Tropical Papaya Strawberry Avocado Shake

by Marla on April 8, 2012 · 54 comments

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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!

Tropical Papaya Strawberry Avocado Shake | recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com
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…

Tropical Papaya Strawberry Avocado Shake | recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com

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!

Tropical Papaya Strawberry Avocado Shake | recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com

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…

Tropical Papaya Strawberry Avocado Shake | recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.com

 

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Tropical Papaya Strawberry Avocado Shake

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 1 minute

Total Time: 6 minutes

Yield: two 10 ounce shakes

Tropical Papaya Strawberry Avocado Shake

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces Papaya
  • 2 ounces Strawberries
  • 2 ounces (1/2 of an) Avocado
  • splash of Lemon Juice or Lime Juice
  • 4 ounces unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 4 ounces unsweetened Light Coconut Milk
  • 8 ounces Ice
  • Vanilla Stevia Drops or your favorite Natural Sweetener to taste (Honey, Agave, Maple syrup good too)
  • Optional Toppings
  • toasted Coconut Flake
  • toasted Almonds
  • chopped Macadamia Nuts
  • homemade Whipped Cream
  • sliced Strawberries and Papaya

Method

  • Blend all ingredients together. Top with sliced strawberries, papaya and mint.
  • Notes
  • I used a melon baller to get the papaya ball garnish.
  • If you don't want to experiment with the avocado then simply omit, though I bet you will love it!
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{ 49 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Averie @ Averie Cooks April 8, 2012 at 5:10 pm

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

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2 Marla April 8, 2012 at 5:37 pm

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

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3 Katrina April 8, 2012 at 5:37 pm

What a unique shake! Love this idea Marla!!

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4 Rosa April 8, 2012 at 6:03 pm

Original and surely divine! Those are lovely shakes.

Cheers,

Rosa

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5 Marina April 8, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Avocado and papaya? why not! perfect post!

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6 Cookbook Queen April 8, 2012 at 6:31 pm

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!!

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7 Marla April 8, 2012 at 7:02 pm

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

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8 Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free April 9, 2012 at 5:48 am

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

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9 Marla April 9, 2012 at 6:01 am

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

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10 Amy April 9, 2012 at 6:10 am

Breakfast? Yes indeedy!

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11 Marla April 9, 2012 at 6:17 am

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

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12 Faith April 9, 2012 at 6:34 am

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!

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13 Marla April 9, 2012 at 7:01 am

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.

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14 Barbara @ Barbara Bakes April 9, 2012 at 6:44 am

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

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15 Rikki April 9, 2012 at 7:17 am

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 [:

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16 Bev Weidner April 9, 2012 at 7:29 am

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

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17 shelly (cookies and cups) April 9, 2012 at 8:04 am

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

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18 Jeanette April 9, 2012 at 8:32 am

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.

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19 gretchen April 9, 2012 at 8:42 am

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…

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20 Amanda April 9, 2012 at 9:11 am

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

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21 Nancy@acommunaltable April 9, 2012 at 9:15 am

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!!

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22 Krystal @ {Mrs. Regueiro's Plate} April 9, 2012 at 9:16 am

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!

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23 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] April 9, 2012 at 9:19 am

I want this shake for breakfast now. Mmmm!

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24 Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers April 9, 2012 at 9:48 am

What a wonderful shake! It looks heavenly!

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25 Deliciously Organic April 9, 2012 at 10:49 am

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

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26 susan April 9, 2012 at 11:41 am

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

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27 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective April 9, 2012 at 6:13 pm

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

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28 The Healthy Apple April 9, 2012 at 6:18 pm

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.
xoxo

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29 Marie April 9, 2012 at 7:56 pm

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.

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30 Maria April 9, 2012 at 8:00 pm

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

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31 Cooking Recipes April 9, 2012 at 9:55 pm

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.

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32 Sparkle and Co April 10, 2012 at 3:11 am

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

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33 heather April 10, 2012 at 4:21 am

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

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34 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit April 10, 2012 at 6:59 am

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!

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35 Marta @ I love breakfast April 10, 2012 at 9:45 am

I made one today. Shakes rock!

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36 Kristen April 10, 2012 at 10:37 am

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

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37 sippitysup April 10, 2012 at 10:52 am

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

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38 Marla April 10, 2012 at 12:05 pm

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

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39 Donna April 10, 2012 at 11:25 am

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

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40 Kristina Vanni April 10, 2012 at 1:44 pm

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

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41 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com April 10, 2012 at 3:35 pm

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

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42 Esi April 11, 2012 at 7:10 am

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

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43 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen April 11, 2012 at 7:49 pm

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

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44 Angela May 3, 2012 at 3:10 pm

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! http://wp.me/p1cn3Q-vb

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45 Mimi Avocado May 9, 2012 at 3:12 pm

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!

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46 Jessie C. June 8, 2012 at 10:01 pm

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

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47 Denise January 28, 2013 at 5:33 am

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

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48 Denise January 28, 2013 at 10:56 am

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

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49 Marla January 28, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Denise, the mango sounds great!

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