This healthy and easy to prepare papaya and yoghurt dessert is a great summer treat and a good replacement for much richer ice-cream. I made it recently for lunch and it was a hit!
Many different fruits can be used depending on your preference, but I find papaya tastes delicious, it’s not too sweet plus it has many health benefits, too. Papaya helps with:
- Digestion, especially of proteins such as meat. It contains a digestive enzyme called papain that helps to facilitate protein digestion and detoxes the gut
- Antioxidant protection of the body tissues – rich in vitamin C, vitamin E, lycopene, potassium and magnesium
- Parasitic infections of the gut – papaya flesh and seeds are traditional food-based medicines to protect against worms and parasites, and facilitate their removal
- Skin health and appearance – it helps to gently remove dead cells and rejuvenate the skin
- Inflammation – has anti-inflammatory effect especially in joint pain and arthritis
If you’re not familiar with papaya, this is a good opportunity to try it!
Frozen papaya and yoghurt dessert
2 cups of Greek or organic natural yoghurt or vanilla yoghurt
½ tsp vanilla paste or extract (skip if using vanilla yoghurt)
1-2 tbs of honey or maple syrup (or to taste)
300 g peeled papaya
1 cup frozen raspberries
¼ cup chopped pistachios or other nuts
White chocolate, shredded or cut into small pieces (optional)
Line an oven tray with baking paper. Cut the papaya – chop half finely and the other half rough (2-3 cm pieces). You should have about 2 cups total.
Combine yoghurt, chocolate and vanilla in a bowl (you can make your own, see how to here). Add syrup or honey to taste, then stir through the finely chopped papaya. Spread papaya yoghurt mixture in the prepared tray in thin, an even layer. Top with raspberries, pistachios and remaining papaya.
Freeze 2-4 hours until firm. Allow to thaw for a few minutes then cut or break it into bite sized pieces and serve immediately or store in a freezer for a quick treat.
You can replace papaya with other fruit such as peaches or nectarines for different look and flavour.
This papaya and yoghurt dessert keeps well in the freezer for up to a week.
Adapted from www.australianpapaya.com.au
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Joanna Sochan is a Natural Therapist and founder of Naturimedica Holistic Health & Wellness. She has a passion for helping her clients transform their lives by becoming healthy and well naturally. Joanna is an adrenal fatigue, sleep and gut health expert helping tired, stressed or unwell individuals to regain their energy, sleep better and be happier, more relaxed and calm. Joanna practices in Sydney and Lake Macquarie and also conducts Skype / phone consultations for clients Australia-wide. View full bio.