Spiced Peach & Dragon Fruit Oatmeal

Dragon fruit! Cross this one off my list of fruits I’ve never tried. I decided recently I wanted to buy one after seeing Dani and Sophie posting pictures of them on Instagram all the time.

Spiced Peach and Dragon Fruit Oatmeal by The Oatmeal Artist #vegan

I’m unfortunately going through “empty out the fridge!!!” mode again; it seems like I was doing that just a couple weeks ago. (Because I was.) Before, it was because of my move to Brooklyn. Now it’s because of my trip(s) to Minnesota, Seattle, and Vancouver. To those of you who follow me on Instagram, be prepared for excessive photos. Traveling makes me camera happy.

Anyway, I wasn’t sure what to pair the dragon fruit with. I didn’t even know what it tasted like! Not wanting to purchase more produce, I considered the options that were already available in my (UNREASONABLYย SMALL) Brooklyn fridge: apples, grapefruit, banana, and peaches.

If you don’t know which one I chose, you should probably go back and read the title of the post.

Spiced Peach and Dragon Fruit Oatmeal - Dragon Fruit Spiced Peach and Dragon Fruit Oatmeal - The Oatmeal Artist #vegan

Dragon fruit is really interesting. The first time I tried to buy it, I was in a specialty market in NYC that has just about every produce imaginable, so I love going there when I’m searching for something specific. They certainly did have dragon fruit–for $9 each!! NOPE. Swipe left.

Then–before I moved to Brooklyn–I was walking down East Broadway, a busy street in Chinatown that is inundated with a plethora of CHEAP produce stands (and for you language purists out there, I really do mean “plethora” in its literal definition: an excessive amount). Sure enough, I noticed most of them had dragon fruit for $3 or less. Step up your game, Specialty Market in NYC.

Spiced Peach and Dragon Fruit Oatmeal by The Oatmeal Artist

I honestly had no idea what to do with this fruit. I started by cutting into it and slipping a small chunk to taste. Um, it’s actually flavorless. Think of it like a semi-sweeter version of avocado. Soft, luscious, versatile, and more-or-less flavorless.

Cool. That means I could do whatever I wanted with it. So basically, I made a fancy spiced peach oatmeal (which you could make on its own without the dragon fruit, honestly) and added the dragon fruit on top.

I have this fantasy of it being the perfect pre-Vegas breakfast. Like, you’re about to catch a plane to Vegas where you’ll be going to casinos and such. Do those dragon fruit chunks not look precisely like dice? Please, somebody, if you ever go to Vegas, eat this for breakfast. It will bring you luck.*

*probably not

Random Recommendations:

  • [eats] Trader Joe’s tahini sauce – you can make a thousand variations of salad dressings using it. My go-to is tahini + maple syrup + lemon juice. You can find it by the hummus.
  • [tunes] Jason Mraz’s album YES!ย is basically all I’ve been listening to for weeks. It’s especially satisfying if you’re *ahem* falling in love. <3

Spiced Peach & Dragon Fruit

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 3/4 cup milk of choice (coconut recommended), or water
  • 1/4 cup quick cook steel cut oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
  • 1 small/medium yellow peach
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp lemon extract (or lemon zest) [optional, but recommended!]
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 (or more) a dragon fruit

How to make it:

  1. Bring milk (I use 1/2 c soy milk and 1/4 c water) to a low boil.
  2. While you're waiting for the liquid to heat up, dice your peach. I did not peel. It's up to you whether you chop, slice, dice, or practically mince the peach, but I prefer the smallest pieces possible. This allows for maximum flavor spreadage. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  3. Once liquid has come to a low boil, add oats, and reduce heat to medium low (a simmer). (If youโ€™d like to add a teaspoon of flax or chia seeds, do so now. I added chia seeds.)
  4. Add peach and stir into the oatmeal.
  5. While your oatmeal is cooking, carefully cut away the skin of the dragon fruit, taking off as little of the "meat" as possible (don't you hate referring to the inside of fruit as "meat?" Blegh.) Dice. I went with 1-inch cubes. During this time, keep an eye on your oatmeal and stir occasionally.
  6. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add cinnamon, ginger, lemon extract (or zest), and salt. [See below for other flavor possibilities.]
  7. When youโ€™re pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Add a splash of your milk of choice, diced dragon fruit, and any other additional toppings (shredded coconut, nuts, etc.). I would have loved to add pomegranate arils, but alas, I was out.

Just an FYI:

Here are other possibilities for "spicing" your oatmeal:
- cinnamon and vanilla extract
- pumpkin pie spice and vanilla extract
- cinnamon, allspice, and vanilla extract
- cinnamon, molasses, nutmeg, and vanilla extract
- ginger and vanilla extract
- cardamom (just a pinch!) and vanilla extract
[Note that the above suggestions are untested and merely brainstormed by The Oatmeal Artist and her love of spices.]


Spiced Peach and Dragon Fruit Oatmeal

About Lauren Smith

Lauren is a herbivore, Slytherin, and connoisseur of oats. She is a former teacher who is currently studying to earn a master's degree in curriculum development. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

12 Responses to Spiced Peach & Dragon Fruit Oatmeal

  1. Cassie says:

    This is amazing! Too bad I just finished all of my dragonfruit ๐Ÿ™ lol now I know what I have to get for my next grocery shopping trip!

  2. Emie Jurado says:

    Hi! I have been following your blog and getting inspired by it for over a year! Thank you great oatmeal recipes. I have always loved oatmeal however I never knew that I could vary it so much. But thanks to you and your blog, my love for oatmeal has increased tenfold!! (I am especially fond of your grape and rosemary recipe!) I was born and raised in Belize (Central America) and right now we are in the peak season for dragonfruit. You see them everywhere!!! And they are about $1.25 for a small one or $2.50 for a big one. I noticed that the flesh of the dragonfruit you purchased is white, the ones we get here is the same bright pink as the skin. It really is an interesting fruit. I usually cut the fruit in half and just spoon it out and eat it as is. I like topping it with whipped cream. I have seen many bars do Margaritas with them. So I assume you can whip a non alcoholic juice. As well. Honestly I don’t know if the all pink version tastes any different than the white. I think the pink one resembles a kiwi in taste, a bit less tart. I should probably experiment with it!

    • Lauren Smith says:

      I’m so happy that you like the grape and rosemary oatmeal! I always thought that one was underappreciated. I loved it as well.

      I wonder if the pink dragon fruit has a more pronounced flavor? The white version is not very flavorful (but still pleasant for some reason).

  3. xdestitutex says:

    Not sure if combining dragon fruit with something as sweet and “spicy” as your peach base was the best idea for it.

    Although it’s a fancier and sweeter version of a (green) kiwi i also would have guessed the dragon fruit has not enough power to overcome all the other ingredience you put into this oatmeal version.

    Actually I kinda loved dragon fruit, ‘ause as i already said in my opinion it’s a sweeter green kiwi (and i would recommend eating the dragon fruit like a kiwi), but a couple of weeks ago i discovered golden kiwis (https://www.zespri.com/varieties/gold and https://www.zespri.com/varieties/sungold), which are awesome (Especially for oatmeal ^^), leaving dragon fruit a bit behind. Now dragon fruit is just a sweeter green, not as sweet but kinda fresher as golden kiwi that is often way more expensive xD

    But i still thing you should give dragon fruit another chance. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • xdestitutex says:

      think! i still think… -.-

    • Lauren Smith says:

      As the person who consumed this oatmeal, I can assure you the combination worked (although ideally I would have paired it with mango, but I was out). Honestly, I think kiwi is significantly sweeter and more flavorful than dragonfruit!

      And I will give it another chance, but in the far future. It’s so expensive!

      • xdestitutex says:

        :thumbs up:
        Everyone deserves a second chance (even dragon fruit) ๐Ÿ˜‰
        I’m glad to hear you haven’t given up on dragon fruit yet. ๐Ÿ™‚

        I’m also glad the peach base wasn’t the deal breaker. It just sounded like the dragon fruit wasn’t even there, which i wrongly assumed. Sorry ๐Ÿ™

        And yes, they are way too expensive, but i’m looking forward to the next dragon fruit oatmeal recipe from you ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I tried dragon fruit for the first time earlier this year, and was underwhelmed to say the least. You’re right – it’s completely flavorless!
    Haha, I never noticed that dragon fruit looks like dice before ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Lauren Smith says:

      I always have high expectations for tropical fruit because it to be as amazing as mango, and it never, ever is. I remember papaya being a huge disappointment. Add in the fact that they cost an arm and a leg and it just adds insult to injury.

      Are tropical fruits more affordable where you live?

      • Unfortunately tropical fruit is also majorly expensive over here. You’ll sometimes find good deals, but generally not (which is why my freezer is always bursting with frozen fruit). I actually only tried dragon fruit because my aunt was given some by a friend who owns a fruit store, and she didn’t want it ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Lyndsey B says:

    I have never tried dragon fruit, the spikes are a bit intimidating. But it is sooo beautiful and fresh looking, and I also love trying new fruits. Have you ever tried a lychee fruit? It has a slightly sweet, but also mild taste. I wonder how it would be in oatmeal, maybe I’ll try that ๐Ÿ™‚

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *