This is a fun, nutritious dish to make for children of all ages. It’s based on a yummy recipe (Papaya Smoothie Bowl) I got from the Medical Medium website. Every time I made this, I was amazed how much it looked like ketchup. So I played with the presentation, and here’s what resulted. Isn’t it fun?
It’s super healthy–just fruit! I encourage you to click on the original post (linked above) to read about the ingredients’ health benefits. It would make a great breakfast or snack if you’re trying to get more fruit into your kids’ life.
Here’s how I did it.
1 large papaya (I prefer the Maradol variety)
2 Medjool dates, pits removed
1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
Remove and discard the papaya’s skin and seeds. Cut it into chunks and place in a blender. Add the next two ingredients and blend until smooth. Peel one banana for each person eating. (Note: the photos above show half a banana on each plate.) Cut each banana in half, then slice the long way into thin strips, approximately the size of French fries. Arrange “fries” on a plate and serve with the papaya “ketchup.”
Tips for success
- Try to find bananas that are as straight as possible. If there is a curve in it, feel free to cut it cross-wise at the curve and make some shorter fries.
- Pick bananas that are ripe, but not overly so. Your fries will be too droopy if they are too ripe.
- If the dates are very hard, soak them in some water for half an hour. Drain the water before adding to the other ingredients.
- If you are making this for a picky eater who is bothered by textures, you may want to strain out the raspberry seeds.
Have fun with this and enjoy!