Papaya green smoothie will boost your energy and mood due to its unique ingredients. A delicious combination of papaya, banana, mango, spinach with coconut milk, and some super greens will become your favorite breakfast or super snack.
Papaya is one of a kind fruit with so many nutrients, dietary fiber, and digestive enzymes. The best way to have it on hand at any time is to freeze it. You can learn how to freeze papaya in this article. I also recommend trying my favorite papaya smoothie bowl recipe.
Why you will love this papaya green smoothie
- it is a delicious smoothie without adding any sugar.
- papaya and greens smoothie is high in dietary fiber, and vitamins A, C, and E.
- this recipe is vegan and gluten-free
- great breakfast or snack that is ready in minutes
- added chlorophyll will boost your energy and mood.
Frozen Papaya: you can use frozen or fresh papaya. It is a big fruit that gets overripe fast, so I usually freeze my papaya after cutting it. Frozen papaya is perfect for smoothies and can be accessible at any time. Follow these instructions how to freeze fresh papaya.
Banana: fresh or frozen ripe medium-sized banana.
Frozen Mango: I buy frozen mango for my smoothies to keep them on hand. You can use a fresh one as well.
Baby Spinach: baby spinach will make the smoothie look bright green and, of course, it provides a great nutrition value.
Amazing Greens Powder: you can skip this ingredient, but I love to boost my green smoothies by adding "amazing greens powder". There are a lot of green powders out there and you can use any kind for this recipe.
Chlorophyll: chlorophyll is also optional, but I always recommend trying it. Chlorophyll has so many benefits, including energy boost and mood improvement.
Lime Juice: most of the fruits in this smoothie are sweet. Adding some lime juice will give a hint of sourness to the drink/
Coconut Milk: any smoothie needs some liquid part to make it think enough to drink. I used coconut milk as a liquid to make the smoothie. You can use any other milk, coconut water, or filtered water.
See the recipe card below for the ingredients' quantities.
How to make it
Peel and gather all the fruits, green powder, lime juice, and coconut milk. Load everything into the blender container. First, I usually pour the milk followed by the rest of the ingredients.
Blend it on high for about 40-60 seconds or until all ingredients are blended and no chunks remaining. If you notice that your smoothie is too thick, add more coconut milk. If it is too think, add some more frozen fruits.
Pour your smoothie into your favorite glass and enjoy immediately.
Hint: if you are using only fresh fruits, add ½ cup of ice (for the chill effect) and cut the milk quantity in half.
I used Vitamix blender to make this papaya green smoothie. You can use any other type of blender.
You will need measuring cups and spoons to measure the ingredients.
Serving suggestions and variations
Serve this papaya smoothie as breakfast or a snack.
You can add some chia seeds and flax seeds to the blender for extra nutrients.
Use ½ cup of green yogurt instead of milk to add some protein. You may need to add a little bit of water when using yogurt.
If you prefer to eat smoothies with a spoon, add less milk and serve it in a bowl with some granola on top.
If you have any leftovers, I recommend pouring them into a freezer-safe container or a bag and storing it in the freezer. Next time you make a smoothie - just add frozen leftovers back to your blender.
- Load the ingredients in this sequence: liquid ingredients and green powder, greens, fresh fruit, and lastly frozen fruits. This sequence will help the blender to break down fibers better to your drink creamy and smooth.
- Start with low-medium speed to let the blades gradually work on the ingredients (especially when using frozen fruits). Finish making the smoothie by turning the blender on high for about 30 seconds.
- Do not over blend: as soon as all ingredients are well blended and reached the desired smoothness and thickness, turn it off. Over blending may result in heating the ingredients, and your smoothie will lose its chill.
Can I use different fruits to make this smoothie?
Yes, just keep the good proportions of bananas, papaya, any other fruits, and milk. Try using pineapple instead of mango.
Can I store smoothie leftovers in the fridge?
Yes. You can refrigerate the smoothie leftover for about 24 hours. Consider blending it again with some ice if you love your smoothies iced cold.
Papaya Green Smoothie (energy and mood booster)
- 1 Vitamix blender or other blender
- 1 Measuring Cup
- 1 set of measuring spoons
- 1 cup frozen papaya or fresh
- ½ cup frozen mango
- 1 medium banana
- 1 cup baby spinach
- ½ teaspoon "amazing grass" powder
- 2 pressed chlorophyll pills optional
- 2 Tablespoons lime juice
- 1 cup coconut milk unsweetened
- Add all of the ingredients to a high speed blender. Blend until smooth.
- Pour and enjoy immediately!
- when using fresh fruits consider adding some ice for the chill effect.
- 'follow the sequence when loading the blender: liquid, powdered greens, fresh greens and fresh fruits, frozen fruits.
- blend first 30-40 seconds on medium speed followed by 30 second on high speed.
- freeze any leftovers