This papaya banana smoothie recipe is healthy, vegan, and dairy-free! It’s made with only 5 ingredients including frozen bananas, papaya chunks, and coconut milk. This tropical smoothie is sweet, refreshing, nourishing, and a delicious summer breakfast!

papaya banana smoothie in a glass with a straw

A papaya banana smoothie is THE refreshing beverage you need during summertime! If you haven’t tried papaya before, get ready to fall in love with this tropical fruit. Not only does it have a sweet flavor and exotic appearance, it also provides tons of health benefits.

Improved digestion, glowing skin, and reduced inflammation are just a few of the perks you can expect from papaya. It pairs well with banana and coconut milk, creating a delicious flavor and creamy consistency.

This quick and easy recipe is great for breakfast or an afternoon snack. It contains just 5 ingredients, no dairy, and no refined sugar. You can customize it by adding smoothie boosters and mix-ins (like chia seeds or protein powder). Additionally, you can serve it with toppings – like a sprinkle of coconut or crunchy granola.

This papaya banana smoothie is:

  • Vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free
  • Sweet, creamy, tropical, and fruity
  • Made with 5 ingredients
  • Kid-friendly // great for kids
  • Adaptable with optional smoothie add-ins
a papaya banana smoothie in a glass with a straw

Papaya banana smoothie ingredients

  • Bananas: Use frozen overripe bananas to create a sweet flavor and creamy consistency. Ripe bananas have a yellow peel with brown spots all over it. Remove the peels before storing the bananas inside a ziplock bag or container in the freezer.
  • Papaya: Make sure you use ripe papaya in order to create a tasty flavor. You’ll know it’s ripe when it is soft to the touch and has a deep orange appearance inside.
  • Maple syrup: This ingredient is optional, but add it if you want a sweeter flavor. Alternatively, use honey, agave nectar, or coconut nectar.
  • Vanilla extract: Vanilla adds sweetness without the addition of sugar.
  • Coconut milk: Any non-dairy milk can be used for this smoothie, but I prefer coconut milk. This combination makes the smoothie taste tropical and creamy. If you are not on a dairy-free diet, use regular milk instead.
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How to make a papaya and banana smoothie

For the full ingredient measurements and step-by-step instructions, scroll down to view the recipe card at the bottom of the page.

First, add all of the ingredients to a blender. This includes the frozen bananas, papaya, maple syrup (optional), vanilla extract, and coconut milk.

Then, blend the ingredients until smooth. I recommend using a blender with a tamper (a stick that is inserted into the center) to push the ingredients toward the blades while blending. This helps you use less coconut milk, which creates a thicker and creamier consistency.

Finally, pour the smoothie into glasses. If desired, add your choice of toppings. Enjoy!

frozen banana and papaya inside a Vitamix blender
papaya banana smoothie inside a Vitamix blender

What are the health benefits of papaya and banana smoothie?

Papaya is packed with all sorts of health benefits. It is rich in essential nutrients, helps improve digestion, and much more. See just some of the benefits below.

  • Great source of vitamin A, C, folate, and potassium
  • Aids digestion and reduces bloating
  • Contains powerful antioxidants
  • Helps fight inflammation
  • Boosts heart health and skin health
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Best papaya smoothie add ins

Keep the smoothie simple or enhance it with boosters. Try the options below and discover your favorite twist on this recipe.

  • Protein powder: Add a scoop of protein powder to make it a high protein papaya smoothie. Vanilla protein (or any fruity flavor) will taste best.
  • Greens: Add a handful of leafy greens (like spinach or kale) for extra fiber and nutrients.
  • Almond butter: Get healthy fats with a spoonful of creamy almond butter.
  • Yogurt: Add 1/2 cup yogurt (or dairy-free yogurt) to create a creamy consistency.
  • Seeds: Mix in a spoonful of chia seeds, flax seeds, or hemp seeds for a boost of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
  • Cacao or cocoa: If you love fruit and chocolate together, mix in a scoop of cacao or cocoa powder.
  • Lime juice: Squeeze fresh lime juice into the blender for a bright, tangy flavor.
a banana papaya smoothie in a glass with a straw

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papaya banana smoothie in a glass with a straw

Papaya Banana Smoothie

  • Author: Kaylie Grace
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 smoothies 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Blend
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This papaya banana smoothie recipe is healthy, vegan, and dairy-free! It’s made with 5 ingredients including frozen bananas, papaya chunks, and coconut milk. Enjoy this tropical smoothie for breakfast or an afternoon snack. It’s a delicious beverage for summer, great for kids, and so easy to make! #papaya #papayasmoothie #smoothierecipes #smoothierecipe #smoothies #vegansmoothie #veganbreakfast #tropicalsmoothie 


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 2 frozen bananas, peeled before freezing
  • 2 cups chopped papaya (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup (optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 to 1 cup coconut milk

Instructions

  1. Add frozen bananas, papaya, maple syrup (optional), vanilla extract, and coconut milk to a blender.
  2. Blend the ingredients until smooth and creamy. I recommend using a blender with a tamper (a stick that is inserted into the center) to push the ingredients toward the blades while blending. This helps you use less coconut milk, which creates a thicker and creamier consistency.
  3. Pour the smoothie into glasses. If desired, add your choice of toppings. Enjoy!

Notes

  • *Use frozen overripe bananas. Ripe bananas have yellow peels with brown spots all over. Remove the peels before storing the bananas in a ziplock bag or container inside the freezer. They will keep fresh for 2-3 months.
  • Optional smoothie add-ins: protein powder, greens, almond butter, chia seeds, cacao powder, etc.
  • Nutrition information below does not include maple syrup since it is an optional ingredient.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 smoothie
  • Calories: 248
  • Sugar: 29g
  • Fat: 2.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 51g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Protein: 3g

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