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Smoothie bowls are a delight to add to my regularl breakfast routine. They do take a bit longer to put together in the morning than say a bowl of cereal, but knowing that I am starting the day with a high-quality, healthy meal, is worth an extra 5 minutes in the morning. The other thing I love about smoothie bowls is their versatility. You can use all types of fruits, yogurt, nut butters, juices, protein powder, etc., to flavor it to your specific tastes.
Today’s recipe, the dragon fruit smoothie bowl, is one of my all-time favorites! There is something about the bright pink color that makes me feel like I am on vacation, staring at a beautiful sunrise over the ocean. Now, who wouldn’t love a breakfast that makes you feel like that. My husband and I traveled to Thailand for our honeymoon, and that is where I first truly started to appreciate how delicious dragon fruit (also called pitaya) truly is.
How unreal is that color! Definitely looks like it belongs in an Instagram post from someone’s beach vacation.
Smoothie bowl base
For my smoothie bowls, I typically start by picking the fruit flavors for the smoothie. I also find that using bags of frozen fruit help make the process quicker and easier with less food waste. For today’s dragon fruit smoothie bowl, I used both frozen dragon fruit cubes and frozen raspberries. I found using raspberries really deepens that beautiful pink color.
I also like to make sure to add some protein in my smoothies to help keep me full until my next meal. Two of my go-to add-ins are greek yogurt and nut butters. For today’s recipe, I used plain greek yogurt and almond butter. Yogurt has a perfect texture for thickening the smoothie to make it more appropriate for a smoothie bowl. Nut butters tend to have a rather strong flavor, so I typically only add about a tablespoon to my smoothie bowls unless I want the nut to be a feature flavor.
dragon fruit Smoothie Bowl Toppings
What really separates a smoothie bowl from a smoothie are the additional toppings. Now when I’m making a smoothie bowl for myself, I do not take the extra time to lay out the toppings nicely. But when you do, it does make for a picture-perfect breakfast. This recipe calls for sliced bananas and fresh raspberries. My favorite part about toppings is that it makes the breakfast really filling and more exciting to eat.
And my other favorite topping…
I love that extra crunch that granola gives to a smoothie bowl. Home-made granola, store-bought, multiple flavors; the options are pretty much endless. As I am currently pregnant, I am trying to be conscious of avoiding excess added sugar and really focusing on including fiber in every meal. KIND granola is one of my favorite brands for meeting this health goal.
The other key I found to making a great smoothie bowl is having a high-quality blender. My personal favorite is the NINJA blender. I love this system because it is powerful enough to quickly blend up all of the items for my morning smoothie bowl. And, another great feature is having both the single-serve blender size and the full-size option. When I am just making breakfast for me, I appreciate the easy portion control and quick clean-up that the single-serve option gives. And my husband will tell you that he loves when I make a large batch of smoothie bowls so he can have one too!
Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl
- 1 c. frozen dragon fruit cubes
- 1/2 c. frozen raspberries
- 2 tbsp. plain greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp. almond butter
- 1/2 c. milk
- 1 banana sliced
- 6 raspberries fresh
- 1/4 c. granola
- Combine frozen fruit, yogurt, almond butter, and milk in a blender. Blend until well mixed.
- Pour smoothie into bowl. Top with sliced bananas, fresh raspberries, and granola.
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