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You guys know I love everything about the tropics. The plants, the animals, and especially the fruits. Pink dragon fruit has been one of my favourite fruits since I lived in China for 4 months. Paired with a squeeze of lime, dragon fruits are a perfectly hydrating and delighting snack. The taste resembles beetroot in a very subtle way and is usually described as “rather neutral”. The crunchy seeds and colour are what makes this fruit so special!
Smoothie Bowls with Pitaya
It was only during my 1-month stay in Bali in 2018, that I truly fell in love with dragon fruit smoothie bowls. Just like acai bowls, there is something really special about pitaya bowls. The vibrant pink colour is such an eyecatcher. And as you know – food that looks good also tastes better.
Where to get dragon fruit
If you live in South East Asia, South/Central America, Australia or China, pitayas will be widely available for you in most supermarkets or fruit shops. Pitaya (sometimes: pitahaya) is the fruit of several cactus species. With a skilled eye, you will be able to tell the difference between pink and white pitayas. Fun fact: There is a yellow pitaya variety that comes with white flesh and bigger seeds. The type of pitaya you need for this recipe is pitaya roja (red-fleshed pitaya).
If you live in a colder climate, dragon fruits are a little harder to find. You can check online at a store like Jurassicfruit (that’s where I get mine) or visit your local Asian store. Alternatively, you can use pitaya powder from online shops like Rawnice. The taste and texture won’t be the same but you will achieve the same vibrant colour.
For this recipe, you will need to freeze the pitayas first. Scoop out the flesh and fill it into a freezing container. Do this the night before you plan on making your pitaya bowl or keep the frozen pitaya in the freezer for when you feel like creating some pink magic.
Pitaya Bowl Recipe
In the following, I am sharing my favorite pitaya bowl recipe with you. The texture is perfectly creamy but not too cold and the taste is not too sweet. As a topping, granola is a must. You can make your own or use store-bought granola. I used raw buckwheat granola from The Beginnings in these pictures. Enjoy!!
As always, if you remake this recipe, make sure to tag me on Instagram. I love to see your recreations!
- 120 g red pitaya, frozen
- 1 large banana, frozen
- 0.5 banana
- 25 g aloe vera, frozen (sub with frozen cauliflower)
- 50 g coconut milk
- frozen blackberries
- frozen blueberries
- figs or other fruits
- sugar stars
- Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and process until smooth.
- Transfer the smoothie to a bowl and serve with the toppings.
- Enjoy immediately!