How to Make No-Churn Dragon Fruit Gelato

Updated on April 15, 2020
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Dragon fruit gelato
Dragon fruit gelato | Source

Dragon fruit, or pitahaya, is a tropical fruit with sweet and seeded flesh. Gelato is an Italian frozen dessert made with milk and sugar that is characteristically creamier than traditional ice cream. Since I don't have an ice cream maker, I used a spoon to manually mix the gelato until firm. Check out this simple no-churn recipe, and enjoy!

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 12 min
Ready in: 22 min
Yields: 2 to 3 servings


  • 1 cup dragon fruit puree
  • 250 mL all-purpose cream
  • 250 mL evaporated milk
  • 250 mL condensed milk
  • 1 teaspooon vanilla extract


  • 4 big bowls
  • 1 small bowl
  • measuring spoons
  • measuring cups
  • chopping board
  • knife
  • potato masher or fork
  • big spoon


  1. In a large bowl, combine all-purpose cream, evaporated milk, condensed milk, and dragon fruit.
  2. Transfer the dragon fruit mixture to a freezer-safe container.
  3. Allow the mixture to freeze for at least 1 hour or until it has set a little bit. Remove it from the freezer and mix it with a spoon.
  4. Return the mixture to the freezer and let it freeze again for about 2 hours. Remove it from the freezer and mix it again with a spoon.
  5. Repeat this process at least one more time, or until the gelato has set.
  6. The gelato may be enjoyed on its own, or you may serve with ice cream cones, pancakes, or bread.

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Dragon fruit pureeCondensed milkEvaporated milkVanilla extractAll-purpose cream
Dragon fruit puree
Dragon fruit puree | Source
Condensed milk
Condensed milk | Source
Evaporated milk
Evaporated milk | Source
Vanilla extract
Vanilla extract | Source
All-purpose cream
All-purpose cream | Source

Tips and Techniques

  • Serve dragon fruit gelato with ice cream cones, pancakes, or bread.
  • You may find that you'd like to adjust the amount of vanilla extract if the brand you are using is very strong.
  • For a finer dragon fruit puree, use a blender.
  • For texture, add dragon fruit chunks.
  • Replace red flesh dragon fruit with white flesh dragon fruit.

Dragon fruit gelato served with pancakes
Dragon fruit gelato served with pancakes | Source

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    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      2 months ago from Manila

      Hi Linda Crampton,

      Maybe you can buy dragon fruit in Asian store. I can guarantee you, it taste so good.

    • AliciaC profile image

      Linda Crampton 

      2 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I've never tasted dragon fruit. Your gelato looks and sounds a delicious treat!

    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      2 months ago from Manila

      Hello Linda,

      It is indeed a must try especially this summer season. Surely, you will enjoy it.

    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      2 months ago from Manila

      Hi Pamela,

      It's really a great dessert. Not too sweet but absolutely delicious. Hopefully, you can try it if you get a chance to buy some dragon fruit gelato.

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      Linda Chechar 

      2 months ago from Arizona

      This dragon fruit gelato looks delicious. I need to make this for a healthy fruity summer dessert!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I think this gelato recipe will make a delicious dessert. It looks like a simple recipe also.


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