Recently, I’ve been experimenting with cooking exotic foods for my toddler from taro chips to protein bites made with sesame seeds. I gatta say, feeding a skinny picky eater is not easy so I’m constantly thinking outside the box to pump in some extra nutrients into baby Chunbao. A trip to my local Asia market, these red fireballs caught my eyes. I picked up a couple and made these eye-appealing, appetite-opening dragon fruit pancakes the next morning!

dragon fruit recipe Be cautious that dragon fruits come in 2 different colors- WHITE heart vs RED heart. Both look very similar from the outside (red dragon fruit has darker skin and shorter spikes while white dragon fruit has light pink skin and longer spikes with green tips). In order to make these fuschia colored pancakes, you’ll need the red-fleshed dragon fruit. 

Aside from the differences in color, red dragon fruit is also sweeter and higher in nutritional values. That’s why red dragon fruit is usually more expensive than white dragon fruit.

Red dragon fruit is a nutrition powerhouse packed with vitamin C, antioxidants, fiber, and protein. It boosts immunity, great for the skin, and eases constipation.  Some say that dragon fruit tastes like a mix between a kiwi and pear but I personally don’t think it has a taste at all. It’s a bit sweet but not aromatic like kiwi or pear. We eat dragon fruit mainly for its nutritional benefits and its natural red colorings. Anything fuschia colored just looks yummier!

dragon fruit recipe




Ingredients:

dragon fruit recipe

  • 80 grams dragon fruit heart (about half a mid-sized dragon fruit)
  • 40 grams cake flour
  • 1 egg (egg white and egg yolk separated)

Instructions:

  1. Remove dragon fruit heart from the skin. Once you cut the dragon fruit in half, you can just scoop out the heart with a spoon.
  2. Puree the dragon fruit in a food processor.

dragon fruit recipe3.     Transfer dragon fruit to a bowl and add the egg yolk
dragon fruit recipe4.     Using a fine mesh or sieve, sift the cake flour into the dragon fruit puree

5.     Whisk until combined, about 1 minute.

6.     In another bowl or Vitamix, beat egg yolk until foamy. About 2 minutes in the Vitamix.

7.     Continue beating the egg yolk and slowly add in the sugar.

8.     Continue to beat for another 5 minutes or until stiff peak (Turn the whisk upside down, and those peaks  should point straight up without collapsing at all)

dragon fruit recipe9.     Add about 1/3 of the egg whites and use a spatula to gently fold into the dragon fruit puree. After the last addition of egg whites, continue to fold slowly until the batter falls into ribbons.

10.     Heat up a non-stick pan over medium-low heat. Optional – spray with a thin coat of oil.

11.      Scoop a spoonful of the dragon fruit batter onto the pan. The batter should spread into a circle.

12.     Continue filling the pan with the batter.

dragon fruit recipe13.     Flip pancakes over when you see bubbles on the surface (about 2 minutes).

14.     Gently flatten the pancakes and cook for another 1 minute.

dragon fruit recipe

15. Remove from pan. Can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer. Baby Chunbao loves them straight from the freezer!




These dragon fruit pancakes are soft and fluffy, a perfect finger food!

Saving a few for myself…😜

Layer them with banana slices for a nutritious breakfast any kid will love.dragon fruit recipe

Dragon Fruit Baby Pancake Recipe

Yield: 16

dragon fruit recipe

Ingredients

  • 80 grams dragon fruit heart (about half a mid-sized dragon fruit)
  • 40 grams cake flour
  • 1 egg (egg white and egg yolk separated)

Instructions

  1. Remove dragon fruit heart from the skin. Once you cut the dragon fruit in half, you can just scoop out the flesh with a spoon.
  2. Puree the dragon fruit in a food processor.
  3. Transfer dragon fruit to a bowl and add the egg yolk.
  4. Using a fine mesh or sieve, sift the cake flour into the dragon fruit puree.
  5. Whisk until combined, about 1 minute.
  6. In another bowl or stand mixer, beat egg yolk until foamy. About 2 minutes in the stand mixer.
  7. Continue beating the egg yolk and slowly add in the sugar.
  8. Continue to beat for another 5 minutes or until stiff peak (Turn the whisk upside down, and those peaks  should point straight up without collapsing at all).
  9. Add about 1/3 of the egg whites and use a spatula to gently fold into the dragon fruit puree. After the last addition of egg whites, continue to fold slowly until the batter falls into ribbons.
  10. Heat up a non-stick pan over medium-low heat. Spray with a thin coat of oil (optional).
  11. Scoop a spoonful of the dragon fruit batter onto the pan. The batter should spread into a circle.
  12. Continue filling the pan with the batter.
  13. Flip pancakes over when you see bubbles on the surface (about 2 minutes).
  14. Gently flatten the pancakes and cook for another 1 minute.
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