Who says you have to be on the beach to enjoy a Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl? Make this vibrant bowl at home by blending together frozen dragon fruit, strawberries, and bananas covered with crunchy toppings of your choice. Trust me, this bright pink bowl tastes just as good as it looks!
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What is a smoothie bowl?
Smoothie bowl breakfasts have been on repeat for me this summer. They’re easy, nutritious, and so satisfying.
A smoothie bowl is simply a thicker version of a smoothie. This allows you to spoon them into a bowl and add over delicious toppings of your choice. I personally prefer smoothie bowls over smoothies because I enjoy the satisfying crunch of granola or chopped fruit on top. Plus, the act of eating, as opposed to drinking, allows me to slow down and become more mindful of each bite.
Is this dragon fruit smoothie bowl healthy?
Dragon fruit (also known as pitaya) is extremely healthy for us. Much like blueberries or carrots, dragon fruit gets its bright pink color from plant pigments called carotenoids. These carotenoids act as a type of antioxidant which helps protect the cells in our body from damage.
Dragon fruit is also loaded with fiber–about 7 grams per cup! Adding it to your morning smoothie bowl is a great way to work towards the recommended fiber intake of at least 25 grams per day. You can find dragon fruit fresh in the produce section or I like to buy it pre-cut in the frozen aisle.
As a dietitian, I always recommend pairing carbohydrates with protein. So to round out this smoothie bowl, I’ve added a touch of yogurt for protein. I like to use plain Greek yogurt but you can use any yogurt you prefer, including plant-based ones.
Best blender for smoothie bowls
You can definitely use a regular food processor or blender to break down your ingredients for this smoothie bowl. However, you may find that you’ll need to use more than 3 tablespoons of milk to achieve a smooth consistency. If you’re blenders giving you trouble, add 1-2 more tablespoons of milk to help everything combine together. However, I understand it can be annoying to have to re-blend multiple times.
If you’re looking for a hassle-free solution, my new favorite blender to create extra thick smoothie bowls is the Ninja Foodi Smoothie Bowl Maker. From peanut butter to matcha I’ve made countless smoothie bowls with this bad boy.
This tool is unique because it includes both a sharp blade on the bottom along with a paddle on the top that rotates while blending. This ensures everything gets nice and smooth without having to add more liquid or stop to mix with a spoon.
Smoothie bowl toppings
Like all of my other recipes, this dragon fruit smoothie bowl is completely customizable. You get to choose what toppings you want to use. Feel free to choose any ingredients you have on hand or like best. Some of my favorite smoothie bowl toppings include:
- Store-bought or homemade granola
- Fresh chopped fruit like berries, kiwi, or bananas
- Coconut flakes
- Seeds like hemp seeds, chia seeds, or ground flaxseed
- Chopped nuts like almonds, walnuts, or peanuts
- Honey or agave syrup
- Nut butter
- Chia seed jam
- Cacao nibs
- Dark chocolate
- Energy bites
- Edible flowers, if you fancy 😉
Need more hands-on help with recipes?
- 1/2 cup frozen dragon fruit, cubed
- 1/2 cup strawberries, sliced and frozen
- 1/2 banana, sliced and frozen
- 1/4 cup plain yogurt of choice (Greek yogurt, regular yogurt, or coconut yogurt)
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter (or 2 tablespoons peanut powder)
- 3 tablespoons almond milk*
Toppings of Your Choice:
- More dragon fruit
- Fresh berries
- Hemp seeds
- Chopped nuts
- Coconut flakes
- Add all smoothie ingredients to your blender or food processor and secure the lid on.
- Blend on high speed until ingredients are completely broken down and smooth. If you are using a Ninja Foodi Smoothie Bowl Maker, use the preset “bowl” option.
- Use a spatula to spoon mixture into a bowl, then add over toppings of your choice.
*If you aren’t using a Ninja Foodi Smoothie Bowl Maker, you may need to add 1-2 tablespoons more milk to help everything break down.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1 bowl
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 260Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 6gSugar: 21gProtein: 12g
This is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. Nutrition information does not include any toppings. For more nutrition information, seek a professional registered dietitian's advice.
Looking for more smoothie bowl inspo?
Check out this smoothie bowl round-up including 20 of my favorites. These recipes are all plant-based too, making it easy to work into your dietary needs.