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How to Make a Papaya Boat 3 Ways (Paleo, Gluten Free, AIP*)

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How to Make a Papaya Boat 3 Ways (Paleo, Gluten Free, AIP*)

Papaya is such an amazing fruit! I started falling in love with it when I was living in South East Asia, where they simply serve them with a squeeze of lime on top, as they are naturally so rich and flavorful! Since that first love, I buy papaya every time I see one, and I start thinking how to make a papaya boat that’s indulgent yet healthy at the same time!

What Is a Papaya Boat in the First Place?!

“Papaya boat” is a fun name invented by the Instagram healthy food community to call a papaya cut in half, cleaned from the seeds and filled with delicious healthy ingredients and toppings.

Gluten free granola, coconut yogurt, avocado & chocolate mousse… you name it!

How to make a Papaya Boat

Below you’ll find some of my favorite ways to enjoy a bowl (or “boat”) made with a half cut papaya, always stuffed with yummy things and styled super cute… because we eat with our eyes too 😉

3 Easy (and Yummy) Ways to Make Papaya Boats:

Papaya Boat with Coconut Yogurt & Blueberries

(GF, DF, Paleo, AIP)

Ingredients: 1 ripe Papaya, 1 Apple, 120 gr Coconut Yogurt, 1 tsp Raw Honey, 1/2 tsp Cinnamon powder, 1 handful fresh Blueberries

Procedure: Cut the papaya in half and remove the seeds. Fill the 2 papaya boats with the coconut yogurt, drizzle with honey and top with fresh berries.

Suggested for: quick yet nourishing breakfasts

Papaya Boat with Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

(GF, DF, Paleo)

Ingredients: 1 ripe Papaya, 1 frozen banana, 2 tbsp Coconut Milk, 1 tbsp Raw Cacao, 1 tsp Carob Powder (*optional), 2 squares of 100% Dark Chocolate

Procedure: In a food processor (or a Vitamix) blend all the ingredients for the banana ice cream (except for the dark chocolate) until it gets to a consistency that’s creamy and stiff . Cut the papaya in half, remove the seeds, fill the 2 papaya boats with the chocolate banana ice cream and shave some dark chocolate on top.

Suggested for: summer breakfasts and pool parties 😉

Papaya Boat with Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

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Papaya Boat with Warm Baked Apples & Blueberries

(GF, DF, Paleo, AIP)

Ingredients: 1 ripe Papaya, 1 Apple, 3 tbsp Coconut Milk, 1 tsp Vanilla Extract, 1/2 tsp Cinnamon powder, 1 handful fresh Blueberries

Procedure: Dice the apple and cook it in a small saucepan with the coconut milk and spices for about 15 minutes or until the apple is soft. Cut the papaya in half, remove the seeds, fill the 2 papaya boats with the baked apples and top them with fresh blueberries.

Suggested for: winter mornings & cold weekends

Was it easy enough? Now that you have seen how little it takes to make a yummy papaya boat, which recipe do you want to make first?

Let me know in a comment below and, please, if you have any favorite recipes for papaya boats leave a link and I will take a look!!

In the meantime, SHARE this little tutorial on your social media and pin the graphic below on your Pinterest boards so that you can easily find it!

Big love from Italy!!     Ambra

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Ambra Torelli
Born and raised in Italy, Ambra visited over 20 countries and now she divides her time in between Italy and the US, where her husband is from and where she moved in 2011 work as university professor of Italian Literature. She writes about food, travel and things that inspire her! more about ambra

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  • Carrie Veatch November 4, 2017 1:52 am

    Love this! I have no idea if I can find papaya in Korea, but if I do, I will be making this 🙂

    • ambra November 5, 2017 1:22 am

      So glad you liked this Carrie. I hope you can find papayas, they’re the best fruit ever!!!

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