This papaya banana smoothie recipe is packed with antioxidants and superfoods for a delicious smoothie that is packed with health benefits! Enjoy this smoothie to help with digestion, glowing skin and more!

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Healthy papaya shake

If you haven’t been enjoying papaya in your life, now is the time to start! Papaya is a delicious tropical fruit that is packed with potassium and digestive enzymes that are known to help with digestive health.

Not only is papaya delicious on its own but it’s also delicious in smoothies!

This healthy papaya shake is made with papaya, banana, coconut milk and some add-ins for a delicious tropical smoothie that is creamy and refreshing. I love making this smoothie for a healthy breakfast or snack when I want something light and refreshing.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Great for digestion. Papaya is known to help with digestion and contains a natural digestive enzyme. This makes it a great option for smoothies when you’re feeling bloating or having indigestion.
  • Ready in 5 minutes. This papaya shake is easy to whip up in less than 5 minutes!
  • Easy to customize. You can add any fruits, protein powders or superfoods you love to this papaya smoothie. You can also swap out the banana for any other fruit you love, or simply add more fruits.

Ingredients in a papaya banana smoothie

ingredients for a papaya smoothie
  • Papaya: make sure to use ripe papaya for this recipe for the best taste!
  • Banana: use a frozen banana for this smoothie. This will help to thicken the smoothie and make it creamy.
  • Chia seeds: Chia seeds have tons of health benefits and are a great addition to add to smoothies!
  • Honey: just a touch of honey for sweetness.
  • Turmeric: this is known to be a superfood that is known to be anti-inflammatory and is a powerful antioxidant.
  • Light coconut milk: you can also use full-fat coconut milk or any other type of milk. I like to use light coconut milk for a lighter taste.

How to make a papaya banana smoothie

Step 1

Add all the ingredients to a high-speed blender.

papaya, banana and chia seeds in a blender

Step 2

Blend on high until smooth and creamy

papaya smoothie in a blender

Step 3

If you want to make white swirls on the glass, use a spoon to pour spoonfuls of coconut milk along the sides of the glass. (This is optional, but makes the smoothie pretty 🙂 ) then pour the papaya smoothie into the glass.

a papaya smoothie in a glass with coconut milk

Papaya shake benefits

Papaya smoothies and shakes are packed with tons of health benefits that will leave you feeling your best. Here are a few of the benefits you can experience from this smoothie.

  • Relieve bloating
  • Help with digestion and constipation
  • Packed with vitamin C
  • Packed with potassium
  • Support skin health

Customize this papaya banana smoothie

There are so many ways you can customize this papaya smoothie! You can add any additional ingredients you love to this smoothie, or swap out ingredients in the smoothie for different ingredients you like. Here are some easy ways you can customize this smoothie recipe.

  • Add protein: make this smoothie a complete meal by adding protein powder or a 1/2 cup of plain yogurt.
  • Make it without a banana. Don’t like bananas? No problem! Make this papaya smoothie banana-free by swapping out the banana for some frozen mango or pineapple.
  • Add superfoods. Try adding a scoop of collagen powder, (I use plant-based collagen) hemp seeds, flax seeds, bee pollen or any other superfoods you love!
  • Make it a green papaya smoothie. Add a large handful of spinach leaves or chopped kale to this smoothie to make it a green smoothie with a serving of veggies.

Expert smoothie-making tips

  • Use frozen bananas. For this smoothie, it’s important to use frozen bananas to help thicken the smoothie and give it a creamy texture. I like to freeze a batch of bananas to keep stored in the freezer for making smoothies.
  • Use ripe papaya. Papaya that hasn’t ripened fully is pretty bland in taste, so make sure to use ripe papaya.
  • Add ice if needed. If the smoothie isn’t thick enough, you can also add a handful of ice cubes.
  • Swap out coconut milk for any milk. If you don’t like the taste of coconut, just swap out the coconut milk for almond milk or any other type of milk you like.
a papaya smoothie in a glass with a glass straw

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a papaya smoothie in a glass with coconut milk

Papaya smoothie

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  • Author: Jessica Hoffman
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Blend
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian


A delicious papaya smoothie that helps with digestion and glowing skin


Units Scale
  • 1 cup chopped papaya
  • 1 banana, frozen
  • pinch of turmeric powder (about 1/8th tsp)
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1/23/4 cup light coconut milk

Optional add-ins

  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1 scoop plant-based collagen powder
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 tsp freshly grated ginger


  1. Add all the ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend together until smooth and creamy. Start with 1/2 cup of coconut milk and add more if needed to blend.
  2. To create the white swirls on the glass, take a spoon and drizzle coconut milk around the glass. (This is optional, just to make it pretty!)
  3. Pour the smoothie into the glass and serve.


If you don’t like bananas swap it out for frozen mango or pineapple. 

Add any mix-ins you love like protein powder.


  • Serving Size: 1 smoothie
  • Calories: 270
  • Sugar: 38g
  • Fat: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 56g
  • Fiber: 8.6g
  • Protein: 3.5g