Warm spices and tropical fruit combine in this papaya mango smoothie for an energizing, refreshing drink you’ll love to sip. It’s easy to make and perfect as a healthy breakfast or afternoon snack.
I love tropical fruit which is why you’ll find it featured in lots of my recipes on the blog. Two of my absolute favorites happen to be papaya and mango. I’ve created and shared some delicious ways to use them in drinks, salads, and desserts, and am excited to share another one.
This papaya mango smoothie is the first where I’ve combined both fruits together, and I have to say it’s pretty special. A special thank you for the recipe goes to Tess Masters and her brilliant book “The Blender Girl Smoothies”.
It uses warm spices like cinnamon and ginger, which may sound odd in a tropical drink, but I promise tastes absolutely amazing. It’s a bright, healthy smoothie that you’ll love to enjoy for breakfast or as an afternoon pick-me-up.
Why You’ll Love this Recipe
- Vibrant refreshing flavor is perfect as an energizing snack.
- Naturally vegan and full of healthy, whole ingredients.
- Packed with vitamins and protein-digesting enzymes.
- Easy to make in just minutes.
An ingredient or two I used to make this might surprise you, but once you give it a try, you’ll love it as much as we do.
- Papaya – The sweetest, creamiest papayas will be mostly yellow and have a slight give when squeezed.
- Mango – Use frozen cubed mango. If you prefer fresh, dice a ripe one and freeze it in a single layer for 30 minutes before making your smoothie. It makes the drink creamier!
- Almond milk – This is my preference, but any milk you drink will work.
- Lemon – You want both the juice and the zest. Make sure the zest is finely grated.
- Ginger – I highly recommend freshly minced ginger, but you can swap in 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger instead.
- Cinnamon – Just enough to add a gentle warming spice to the smoothie.
- Maple syrup – Other healthier sweeteners such as honey or agave syrup can be used.
- Ice cubes
Making & Serving
Making smoothies isn’t a difficult thing, just pop it all in the blender on high and let it become a delicious, cold drink. But for this recipe, it’s good to double-check flavors once you’re done blending.
You might prefer a dash more cinnamon or an extra squeeze of sweetener. Simply add whatever you think it needs and give it another pulse to combine it.
When you’re ready to serve, don’t miss the opportunity to add a topping or two. I’m a big fan of adding a layer of texture and flavor with seeds, like ground flax, chia seeds, or in this case shelled hemp seeds. But the options are limitless and you can add whatever you like.
Then it’s time for your first sip. I think the warm spices, tropical fruits, and bright citrus of this papaya detox smoothie will become a fast favorite. It feels cleansing and energizing, and when I want a little extra kick of energy in my day, this is definitely a drink I’d turn to.
I hope you’ll love it, and I also hope you’ll take a moment to check out the many other recipes here on the blog that feature papaya and mango!
- Papaya Banana Smoothie
- Papaya Pineapple Smoothie
- Mango Avocado Spinach Smoothie
- Kiwi Mango Smoothie with Banana and Lime
Papaya Mango Smoothie with Lemon and Ginger
- 1 ½ cups (360ml) unsweetened almond milk
- 2 cups (320g) roughly chopped papaya
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup , or more to taste
- ¾ cup (120g) frozen mango cubes
- 1 cup (125g) ice cubes
- 1 teaspoon hulled hemp seeds , for topping (optional)
- Blend all ingredients (except hemp seeds, if using) together in a blender until smooth. Sprinkle with hemp seeds and serve.