Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl

Pitaya (Dragon Fruit) Smoothie Bowl | platingsandpairings.com

Breakfast never looked so good! This vibrant Dragon Fruit (Pitaya) Smoothie Bowl is a perfect, healthy way to start the day.

Breakfast never looked so good! This vibrant Dragon Fruit (Pitaya) Smoothie Bowl is a perfect, healthy way to start the day. | platingsandpairings.com

Pitaya (Dragon Fruit) Smoothie Bowl | platingsandpairings.com

I was a bit slow to hop on the smoothie bowl bandwagon. Why would I want to make a smoothie, pour it in a bowl, and eat it with a spoon? Isn’t it just so much more easy to pour it into a to-go cup and hit the road? Well yeeesss… It is more easy. And, while I’ll say that most weekdays I still grab my smoothie and go, I AM a smoothie bowl convert.

Why?

  1. Look how pretty it is! A smoothie bowl lets you get creative (and healthy) with the toppings. I topped mine with some mighty fine superfoods: Bee pollen (like gold glitter for your bowl), cacao nibs, coconut flakes, kumquats and raspberries.
  2. It’s surprisingly much more filling. I’ve heard that it helps to “chew” your smoothie or juice. The chewing action activates an enzyme that aids in digestion. I made my first smoothie bowl on a busy night, and called it dinner. I was expecting to be starving by the time morning rolled around, but to my surprise, I was still full AND I had plenty of energy.
  3. It lets you put your smoothie’s party dress on for the weekend – Normally, I don’t do smoothies on the weekends. I’m pretty much burned out on them by the end of the week. But now, I can make them more exciting, and still get my nutrients, which are definitely needed after our “wine tasting” weekends. Which let’s admit, is every weekend. If you open more than one bottle, you’re “tasting” right?

Pitaya (Dragon Fruit) Smoothie Bowl | platingsandpairings.comThe bright color of these bowls comes from the pitaya (or dragon fruit) cubes. I found these ‘lil guys in the grocery store freezer case. Pitaya has a mild taste, which helps it pair well with other ingredients. I’d say that its flavor is similar to a kiwi or melon.

Thank you for being a welcome new addition to my breakfast repertoire Mr. Pitaya Smoothie Bowl! And can I just say, “You are looking dashing in pink!”

Breakfast never looked so good! This vibrant Dragon Fruit (Pitaya) Smoothie Bowl is a perfect, healthy way to start the day. | platingsandpairings.com

Pitaya (Dragon Fruit) Smoothie Bowl

Course: Smoothe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: Platings & Pairings
This vibrant Pitaya (Dragon Fruit) Smoothie Bowl is the perfect, healthy way to start the day.
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Ingredients

Smoothie Bowl:

  • 6 ounces frozen pitaya dragon fruit
  • 1/2 cup Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla Almondmilk Cashewmilk Blend
  • 1/2 banana preferably frozen
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks preferably frozen
  • 1 cup mango chunks preferably frozen

Toppings:

  • Bee Pollen
  • Kunquats
  • Raspberries
  • Cacao Nibs
  • Coconut

Instructions

  1. Place smoothie bowl ingredients in blender and process until smooth.
  2. Add toppings to your heart's desire - Time to get creative!

ERIN’S  TIPS:

  • This bowl can be enjoyed as a smoothie as well. Just add 1/4 cup more almond milk and omit the toppings.
  • Other great toppings include chia seeds, strawberries, mango chunks, blueberries, and goji berries.

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This post is sponsored by Almond Breeze Almondmilk. As always, all opinions are my own.

16 comments

  1. Meredith {MarthaChartreuse}

    Beautiful!! I have become quite addicted to incorporating cacao nibs into pretty much everything.

    Reply

    1. Erin

      They’re a recent discovery for me Meredith! I think the first time I had them was at Blue Star Donuts, on their Passionfruit & Cacao Nib doughnut. Obviously, this is a bit of a healthier way to indulge!

      Reply

  2. Marlynn @ UrbanBlissLife

    This is such a beautiful smoothie bowl!! Almost too pretty to eat… but I would totally devour this 🙂 What a great way to start the day!

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    1. Erin

      Thanks Marlynn. It’s a super yummy way to start the day – Especially in the middle of a gloomy winter!

      Reply

  3. Pech

    This is gorgeous – the appeal of a smoothie in a glass is thirst quenching, while a smoothie in a bowl is all about the texture with toppings, but it also means more calories

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Thanks Pech! I find that the additional calories really help to keep me full until lunch time rolls around! With the smoothies, sometimes I’m ready to gnaw my fist off by noon. 😉

      Reply

  4. Catherine

    That is the most beautiful breakfast I have ever seen. I had no idea they sold dragonfruit in the freezer section. I’ll be looking for it next time!

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    1. Erin

      Thanks Catherine! In the Portland area, I’ve had the best luck finding it at Safeway.

      Reply

  5. allie @ Through Her Looking Glass

    What a delicious smoothie bowl, Erin. Love the beautiful colors!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Thanks so much Allie – They’re really fun to get creative with!

      Reply

  6. Raz

    The photos are gorgeous and the smoothie looks delicious! 🙂 love the food photography

    Reply

  7. Warren @ Blog to Taste

    1) I’ll just reiterate what everyone else has said, that smoothie bowl is gorgeous! 2) I love the gif at the beginning 3)Just yes.

    Reply

  8. Pitaya Plus

    Such a beautiful post, love the GIF you used… so clever and fun:)

    If you’d ever like to try our Pitaya smoothie packs, please let us know.

    Reply

    1. Erin

      I would love to try your smoothie packs – I’ve heard great things!

      Reply

  9. Catherine

    Dear Erin, what a gorgeous smoothie! I would love to start everyday with this….instantly lifts the spirits and leaves you feeling good! xo, Catherine

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Thanks Catherine! It’s always easier to rise and shine when you have a pretty smoothie bowl to look at 😉

      Reply

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