Papaya Banana Smoothie

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Kristianne

I'm a San Francisco city girl who loves to cook and enjoy the outdoors. My cooking style focuses on healthy recipes, but I have a huge sweet tooth that I am constantly fighting! When I'm not cooking/eating/photographing/writing about food, I'm at the hospital full-time or running. I'm addicted to blogging about food - www.mysanfranciscokitchen.com

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Whenever I make this papaya banana smoothie, I feel like I’m somewhere tropical. Papayas are grown in South America and Hawaii, where it’s warmer, and shipped all over the world. The first time I bought a papaya, I didn’t know what to do with it. Once I got home from the grocery store, I sliced it open and thought it tasted terrible. Of course, that was only because I didn’t know it had to ripen first! Papayas are like avocados in that they get soft when ripe. Before blending the meat of a papaya up into a delicious smoothie, give it a gentle squeeze and make sure it’s good to go.

Here is a tip for making this smoothie: Scoop out the meat of the papaya into a freezer-safe and re-sealable bag and freeze for an hour before you make your smoothie. Using frozen fruit will give your smoothie a nice slushy texture!

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Papaya Banana Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe papaya
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup orange juice

Instructions

  1. Slice the papaya in half and remove the seeds and pulp. Scoop out the meat into a Magic Bullet cup.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and blend well.

Makes 1 smoothie

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