This simple dragon fruit smoothie recipe will be one of the easiest and tastiest drinks you’ll ever make at home.
If you have never tasted this exotic-looking tropical fruit before, allow us to help you imagine what it looks and tastes like.
All types of dragon fruit have the same soft, fuchsia peel with green scales. The flesh of the fruit is soft and sweet and comes in two colors: white and fuchsia (commonly known as red dragon fruit).
Dragon fruit has a similar texture to kiwifruit: soft and with a high water content. The taste is slightly and pleasantly sweet, making it addictive to eat the fruit fresh.
What Fruit Goes Well with Dragon Fruit?
As we mentioned, dragon fruits and kiwis have a similar taste and texture, which makes them perfect for each other in a smoothie.
Other than kiwis, you can also use assorted berries alongside dragon fruit to make a very berry smoothie.
If you like something with a tropical flair, give our Dragon Fruit Banana Smoothie Recipe and Mango Dragon Fruit Smoothie Recipe a try. These fruits have sweet notes and thick, creamy textures that when blended with dragon fruit, create remarkably luscious and vibrant drinks.
Ingredients for Dragon Fruit Smoothie
Here are the ingredients we used for our dragon fruit smoothie recipe:
- Dragon fruit: We used both red and white-fleshed dragon fruits for today’s recipe. We blended the red one for the smoothie and added a bit of diced white dragon fruit for garnish.
- Kiwi: As mentioned, dragon fruit and kiwi go well together in a drink.
- Honey: Although dragon fruit is naturally sweet, the flavor will be diluted once you blend the fruit with ice. That’s where honey comes in to help reinforce the sweet flavor of the drink.
- Milk: We added a touch of whole milk to give the drink a richer flavor, mimicking the taste of a milkshake.
- Ice: Ice is an important ingredient in making smoothies as it keeps the drink nice and cool while giving it a thick, slushy texture once blended.
- Mint: We added spearmint as it compliments the fresh fruit flavor.
Is Dragon Fruit Smoothie Healthy?
Yes, our dragon fruit smoothie recipe is healthy. Here’s why:
Dragon fruit contains few calories but a high concentration of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients such as polyphenols, carotenoids, and betacyanins.
It contains numerous antioxidants, including flavonoids, phenolic acid, and betacyanin. These natural compounds protect your cells from free radical damage — molecules that can contribute to the development of diseases such as cancer and premature aging.
Naturally fat-free, dragon fruit is also a good source of fiber. It's an excellent snack because it can assist in keeping you satiated in between meals.
Dragon fruit contains prebiotics, which are foods that feed the beneficial bacteria called probiotics in your gut. Increased prebiotic intake can aid in the maintenance of a healthy balance of good and bad bacteria in the intestines.
These exotic-looking fruits can also help strengthen your immune system as they are high in vitamin C and other antioxidants that support the immune system.
Additionally, dragon fruit may aid in iron supplementation. Iron is required for the body's oxygenation and energy production, and dragon fruit contains iron, as well as vitamin C, which aids in the absorption and utilization of iron by the body.
Can You Freeze Dragon Fruit?
Yes, you can. Freezing peeled, fresh dragon fruits is a great way to preserve the fruit if you’re not planning to eat it right away.
Similar to all frozen foods, we recommend you consume them within the first month.
Keep in mind that dragon fruits have a high moisture content, which means once thawed, the fruits will be quite watery and mushy. That being said, despite the unpleasant texture, the delicious taste prevails.
However, a clever way to avoid eating and experiencing said texture is to put the frozen dragon fruits straight into a blender and make a smoothie. Since the fruits are already frozen, there’s no need to add ice.
How Long Does Dragon Fruit Smoothie Last?
Generally, our homemade smoothies should last for about two days in the fridge. However, since our dragon fruit smoothie recipe contains whole milk, it may only last for 24 hours.
We advise you to keep the drink in an airtight container to slow down spoilage as much as possible, maximizing the freshness of the drink.
If you’re feeling creative, you can even freeze this dragon fruit smoothie in ice-pop molds to make healthy, icy treats for hot summer days. Once frozen, these smoothie ice pops should last from two weeks to a month.
Simple Dragon Fruit Smoothie Recipe
Today’s simple dragon fruit smoothie recipe only requires a few ingredients. Here’s a list of what you’ll need with detailed measurements.
- prep TIME 10 mins
- total TIME 10 mins
- COURSE Beverage
- CUISINE American
- CALORIES 140 kcal
- 12 oz red dragon fruit (peeled, cut into chunks)
- 8 oz kiwi (peeled, cut into chunks)
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 oz white dragon fruit (for garnish, diced)
- 2 cups ice
- 8 mint leaves
Put 2 cups ice, 12 oz red dragon fruit, 8 oz kiwi, 1 whole milk, 1 tbsp honey, 4 mint leaves into a blender.
Blend at high speed in 20 - 30 seconds until smooth.
Pour the smoothie into 4 glasses.
Garnish with diced white dragon fruits and fresh mint leaves and enjoy.
Tuyet PhamChef, Culinary Consultant
Luna ReginaWriter, Author
May 23, 2023 at 7:33 AMThis dragon fruit smoothie is a refreshing and healthy option for breakfast or a snack.