Summer is the season for smoothie bowls, especially acai bowls and pitaya bowls. They are beautiful and delicious and make the perfect energizing meal for breakfast, lunch, or brunch. I LOVE them and make one just about every single day because they take 5-10 minutes, I always have fresh fruit on hand, and the nutrition payoff is huge. I love eating. But most importantly I love eating whole plant based foods and a pitaya bowl or acai bowl is a great way to get lots of vitamins and minerals in while never sacrificing taste or experience.
I recently made a great post and video for my Creamy Acai Bowl using Navitas Acai Powder and it is doing amazing. Go check it out! I am honestly blown away at the traffic it is getting. It's the most viewed video on my YouTube channel thus far and is steadily growing in views each day. So, I'm super excited to share my recipe and video today for the pitaya bowl. It's just as good, if not better in my opinion.
What is pitaya? Pitaya, also known as dragon fruit, is a delicious and tropical fruit grown in hot climates like Florida, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, Australia, Hawaii, and other tropical regions. Pitaya is mildly sweet and has a subtle taste compared to the Acai bowl which is much sweeter. Pitaya has lots of health benefits. It's full of antioxidants which keeps your skin glowing and kills free radicals. It aids in immunity and digestion, improves your good (HDL) cholesterol, and the little black seeds contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which help reduce your risk of heart disease. Dragon fruit also contains vitamin C, Phosphorus, fiber, Iron, and many B vitamins. It's a beautiful and vibrant fruit and there is no doubt that you feel very energized and alive when you eat it. It's absolutely delicious!
Where can you purchase pitaya? Most major grocery store outlets will carry Dragon Fruit in the produce section (located in the tropical section with the coconuts and kiwi) but it can be pricey. My advice would be to stick with the pureed version for your smoothie bowls. It's so much easier.
The downside is that a lot of grocery stores don't carry frozen pitaya puree. Your best bet is to go to Whole Foods to get it. It's the only place around me that carries it. They sell the Pitaya Plus Smoothie Packs and I love them. I have checked my local Harris Teeter, Kroger, and Publix and had no luck so definitely try Whole Foods first. Here is a store locator to help you find these packets where you live!
I love loading my smoothie bowl with lots of yummy textured toppings: fresh fruit like kiwi, jack fruit, and berries, dark chocolate chunk granola, and some agave syrup. Those are my go-to toppings. But you can add whatever you want! Granny Smith apple slices are also amazing in this.
I highly recommend the dark chocolate chunk granola though especially for pitaya bowls. OMG! There is something about those two flavors combined. So freaking delish you guys.
Take me to the tropics!
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Easy Tropical Pitaya Smoothie Bowl Recipe - Vegan / Dairy Free / Plant Based
For the smoothie:
2 Packets of Pitaya Frozen Puree (Pitaya Plus packets can be found at Whole Foods)
2 Frozen Bananas
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
1-2 Tbsp OJ
1-2 Tbsp Coconut Milk
Toppings that I used:
Dark Chocolate Chunk Granola
Place all of the ingredients (except toppings) in to a high speed blender. You might want to wait a few minutes for it all to thaw a little bit before you hit power so that it has time to soften a little bit. Blend until nice and thick. If it starts melting, put it in the freezer for a few minutes to firm back up before adding toppings. Split pitaya mixture into two separate bowls and smooth out using the back of a spoon. Add your favorite toppings and devour immediately!
I hope you enjoy this recipe! Check out my video below and subscribe to my YouTube channel for more videos!