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This dairy-free dragon fruit ice cream is a fun and colorful way to enjoy a frozen treat. Even better, it’s made with just two ingredients, namely dragon fruit and bananas, and you don’t need an ice cream maker to make it! It’s a vibrant pitaya ice cream you’ll love!

Dragon fruit ice cream in a bowl.

This vibrant pink dragon fruit ice cream is a healthy, natural, and delicious treat that’s perfect for cooling off on a hot day. Plus, it’s a 2 ingredient ice cream without heavy cream!

If you are looking for other no-churn ice cream recipes, you might also like No Churn Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream with Boba, No Churn Matcha Dulce de Leche Ice Cream, or No Churn Cinnamon Bourbon Peach Ice Cream.

An ice cream cone with purple dragon fruit ice cream.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Easy: With minimal ingredients and no ice cream maker needed makes this one of the easiest ice cream recipes you can make.
Healthy: This dairy-free treat is not only vegan but also a healthy alternative to traditional ice cream.
Refreshing: The natural ingredients make this ice cream incredibly refreshing, the perfect treat for a hot day.
Beautiful Color: The vibrant pink color of the ice cream makes it not just delicious but a visually stunning dessert, too. It’s a stunning 2 ingredient ice cream without heavy cream.

Dragon fruit ice cream in a bowl.

Pitaya Ice Cream Recipe Ingredients

A complete list of ingredients and amounts can be found in the recipe card below.

Bananas: They add a natural sweetness to the ice cream and also help provide a creamy texture without the need for any dairy products.
Dragon fruit: Also known as pitaya, adds its unique, sweet flavor to the ice cream and gives it that beautiful pink color.

An ice cream cone filled with dairy-free purple dragonfruit ice cream.

How to Make Dragon Fruit Ice Cream

For more detailed instructions with weights and measurements, jump to the printable recipe card.

Prepare the fruits: Peel the bananas and freeze them overnight.
Blend the ingredients: Chop the frozen bananas and pitaya, then blend them in a food processor until smooth.
Freeze and serve: Transfer the blended mixture into a freezer-friendly container and freeze for at least 8 hours before serving.

Bowl of pink dragon fruit ice cream garnished with flowers and cones.

Substitutions and Variations

Optional add-ins: Feel free to get creative and add other fruits or toppings like chocolate chips to the ice cream before freezing. This can give it a unique twist and add some extra texture.
Adjust Sweetness: If you find the ice cream isn’t sweet enough for your liking, you can add a drizzle of honey or agave nectar when serving.

A bowl of dairy-free pitaya ice cream.

Serving Suggestions

As a dessert: No-churn dairy-free dragon fruit ice cream is a great way to cleanse your palette after a meal. You can enjoy it on its own or with other toppings such as sprinklers, chocolate chips, or mini marshmallows. A drizzle of chocolate syrup would also provide a nice contrast. Or have a scoop with a piece of lemon pie, some waffles or pancakes or even a slice of cake.
For breakfast: Although not a traditional breakfast food, this fruity ice cream could be a fun and tasty addition to a weekend brunch. Serve it with gluten-free waffles or pancakes and see how it adds a touch of exotic flavor to your morning.
Anytime: Dragon fruit ice cream can be a great treat to enjoy any time you’re craving something sweet and refreshing. Whether you’re watching a movie or having a get-together with friends, this unusual, colorful ice cream is bound to be a hit.

Indulge in a bowl of dairy-free dragon fruit ice cream for a refreshing treat.
Pink dragon fruit ice cream with chocolate chips.

How to Store 2 Ingredient Ice Cream

Freeze: This frozen dairy-free dessert will keep for a month in the freezer (or much less, in my case!). Make sure it’s in a tightly sealed container because if moisture gets in, it’ll cause ice crystals which will affect the consistency and quality of this no churn ice cream.

Two scoops of dairy free dragon fruit ice cream in a pan.

Top Tips 

Choose ripe fruit: For the best flavor and natural sweetness, make sure your bananas and dragon fruit are fully ripe before freezing and processing them. Ripe bananas are also easier to blend into a smooth, creamy consistency.
Freeze in advance: Remember to freeze your bananas overnight before making this ice cream. This is what gives it the perfect texture and eliminates the need for any additional ice or churning.
Blend thoroughly: Make sure to blend the frozen fruit until it’s completely smooth. You don’t want any lumps or chunks ruining the velvety texture of your ice cream. You are going to need a decent-quality blender for this, as frozen bananas are hard. They’re no match for mediocre-quality blender blades!
Freeze properly: After blending the ingredients, transfer them to a freezer-friendly container and make sure to freeze the ice cream for at least 8 hours before serving. This will guarantee that it’s fully set and scoopably solid.

A dairy free dragon fruit ice cream recipe made with bananas.

Dragonfruit Ice Cream FAQs

What is Dragon Fruit?

Dragon fruit is native to Central America and Mexico but grows all over the globe these days. Sometimes known as strawberry pear or pitaya, this tropical fruit comes in different colors. You can get red-skinned ones with white flesh and black seeds and another variety has reddish pink flesh and black seeds. There is also a yellow-skinned type which has white flesh and black seeds.

Is dragon fruit good for you?

This fruit is a great source of Vitamins B1, B2, B3, and Vitamin C. It’s also rich in magnesium which helps you sleep well, plus calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and iron. And as if that wasn’t enough, it’s a good source of essential fatty acids, protein and fiber as well!

What does dragon fruit taste like?

Taste-wise I would describe dragon fruit as a cross between a pear and a kiwi fruit. The different varieties taste the same, but choose the red-fleshed one to get this colorful ice cream flavor. This frozen dairy-free dessert can be made with a different variety, though, or even a mixture of two kinds.

What if I can’t find Pink Dragon Fruit?

If you can’t find frozen or fresh pink dragon fruit (pitaya), you can substitute it with dragon fruit or pitaya powder. You can actually use as much as you want, as the flavor is mild. The dragon fruit powder is great to add to smoothies, too.

Vibrant purple dragon fruit ice cream in a pan.

Dairy Free Dragon Fruit Ice Cream Recipe

5 from 5 votes

Dairy Free Dragon Fruit Ice Cream

By: Bella Bucchiotti
Just look at this dairy free dragon fruit ice cream recipe! This is ice cream made with bananas and dragon fruit only. You will LOVE this frozen dairy free dessert recipe using dragon fruit. If you are looking for a fun, colorful ice cream flavor, this is for you!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Freeze: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 5 bananas , medium
  • 1/2 dragon fruit

Instructions 

  • Peeled and freeze bananas overnight. 
  • The next day, remove from the freezer and chop in 1 inch. 
  • Transfer in a high speed blender or food processor. Blend or process until smooth
  • Transfer in a loaf pan or any freezer friendly container with a lid. 
  • Freeze at least 8 hours before serving. 

Nutrition

Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 528mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 94IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg
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This vibrant, pink dragon fruit ice cream is not only a fun and colorful frozen treat but also a healthy one. In fact, it’s so easy to make this delicious no-churn ice cream with just two ingredients.

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Bella Bucchiotti

Bella Bucchiotti is a Canadian-based syndicated food, travel, and lifestyle writer, photographer, and creator at xoxoBella. She founded xoxoBella in 2015, where she shares her love for food, dogs, sustainability, fitness, crafts, outdoor adventures, travel, and philanthropy to encourage others to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places, and stand for a cause. Bella creates stress-free and family-friendly recipes for weeknight dinners and festive feasts.

 

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