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Raspberry Papaya Smoothies

Raspberry Papaya Smoothies

I fall in and out of love with smoothies on a regular basis. And I think I’ve determined that the best way to stay “in” love with them is to mix it up as often as possible. Sometimes having the same combination even two days in a row makes me want to banish those particular fruits from ever getting near the blender again. Or at least a few weeks.

Now that you mention it, I’m surprised I haven’t gotten sick of Taylor by now, and traded him in for a different flavor.

I kid, of course. Husbands are not smoothies, silly!

I’ve been trying to do more with papaya, despite it not being one of my favorites. The flavor is just eh, and the smell, well, I won’t describe what I think it smells like. But it’s good for you, like, really good for you, apparently, and so I’ve been doing what I can to make it more palatable.

That’s where the raspberries come in. Talk about a flavorful fruit: bright and astringent and a champ at covering up any papaya non-flavor. With a splash of lime juice for tang, this smoothie is a real winner.

It’s almost satisfying enough to be a meal on its own, or, you know, with a bag of potato chips and a couple of cookies on the site. Does that defeat the point?

Raspberry Papaya Smoothies

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  • 1 ripe banana
  • 6 ounces raspberry yogurt
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) chopped fresh papaya
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice


  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender; purée on high speed until smooth. Add a few ice cubes and blend until it reaches your desired consistency.
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  1. Papaya has always been one of my favorite fruits and of course I love raspberries. What a perfect combination for a wonderful tasting smoothie.

  2. I also love smoothies and can’t get enough. I love all the smoothie recipes you have on your blog. 

  3. So funny! I am the same way with smoothies. I absolutely adore them…until I can’t look at them any longer without going crazy. BUT these are so pretty I could enjoy them forever :) 

  4. Haha, I really had to laugh about your post and trading husbands ;) I am not (yet) in the smoothie mood, but I will soon order a food processor with blender and maybe I will also enter the world of smoothies than… will try yours for sure :D
    take care, 

  5. I’m a boring smoothie person…I love strawberries and bananas. I love the idea of papaya and raspberries together!

  6. I am running out to the store tomorrow to buy a papaya and vegan raspberry yogurt JUST so I can make this smoothie.  YUM!

  7. I have never thought of putting papaya in a smoothie but I am so glad that you did, adding in the raspberries makes it sound amazing. I am all for switching up smoothie recipes and this will definitely have to be added to my list!

  8. @Cat Davis, I know that there is an almond milk yogurt available because I have a friend who gets it at our local coop. Here is a link I found that shows how to make your own – When I make yogurt with milk, I just put it in a crock in my oven with the light on, and that gives just the right amount of heat. I turn on the oven first to get it just slightly warm. If it’s too warm, it will kill the culture. Milk yogurt takes about 10 or 12 hours that way, depending on how you like it. Also, only use glass or plastic containers, as metal can also kill the culture. I had that happen once. Good luck finding or making something that works for you!

  9. This is fantastic. I am on a total smoothie kick and cannot wait to try this one!

  10. Looks yummy! I don’t like papaya either…blech. But I could totally drink/eat it this way! I’d toss in some protein powder and call it breakfast!

  11. This is such a fun flavour!! Love these!

  12. So true – smoothies are SO EASY to get sick of. I suppose anything gets old after awhile though, I just picked up some mango (besides not loving it) but now I know that I can mix it up with some raspberries and maybe they will save my little tastebuds! (pineapple usually works well too) 

  13. You know, I don’t think I’ve ever eaten a papaya before. If it falls in the tropical fruit family, I probably don’t like it. But I am making smoothies for breakfast daily so I figure I could certainly give it a shot. Now if I can find a non-dairy, non-soy yogurt, I’d be set.

    • My local grocery store sells coconut milk yogurt (non dairy and non soy). It is expensive ($1.99 for an 8oz cup) but that may be worth a try for you.

  14. I kid I kid, I joke I joke.
    Absolutely beautiful. I always forget about Papayas!

  15. Gorgeous styling and photography, Lindsay! I think the smell of fresh papayas must be forgotten once your eyes pick up on the color of these sweet smoothies. I just adore raspberry anything. Just lovely, my dear! Pinning (of course)!

  16. My eyes like these. These are the dang prettiest smoothies ever!
    My taste buds like this. Strawberries and Papaya? Hello delicious!
    My waistline loves this the most!
    These look fab!!

  17. I feel the same way about smoothies! I’ll be on a smoothie kick for awhile and then never want to see them again. These look incredible, though! I’ll definitely have to try this one whenever I get on my next smoothie kick. :)

  18. I just bought a papaya this week! Now I can try this recipe. I used to think papaya was so-so, too, until I ate them in Kauai for our anniversary trip recently. I think the key is lots of lime juice. Every time it was served, we got a couple lime wedges with it. It completely enhances the flavor.

  19. Sipping a smoothie as I read this :-) Maybe I’m a lone papaya lover out there, but it only makes me crave this smoothie more! Also, it’s totally cool to have it with a cookie :-)

  20. I’m with you on the whole papaya thing – but I’m in the same camp of wanting to eat healthier. What to do?! Pairing up something that’s not so hot with something that is – it’s just so smart.

    Love this idea.

  21. Poor Taylor, being called a flavor. HA! Papaya is something that I don’t use enough but love so much!

  22. Agreed on mixing up the fruit!  I think I’m at about 8 different bags of frozen fruit in my freezer now to avoid that very same problem…

    And ditto to averie on the color – this would be a perfect drink for a girly spa day!

  23. I just fell in love with this color! I want it on everything! Ok I just realized, it’s kind of the color of my logo. Back in the day, I should have just told you, make it raspberry-papaya smoothie color :) God this is so pretty! Pinned!  Thank you for saying that about the smell of papaya. I loathe it. I thought it was just me!

  24. You make me miss my blender even more. In one week time I am back in Berlin and I can make as many as I admire :) 

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