauty? You’ll have to experience that answer first hand when making this Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl that’s loaded with fiber, antioxidants, healthy fats, and protein (lots of options here!). Warning, don’t wear white when making this recipe…of course, I learned the hard way.


This is no exaggeration, but I ate fresh dragon fruit every single morning while traveling around Thailand since it was so abundant and delicious. It was also a fleeting experience, so I took advantage of every single bite I could get of fresh dragon fruit. Finding it here fresh and affordable is very difficult/near impossible. Thank goodness for flash frozen pink dragon fruit or else this recipe wouldn’t make it from Thailand to my kitchen…or yours!

What is dragon fruit? Dragon fruit is naturally grown in Central America and Asia. It’s in the cactus family which makes complete sense when looking at it’s spikes and unique characteristics. Dragon fruit can also be referred to as pitaya (pit-ah-ya) and the flesh of the fruit comes in both red/pink and white. The pink variety is shown here and is the most popular in “bowls” for it’s beautiful color.The flesh of the fruit reminds me of a cross between kiwi fruit and watermelon because it’s very water-rich, juicy, crunchy, and spongy all at once. Just visually looking at it, I had high expectations this would be a very sweet tropical fruit, but on the contrary it was very mild and only slightly sweet. Nutritionally speaking, fruit across the board is a great source of fiber that we all need to consume every single day for healthy digestion, metabolism, and making sure we’re getting rid of metabolites, excess water, and others our body doesn’t need. Dragon fruit particularly has high amounts of vitamin C – that alone makes it on the list of my top “beauty foods“! Vitamin C is so important in keeping free radicals at bay while keeping our skin healthy by protecting and boosting collagen and serves as an overall antioxidant for the body. In addition to vitamin C, dragon fruit also contains vitamin A, B vitamins, and magnesium.

This smoothie bowl contains the frozen puree of dragon fruit, frozen banana rich in potassium, frozen raspberries giving another kick of color and fiber while being low in sugar, and coconut milk with a boost of healthy saturated fats. I also included optional ingredients like a protein powder to keep this macronutrient balanced, bee pollen for added nutrition, maca for added minerals, superfood powders, and medicinal mushroom powders for added antioxidants. All of these powder ingredients are completely optional, but I typically have them on hand and love popping them in smoothie bowls!


Here’s a picture of fresh dragon fruit I had while in Thailand. You can see I wasn’t being dramatic about their external appearance – spikes, hot pink, and green!

Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl | Nutrition Stripped

Like all smoothie bowls, I really have a thing about eating them in wooden bowls because it looks beautiful and the bowl doesn’t freeze your hands off while eating it! Obviously, for food photography sake I opted for a clean white bowl, but these wooden bowls and spoons are my absolute favorite and so many of you ask about where I get them! I’ve easily found pureed and frozen dragon fruit at local health food stores like Whole Foods, or you could purchase it online here. If you can’t get your hands on frozen or fresh dragon fruit another option is to get similar nutrient content by using freeze dried dragon fruit like this one, although the texture will be a bit different. If you use the freeze dried option I recommend adding extra ice and 1 cup of raspberries to make it a bit sweeter, more fiber rich, and more beautiful!

Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl
Recipe type: dessert, breakfast
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 1
A thick and creamy fiber rich smoothie bowl made with dragon fruit (pitaya) and topped with superfood ingredients.
  • 1 pack of frozen and pureed pink dragon fruit (pitaya)
  • ½ frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon bee pollen
  • 1 teaspoon maca powder
  • 1 teaspoon medicinal mushroom powders, optional
  • Vanilla protein powder (optional)
  • Garnish toppings, optional: shredded coconut, bee pollen, cacao nibs, fresh dragon fruit, fresh sliced figs, fresh raspberries, Maple Banana Nut Granola
  1. Add all ingredients to a Vitamix or blender and blend until smooth. Add ice to thicken as desired.
  2. Pour into a bowl and top with optional garnish ingredients to add flavor and nutrient density.
  3. Enjoy immediately.
Boost the protein by adding your favorite protein powders, vanilla flavor is the best!

Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl | Nutrition Stripped

I hope you all enjoy this recipe! Share below what toppings you’d use for this recipe! And if you make it for yourself at home, be sure to share on Instagram with #nutritionstripped.

xx McKel


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  • Medicinal mushroom powder! How cool, what a great booster to a smoothie bowl!

  • Medicinal mushroom powder! Wow…what a cool way to boost a smoothie bowl!

  • Sarah

    Do you used canned coconut milk?

    • Yes, light canned coconut milk but feel free to use almond milk or any other you enjoy. Coconut milk is the best in my opinion xx

  • I haven’t ever been able to find dragonfruit, even at my local Whole Foods 🙁 Is it usually in the freezer section by the other frozen fruits or am I looking in the wrong place?

    • You could check out pitayaplus.com and see where they’re located- they’re my favorite brand and also check those other links and recommendations 😉

  • I’ve never had dragonfruit before but I really want to try it now!! This looks so good!!

  • Cheryl

    So is this dragonfruit only in California? I’m sure I”ve never seen it.
    (This may be a double post but there are so many scripts on this page I had to try a 2nd browser)

    • Nope! As mentioned, I live in Nashville and originally had it in Thailand- you can get it frozen worldwide 😉

  • This looks delicious! Haha, I love your comment about not wearing white while making this. I’ve also had some bad experiences chopping pink dragon fruits (and beets!).

  • this makes me really want to try dragon fruit!!! yumm


  • This is so so beautiful!

  • maddie

    what setting do you use on the vitamix?? mine have been coming out more like a smoothie than a bowl!

    • McKel Hill

      You can just add ice to thicken!

  • Hayley

    Can you make and freeze for the next day or best to eat immediately ???

    • McKel Hill

      It’s best to make and eat these immediately, they won’t freeze well- it’ll be a block! 😉

  • Eden Passante

    Wow! This is a stunning breakfast! The color from the dragonfruit is beautiful and the flavors sound amazing together!

    • McKel Hill

      Thank you Eden, hope you enjoy this! 🙂

  • Jacqueline Gonzalez

    Hi! quick question: to make the dragon fruit puree, do you blend the fruit with the pink skin on? Or just blend the white inside of the fruit?

    • McKel Hill

      Yes you can do that method or get frozen dragon fruit puree! That’s what I’ll use because we don’t have fresh dragon fruit often in Nashville 😉

  • Léa

    Hi! Just a question when you say a “pack of frozen and pureed pink dragon fruit” what do you mean by a pack ? How much?

    • McKel Hill

      They’re linked in the recipe! 😉

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