Dragonfruit, also known as pitaya, is high in iron, magnesium and fiber and it looks beautifully pink and tastes like kiwi – come enjoy it in this healthy ice cream treat!
Vegan Dragonfruit Pitaya Berry Ice Cream!
Frosty pink party! The best flavor and best color to lift your mood. And healthy!
How Healthy is Dragonfruit?
Pitaya, also known as dragon fruit, is high in magnesium which helps with sleep. Pitaya is also rich in vitamin C, B1, B2 and B3, and minerals calcium, iron, magnesium and phosphorus. They are also a good source of fiber, protein and omega essential fatty acids.
Start with raw pink pitaya if you can find it, or use the frozen packets found in the frozen fruit area of Whole Foods, or use freeze-dried powder found online.
Add mangos, frozen milk cubes, and energizing baobab, and you have a super healthy frosty treat. Blend, freeze, blend again and serve. If you prefer, you can use 1 cup of chopped frozen bananas instead of the milk cubes – it will be more of a soft serve.
No ice cream maker needed. Happy pink party!
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Vegan Dragonfruit Pitaya Ice Cream
Dragonfruit, also known as pitaya, is high in iron, magnesium and fiber and it looks beautifully pink and tastes like kiwi - come enjoy it in this healthy ice cream treat!
- 8 frozen milk cubes (I used almond milk or use two bananas, chopped and frozen)
- 1 cup frozen mango chunks
- 1 cup fresh (pink inside, not white) pitaya meat (or 1 packet of frozen pink pitaya found in grocery store freezer section - PitayaPlus.com)
- 1 tsp baobab powder
- 1 tsp lemon juice
Pour milk into ice cube trays and freeze overnight. Or chop and freeze bananas overnight.
Freeze mango chunks overnight.
I used a frozen pitaya packet but if you use fresh pitaya, chop the correct amount and freeze overnight.
Line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
Make Pitaya Ice Cream
Let the milk ice cubes thaw for 20 minutes before blending. You want them to be easy to blend. Then, blend all ingredients, pour into the loaf pan and freeze for 1 hour.
Chop it up, blend again. Line the loaf pan with new parchment paper, pour in mixture and freeze again, at least 4 hours or until it reaches a texture you want.
If you have let is freeze overnight, let the mixture thaw 20 minutes or more until it is scoopable.
Dee Dine is the recipe developer and writer behind Green Smoothie Gourmet. She shares her super healthy wholesome recipes on her blog and her Instagram that she feeds her family and friends. She gravitates toward recipes that are fast to create, plant-based, nutritious, easy, and use familiar ingredients. And chocolate is always a good idea! More about Dee.