Pink Pitaya Bread
Sick of banana bread? Well.. I’m not sure that’s a thing, but this Pink Pitaya Bread is a super fun way to mix it up! And it’s pink, without any artificial colours or flavours!
Why pitaya, you may ask? Pitaya (aka pink dragon fruit) is incredibly nutritious yet naturally, not very sweet. When visiting Bali I was genuinely surprised at the taste – you expect with the colour that it would be incredibly sweet but it’s actually quite the opposite.
- Vitamins – the dragon fruit is rich in vitamins, particularly vitamin B1, B2 and B3 and of course, Vitamin C. The presence of these vitamins provides benefits for blood pressure, skin health and thyroid function! In addition, it’s got an impressive amount of calcium, phosphorous, iron, protein, niacin and fiber!
- Digestion – given it’s high fiber content, dragon fruit is great for regulating bowel movements and preventing constipation, IBS and other bowel related conditions. In addition to this, the dragon fruit contains oligosaccharides, which work as prebiotics in our body, known to improve gut health and digestion.
- Immunity – yep, even your immunity can benefit from this beautiful fruit! Given it’s got more Vitamin C than carrots, it’s one of the best fruits to boost your body’s defence system and stimulate antioxidant production. Of course we know the more antioxidants we eat = the more free radicals are eliminated from our body which can reduce the risk of cancer.
- Antibacterial Properties – it may be pink, but this doesn’t stop it providing some seriously beneficial antifungal and antibacterial qualities. This of course, is great for cell and overall health, as it defends against the growth of fungal or bacterial infections in our body.
- Metabolism Boosting – Dragon fruit is a surprisingly high source of protein which when digested, requires enzymes to be broken down. This process ensures the protein is used to speed up cell repair, enhance strength and metabolism, which can help with weight loss.
Now, Pitaya is quite regarded as a ‘superfood’ – and we can clearly see why! And because of this.. you might find it freeze dried and sold for the same cost as your kidney. Fear not, our favourite Amazonia Co produces frozen sachets which are inexpensive and actually the whole fruit and nothing else. No additives. It’s ingredient list is literally: 100% Organic Pink Pitaya.
So that’s why I decided to use it in my banana bread. Because, why not? I substituted in 2 pitaya sachets in place of 1 banana and it turned out a treat. The mixture is super pink before you bake it, but once sliced has a slight tinge to it. To take it to that extra pink level, I used pink coconut yoghurt to ice the loaf. Super simple, just mix coconut yoghurt with some melted pitaya sachet (if you do it this way, refrigerate for 10 minutes following mixing to allow it to re-set) or use pink pitaya powder (I used Just Blends).
I hope you like the recipe! Be sure to tag me or email me if you re-make it!
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius
- Line a rectangle baking dish with baking paper
- Blend the banana, almond milk and pitaya in a high speed blender
- Move mixture to large bowl and mix through remaining ingredients
- Add mixture to baking dish and bake for 20-30 minutes
- Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the baking dish before moving to cooling wire
- Once completely cooled,
Dr Axe, (2018). Top 6 Dragon Fruit Benefits. Retrieved from: https://draxe.com/dragon-fruit-benefits/
Organic Facts (2018). 7 Amazing Benefits of Dragon Fruit. Retrieved from: https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/health-benefits-of-dragon-fruit.html