Papaya and Milk Smoothie (Refresco de Papaya)

Papaya Smoothie

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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Serving: 1 to 2 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
381 Calories
6g Fat
82g Carbs
7g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 to 2
Amount per serving
Calories 381
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 102mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 82g 30%
Dietary Fiber 9g 33%
Protein 7g
Calcium 267mg 21%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Christopher Columbus didn't call papaya the "fruit of the angels" for nothing. The fruit's taste is similar to that of a mango, but not as tangy. Add some vanilla and crushed ice for a heavenly drink. This papaya and milk smoothie from the Dominican Republic will help keep you nice and cool on a hot day. It's so good, you can even serve it as dessert.


  • 1 ripe papaya
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lime rind (freshly grated)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup ice (crushed)
  • Lime wedges

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Peel the papaya, then cut it in half lengthwise and remove the seeds. Coarsely chop the flesh.

  3. Place the papaya chunks and everything except the lime wedges into an electric blender or food processor.

  4. Mix on high speed for 20 to 30 seconds until the mixture is smooth and thick.

  5. Pour the smoothie into tall frosted glasses. Garnish with lime wedges, and serve at once.


  • Papayas are native to Central America, but they also thrive in Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and other areas of the United States. You can usually purchase them year-round, but they're at their best in early summer and in the fall. They can grow up to 20 inches long, but most of those you'll find for sale commercially are significantly smaller at about 7 inches. The flesh should be bright orange, but it may contain some yellow or pink depending on the papaya's degree of ripeness.
  • Choose red/orange papayas if you'll be using them within 24 hours and refrigerate them until you're ready to fire up your blender. If they're still yellowish—even just in a few splotches here or there—they'll require a few days at room temperature to ripen sufficiently. The exact amount of time depends on how much yellow they show.

Recipe Variation

  • Add a sliced and peeled banana to the blender or food processor for an extra touch. In fact, you can add a bit of any favorite fruit to make this smoothie uniquely your own.
  • You don't actually have to remove the seeds before making your smoothies. They're edible and won't harm you, but they'll detract from the recipe because they have a somewhat bitter taste. Getting rid of them is worth the extra work.