Papaya Breakfast Boats


(Updated 09/17/21)

Papaya breakfast boats - way cooler than your classic muesli and yoghurt duo. This fun breakfast option is so simple, yet pretty!



Making papaya breakfast boats are pretty easy. Simply hollow out a papaya to create a golden edible bowl. From there, fill with all sorts of deliciously nutritious goodies; like nutty muesli, dollops of yoghurt, bites of fresh fruit, coconut chips, or even edible flowers if you’ve got some growing in the garden (fancy!).

Papaya Nutrition

Papaya is a sweet buttery fruit with a musky flavour. It’s rich in the enzyme papain, which helps promote healthy digestion. Much like the enzyme bromelain that’s found in pineapple, papain is known for its protein-digesting properties, which provides a helping (enzymatic) hand to our gut.

Papaya’s also a rich source of antioxidants, which help fight free-radicals, and in doing so protect against ageing, disease and poor health. Think of antioxidants as the police and free-radicals as the baddies. If you don’t have police roaming the streets, the baddies may run riot and cause some serious damage.

Add something sour

During our travels to Samoa last week we had papaya drizzled with lime juice to kick off breakfast time – hot damn it was a great combination! An extra squeeze of tart lime juice on top really takes it to next level deliciousness. Try it here.

Papaya Breakfast Boats

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Serving Size: 2


  • 1 papaya
  • 1 juicy lime
  • ¼  cup your favourite muesli or granola
  • 2 Tbsp plain unsweetened plain yoghurt or coconut yoghurt
  • Sliced fresh fruit of choice e.g. strawberries, raspberries, banana...
  • Optional garnishes: nuts, seeds, edible flowers or coconut chips to sprinkle on top


  • Cut papaya in half length ways. Carefully scoop out the inner black seeds with a spoon and discard.
  • Squeeze lime juice over papaya.
  • Fill the hole with the muesli or granola and then top with yoghurt and fresh fruit.
  • Decorate (optional) with extra nuts, seeds, edible flowers or coconut chips.


Gluten-free? Use a gluten-free muesli or granola.
Vegan or dairy-free? Use coconut yoghurt.
Nut-free? Check your muesli or granola is nut-free, and don’t garnish with extra nuts.

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