5 Delicious Ways To Eat Your Dragon Fruit – Recipes Included

by Jillian See
FOOD  |  November 22, 2017
  • Dragon fruit can be eaten in so many ways
    1 / 6 Dragon fruit can be eaten in so many ways

    Dragon fruit has more benefits than you think. It’s a low-calorie snack with only 60 calories in a small dragon fruit. Plus, the edible seeds of the fruit are high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which are great for heart health.

    (Also read: Why Tropical Fruits Make Healthy Snacks)

    These are just two of many reasons why you should start eating dragon fruit. Here are different ways to enjoy this exotic superfood. Use red dragon fruits to add a pop of colour, for more mesmerising food shots. These recipes serve four. Feel free to tweak the amounts accordingly if you’re making for a bigger group.

    (All photos: www.123rf.com)

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  • Dragon fruit ice cream
    2 / 6 Dragon fruit ice cream

    The good thing about making your own ice cream? You get to customise the creaminess. This frozen pink treat looks pretty too. 

    Estimated preparation time: 10min

    (Also read: Your No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe For Lazy Days)

    Ingredients:
    2 dragon fruits
    400g crushed ice
    100ml light coconut milk
    Sugar, to taste
    Lime juice, to taste

    How to make:

    1. Cut dragon fruits in half and remove flesh. Use skins as dragon fruit bowls.
    2. Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Add lime juice and sugar according to preference.
    3. Portion ice cream and serve in the dragon fruit bowls.
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  • Dragon fruit jam
    3 / 6 Dragon fruit jam

    Bet you never thought about spreading dragon fruit on your toast. The seeds lend a nice crunch.

    Estimated preparation time: 30min

    Ingredients:
    1 dragon fruit, cubed
    4 tsp sugar
    2 tsp of lemon juice

    How to make:

    1. Remove flesh from dragon fruit and add the flesh and sugar into a pan.
    2. On medium heat, let the ingredients simmer, stirring until they form a thick consistency. This will take 20 to 25 minutes.
    3. Add lemon juice into mixture and stir for another minute.
    4. Let cool and serve on toast.
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  • Dragon fruit smoothie bowl
    4 / 6 Dragon fruit smoothie bowl

    Toss a bag of dragon fruit chunks into the freezer and blend it into a smooth, thick smoothie the next morning. Sprinkle with healthy toppings: goji berries, cacao nibs, coconut shavings and blueberries for a wholesome bowl.

    Estimated preparation time: 10min

    (Also read: 6 Beautiful Vegan Smoothie Bowls That Will Inspire You To Make Your Own)

    Ingredients:
    500g frozen dragon fruit chunks
    80g yogurt
    2 bananas

    How to make:

    1. Blend all ingredients until smooth.
    2. Portion them into four bowls.
    3. Serve with your favourite toppings.
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  • Dragon fruit soda
    5 / 6 Dragon fruit soda

    What better way to cool off on a humid day than to have a glass of chilled soda? You can make this refreshing dragon fruit soda in four easy steps. It’s perfect as a party drink too: Add chopped fruits into the beverage for a homemade mocktail.

    Estimated preparation time: 10min

    Ingredients:
    1 dragon fruit
    70ml lemonade
    430ml lemon-lime soda
    Mint leaves (optional)
    Chopped fruits (optional)

    How to make:

    1. Remove flesh from dragon fruit. Blend the flesh until it forms a smooth puree.
    2. Strain puree and reserve the juice.
    3. Mix lemonade and lemon-lime soda into juice.
    4. Serve the drink with ice cubes. Add mint leaves as garnish or top with fruits of your choice.
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  • Dragon fruit popcorn
    6 / 6 Dragon fruit popcorn

    Dragon fruit and marshmallows blend together to form a lovely muted pink. Drizzle that mixture over popcorn. This is great as a picnic snack or for a movie night.

    Estimated preparation time: 10min

    (Also read: 10 Healthy Snacks We Honestly Love)

    Ingredients:
    ¼ dragon fruit, chopped
    120g butter
    150g mini marshmallows
    10 cups popcorn, popped
    4 to 5 tbsp melted dark chocolate

    How to make:

    1. Blend chopped dragon fruit until smooth.
    2. Add butter and marshmallows into a bowl and melt the mixture using a microwave or pot.
    3. Mix dragon fruit puree into warm butter marshmallow mixture. Stir well.
    4. Pour mixture into bowl of popcorn. Toss until popcorn is evenly coated.
    5. Drizzle melted dark chocolate over popcorn, and it’s ready to serve.
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