Learn how to make a pitaya bowl (also called pitahaya, pithaya and dragon fruit smoothie bowl) with this easy recipe. This Pitaya Bowl recipe is made with red dragon fruit, frozen bananas and berries, and oat milk. Pitaya bowls make a light vegan breakfast, afternoon snack, post workout nourishment, and a healthy chilled dessert.

white bowl with dragon fruit smoothie

Dragon fruit smoothie bowl is a quick and easy family-friendly recipe to make. They’re not only delicious and popular, but they’re loaded with immune-boosting ingredients!!

ingredients for dragon fruit smoothie bowls

What’s a Pitaya Bowl

This dragon fruit smoothie bowl is similar to my acai bowl. Pitaya bowls are made up of a thick luscious blend of frozen pitaya, frozen bananas, fruit (fresh or frozen) and vegan milk (nut milk, coconut milk, oat milk, etc) or fruit juice.  The consistency is thicker than a smoothie, it’s served in a bowl, eaten with a spoon, and the best part is it’s garnished with fresh seasonal fruit, nuts, seeds, granola, shredded coconut, whatever you like.  Pitaya bowls are typically served for breakfast, but they make a great afternoon snack and they’re decadent enough to serve for dessert.  

Pitaya Bowl Ingredients

  • Frozen Dragon Fruit (frozen pitaya packet). These can be found at the health food and some grocery stores. Pitaya (dragon fruit) 
  • Frozen Bananas. Frozen bananas give smoothies and smoothie bowls such a creamy and almost dessert-like texture, more so than regular bananas sitting in your fruit bowl will.
  • Frozen mixed berries. I like to use frozen fruit when making the base, and then garnish the Pitaya bowl with fresh fruit.
  • Non-dairy milk. I prefer to use oat milk, but any nut milk or unsweetened fruit juice will work. Or just splash in a little water if you don’t want the added calories.
  • Almond Butter. This is optional – sometimes I like to add a heaping tablespoon of nut butter to the mix for the added protein.

How to Make Pitaya Bowl

Pitaya bowls come together in a pinch just like making a smoothie. If you want to add more protein to your pitaya bowl, add a tablespoon or two of almond butter (or any other nut butter you like) or sprinkle in some chia seeds or flax seeds.

  1. Thaw dragon fruit. Run warm water over the packages to thaw them a bit. It will make it easier for the machine to break the pieces up. 
  2. Blend ingredients. Add your vegan milk (or juice) first, then toss in the sliced frozen bananas, frozen berries, frozen dragon fruit and blend to a thick consistency. If it’s too thick, then add a little more liquid.
  3. Garnish Pitahaya bowl. Scoop the thick mixture into a bowl and garnish with fruit, nuts, seeds and granola. Whatever you like.

Pitaya Bowl Toppings

Here’s some of my favorite smoothie bowl toppings.

  • Fresh berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries)
  • Slices of fruit (banana, peaches, mango, papaya)
  • Nuts (almonds, walnuts, cashews)
  • Seeds (help, chia, flax)
  • Granola
  • Shredded coconut

blender with frozen dragon fruit

What is Dragon Fruit

Dragon fruit is a beautiful exotic fruit known for its vibrant red skin and sweet tasting flesh. The texture of the  inside of dragon fruit might remind you of a kiwi with its soft and edible seeds. Dragon fruit is a cousin of the cactus pear. 

What Does Dragon Fruit Taste Like

Dragon fruit has a mild and slightly sweet flavor similar to kiwi, but without the tartness.  

white plate with chunks of red dragon fruit

Where Does Dragon Fruit Grow

The dragon fruit is native to Central America but its grown commercially in Israel and Vietnam and imported to the United States. Red dragon fruit  has a bright magenta colored flesh. The flavor is a tad sweeter than the dragon fruit with white flesh. Red dragon fruit is abundantly grown in Nicaragua and commercially grown in Israel. Dragon fruit with yellow skin and white flesh is abundantly grown in Ecuador, and it’s slightly more sweet than red dragon fruit.

Pitaya, Pitahaya or Dragon Fruit

This fruit has a few names (and spellings) that it goes by – pitaya, pitahaya, pithaya and dragon fruit. The commercial growers in Israel refer to the fruit as pitaya or pitahaya and the commercial growers in Vietnam call the fruit “thang loy” which apparently translates to “dragon fruit”.  

Dragon Fruit Benefits

Dragon fruit (pitaya) is low in calories, rich with immune-boosting nutrients. and high in fiber.  One cup serving contains about 136 calories and provides 7 grams of fiber and 0 grams of fat. Dragon fruit is rich with antioxidants, such as vitamin C, betalains and carotenoids. Beta-carotene and lycopene are the pigments that give dragon fruit it bright and vibrant color.  Dragon fruit is one of the few fresh fruits that contain iron. Iron is crucial in transporting oxygen throughout your body and it’s important for breaking down food into energy.

3 white bowls filled with pitahaya smoothie

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bowl of red dragon fruit pitaya smoothie
Yield: 1 serving

Pitaya Bowl

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Learn how to make a pitaya bowl (also called pitahaya, pithaya and dragon fruit smoothie bowl) with this easy recipe. This Pitaya Bowl recipe is made with red dragon fruit, frozen bananas and berries, and oat milk. Pitaya bowls make a light vegan breakfast, afternoon snack, post workout nourishment, and a healthy chilled dessert.

Ingredients

  • 1 3.5 ounce frozen pitaya packet (or 1 cup frozen or fresh red dragon fruit)
  • 1/2 cup frozen bananas
  • 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1/3 cup oat milk (or nut milk or water)

Instructions

  1. Thaw dragon fruit. Run warm water over the packages to thaw them a bit. It will make it easier for the machine to break the pieces up. 
  2. Add your vegan milk (or juice) first, then toss in the sliced frozen bananas, frozen berries, frozen dragon fruit and blend to a thick consistency. If it's too thick, then add a little more liquid.
  3. Scoop the thick smoothie mixture into a bowl and garnish with as much fruit, nuts, seeds, granola and shredded coconut as you like.

Notes

Pitaya Bowl Toppings

Here's some of my favorite smoothie bowl toppings.

  • Fresh berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries)
  • Slices of fruit (banana, peaches, mango, papaya)
  • Nuts (almonds, walnuts, cashews)
  • Seeds (help, chia, flax)
  • Granola
  • Shredded coconut

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 198Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 9mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 8gSugar: 28gProtein: 3g

theharvestkitchen.com attempts to provide accurate information, however, this nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. The nutritional information provided comes from online sources and calculations.