Vegan Tropical Papaya Popsicles! Lush and full-bodied tropical flavor with a delicious sorbet texture. Juicy, hydrating, and refreshing. Easy to make, no added sugar, sans dairy, and gluten-free. A healthy and fruitful dessert for any occasion.
- Fresh papaya
- Raw Coconut water
- Lime juice
- Spring water
More recently I have grown to LOVE papaya. Especially in beverages! The juice and the fiber are both super fruits. Before my Tropical Papaya Popsicles were born I first had a few experiences where I vowed never to eat it again. In spite of these bad fruit experiences, I soon fell in love with this luscious fruit and never looked back. In juices, it is so sweet, and in smoothies, it is used to make them really thick and creamy.
MY PAPAYA STORY
Over a decade ago, I went to Puerto Rico and every morning this hotel served fresh papaya juice. After chatting with some of the staff there, I learned that papaya was used for centuries in healing acid reflux, helping indigestion, and often used as a digestive enzyme. Wild, right?
To my surprise, the juice was delightfully fresh. Once I learned that papaya could be used medicinally and aid in the healing of Acid Reflux or indigestion I researched this tale I'd heard. As it turns out, it's a super fruit! That vacation changed me - I learned that Papaya is delicious in a juice, and has medicinal healing properties.
When I started going to Nutrition School, I invested in a Nutribullet to make homemade smoothies. Once I learned how to make nut milk and seed milk in a high-speed blender, I quickly learned I could make juices too, instead of buying a juicer. My first juice was papaya.
As it turns out papaya needs a juicer. Mine came out in thick clumps. Quickly realized it could easily coat the esophagus, and between the healing properties of the papaya, the taste, and the thickness, this recipe turned into a popsicle.
HOW TO MAKE THESE POPSICLES
For full details and recipe measurements scroll down to the recipe card.
Step 1. Break out your favorite popsicle mold that feeds 10, plus your popsicle sticks.
Step 2. Cut up papaya into chunks, seeds, and skin removed. Squeeze 2 teaspoons of lime juice over the chunks and let marinate for 10 minutes. Set aside.
Step 3. Add all ingredients to a blender including marinated papaya, including any extra juice from the marinating process. Blast on high until fully combined.
Step 4. Pour into popsicle mold until almost full. Tap the counter to reduce any air bubbles. Add the lid/popsicle sticks and freeze for 6 hours or overnight.
TIP: Make sure your papaya is at its ripest. That means 4-5 days or more on the countertop.
- Aids in healing Acid Reflux, Indigestion & promotes digestion
- Excellent source of fiber
- Loaded with Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Folate, Potassium, and Magnesium
- Boosts immunity
- Rich in Beta Carotene - makes your skin glow
- Promotes hair growth and healthy skin giving it the name: Skin Fruit
- Can be used instead of banana, or avocado for extra creaminess
- Cut up the pieces of fresh papaya and add a slice of lime to the container during refrigeration it not only keeps it fresher, but it brings out the flavor and makes the fruit really pop in taste.
READY TO GATHER YOUR INGREDIENTS?
Tropical Papaya Popsicles (Vegan)
- Popsicle Mold and sticks
- 2 cups fresh papaya, packed ripe
- ¼ cup spring water
- ¾-1 cup raw coconut water
- 2 teaspoon lime juice
- Break out your favorite popsicle mold, lid, and sticks. Then cut up papaya into chunks and marinate them in the lime juice, and set aside for 10 minutes in the refrigerator.
- Once marinated put papaya and all other ingredients, including any leftover lime juice into into a blender and blast until well combined. Smoothie texture.
- Fill each popsicle mold with the mixture, cover the mold with the lid, and add popsicle sticks. Tap counter to reduce any air bubbles. Then freeze for 6 hours or overnight.
- To loosen once frozen - run the mold under warm or hot water on all sides and wiggle out the popsicles from their molds. Store them in a sealed container or bag. Freeze for up to 4 months.
- I prefer to use raw coconut water because it tastes as if you just opened the coconut. I do not like processed brands because they taste fake and look cloudy. You want to go with the coconut water that only uses 1 ingredient. You do not want to use coconut water from concentrate, or any that use added sugars. Added sugars would be listed in the list of ingredients.
- You can choose coconut water that is pink or clear.
- Sometimes fresh papaya that is not in season or ripe can taste bland. Make sure you are using your papaya on the ripest day. (usually 5 days or more on the countertop).
Love & Papaya,