Your mango dragon fruit smoothie is a tropical drink in a glass.
It's health boosting and absolutely vegan, dairy-free!
This smoothie requires 2 main ingredients but it can be enhanced further.
Pick fresh bright colored dragon fruits, which are not too hard nor too soft to the touch.
The fruits on the outside are all pink but the flesh on the inside can be pink or white. These are just 2 main groups, there are many dragon fruit varieties.
White dragon fruits taste super neutral, almost boring.
Pink ones are more flavorful and sweeter than white ones. The sweetest ones seem to be from a yellow variety.
So, as you can see there is lot that we have to learn about this fruit.
The fruit is also known as pitaya or cactus fruit (yep it grows on a cactus!).
There are countless mango varieties in this world and everybody has a favorite.
Pick a variety with less fibers. Most commercially available mangoes don't have fibers.
That said I like a variety that isn't too sweet but bright in color.
If you don't want to add sugar, pick a very sweet mango.
You can add some other fruits and ingredients to your smoothies to pep up your routine.
Here are some ideas:
- passion fruit - strained without seeds
- star fruit - aka carambola
- sugar - if you need it sweet
- honey - if you want it sweeter but this smoothie won't be vegan anymore
- stevia - a leaf sweetener
- coconut water - thins down your smoothie
You can go through my list of tropical fruits to get some more ideas.
🔪 How to make it?
The recipe with metric and US measurements is further below in the printable recipe card.
Cut the mango. The flattened seed core takes the breadth of the mango, so cut around the core.
Cut both sides off, peel the center line, and cut the mango flesh from the seed core. Also, peel the 2 sides from the fruit flesh.
Cut off the top of the dragon fruit and then cut it into two halves.
Spoon out the fruit flesh, leaving the skin behind.
Collect mango and dragon fruit pulp in a bowl.
Blend mango and dragon fruit pulp together.
You can add sugar, honey or stevia if you want it to be sweeter.
Serve up cold.
🍱 Tips + Storing
For an extra-thick smoothie, freeze your extracted fruit pulp before turning it into a smoothie.
I didn't need to do this in the pictures, it turned out thick nonetheless. But I keep the fruits fridge cold before turning them into this tropical fruit smoothie.
I recommend enjoying this smoothie fresh, right after the blending process.
You can store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one day.
Please feel free to share your thoughts and ideas with us in the comment section further below!
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Mango Dragon Fruit Smoothie Recipe
- 1 Dragon Fruit medium
- 1 Mango large, or 2 small
- Sweetener optional, *see Notes
- Locate the mango seed core in the fruit, the flattened core fills the wider sides of the fruit. Cut the 2 sides close to the core.
- Peel the seed core strip and cut around the core so that you are left with mango pulp.
- Peel the 2 mango sides, which you cut off earlier. Collect all the mango fruit pulp in a bowl.
Cut Dragon Fruit
- Cut the dragon fruit top off and then into 2.
- Spoon the fruit flesh out so that you are left with the pink skin.
- Collect dragon fruit pulp with the mango in a bowl.
- Blend the mango and dragon fruit pulp together to a well-combined smoothie and serve up.
- Add sugar, honey, or stevia to sweeten. Not a must, I didn't add any to mine, but I don't like sugar. It depends on the natural sweetness of your fruits too.
- You can make this smoothie even thicker by freezing extracted fruit pulp before turning the fruits into this smoothie.