Raw Pineapple Papaya Smoothie

I’ve been drinking a new smoothie all weekend, one that I’ll call “inspired by” a recipe from Thrive, since I’ve made some changes to the recipe.  This smoothie is supposed to deliver lots of quick energy, something I can live with.  And it’s fun because it uses lots of tropical fruits, so at least we can pretend this sweltering heat is part of some island vacation we’re on.  If only I had a live steel-drum band in my house…

The main ingredients in the smoothie are pineapple and papaya, both of which are a little bit scary to prepare if you’ve never done it before.  In fact, this was my first time ever cooking with papaya.  Thanks to my sister (you know, the Sweet-Tooth Friday healthy-baking fiend) for bringing me some papayas from an Indian foods store she frequents.  (“Frequents” is not an exaggeration; she lives for finding strange ingredients to put into her creations.)

Anyway, I made another video (3:41 in length) to help ease some of that tropical-fruit anxiety you might be feeling.  Please accept my sincere apologies for the weird hair and being half asleep—it was early.  I’m just thankful that all my digits survived my little knife-honing demo!

Here’s the recipe.  If you make it, let me know what you think and how it might be improved.  I’m still looking for that one magic ingredient to make it perfect. (Is it bad that I’m thinking it’s rum?)

Tropical Smoothie Recipe

  • 1 banana
  • 2 fresh or dried dates
  • 1 cup water
  • 8 ice cubes
  • 1/2 papaya
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1 Tbsp unflavored protein powder (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • Blend ingredients together.  If possible, call in sick to work.  Makes 2 large smoothies.

Erin looks like she might have gotten the with-rum version.

[pineapple papaya smoothie]

Alright, I’m off to enjoy the rest of my Sunday and (of course) do some cookin’. Enjoy the rest of yours!  I have 20-miler planned for tomorrow and again, it would be optimal if I didn’t die.  So I’m going to run early to beat the heat, meaning I’ll post a little later than usual.

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  1. I tried a smoothie today with coconut milk and banana that was better than any pina coloda I’ve had…so great! good luck with your LONG run! Check out my website tomorrow for a great giveaway.
    .-= Special K ´s last blog ..Path of Peanut Butter =-.

  2. How about replacing the water with (unsweetened) coconut water?
    Good luck with the 20 miler! Thanks for the list of running songs. Now, I’ve got some DLing to do. 😛
    .-= Mia {runs and rests}´s last blog ..Staycation Highlights =-.

  3. haha…love the pic of Erin 🙂 that smoothie looks delicious!
    .-= Holly (The Healthy Everythingtarian)´s last blog ..Running Well, Wedding Bells + Internet Hell =-.

  4. p.s. also totally LOVED the running playlist- i have a good load to download now for my Ipod…thanks!
    .-= Holly (The Healthy Everythingtarian)´s last blog ..Running Well, Wedding Bells + Internet Hell =-.

  5. Hehe! Rum, yes, that’s totally what’s missing.
    .-= Amber Shea (Almost Vegan)´s last blog ..Delayed July leftovers =-.

  6. Heheh love the video! Thanks for showing us how to peel/cut pineapple and papaya (I really didn’t know how!). That was your first time eating papaya?! I’ve never really liked the taste or smell of papaya. The only time I liked it was right off the tree in Costa Rica.

    I am so *stoked* to win the NMA running song contest and even more stoked that I got a Radiohead non-fan to appreciate the beauty that is Idioteque! Good luck on your 20-miler tomorrow!
    .-= Annabel @ http://www.FeedMeImCranky.com´s last blog ..Spice Up Your Relationship With Exercise =-.

  7. I love pineapple in smoothies, but can’t cut it up myself because of my dermatitis… Craig has to do it for me. I love papaya in my smoothies too!
    .-= Hanlie´s last blog ..It was a great week! =-.

  8. Fun video! The smoothie look great. I have never droped dates in one, interesting. Hope your 20 miler goes well.
    .-= diana´s last blog ..Extra Long Weekend =-.

  9. I’m on a roll with smoothies lately, and this one sounds awesome! I never think of adding pineapple to them, but that would be perfect. 😀

    Love the running playlist! I definitely need to upload some new stuff on my ipod, especially once my long runs start getting longer. 😀
    .-= Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)´s last blog ..Weekend Fave + Just Your Opinion! =-.

  10. Yum, I love pineapple in smoothies, but I’ve never thought to add dates.
    .-= meatlessmama´s last blog ..Quinoa Pilaf with Fresh Garden Veggies =-.

  11. When I am making a fruit dessert, if it seems like it needs something it’s almost always lemon/lime juice or salt. Since you already have the lime juice, maybe try a pinch of salt in it.

    OH and yes it’s true, I <3 the Indian Market. Where else can I try yucca and chayote?!

  12. Thanks for the “Idioteque” suggestion…I downloaded it and a bunch of others in that feeling to get a totally new and amazing playlist!!
    .-= Rachel´s last blog ..A Little Bird Told Me =-.

  13. Missing something coconut:)!

  14. Dharshu rajen says:

    yeah i tried it1!!!!!! its good dude!!!!!!! :-))

  15. Heather says:

    You totally need the pineapple wedger from Pampered Chef! Way easier than a knife. (They also have a mango wedger!)

  16. Nice receipe. Another variety with pineapple is 1/2 a ripe pineapple, 1 whole avocado, the water and flesh of 1 thai baby coconut and few basil leaves all blended = divine and inc heaps of good carbs, some natures lovely avo fats and protein from the coconut flesh also win win- serves 3

  17. Antoinette says:

    Not fun with dates, so I left that out and using coco water and its very refreshing!

  18. This is hilarious. We just made your Tropical Smoothie Recipe with the papaya and pineapple and loved it. Then my husband got a brainstorm to add some rum which he thought would pair well with the smoothie (it did not). I noticed your comment about the rum after our own little experiment. Thought it was funny you and my husband had the same thought.

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