This strawberry papaya smoothie is your new favorite lazy breakfast! It’s packed with healthy ingredients, full of fresh flavor and perfect for a summer morning!
We’re all about smoothies for breakfast on busy summer mornings. And while we usually just throw a bunch of ingredients in a blender and hope for the best, this strawberry papaya smoothie has been making an appearance repeatedly the past few weeks. Just four ingredients and a few optional mix-ins — it’s quick, easy and such a refreshing way to start the day!
breakfast smoothie with strawberry, papaya and oats!
Papaya isn’t something I grew up eating, but I’ve fallen in love with the tropical fruit in recent years. Although it can be somewhat expensive (at least where I live), you’re actually getting quite a lot of fruit. I always like to cut the papaya into cubes and then freeze it, which often gives me enough fruit for at least six smoothies!
Just remember to let your papaya ripen fully before cutting. It should turn yellow and be slightly soft when you touch it. The papaya I find here is usually pretty under-ripe, which means I have to let it sit for about five days before I can dig in. On the other end of the spectrum, you definitely don’t want to leave your papaya too long! If it has large spots or a slightly fermented smell it has probably gone bad.
The rest of the ingredients are pretty straightforward: frozen strawberries, your favorite milk (I use almond) and rolled oats to make it a bit more filling. I also like to mix in a tablespoon of ground flaxseed for extra nutrients, but chia seed would be great as well. And while it’s certainly not necessary, sometimes I’ll add a tiny bit of maple syrup if I want my smoothie extra sweet!
For more breakfast inspiration, check out these recipes!
- savory sochniki with ricotta
- blueberry streusel muffins
- puffed amaranth granola
- cardamom chocolate chip muffins
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