Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Pitaya Power Smoothie Bowl

I really love it when my food gets insanely beautiful nice and colourful! You see, too me visual is just as important as taste, y'know! Hahahah, I guess I'm just an artist at heart. (in and out of the kitchen ;) !)

Nope, it's not acai or blueberries that gave this such a wonderful, vivid colour, but it's Pitaya! (Also known as red dragon fruit) It's one of the cheapest, most common fruit where I live but I just tried it out recently, thanks to my fruit-loving friend at Instagram! (and I'm so thankful I tried it omg, it's such a wonderful fruit seriously!!) 

And no, I didn't edit the colour of the smoothie or add any artificial colouring at all! That gorgeous purple-pink colour purely comes from 'red-purplish' pitaya + 'white' bananas!! Mother nature provides us with so many natural colourings, so do keep that in mind if you reach out to those artificial colours!!

I topped mine with some slices kiwis, cubed pineapples (also obsessed with pineapples at the moment, so good mmm…), and my-must-add-topping which is granola (crunch-crunch-crunch)!

Not only good for the eyes, but this baby right here is also reallyyy good for your body (and your tastebuds)! Not to mention that it's super easy to make! Perfect to make for breakfast on busy mornings, or when you get home from a tiring day at work, or for dinner (LOL basically anytime).


  • 7 ripe bananas, frozen overnight 
  • 1 red dragon fruit, frozen overnight
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar (optional, but makes it very tasty)
  • toppings of your choice (I used pineapples, kiwi, and granola. I find that crunchy things make smoothies/ice cream taste real good so do try to add some crunchy toppings along with some fruits!)


  1. Put the frozen bananas, coconut sugar & dragon fruit (cut into small chunks), into a high speed blender/food processor. Blend until it turns nice & smooth, add in the coconut sugar and blend again. (I don't add any water, but you can add a little if needed to help it blend).
  2. Scoop into a  bowl, top with your favourite toppings! Enjoy!!!


  1. Hey Chelsea,

    This is such a gorgeous post using Dragon Fruit. Thanks for the inspiration and we hope to see more Dragon Fruit / Pitaya posts soon:)

    1. Thank you for the kind words! :) Yepp! I love pitaya so there will be lots of pitaya around here ;)

  2. I am still amazed that your fruit is so colourful without 'photoshopping'. I am going to have to go on some 'epic quest' to find some pitaya! Even if that means traveling all the way to Indonesia with my blender :P

    1. Yep! Make sure to get the 'red' dragon fruit though (there is also a white-fleshed one) ;) Hehehe, do let me know if you're coming hun!!

  3. How is it so purple?? I love it!!

  4. This looks and sounds sooo delish!! I'm going to try to make it now:) I have a vitamix 850 series. What would be the best setting for it? I've also made Acai and Pitaya bowls before, but they come out runny (because I add 1/4 cup almond milk as frozen pack suggest) or too icy (not creamy at all) if I don't add the milk because of the frozen acai or frozen Pitaya. Any suggestions? Also, you have another post of beautifully cut mangos. How in the world do you cut them this pretty??? Please do a quick video. I've showed a bunch of my friends your picture and they don't know how either. Thanks so much little angel. Have a beautiful day!!!🎈🍉🍒

    1. Thank you! :) Hmm, not sure about the setting as I use a food processor! But 'normal blending mode' would be great (as vitamix is a really good blender!), just scrape down the sides & push it down with the tamper as needed! If it's too icy, have you tried putting some frozen bananas in there? I see a lot of people make acai/smoothie bowls with mainly frozen berries and that won't give a creamy texture like frozen bananas does! Try this recipe out and you'll see ;) As for the liquid, I normally don't even add any liquid and its always perfect! Frozen bananas + powerful blender = key! But you can totally add some liquid to help the machine run (I don't recommend more than 1/4 cup). Oh and, I'm using a fresh pitaya here (its pretty big) so you might want to use 2-3 packs per 7 frozen bananas (1 pack for 2-3 bananas is a good ratio). As for the mango, simply cut a mango into 2 halves lengthwise, make criss-cross cuts onto each half (but don't cut it all the way through), finally open up the mango! *Hope I can make youtube vids in the future* I hope this helps you! Sorry if its a bit long heheh, have a wonderful day love! <3