Dragon Fruit Blueberry Smoothie Recipe

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One of my absolute favorite tropical fruits is dragon fruit. The flavors, the texture, dragon fruit just ticks all the boxes for me.

Dragon fruit can be hard to find, but I’m lucky to live near a grocery store that often sells exotic treats such as dragon fruit. Sometimes I buy them in bulk so I can share them with others, but also to blend them with other fruits.

This particular dragon fruit smoothie recipe with blueberry is my favorite. It’s got all the right flavors, and works best in the morning or on a warm day.

Please find the printable version of this recipe further below.

Dragon Fruit Smoothie Ingredients

Let’s have a closer look at all the goodness that goes into this energizing drink.

 

Ingredients:

 
  • 1 whole dragon fruit (fresh)
  • 1 small cup blueberries
  • 1 banana (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 small cup ice cubes
  • 1 mint leaf (garnish, optional)

Why Dragon Fruit?

Also known as pitaya, dragon fruit is a tropical fruit from a group of cactus plants that goes by the botanical name of Hylocereus.

Dragon fruit is native to South America, Central America and Mexico, and it’s now also grown extensively in Asian regions such as Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines and Vietnam. The fruit has a delicious and mildly sweet taste, but has a rather short shelf life.

The flesh of dragon fruit can be either red or white in color and has a texture similar to that of kiwi fruit. For this smoothie recipe I’ve used dragon fruit with white flesh. I’m not sure why, but the dragon fruits I buy always have white flesh.

Dragon fruit, also known as pitaya

I personally find dragon fruit to be super refreshing, which is why I prefer not to mix it with vegetables when I blend it. I really don’t want the flavors of the fruit to disappear in my smoothie!

Unfortunately, dragon fruit can be quite hard to find. I am lucky as I can often find them in a specialty grocery store not too far away from where I live. Your best bet would be to try Asian grocery stores, or otherwise at larger fruit and veggies markets.

More Nutritional Goodness

Who doesn’t love blueberries? Seriously, I could eat blueberries in the morning, for lunch and in my dessert after dinner!

Blueberries are particularly rich in anthocyanin, a flavonoid with potent antioxidant capacity. Antioxidants are very important as they help our bodies protect against age-related health risks.

Blueberries on table

I am also adding a banana in this smoothie, which is a bit of a habit. Bananas always work well in smoothies, particularly with vegetables such as spinach and kale. But even without those veggies, I still like to add just one banana for extra flavors.

The ginger is optional, but it’s one of those extra smoothie add-ins that I often include, for extra flavors but also for extra nutrients.

Verdict

This dragon fruit smoothie is an absolute treat. It’s one of those super tasty smoothies that you only prepare a couple times a year. But this is mainly because dragon fruit is rather hard to get, and it isn’t the cheapest fruit out there.

I’m not a huge fan of the frozen dragon fruit packs that you can easily buy online, because I really prefer to use fresh dragon fruit. Somehow it just doesn’t taste like the real thing.

That said, if fresh dragon fruit is nowhere to be found in your area, then a frozen dragon fruit pack is of course a good alternative.

Nutrition wise, this smoothie has a lot to offer too. But I don’t consider this recipe to be as nutritious as most of my other recipes, because it doesn’t contain any greens. But the flavors? Yum!

Because of the high fruit content, I personally love drinking this smoothie in the morning, as a delicious breakfast smoothie, to get me energized straight away.

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Dragon Fruit Blueberry Smoothie Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

A super energizing dragon fruit smoothie with blueberries, banana, mint and a bit of ginger.

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: International
Keywords: blueberry, dragon fruit, summer smoothie
Servings: 2 people
Author: Donna Harrison
Ingredients
  • 1 whole dragon fruit
  • 1 small cup blueberries
  • 1 banana (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 small cup ice cubes
  • 1 mint leaf (garnish, optional)
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to the blender in this order: banana, dragon fruit, blueberries, ginger, almond milk and ice cubes.

  2. Blend at low speed for 30 seconds, followed by 30 seconds at high speed.

  3. Add some mint on top as decorative garnish, and ready to serve!

 

Dragon fruit blueberry smoothie recipe

 
Donna Harrison

I created Healthy Food Tribe because I am passionate about health, nutrition and green living, and I want to share my journey towards a better health with you.

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