Almond Banana Dragon Fruit Bowl

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.

Almond Banana Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl

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!

Almond Banana Dragon Fruit Bowl

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.

Almond Banana Dragon Fruit Bowl

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.

Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl with a Spoon

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.

Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl Bite

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. 🙂

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Almond Banana Dragon Fruit Bowl


Description

This thick and creamy dragon fruit smoothie bowl is packed with nutrients and perfect for a bright breakfast or afternoon snack!


Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth, adding more almond milk if necessary.
  2. Pour into a bowl. Sprinkle on toppings and enjoy.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 bowl without toppings
  • Calories: 269
  • Sugar: 36g
  • Fat: 12g
  • Carbohydrates: 57g
  • Fiber: 10g
  • Protein: 6g

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! 

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    25 comments
  1. I’ve made this twice so far and it’s very good. I love the mild, delicate taste of pitaya vs. açaí (which is just too sweet for me). It’s also a great alternative to protein-powder based smoothie bowls. I used the Pitaya Plus brand.

  2. Brittany, this looks amazing and I will definitely try it. I’m a dietitian living in Southeast Asia where we get both pink & white dragon fruit. Love, love, LOVE it- just so darn healthy and delicious!! I’ve always just eaten it fresh with a squeeze of lime, but now I’m gonna try your breakfast bowl. Yum, and thanks!! 🙂

  3. Is there a way to make this with raw fruit? I don’t like in the US so I can’t get the smoothie packs, but I see raw dragonfruit at the grocery store pretty often.

    • Yes! You can definitely use fresh dragon fruit. Just cut open the fresh fruit, scoop out the insides and add it into your blender instead of the smoothie packet. With the frozen banana and frozen mango, the texture should still be thick and creamy! Just as a heads up, there are different varieties of dragon fruit — some are white inside and some are bright pink.

  4. YUM! I probably wouldn’t have otherwise thought to try pitaya plus, but how can I NOT try it now after seeing how beautiful it is! Hah, maybe I’m just a sucker for anything pink…

  5. So pretty and looks delicious! I am definitely going to look around for those smoothie packs, sounds so convenient! Pinned!

  6. I’m so happy I’m not the only one that isn’t thrilled about the taste of Acai, I tried to make myself like it but to no avail, its just not my thing. Dragon fruit is totally up my alley, I enjoy that flavor and the color is so gosh darn beautiful.

  7. I just heard about pitaya from a new juice shop near me. I googled and found out its dragon fruit, which I’ve seen drinks made of it. I tried a pitaya bowl (instead of acai) because I was told it has less sugar (i’m diabetic). I loved it! and I LOVE the color! thanks for the heads up on the Pitaya Plus!!

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