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This delicious papaya smoothie is made with banana, coconut, lime, ginger, and vanilla! It’s such an easy, healthy breakfast or snack idea. Recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and is naturally sweetened with fruit only.

Straight-on shot of two glasses filled with papaya banana coconut and lime smoothie.

Confession: in the week that I’m writing this post I’ve made this papaya smoothie recipe THREE TIMES because I loved it so much. It’s filled with the best tropical flavour vibes and is just perfect for when the weather starts to warm up!

This papaya banana coconut smoothie is made with under 10 ingredients and is vegan and gluten-free.

It also happens to contain no added sugars – it’s naturally sweetened with papaya and banana only. I find that the sweetness is brought out even more through the addition of vanilla extract.

If you’ve ever wondered “what tastes good with papaya?” let me be the first to tell you that the fruit pairs AMAZINGLY with the ingredients in this smoothie 🙂

As always, as a dietitian it’s important that I share recipes that are filled with nutrition benefits. This one is no different – I share more details of the unique health benefits of some key ingredients below if you’re interested.

I’d love to know if you try this easy smoothie recipe. I hope you love it as much as I do!

Want more smoothie recipe inspiration? Check out my roundup of easy, healthy smoothie recipes for more ideas!

Straight-on shot of two glasses filled with papaya banana coconut and lime smoothie.

Ingredients Needed

You need less than 10 simple, healthy ingredients to make this papaya smoothie recipe:

Recipe Modifications & Ingredient Swaps

While this smoothie tastes great as is, here are some ways you can switch up the ingredients to meet your needs:

  1. Instead of almond milk, you can use any milk or milk alternatives that you like. Just aim for an unsweetened one, if possible.
  2. If you want to increase the protein content of this smoothie, feel free to add a scoop of your favourite protein powder. An unflavoured or vanilla version would work best.
  3. The coconut milk in this recipe adds a subtle coconut flavour, but it can easily be swapped with a plain greek yogurt or a coconut yogurt to keep things vegan.
  4. Instead of hemp seeds, you can use other seeds like chia or flax.
  5. While it will change the nice orange colour of this smoothie, feel free to add a handful of spinach for some extra greens. Spinach has a super neutral flavour and won’t alter the flavour profile too much!
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Storage Notes (Fridge or Freezer)

If your mornings are a rush, rest assured that you can make a smoothie the night before! This smoothie will keep for about 1-2 days in the fridge. Simply pour it into a jar with a lid and refrigerate.

Note: separation is normal – just give the jar a good shake before drinking.

In case you’re wondering – yes, you can freeze green smoothies! It’s a great way to include them in your breakfast meal prep.

One way to do this is by pouring any extra smoothie into silicone ice cube trays or muffin tins and placing them in the freezer.

Once frozen, you can pop out the smoothie “cubes” and store them in a freezer-safe bag. Just thaw them for a few hours or the night before you want the smoothie.

My Favourite Blender

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Papaya Smoothie Nutrition Benefits

Papaya Nutrition:

  • rich in vitamins + minerals, like:
    • vitamin C
    • vitamin A
    • folate
    • potassium
  • high in carotenoids like lycopene (an antioxidant)
  • a good source of fiber

Banana Nutrition:

  • a great source of fibre
  • a good source of micronutrients like:
    • potassium
    • vitamin C
    • vitamin B6
    • magnesium

Coconut Milk Nutrition:

  • rich in vitamins and minerals, like:
    • manganese
    • copper
    • magnesium
    • selenium
    • potassium
    • iron
    • folate
    • vitamin C
  • a good source of fats, which help with the development of our brains, hormones, and all cells throughout our bodies. Fat also helps to absorb fat-soluble vitamins and helps to keep us feeling full and satisfied
    • despite being higher in saturated fats, research shows that coconut intake may actually improve cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Hemp Seed Nutrition:

  • one of the best plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which play a role in heart health, brain health, and reducing inflammation throughout the body
  • a great source of plant-based protein
  • a good source of vitamin E and minerals like:
    • zinc
    • iron
    • calcium
    • potassium
    • magnesium

Lime Nutrition:

  • a great source of vitamin C – one lime provides 22% of your daily needs!
  • a source of other micronutrients in smaller amounts, like:
    • iron
    • calcium
    • B6
    • thiamin
    • potassium
  • a good source of antioxidants
Straight-on shot of two glasses filled with papaya banana coconut and lime smoothie.

More Healthy Smoothie Recipes

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Get the Recipe: Papaya Banana & Coconut Smoothie (Vegan)

This delicious papaya smoothie is made with banana, coconut, lime, ginger, and vanilla! It's such an easy, healthy breakfast or snack idea. Recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and is naturally sweetened with fruit only.
Straight-on shot of two glasses filled with papaya banana coconut and lime smoothie.
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond milk, unsweetened (or other plant-based milk)
  • 2 cups ripe papaya, peeled + cubed (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 medium ripe banana (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup canned coconut milk
  • 1/2 a lime, juice only
  • 2 Tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger (or fresh)
  • Ice, until desired temperature reached
  • Optional: unflavoured or vanilla protein powder or collagen powder

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender, starting with the almond milk.
  • Blend on high until smooth and creamy. Feel free to adjust flavours or amounts of liquid until desired taste/consistency is reached. Enjoy!

Notes

*LEFTOVERS (FRIDGE): If your mornings are a rush, rest assured that you can make a smoothie the night before! This smoothie will keep for about 1-2 days in the fridge. Simply pour it into a jar with a lid and refrigerate. Separation is normal – just give the jar a good shake before drinking.
*LEFTOVERS (FREEZER): If you’d like to freeze this smoothie, you can do this by pouring any extra smoothie into silicone ice cube trays or muffin tins and placing them in the freezer. Once frozen, you can pop out the smoothie “cubes” and store them in a freezer-safe bag. Just thaw them for a few hours or the night before you want the smoothie.
*RECIPE MODIFICATIONS: While this smoothie tastes AMAZING as is, here are some ways you can switch up the ingredients to meet your needs:
  • Instead of almond milk, you can use any milk or milk alternatives that you like. Just aim for an unsweetened one, if possible.
  • If you want to increase the protein content of this smoothie, feel free to add a scoop of your favourite protein powder. An unflavoured or vanilla version would work best.
  • The coconut milk in this recipe adds a subtle coconut flavour, but it can easily be swapped with a plain greek yogurt or a coconut yogurt to keep things vegan.
  • Instead of hemp seeds, you can use other seeds like chia or flax.
  • While it will change the nice orange colour of this smoothie, feel free to add a handful of spinach for some extra greens. Spinach has a super neutral flavour and won’t alter the flavour profile too much!

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Let me know by leaving a recipe rating below, or by tagging @walderwellness on Instagram. I love seeing your beautiful creations!

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