Fresh Papaya Boats loaded with toppings for a healthy summer breakfast
5 from 7 votes

Tropical Papaya Boats

Tropical papaya boats with loads of topping options! Load your fruit with coconut yogurt or banana ice cream and go to town with fruit, seeds, and nuts! A healthy, plant-based breakfast or snack.
Author: Minimalist Baker
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings: 1 (generous serving)
Category: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? Best when fresh.


  • 1 ripe papaya or cantaloupe (halved, seeds removed)
  • 1 cup banana ice cream or flavored dairy-free yogurt (I love blueberry coconut yogurt from Trader Joe's)
  • 1 medium kiwi (skin removed and chopped)
  • 1/2 cup cherries (pitted and halved)
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 2-3 Tbsp slivered almonds
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 Tbsp hemp seeds
  • Granola (see all of my granola recipes)


  1. To make banana ice cream (instead of using dairy-free yogurt), add 2 (amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size) ripe, previously sliced and frozen bananas to a blender or food processor and blend on low until a creamy ice cream consistency is reached. Scrape down sides as needed, and add a splash of almond milk if it has trouble blending.

  2. To assemble papaya (or cantaloupe) boats, simply fill the hollow centers with desired amounts of banana ice cream or coconut yogurt, fruit, nuts, and seeds!
  3. Enjoy immediately - best when fresh.


*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with toppings.

Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 1 generous servings)