Our easy red dragon fruit smoothie recipe makes a creamy dragon fruit shake that’s not only a feast for the eyes but is as delicious as it is healthy and nutritious. Dragon fruit is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, low in calories, and high in fibre. When dragon fruit is in season, freeze the flesh to make these healthy smoothies.
This is the best red dragon fruit smoothie recipe. If you liked our avocado smoothie recipe and mango smoothie recipe, you’re going to love this creamy dragon fruit smoothie. It’s an absolute feast for the eyes. It’s super-easy to make, with just four ingredients – frozen red dragon fruit, a couple of dollops of creamy Greek yoghurt, a splash of milk, and an optional teaspoon of sugar – and it’s not only incredibly delicious and creamy, it’s also amazingly healthy.
If you’re not familiar with dragon fruit, it’s a superfood in a glass. Dragon fruit is rich in antioxidants, and vitamins and minerals, yet it’s low in calories, and high in fibre, and is fantastic for your gut health. When dragon fruit is in season, buy as much as the fruit as you can and freeze the flesh to have on hand, so you can make these healthy smoothies. Before I tell you more, I have a favour to ask.
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Best Dragon Fruit Smoothie Recipe for a Deliciously Healthy Smoothie That’s a Feast for the Eyes
A dear friend and her uncle drove three hours from Battambang to Siem Reap on Sunday with their car filled to the brim with fresh farm and market produce. They delivered this bounty to five family households and these two very fortunate food and travel writers who haven’t been able to get to the markets in months.
Our wonderful produce included a box of green oranges from Battambang (so you can expect to see a marmalade recipe here soon) and four bunches of small sweet bananas. I’ve eaten at least a quarter of the bananas which have now well and truly ripened, so I’m about to freeze the rest, along with more dragon fruit so I can make this fantastic dragon fruit smoothie recipe, and I might just add frozen banana to it next time.
If you’re not familiar with dragon fruit – also written as dragonfruit, and also called the strawberry pear, red pitaya, pitajaya – it’s the fruit of a variety of cactus species called Hylocereus undatus, which has an equally striking flower, which only blooms at night. Dragonfruit is thought to be native to Mexico and parts of Central America, yet it’s grown widely and is commercially cultivated in other tropical countries, in Southeast Asia, Southern China, parts of Africa, and Australia, where it’s an invasive species.
If you haven’t tried dragon fruit, it tastes a little like a kiwi fruit. While the white dragon fruit is fairly tasteless, the red dragon fruit has a subtle sweetness, however, I think the sweet taste is partly psychological. Close your eyes and the dragon fruit tastes far less sugary than it looks, and I believe this is due to its vibrant colour.
Red dragon fruit flesh is the colour of magenta – the magenta of the crayons we used as kids in the 1970s – with a soft skin the colour of fuchsia, which these days is also called magenta. I was going to liken the skin to crimson counting blocks we had in school, but crimson appears to have evolved from pinkish to reddish. Perhaps that’s why it’s called ‘red’ dragon fruit, not ‘pink’.
No matter how you look at it, the dragon fruit is a wild, exotic looking, tropical fruit, with a flesh so juicy it will run down your chin and arms, and a slight crunchy texture due to tiny black seeds. Those seeds contain loads of fibre and the rest of the fruit is great for your gut health, too, as well as being packed with vitamins and minerals, and rich in antioxidants.
Dragonfruit is so good for us and so nutritious, it’s considered a superfood. Just a few tips to making this deliciously creamy healthy dragonfruit smoothie recipe.
Tips to Making this Easy Dragon Fruit Smoothie Recipe
Just a few tips to making this easy dragonfruit smoothie recipe as it’s super simple. If you haven’t peeled a dragon fruit before, it’s easier than you might expect from the appearance of the fruit.
Just slice off the tip of the dragon fruit at its base, or slice off the bottom of he fruit, and peel off the skin, which should come away easily.
Then slice and dice the flesh, transfer it to an air-tight container, and freeze it overnight. If you have a super cold freezer you might find that it freezes a lot faster of course.
Transfer the frozen dragon fruit pieces, creamy Greek style yoghurt and cold full cream milk to a blender or juicer, along with an optional teaspoon of sugar, and blend for a couple of minutes until smooth, thick and creamy.
The teaspoon of sugar is optional as you may find that your red dragon fruit is sweet enough for you. For a really creamy texture, Greek style yoghurt and cold full cream milk are essential. Pour into chilled glasses and garnish with fresh mint and enjoy!
Dragon Fruit Smoothie Recipe
- 1 fresh red dragon fruit diced and frozen
- 2 tbsp creamy Greek-style yoghurt
- 150 ml cold milk
- 1 tsp sugar
- Slice the tip off the dragon fruit and peel off the skin, which should come away easily, then slice and dice the flesh, and freeze overnight in an air-tight container.
- Add the frozen dragon fruit pieces, yoghurt, cold milk, and sugar to a blender or juicer, and blend for a couple of minutes until smooth, thick and creamy.
- Pour into chilled glasses and garnish with fresh mint.
Please do let us know if you make our easy red dragon fruit smoothie recipe in the comments below, as we’d love to know how it turns out for you.