Would you like to have a tropical smoothie to bring in the warm spring weather? I made this pineapple papaya smoothie as a lunch surprise for my family to celebrate the long awaited arrival of spring. This smoothie is creamy and foamy. Sprinkling some pistachio bits and chia seeds on top will add some crunchiness to the drink. No complaints for this smoothie, just contented sighs of aaah!
I know smoothies are for any time of year, but I prefer them on warmer days. A glass of this chilled fruit smoothie is definitely appetizing. This low calorie pineapple papaya smoothie has loads of tropical flavors and vitamins. With its small list of simple ingredients, you can prepare a whole glass in only 5 minutes.
That’s right. I said simple. You only need a few ingredients depending on the flavor you want to have. They are
vegetable juice (store-bought)
ginger powder (optional)
chia seeds and pistachio (garnishing)
Seriously, if you like creamy smoothies, you need to try this recipe. Papaya has a very mild and pleasant taste. It also has a buttery texture that makes this smoothie very creamy. Although papaya is not a super sweet fruit, it pairs well with the sweet pineapple. You don’t need to add any extra sweetener to make this smoothie sweet.
I decide to use vegetable juice instead of water (BTW, I think coconut milk would be another fantastic choice). Although I’m not a big fan of a V8 kind of vegetable juice, I found it tastes surprisingly good when blended with fruit, like the pineapple and papaya in this recipe. The salty taste of the vegetable juice adds an interesting contrast of flavors to the sweet tropical fruits.
I have to say this smoothie has a well-blended tropical flavor. I mean you can’t tell which fruit or vegetable is the dominating flavor. The pungent ginger gives this sweet and creamy smoothie an extra zing. Sprinkling on some chia seeds and chopped pistachios easily adds an interesting texture to the creamy smoothie.
- 1-1/2 cups fresh papaya cubes, chilled
- 1 cup fresh pineapple cubes, chilled
- 2 cups vegetable juice, chilled
- ¼ teaspoon Ginger powder
- 1 tablespoon Pistachio, chopped
- ¼ teaspoon Chia seeds
- Combine all ingredients except pistachio and chia seeds in a high-speed electric blender. Blend until smooth and creamy.
- Pour the smoothie into serving glasses and garnishing with pistachio and chia seeds before serving.