These fresh papaya boats filled with Greek yogurt, fresh fruit, and granola are a nutritious, quick, and easy breakfast. They’re packed with protein and fiber to keep you full for hours and take just a few minutes to prepare!

Two papaya halves stuffed with yogurt, granola, and fresh fruit on a grey backdrop

These quick and healthy papaya boats are the most delicious way to enjoy papaya for breakfast! Ripe papaya halves are stuffed with protein-packed Greek yogurt, granola, and fresh fruit. The papapa acts as a bowl, so you can just eat the yogurt out of it and scoop out the papaya fruit with your spoon.

As a Registered Dietitian, I am all about this healthy breakfast recipe will keep you full for hours, and make you feel like you are sitting on a tropical beach. This recipe is vegetarian and takes about five minutes to prepare!

What does papaya taste like?

Papaya, or pawpaw, is a tropical fruit with green-yellow skin and a beautiful orange fresh. There are several varieties, some smaller than others.

If you’ve never had papaya before, it tastes most similar to cantaloupe and honeydew melon. The flavor is sweet and mild, with a creamy texture that is softer than melon.

Ingredients in breakfast papaya bowls

Here is everything you need to make this recipe:

  • Ripe papaya
  • Plain Greek yogurt
  • Granola
  • Fresh fruit (I used kiwi, strawberries, and blueberries)
  • Honey

Kitchen tools needed

To make this recipe, you just need a good knife for cutting the papaya and a cutting board.

How to cut papaya for breakfast boats

  1. To prepare papaya for breakfast boats, cut papaya in half the long way.
  2. Scoop out the seeds using a spoon and discard them. You’ll now have a “bowl” in the papaya in which you can put the toppings!
  3. Put Greek yogurt into the papaya cavity, then add your toppings. I love crunchy granola, fresh fruit, and a drizzle of honey.

How to tell when papaya is ripe

A ripe papaya will have skin that is turning from green to yellow. The papaya will also be soft to the touch when you press your finger into it.

Papaya tip: speed up papaya ripening by putting it into a brown paper bag with a ripe banana. The banana will naturally release ethylene gas, which speeds up the ripening process.

How to store papaya

If papayas are unripe, store them on the countertop at room temperature. Once they are ripe, put them in the refrigerator to slow the ripening process.

Store cut or open papaya in the fridge, covered in an airtight container or plastic wrap. Enjoy within a few days for optimal flavor and texture.

Four papaya boats stuffed with yogurt, fruit, and granola on a grey backdrop

Papaya nutrition benefits

Papaya is filled with beneficial nutrients and an excellent fruit to include in your diet. One cup of papaya provides:

  • 2.8 grams of dietary fiber (10 percent of your daily needs)
  • 0.8 grams of protein
  • 61.05 mcg folate (15 percent of your daily needs)
  • 100.5 mg Vitamin C (112 percent of your daily needs)
  • 34.65 mg magnesium (9 percent of your daily needs)

In addition to vitamins and minerals, papaya is rich in antioxidants, including lycopene, the same antioxidant found in tomatoes!

Can you eat papaya seeds?

Papaya seeds are edible, and they contain some beneficial nutrients including antioxidants, fiber, and monounsaturated fatty acids. However, some studies show eating papaya seeds in large amounts may have adverse effects. So if you do enjoy papaya seeds, limit your intake to one or two servings.

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Papaya boat on a grey backdrop stuffed with yogurt, fruit and granola

Breakfast Papaya Boats

  • Author: Alex Aldeborgh
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: serves 2
  • Category: breakfast
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

These fresh papaya boats filled with Greek yogurt, fresh fruit, and granola are a nutritious, quick, and easy breakfast. They’re packed with protein and fiber to keep you full for hours and take just a few minutes to prepare!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 small or 1 large ripe papaya
  • 1 1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup granola
  • 1 cup fresh fruit of choice: I used strawberries, blueberries, and kiwi
  • 2 tbsp honey

Instructions

  1. Cut papaya in half the long way.
  2. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and discard.
  3. Evenly divide the Greek yogurt between the papaya halves, spooning it into the papaya “bowl”.
  4. Add an equal amount of granola and fresh fruit to top each papaya half.
  5. Drizzle with honey and serve.

Notes

How to tell when papaya is ripe

A ripe papaya will have skin that is turning from green to yellow. The papaya will also be soft to the touch when you press your finger into it.

Papaya tip: speed up papaya ripening by putting it into a brown paper bag with a ripe banana. The banana will naturally release ethylene gas, which speeds up the ripening process.

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