How to Make No-Churn Dragon Fruit Gelato

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Dragon fruit gelato

Dragon fruit gelato

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 timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

12 min

22 min

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.

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

Cooking With Dragon Fruit

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Travel Chef (author) from Manila on April 15, 2020:

Hi Linda Crampton,

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

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on April 15, 2020:

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

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on April 14, 2020:

Hello Linda,

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

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on April 14, 2020:

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.

Linda Chechar from Arizona on April 14, 2020:

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

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 14, 2020:

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

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