Wake up happy with this fresh and tropical Papaya Smoothie recipe!
With a blend of milk, papaya, and pineapple, this tasty drink is packed with nutrients to get your day started properly.
Aside from being a fruity option, this smoothie is completely delicious too! Keep reading for the recipe and all of my best tips and tricks for making the best homemade smoothies.
Papaya is such a fun ingredient to make smoothies with! For most of us, this fruit is exotic, and out of the ordinary, which is one reason why this papaya smoothie is so good!
Why You’re Going to Love This Papaya Smoothie Recipe
It’s Thick and Creamy: When you blend papaya with pineapple and milk, the result is a thick and creamy smoothie that has the best texture. The fruit itself has a soft and smooth texture, so it’s perfect for smoothies.
Amazing Tropical Flavor: Papaya tastes like a blend of mango, peach and banana. It’s fruity yet delicate and understated. Mixing papaya with pineapple is the best way to bring out that flavor.
Easy to Make: You only need 4 ingredients and a blender to whip up a fruity smoothie in less than 5 minutes!
Ingredients In The Best Papaya Smoothie
Milk – You have options here! Choose regular milk, plant-based milk, or even water as the base of your smoothie.
Frozen Fruit – This recipe uses frozen papaya pieces and frozen pineapple pieces. You can sometimes find these fruits in the frozen section of your grocery store. Otherwise, cut up fresh fruit, and freeze it overnight first.
Lemon Juice – Freshly squeezed lemon juice helps to keep the flavors of the papaya and pineapple bright and fresh.
How to Make A Papaya Smoothie
- Place all of the ingredients into your blender, starting with the milk or water, then the frozen fruit.
- Pulse for 10-20 seconds, or until smooth and well-mixed.
- Enjoy cold!
These numbered steps match the numbered photos above and are for illustration purposes. For the complete list of ingredients and instructions, please see the recipe below.
Homemade Smoothie Tips
Use quality ingredients – When making homemade smoothies, you’ll want to make sure you are using high-quality ingredients for the best outcome.
Use Frozen Fruit – Freezing your papaya and pineapple pieces, or using packaged frozen fruit will mean that you don’t need to add any ice to your smoothie, which will water down the flavor. If your fruit isn’t frozen, you will want to add up to 1 cup of ice cubes.
Adjust the Consistency – If your papaya pineapple smoothie is too thin, blend in a few more pieces of frozen fruit. If it’s too thick, add a little bit more liquid such as water or milk.
Enjoy Right Away – Your smoothie will always be most delicious if you enjoy it directly after blending it up! If you have leftovers, freeze them into popsicle molds and enjoy a tasty treat later.
What to Add To A Papaya Smoothie
Smoothie recipes are meant to be adjusted! You can add anything you like to your Papaya Smoothie to make it more flavorful and nutritious.
Add Ins: I like to add a spoonful of seeds to my smoothies, such as flaxseeds, chia seeds, or hemp hearts. A handful of fresh spinach or kale leaves will also boost the nutritional value.
For a Protein Boost: Use a scoop of your favorite protein powder, or consider adding Greek yogurt, silken tofu, or nut butter to the blender.
Try Other Fruits: Frozen strawberries, bananas, or mangoes would all be delicious in this papaya pineapple smoothie.
Ice Cream To Pair With Smoothies
Fruit smoothies like this one with papaya are delicious, but they are even more amazing with a scoop of ice cream added in!
Adding ice cream to smoothies makes them richer, creamier, sweeter, and more like dessert.
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- 1 cup (8 oz.) unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice, or water)
- 1 cup frozen papaya pieces
- 1 cup frozen pineapple pieces
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- Optional: 1 scoop of ice cream or sherbet, 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
- Place all ingredients in to a blender and pulse for 10-20 seconds, or until smooth.
- If desired, top with whipped cream, fresh fruit, or chia seeds.
- Serve cold.
- Frozen fruit works best in this recipe, and helps with the smooth texture. If your fruit isn't frozen, you'll want to add up to a cup of ice to the blender for texture.
- We love adding a scoop of ice cream or sherbet to our smoothies, but you don’t have to. Some of our favorite ice creams to pair with this papaya smoothie are mango ice cream, vanilla ice cream, and pineapple ice cream.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 710Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 167mgCarbohydrates: 125gFiber: 9gSugar: 106gProtein: 31g