Growing up in Hawaii, you see certain fruits year-round. I remember being a kid and having breakfast with my grandparents, who would eat a papaya from their backyard with a slice of buttered toast almost every morning.
If you aren’t familiar with papaya, it is a sweet fruit with soft flesh. You should wait for it to become ripe, before cutting it in half and scooping out the black seeds. I like to chill it in the refrigerator, before eating it.
Papayas grow on tall, skinny trees in tropical climates. As I mentioned before, the papaya that I used was from Kumu Farms on Molokai. If you live on the mainland, you can go to their website and order from them directly. If you live on Oahu, you can find them at Foodland Kahala MKT.
Like all fruits, they come in varying sizes and shapes. Some are really large and round, while others are bit skinnier and oblong in shape.
Papaya Bowl Filling
First, let’s talk about the filling for our papaya bowl. I always have frozen bananas on hand for my smoothies, so I decided to make some banana nice cream for this fruit-filled bowl. All you need for banana nice cream is a frozen banana, a little bit of nut milk or oat milk, and a powerful blender. This sweet, dairy free treat is ready in minutes.
Another option would be your favorite yogurt. Although many yogurts are not dairy-free, you could use a coconut milk or cashew yogurt, if you want to keep it dairy-free. Yogurt, especially Greek yogurt, can give you a bit more protein, too.
Finally, if you’re going for dessert vibes, you could fill this vessel up with a scoop of good old ice cream or sorbet. I would recommend a vanilla or fruit flavor that would match the papaya (e.g., strawberry or orange).
Papaya Bowl Toppings
Now, onto the toppings! Papaya tastes amazing with lots of different berries. For this creation, I opted for some strawberries and blueberries. Other fruits that would be equally as amazing would be raspberries, mango, cantaloupe, honeydew, orange, passion fruit, peaches or pineapple.
I also sprinkled on some of my favorite Tropical Anahola Granola for a little bit of crunch and a drizzle of honey for some added sweetness.Print
A sweet tropical fruit bowl that will fill you up and leave you satisfied!
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Category: Smoothie Bowl
- Method: Blender
- Cuisine: Healthy
- Diet: Vegetarian
- 1/2 a large papaya with seeds scooped out
- 1 frozen banana
- 2 tbsp nut milk or oat milk
- Cut your papaya in half and scoop out the seeds.
- Put 1 frozen banana into your blender with 2 Tbsp of nut milk or oat milk. Blend until it’s the consistency of ice cream. Depending on the power of your blender, you may need to stop, give it a shake and/or add another Tbsp of milk during blending.
- Scoop the banana nice cream into your papaya half.
- Top it with berries, granola, and honey.
- Enjoy this delicious treat!
Keywords: papaya bowl, papaya, fruit bowl, vegetarian
I hope you get a chance to try this delicious treat! Let me know if you are a fan of papaya and what you like to pair it with in the comments.
Mahalo to Foodland Kahala MKT. for the delicious, locally grown papaya!