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Dragon Fruit Smoothie with Guava

Exotic fruits of dragon fruit and guava, blended with strawberries for a surprisingly delicate and mildly sweet smoothie

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Dragon Fruit Smoothie

Dragon fruit, also know as Pitaya is as intimidating as a unicorn in steel armor – so cute and unusual, but why the spiky protrusions? And as with most things in nature, something that’s so vibrant on the outside will usually be pungent or piquant on the inside. Except for dragon fruit. At first glance, it seemed a perfect fruit for a quirky smoothie, with traditional fruits to round out what had to be crazy, loopy flavor. And a dragon fruit smoothie with guava and strawberries sounded pretty divine.

 

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With my first slice of red dragon fruit (we’ll talk about the white version in a bit), I prepared to pucker at its sourness or pass out from the sweetness. But a few bites in, no surprises, no quirks, just a surprisingly mild, dense fruit with crunchy seeds like a Kiwi.

All that show and flare on the outside leads to a lovely fruit you could add a top any cereal or yogurt. So we brought in the guava to give the dragon fruit a contrast, along with very ripe strawberries for a tangy sweetness.

Dragon Fruit Health Benefits

The result is a not-too-sweet, very creamy smoothie that packs on a heck of an antioxidant punch. And that’s where dragon fruit reveals its secrets. It’s the flavor she comes armed with, but rather a host of health benefits that range from a healthy dose of vitamin C, vitamin B, and calcium.

However, the seeds hold the real health benefits, no surprise there. They contain lycopene, the same compound found in tomatoes that are good for the heart. Add in the omega-3 fatty acids, and a dragon fruit smoothie sounds like a good idea for fuel in the morning or post-workout.

Katherine even found a study showing the fruit has anti-aging properties and she thinks it would make a great base for a face mask. Between you and me, she doesn’t need it. But I’ll ask her to post the beauty recipe if she likes the results. Here’s a full list of health benefits.

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As part of our culinary tour of Baja, I was surprised to find out that dragon fruit is indigenous to Mexico’s deserts as a member of the cactus family and is easy to find in fruit stands.

Now the question is, will you be able to find the red dragon fruit locally?

You’ll probably have a bit of challenge. Katherine and I live in Atlanta and have our pick of international markets to get hard-to-find produce. However, it took nine phone calls to track down the red version finally.

The good news is that white dragon fruit was readily available everywhere we looked. The flesh is white with same tiny black, edible seeds.

A smoothie made with dragon fruit won’t have the same fuchsia vibrancy, but we have some suggestions and alternatives below to help you achieve the same lovely smoothie.

There’s also a pink and yellow version, but those also have a white or light flesh with black seeds, too.

Suggestions and Alternatives

  • Red dragon fruit is harder to find than white, so you can use white dragon fruit instead.
  • If you prefer a thicker smoothie or want to make a smoothie bowl, add one ripe banana.

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Dragonfruit Smoothie | Healthy | Recipe | Dragonfruit | Guava | Pitaya | Vegan

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Dragonfruit Smoothie

Course: smoothie
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 6 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 106 kcal

A healthy recipe for a dragon fruit smoothie, with guava and strawberries.

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Ingredients

Dragon Fruit and Guava Smoothie

  • 1 whole red dragon fruit quality
  • 1/2 cup guava juice quality
  • 1/2 cup strawberries quality
  • 1 tbs. agave quality
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 5 ice cubes

Instructions

Instructions for Dragon fruit smoothies

  1. Peel and dice one large red dragon fruit and add to blender.

  2. Add 1/2 cup guava juice and 1/2 cup sliced strawberries.

  3. Add two tbs. agave, 1/4 cup cold water, and five ice cubes.

  4. Blend on medium high until smooth for about three minutes.

Nutrition Facts
Dragonfruit Smoothie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 106
% Daily Value*
Sodium 7mg 0%
Potassium 116mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 22g
Vitamin C 43.5%
Calcium 0.6%
Iron 0.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

32 Comments

  1. This smoothie sounds amazing and I love the combo of dragon fruit and guava, it totally makes me remember my childhood.

  2. I like dragon fruit because it’s really refreshing! And I think it’s a lovely addition to any smoothie especially during the summer! This one’s a must try! The combination with guava makes me curious about the taste. I’m sure it’s amazing though and it’s packed with a lot of health benefits too!

    1. There are some smoothies that are just way too sweet and just totally negate the health benefits. I like this one because of the ripe strawberries and a bit of guava, it’s just enough.

  3. I love dragon fruit/pitaya and definitely had my fair share of pitaya smoothies when I lived in Bali for two months. I’ll have to make this for a little memory jolt. 😉

    1. Bali is on my list for exploration with the kids in a few years. We’re thinking Ubud for a few months. And I’ll be sure to get my fill of someone else making the smoothies =)

  4. Dragonfruit is awesome, it does taste like a kiwi, not too sweet and not sour at all. I just love it! I love that you paired it with guava for this smoothie recipe. I can’t believe I never thought of that before!

  5. This looks so good! I have had dragonfruit a few times and really enjoyed it. I really love guava though. My dad used to bring home guava juice and it just reminds me of childhood

    1. My mother is from the Dominican Republic and I used to live on guava juice as a child. I think I drank it more than OJ.

  6. I recently tried Dragon Fruit for the first time and it was quite unique! It’s a beautiful fruit & sounds like the perfect ingredient for a smoothie.

  7. Gosh, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a dragon fruit, let alone know where to buy it….but, hey that smoothie looks really good.

    1. If you have an Asian market close by, you’ll probably find it. Otherwise, you can get the pulp on Amazon overnight for fairly cheap.

  8. I had a pitaya smoothie earlier this week. It is sold almost everywhere here in Los Angeles. I love how pink the smoothie gets. Didn’t know about all the health benefits! I’m excited to have another one now.

  9. Oh wow this looks so good! I haven’t ever tried dragon fruit so this sounds like an exotic treat. I can’t wait to try it with my kids and see what we all think.

  10. I don’t think I have ever seen dragon fruitin Colorado but i really want to get some because i think my kids would have a blast with it, this smoothie looks delicious!

  11. Dragon Fruit is always so intimidating when I come across it. For some reason it has never crossed my mind that I can throw it in a smoothie. Great idea!! I may have to try out this recipe because that guava sounds amaaaazing. 🙂

  12. Great recipe! The idea of dragonfruit is always so much better than what I actually try to do with it at home. My eight year old daughter is always picking up interesting produce while we shop and would love to try this!

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