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Tropical Papaya Boat

Personally I love a pretty meal, and a pretty breakfast is the best way to start your day. Not only is a papaya boat pretty is delicious too, and healthy. What's great about these tropical fruit beauties is you can personalise them anyway you want, depending on what you like and what you have in the kitchen.

If you've got guests over you can assemble them and serve them as a bit of a showstopper, or you can do a build your own boat bar, by putting the toppings in bowls, serving a couple of types of yoghurt and prepping the papaya so they are ready to be assembled. This is a great idea to get kids involved with a healthier breakfast. Follow the steps to the end of step 3 before letting everyone get stuck in. Scroll down to find the recipe and your one-way ticket to tropical heaven. Enjoy!

Tropical Papaya Boats:

Serves 2

Ingredients: 1 ripe papaya Several dollops of Thick Yoghurt - I used Nush raspberry almond yoghurt, but a good quality coconut yoghurt or even greek yoghurt works too 1 Banana Flaked Almonds Agave Syrup Freeze-dried Raspberries Pollen 2 wedges of lemon or lime Any other toppings you like including: dried fruit, nuts and seeds, blueberries, fruit compotes or syrups. My only suggestion is to make sure to have a tart flavour on your boat like the freeze-dried raspberries.


  1. Cut the papaya lengthways and scoop out the seeds (these can be used for other recipes)

  2. Cut a bit of the papaya skin off the base of each half, this will make it stand up and stop you from loosing all your tasty filling

  3. Gently squeeze a few drops of lemon juice onto each boat

  4. Laden the boat with dollops of yoghurt

  5. Thinly slice the banana, slide it into a fan shape and lay it down one side of the papaya

  6. Go wild with the rest of your toppings and scatter over anything that takes your fancy

  7. Drizzle over your agave syrup

  8. Serve with a lemon wedge

  9. Admire the beauty of your boat creation, take a photo for insta, and then tuck in

Tip: If you are only using half a papaya store the other half in the fridge for a day or 2 in an airtight container with the seeds still in. As long as the papaya wasn't overripe it keeps very well in the fridge, just be sure to take it out a little in advance so it isn't too cold

Note: It is unlikely to find a ripe papaya straight from the shops in the UK so leave it in a fruit bowl to ripen for a few days, but keep a close eye on it just like avocados when it is ripe it doesn't take long for it to get overripe!


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