Move over acai bowls, there’s a new superfruit in town that makes bright and beautiful smoothie bowls with a lovely pink hue. The fruit I’m referring to is dragon fruit and despite it’s name it has quite a mild and sweet flavor.
I don’t know what it is about acai, but I’ve never been a huge fan of the frozen acai smoothie packets. The first time I purchased them, I accidentally bought the sweetened variety and while they tasted okay I wasn’t keen on adding 16 grams of evaporated cane juice to my morning smoothie. I did give the unsweetened variety a chance, but besides the nutritional benefits and fun toppings I still couldn’t quite figure out what all the hype was about — the flavor just wasn’t my favorite, especially not for the cost as those packets are pricey!
So naturally when I found out about Pitaya Plus frozen dragon fruit puree smoothie packets I was a little skeptical and wasn’t sure I’d be a big fan. Turns out I was wrong. Very wrong.
The company sent me a few packets to try and I have to say, I LOVE the sweet, mild flavor of Pitaya (it tastes almost melon or kiwi-ish), the fact that there’s no sugar added and that it’s packed with antioxidants and nutritional benefits.
And there’s definitely something to be said about the bright color — it’s pretty remarkable that something natural has such a vibrant pink color. I’m kind of in love with it.
I’ve been playing around with different pitaya bowl combos and found a couple that I I really like. The first one is super simple and includes one pitaya pack, a scoop of chocolate protein powder and almond milk. It’s a great mid-afternoon, post-workout snack option!
The second is the combo that I’m sharing today. It has frozen banana chunks, mango, almond butter and almond milk so it’s thick, creamy and absolutely delicious served in a bowl and topped with banana slices, toasted almonds and homemade quinoa buckwheat cereal.
If you’re new to smoothie bowls, I highly recommend giving them a try. I actually like them even better than drinkable smoothies because they take longer to eat and the toppings add a little texture and give you something to munch on. 🙂
Almond Banana Dragon Fruit Bowl
- 1 Pitaya Plus Smoothie pack
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/4 cup frozen mango
- 1/2 Tablespoon crunchy almond butter
- 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- Toppings: banana slices, toasted almonds, homemade granola
- Place all ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth, adding more almond milk if necessary.
- Pour into a bowl. Sprinkle on toppings and enjoy.
by Brittany Mullins
Have you tried dragon fruit or Pitaya Plus smoothie packets before? Now I’m super curious about it and want to try the actual raw fruit!