My husband has been traveling for work a bit more than usual these past few months and so I have had a few nights with just me and the kids. It’s still not something I would want to do all the time, but it has been getting easier now that my youngest is getting older. At least now he can entertain himself a little and I can put them in the bath together but I’ve still, naturally, tended towards easy meals on those nights. A couple of months ago when my husband was on a longer trip my eldest somehow got in to a phase of wanting smoothie bowls for dessert each night. Given I tend to make them pretty healthy and they are quick to make, it wasn’t something I was going to say no to. True, I didn’t go for pretty toppings like I have on this mango and dragon fruit smoothie bowl, but this is still a really quick and easy smoothie to make. It’s full of mellow fresh, tropical flavors. It’s cooling and pleasantly sweet while still being super healthy with no added sugar and tons of vitamins, antioxidants and other good things. A perfect way to start the day, or end your meal.
You might remember that I admitted being converted to smoothie bowls when I shared my wild blueberry and apple crumble smoothie bowl earlier in the year. I promised myself then that I must make some more smoothie bowls and particularly had summer fruits in mind. While you can get many tropical fruits year-round these days, there’s something about the flavors that really feels like a perfect fit for summer, particularly when they are served cold like this. The flavors are mellow and light, just what you need on a warm day.
I’ll admit dragon fruit is not something I have had too often, apart from on hotel buffet breakfasts now and then, but they look so pretty and the flavor is nice and mellow that I thought would be great in these mango and dragon fruit smoothie bowls. It’s also often considered a superfood due to all it’s natural goodness, so along with the rest of the ingredients in here, plus no added sugar, these smoothie bowls certainly pack a healthy punch. You can also make these dairy free by using a nut-based milk such as almond milk.
Making these mango and dragon fruit smoothie bowls could not be easier as you simply throw everything in the blender, whizz it up and pour it out. Exactly how cold it is depends on what you prefer and you can adjust the ingredients to be fresh or frozen versions to cool it down or not, as suits you (and depending on what you have available).
So grab some mango, dragon fruit, banana, blueberries, juice, milk and chia seeds and whip up a delicious, healthy smoothie. This mango and dragon fruit smoothie bowl is mellow and fragrant, perfect to start you off right on a warm day.
- ¾cup/115g mango chunks, fresh or frozen
- ½cup/125g dragonfruit flesh (note you can't eat the pink flesh)
- 1 banana (fresh or frozen - you can slice up a banana and freeze the slices on a tray then put in freezer bag until needed)
- ½cup/50g blueberries, fresh or frozen
- ¼cup/60ml orange juice
- ¼cup/60ml milk (dairy, almond or as you prefer)
- ½tbsp chia seeds plus approx another ½tbsp to top
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour into a bowl and top with some additional chia seeds and a few slices dragon fruit and mango.
- NB - the more frozen ingredients you add, the colder it will be, as well as it will be a bit thicker.