Papaya Parfaits

Ditch the bowl and eat your morning yogurt island style out of a papaya!

There is something so luxurious about parfaits to me — and I’m not just talking about when you have yogurt and granola for breakfast. A parfait to me means there’s at a minimum, fresh fruit, yogurt, and granola. This actually is not the actual definition of a parfait, but that’s beside the point (see the true definition here from Merriam Webster if you’re curious… I was floored).

Anyways, one of the fruits I’m lucky enough to have on constant rotation in Hawaii is papaya (a delicacy back home in California!). Its sweet, creaminess makes it the perfect complement to greek yogurt, and its shape makes it the perfect replacement for a bowl!


(Serves 1)

  • 1/2 papaya — seeds removed
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt (I used non-fat Fage)
  • Fruit- I used 2 cherries and half a kiwi but you can use whatever you have on hand!
  • 2 TBS granola
  • 1/8 tsp honey


  1. Prep first! Scoop the seeds out of your papaya half and wash/cut your fruit for toppings.
  2. Fill the inside of your papaya with yogurt. Note: the papaya is going to become your bowl and with each scoop of yogurt you can scoop into its flesh!
  3. Topping time! Stack your toppings atop your yogurt. Remember, you don’t need to go toooo crazy because a lot of your fruit is coming from the papaya flesh itself!


This recipe is highly customizable! If you don’t have any other fruit on hand, this is delicious just with the yogurt and papaya itself.

What am I listening to as I make this?

What can I learn while I make this? Ever heard of Pawpaw Ointment (here’s a picture if not)? They used to sell it in all the drug and beauty stores in Hong Kong, and I obsessively applied it to dry skin/ nicks/ lips as an American might Aquaphor. What I didn’t realize at the time, was that “pawpaw” is the Australian term for papaya!

What if I want to make something with a papaya but not this recipe? Don’t worry– I won’t be offended! Check out these other ideas below:

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