These Dragon Fruit Popsicles are exactly what you need to cool down on a hot summer day! Great for parties, barbeques or holidays and the color is so vibrant and fun.
When it comes to a hot day in the dead of Summer, I am like a whiny child. Give me a popsicle! Not sure if it’s because it takes me back to my childhood or it’s just so refreshing.
One of the best things about homemade popsicles is how easy they are to make. And if you have young children who love to help in the kitchen this recipe is easy enough for them to help. They’ll love making (and eating!) these colorful treats.
I’m sharing tips to help you get the best results with this recipe. If you don’t need the tips, scroll to the bottom for the full recipe, including a printable recipe card.
If we want to talk about health benefits, dragon fruit is actually considered a super fruit. It’s full of vitamin C and antioxidants, which are both awesome for our bodies. And homemade popsicles are much better for our kids than store bought popsicles because we can control the ingredients.
What is Dragon Fruit?
This unique tropical fruit is primarily grown in warmer climates like Southeast Asia, Central America, Mexico and South America. As it’s popularity has grown, it’s now readily available in most supermarkets and Asian markets. I’ve even found it in our local, rural grocery store.
Dragon fruit is also known as pitaya and strawberry pear. The most common variety has a vibrant pink skin with light green leaves. And while the exterior peel is stunning to look at it’s inedible. You’ll want to make sure you peel your dragon fruit prior to consuming.
After peeling, the creamy fruit is revealed. The vibrant white flesh is studded with edible black seeds. Some varieties have a bright pink-red flesh. Both are similar in taste.
What Does a Dragon Fruit Taste Like?
I got my first taste of fresh dragon fruit when we travelled to Cambodia to adopt our daughter. It was love at first bite! Every morning at breakfast I searched for the heaping platters of this pretty fruit so I could load my plate.
If you’ve stumbled across this post and this is the first time you are trying dragon fruit, you are in for a treat. It’s like a cross between a kiwi and a pear. Dragon fruit is naturally mild and somewhat sweet, but not overly sweet if that makes sense. And they look exotic and a little wicked, too, which is always fun.
What You Need to Make Dragon Fruit Popsicles
Milk – we are using whole milk. I haven’t tested this recipe with non dairy milks but if you try that be sure to let us know how they turn out.
Dragon fruit powder – this is a freeze dried powder that you can use for baking and adding to smoothies, so feel free to try it in other recipes after you’ve made your popsicles.
Strawberries – use either store bought frozen strawberries or freeze fresh strawberries
Pineapple tidbits – you will want these to be frozen as well. If you can’t find them frozen already, you can freeze canned pineapple tidbits with some of the liquid drained.
Dragon fruit – you can use fresh or frozen
Honey – this adds the perfect amount of sweetness
Gadgets and Kitchen Tools
- Popsicle Molds – so many fun shapes and sizes to choose from
- Popsicle sticks (if they don’t come with the molds)
How To Make Dragon Fruit Popsicles
Combine all of your ingredients into the blender jar. If you are using fresh dragon fruit, you’ll want to peel it before adding to the blender.
Blend all of the ingredients until smooth.
Pour fruit mixture into your popsicle molds and add the sticks if they came with your molds. Freeze for 6-8 hours.
If your molds didn’t come with sticks, place the filled mold in the freezer for about 1 hour until they are somewhat set before adding wooden popsicle sticks. Continue freezing for an additional 5-7 hours.
When ready to serve, simply pop them out of the mold. You may need to run a little warm water over the mold if they don’t come out easy.
Tips for Making for Parties
Here’s a pro tip if you need to make a batch to serve a crowd:
Make and freeze them ahead of time, then package in individual sleeves so it’s easier when it’s time to serve.
More Ways to Use Dragon Fruit (aka Pitaya)
The dragon fruit has a very mild flavor. Because of this it pairs well with most foods. We’ve used in fresh fruit salads, green salads and smoothies. But our favorite way to eat Pitaya is straight up – soooo good!
More Refreshing Recipes You Have To Try:
- Homemade Orange Julius Recipe (Secret Ingredient)
- Homemade Healthy Smoothies
- Easy Fruit Cocktail Salad
- Strawberry Shortcake with Biscuits
- Lemonade Pie Recipe (No Bake, 4 Ingredients)
- Strawberries & Cream Salad
- Fluffy Marshmallow Cream Cheese Fruit Dip
***Save the Dragon Fruit Popsicle Recipe for Later***
Dragon Fruit Popsicles
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk
- 3 tablespoons freeze dried dragon fruit powder
- 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/2 cup frozen pineapple tidbits
- 1/2 cup dragon fruit
- 3 tablespoons honey
- Place all the ingredients in a blender jar and blend until all the fruit is chopped and the mixture is smooth.
- Pour fruit mixture into popsicle molds.
- Place molds in the freezer for 6-8 hours.
- You can use fresh or frozen dragon fruit.
- If your mold doesn’t have sticks, use wooden ones. I recommend freezing the popsicles for about an hour, then inserting the sticks. This should help the sticks stay in place.
- The quantity of popsicles will vary based on the size of your popsicle molds.
- If making popsicles for a crowd, you can store them in individual sleeves for easy serving.
- Quantities will vary based on popsicle mold size.
Nutritional information is provided as a reference, using an online calculator. We recommend verifying the information independently for accuracy.