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This pitaya smoothie bowl is stunningly pretty, with a vibrant pink color. But it’s more than just fun to look at … it tastes amazing, and is very healthy, too! 

Overhead view of a pitaya smoothie bowl topped with blueberries, bananas, almond butter, coconut, and granola.

I’m a big fan of smoothie bowls, and this pitaya bowl is one of my absolute favorites. It’s so simple to make, and the subtle pitaya flavor really shines through. 

It’s also a very customizable recipe. You can play with the different fruits that you use, to make the smoothie bowl flavor that you’re craving. One thing that I love about pitaya is how the flavor goes well with any other fruit. Because of that, the flavor options for these pitaya smoothie bowls are virtually endless.

And hey, it doesn’t hurt that you won’t find a prettier recipe, right?

Why You’ll Love the Pitaya Smoothie Bowl

There are three things I look for in a smoothie bowl, and this pitaya smoothie bowl hits all of them. The first thing I look for is flavor. With smooth pitaya, the frozen fruit of your choice, and creamy almond milk, this smoothie bowl has sweet but balanced flavors. 

The second thing I look for is healthiness. Pitaya is a superfruit, and the only other ingredients in this recipe are almond milk and other fruits. Plus, you can add even more healthy toppings!

And the third thing I look for is practicality. The easier it is to make a smoothie bowl, the better. This stunning pink pitaya bowl takes only 5 minutes to make. 

Recipe Ingredients

Here are all the ingredients that you need to make a pitaya smoothie bowl. Make sure to check out the recipe card at the bottom of the page for exact quantities of each ingredient.

  • Almond milk – You can use any type of non-dairy milk that you want, but I prefer almond. Just make sure that the milk you use is unsweetened and unflavored.
  • Pitaya pack
  • Frozen fruit – My go-to mixture is peaches, pineapple, and mango, but you can use any frozen fruit that you like. 
  • Toppings of your choice

What is Pitaya?

Pitaya, also known as dragon fruit, is the fruit of a cactus most commonly grown in Central America and South America. It has a gorgeous fuschia skin, and the flesh is sometimes fuschia as well, but sometimes white, with seeds. It’s a nutrient-dense fruit, full of magnesium and fiber, while being low in calories. 

How to Make the Perfect Pitaya Bowl

These pitaya smoothie bowls are super easy to make, and only take a few minutes. 

  • Add to a blender. Place the milk, frozen fruit, and pitaya pack in a blender.
  • Blend. Turn the blender on, and blend until the pitaya bowl is smooth. If you want the smoothie bowls to be thicker, add more fruit. If you want them to be thinner, add more milk. 
  • Serve. Pour the smoothie into a bowl, cover with your favorite toppings, and eat. 

Tips for Success

Here are a few ways to make sure that your pitaya smoothie bowls come out perfectly each and every time. 

  • Make sure the ingredients are fully frozen. The colder the ingredients, the better the consistency of the smoothie bowl. For some recipes you want to prep your ingredients by getting everything ready before you start cooking. Don’t do that with pitaya bowls. Instead, keep the pitaya pack and the fruit in the freezer until you’re ready to put them in the blender.
  • Don’t over blend. The longer you run your blender, the more the smoothie will warm up and melt. Blend the mixture long enough for it to become smooth, but don’t over blend it. 
  • Prep your toppings. Before you make your pitaya smoothie bowls, prep all of the toppings. That way when you’re done blending, you can assemble the smoothie bowl quickly, and eat it while it’s still cold. 
A pitaya smoothie bowl, topped with blueberries on the left side, bananas and almond butter on the right side, and granola and coconut down the middle.

Topping and Variation Ideas

The potential toppings for a pitaya smoothie bowl are endless. Here are some of my favorite things to put atop my bowls. 

  • Fresh fruit. These bowls already have tons of fruit, but more fruit never hurts, right? I like to top mine with some fresh fruits, especially blueberries and sliced bananas. 
  • Coconut flakes. The rich flavor of coconut goes wonderfully with the subtle sweetness of dragon fruit. Whether you choose raw or toasted coconut flakes, this is a great addition to a pitaya smoothie bowl. 
  • Granola. I like to add granola to my patiya bowls for a few reasons. The flavors go well together, and granola adds a lot of important nutrients to the dish. But I also love the textural contrast of a soft smoothie bowl, and some hard, crunchy granola. 
  • Nut butter. Topping a patiya smoothie bowl with a dollop of nut butter is a great way to add a bunch of protein to this breakfast. I like to use almond butter, but peanut and cashew butters also work. 

Common Questions

Here are a few common questions about pitaya smoothie bowls. 

Is acai or pitaya healthier?
Acai and pitaya are both considered superfruits, thanks to their many nutritional properties and their antioxidants. However, while acai and pitaya are two of the healthiest fruits, they’re healthy in different ways. As a result, you can’t really say that either one is healthier than the other.

Pitaya has the benefit of having a lot less fat and saturated fat than acai, with higher amounts of magnesium, iron, and vitamin C. Acai, however, has quite a bit less sugar, and more fiber, protein, and vitamin A. 

What does a Pitaya bowl taste like?
Pitaya has a mild but sweet fruity flavor. It tastes a bit like pears and kiwis. When added to the other ingredients in this recipe, a pitaya smoothie bowl tastes pretty similar to most other types of smoothie bowls, just with a bit of a tropical flavor to it. 

Close up of a pitaya smooth bowl topped with bananas, blueberries, granola, coconut, and almond butter, with a spoon pulling out a spoonful with bananas.

Can I Make a Smoothie Bowl Ahead?

Absolutely! To make this recipe even easier, you can make it ahead of time for a quick snack or breakfast whenever you need it. If you make a pitaya smoothie bowl ahead of time, store it in an airtight container in the freezer, without the toppings. When you’re ready to eat it, remove it from the freezer and let it thaw for 10-15 minutes, then add the toppings. 

Can I Save Extras For Later?

You can absolutely save leftover pitaya bowls. You can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days, though the texture won’t be quite as good. You can also remove the toppings from the smoothie bowl, add it to an airtight container, and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. 

More Easy Breakfast Ideas

I hope you enjoyed these 5-minute pitaya smoothie bowls! Make sure to check out some of my other favorite easy breakfast recipes. 

 

This pitaya smoothie bowl will brighten anyone's day! Just look at the COLOR!!

Pitaya Smoothie Bowl

This pitaya smoothie bowl is as delicious and nutritious as it is gorgeous. Plus, it only takes 5 minutes to make!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 smoothie bowl
Author: Julie Chiou
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Ingredients 

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 pitaya pack
  • cup frozen fruit, (I used a mixture of pineapple, peaches, and mangoes)
  • Optional toppings: almond butter, fresh fruit, coconut flakes, granola

The default measuring system for this website is US Customary. Unit conversions are provided for convenience and as a courtesy only. While we strive to provide accurate unit conversions, please be aware that there may be some discrepancies.

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Instructions

  • Add the almond milk, pitaya pack, and frozen fruit into a powerful blender. Blend until smooth. If you like your smoothie on thicker side, add more frozen fruit. If you like your smoothie on the thinner side, add more almond milk/liquid.
  • Top with your favorite toppings.

Recipe Notes

Store in the fridge for up to 3 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. 

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dragonfruit bowl, dragonfruit smoothies, smoothie bowl

 

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