Papaya Boat with mango-berry nice-cream

Papaya boat 2 (1 of 1)I absolutely love summer, the heat, swimming, being in nature and ALL the fresh summer fruit that comes into season. I also crave sweet, juicy and hydrating foods. It’s so important to listen to what your body craves, as there is always a good reason for it! Originally, I went to the shops to buy ingredients to make berry nice-cream. But when I saw a papaya on special, I realised I had never tried one. So I decided to have the best of both worlds and make nice cream in a papaya boat!

For the toppings, I finally made Loni Jane’s rawnola recipe. This was honestly so quick, easy and delicious! I will be making it on the regular from now on. It also means the whole papaya boat recipe is completely raw. I added chia seeds (great for those omega 3’s and 6’s), bananas sliced into stars and fresh blueberries to top it off.

Unfortunately my nice-cream didn’t all fit into the papaya half, so I ate the other half of my nice-cream in my coconut bowl with an extra dose of rawnola, buckinis and cacao nibs. This is honestly the best breakfast! It is satisfying, energising and delicious!

I’d also thought I’d mention how excited I am about my new blender (not sponsored at all)! My previous blender only lasted a year and, despite its supposedly good specifications, performed poorly blending anything with little amounts of liquid in it. The day the engine caused a power surge in my whole house was the day I had to finally say goodbye. But for my recent birthday, my family all put in for a Breville Boss blender. This blender can literally do anything that a Vitamix can (think nice-creams, hot soups, nut butters, granola, green smoothies and ice crushing). It is amazing to have such a good quality blender to be able to do justice to all the recipes I want to create, especially in summer when I crave more smoothies, delicious dressings for fresh salads and the like. So be prepared for all the new recipes coming your way!

But enough talk, now for the recipe you’ve been waiting for…

Papaya boat 3 (1 of 1)

Ingredients

For the papaya boat:

  • 1/2 red papaya
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • 1/2 cup coconut water

For the rawnola:

  • 1 cup rolled oats (organic)
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1 cup shredded coconut

For the toppings:

  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 banana, cut into stars (or just sliced normally)
  • Handful of fresh blueberries

 

Method:

  1. Blend the oats, dates and coconut shreds together to make the rawnola. Store in a container.
  2. Blend the frozen mango, frozen berries and coconut water in a blender. Stop the blender to scrape down the sides as necessary.
  3. Cut a whole papaya in half and scoop out the seeds.
  4. Serve the nice-cream in the papaya boat.
  5. Top with a hearty serving of rawnola, the chia seeds, banana slices and a handful of fresh blueberries.
  6. Enjoy your papaya boat by the pool or in your garden for a beautiful start to your day!

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