Tropical Papaya Strawberry Avocado Shake

Marla Meridith

April 8, 2012

Homemade papaya strawberry avocado smoothie shake recipe

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The nice thing about making milkshakes is the great amount of fun you can have experimenting with different flavor combinations. We whipped up two shakes in a row. The first had just papaya and strawberries. For the second one I threw in half an avocado for kicks. Both shakes were super tasty. Do you ever use avocado in sweets? It adds nice texture & flavor and is also a healthy fat to help satisfy. I have a recipe for Vegan Avocado Scones you can give a whirl too.

Let’s make some shakes!

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I have to tell you that I don’t usually go for papaya. I needed one for the cookbook I am shooting & I only needed a small amount for that. As we all know papayas are large in size.

Did you know the seeds are edible? My daughter was the first to try. They are spicy, taste a bit like peppercorns and do not taste at all like the fruit itself. Many people eat papaya seeds and the extracts for health benefits. The jury is out on the actual benefits or lack thereof for the seeds.

In our house we will stick with the fruit…

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Papaya, like avocado is used in all kinds of sweet and savory dishes. It is great in salsa, salads and sauces. Also in smoothies. shakes, ice cream, sorbet and more!

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Strawberries contrast with some acid and zesty flavor to the sweet papaya. A cool contrast if you ask me. A blend of coconut milk and almond milk are the creamy base. You can use both or one in any ratio you desire. When it comes to smoothies and shakes I try not to get all caught up in measurements.

Simple adjust sweetness to taste. This will vary depending upon your taste preferences and how ripe your fruit is…

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  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    Posted at 17:10h, 08 April

    I’m ready for vacation after reading this! Oh, you’re buying the airline tickets? GREAT! I’ll bring the Vitamix 🙂

    • Marla
      Posted at 17:37h, 08 April

      Averie, I love that idea!! Let’s hit the tropics!

  • Katrina
    Posted at 17:37h, 08 April

    What a unique shake! Love this idea Marla!!

  • Rosa
    Posted at 18:03h, 08 April

    Original and surely divine! Those are lovely shakes.



  • Marina
    Posted at 18:05h, 08 April

    Avocado and papaya? why not! perfect post!

  • Cookbook Queen
    Posted at 18:31h, 08 April

    I have never used avocado in a sweet, but I love them, so I bet it’s great!! I love the idea of the smoothness and healthy fat it would add.

    And as usual, your bright, gorgeous photos take my breath away!!

    • Marla
      Posted at 19:02h, 08 April

      Oh girl, you gotta try avocado in sweets. Really a great thing!! Let me know if you do 🙂

  • Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free
    Posted at 05:48h, 09 April

    Papaya is. well, ok. Tastes better with lime juice and a sprinkle of salt!

    • Marla
      Posted at 06:01h, 09 April

      Alex, my hubs and I would have to agree with you on that. ‘Tis why I added the strawberries and lemon juice.

  • Amy
    Posted at 06:10h, 09 April

    Breakfast? Yes indeedy!

    • Marla
      Posted at 06:17h, 09 April

      Amy, yes for certain for breakfast. Come on over and join us 🙂

  • Faith
    Posted at 06:34h, 09 April

    Your shakes are gorgeous, Marla! I’ve been on a real shake kick lately — love them to cool down after a workout! Your photos are stunning, I especially love your shot of the fresh papaya!

    • Marla
      Posted at 07:01h, 09 April

      Faith, congrats on your stunning book! I bet October can’t com fast enough. I’ll be on the lookout for it. Thanks for your sweet comment.

  • Barbara @ Barbara Bakes
    Posted at 06:44h, 09 April

    It looks so refreshing and delicious. I need to try papaya at home.

  • Rikki
    Posted at 07:17h, 09 April

    Oh, this looks heavenly and so refreshing. I had no clue the seeds are edible, and by the sound of it, I think I’ll stick to the fruit too! I hope you had a wonderful Easter [:

  • Bev Weidner
    Posted at 07:29h, 09 April

    O.M.G. Y.E.S.

  • shelly (cookies and cups)
    Posted at 08:04h, 09 April

    There are so many things I learned here today. Papaya seeds edible? Who knew?
    Avocado in a milkshake? What the? I must try it!

  • Jeanette
    Posted at 08:32h, 09 April

    We love papayas and all tropical fruits in our house. There are different kinds of papayas, the smaller ones are sweeter than the Caribbean ones. We like the smaller ones but they’re not as easy to find. Can’t wait to see your photos on the upcoming Trader Joe’s cookbook.

  • gretchen
    Posted at 08:42h, 09 April

    what a great ingredient list! and your photos are so lovely, as always… your whole post sings of spring. so glad it’s here! thanks for sharing…

  • Amanda
    Posted at 09:11h, 09 April

    Just love these…. how brilliant to use Avocado in it. I can just imagine how great they taste!!

  • Nancy@acommunaltable
    Posted at 09:15h, 09 April

    I am with you on the papayas we get here…. but in Hawaii? I’d eat them morning, noon and night!! Putting them in a milkshake is a great way to use them even if they aren’t from Hawaii!!

  • Krystal @ {Mrs. Regueiro's Plate}
    Posted at 09:16h, 09 April

    Thanks Marla for linking me up! You are too sweet! And this tropical papaya strawberry avocado shake sounds just heavenly and so refreshing on a hot spring/summer SoCal day!

  • Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media]
    Posted at 09:19h, 09 April

    I want this shake for breakfast now. Mmmm!

  • Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers
    Posted at 09:48h, 09 April

    What a wonderful shake! It looks heavenly!

  • Deliciously Organic
    Posted at 10:49h, 09 April

    Love the addition of the avocado! I love raspberries in my smoothies. The more tart, the better!

  • susan
    Posted at 11:41h, 09 April

    I bet the avocado added such organic creaminess! What a great combo, Marla!

  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspective
    Posted at 18:13h, 09 April

    Oooo Marla, this looks sensational. More of a treat than a health food!

  • The Healthy Apple
    Posted at 18:18h, 09 April

    LOVE this recipe; I’m going to make this tomorrow- I need to use up my avocados and this is perfect. So great seeing you at IACP last week; loved spending time with you and miss you already.
    Hope you had a lovely holiday weekend.

  • Marie
    Posted at 19:56h, 09 April

    We definitely love avocados in our household as well. I’m not sure if I posted one of our recipe for that yet, but it was a constant hit too whenever we have it at home. Being raced in Asian country papayas and avocados are very famous on shakes. This one’s a perfect post to rekindle the memories and make one for my children now, who are not so keen into those 2 fruits. Love your photography style. You always have the eye for your readers to salivate over your recipes.

  • Maria
    Posted at 20:00h, 09 April

    I just made a similar smoothie. I will have to try papaya next time!

  • Cooking Recipes
    Posted at 21:55h, 09 April

    Basically i like papaya.still i am try juice this is very interesting why because papaya Strawberry Avocado Shake two different taste so it looks so nice.defently i will try.Thank you for sharing.

  • Sparkle and Co
    Posted at 03:11h, 10 April

    Papaya is very expensive in Europe. May be I could replace it with melon. Nevertheless that seems very refreshing! Thank you for sharing the recipe with us. xo

  • heather
    Posted at 04:21h, 10 April

    I love smoothies this time of year! This looks utterly delicious! I’m an avocado enthusiast. 🙂

  • Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit
    Posted at 06:59h, 10 April

    I love the pink wood background, is that new? What I wouldn’t do to have a tour of all of your blog props?! I’d be like a kid in a candy store!

  • Marta @ I love breakfast
    Posted at 09:45h, 10 April

    I made one today. Shakes rock!

  • Kristen
    Posted at 10:37h, 10 April

    Love the addition of avocado to these shakes. Great idea!

  • sippitysup
    Posted at 10:52h, 10 April

    I eat the seeds, and even if there are no real health benefits, I figure the fiber can’t hurt. GREG

    • Marla
      Posted at 12:05h, 10 April

      Greg, I always adore that you are always our most adventurous gourmand 🙂

  • Donna
    Posted at 11:25h, 10 April

    Your food is always just so beautiful – I have wanted to lick my screen so many times!

  • Kristina Vanni
    Posted at 13:44h, 10 April

    Lovely way to bring in some healthy ingredients to a morning shake! So colorful and delicious for spring!

  • Kiran @
    Posted at 15:35h, 10 April

    I could so relate to this recipe — growing up, we used to incorporate papaya’s and tropical fruit in our smoothies!!

  • Esi
    Posted at 07:10h, 11 April

    Wish I could do avocado (I’m very allergic). The shake sounds so good!

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
    Posted at 19:49h, 11 April

    How interesting! I’ve always thrown out the papaya seeds, never knew they were edible.

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  • Angela
    Posted at 15:10h, 03 May

    this recipe looked so awesome that I had to include one of your pictures on a post i did about smoothies and shakes. i linked it to this page and gave you credit, of course! here’s the link and thanks for sharing!

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    Posted at 15:12h, 09 May

    So pretty, Marla! I’m not a huge smoothie fan, but this one I want to try! Love the colors! Oh….and I’ll share a link on California Avocados Direct FB page!

  • Jessie C.
    Posted at 22:01h, 08 June

    I love this recipe. Avocado is in season and we love smoothies.

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  • Denise
    Posted at 05:33h, 28 January

    I really looks delicious ! But I probably wouldn’t add any sweetening to it since it already got plenty of it 🙂

  • Denise
    Posted at 10:56h, 28 January

    Maybe a could use mango they didn’t have any papaya 🙁

    • Marla
      Posted at 15:11h, 28 January

      Denise, the mango sounds great!

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