Papaya Breakfast Boats

Papaya breakfast boat with yogurt and fruit

Papaya Breakfast Boats ~ breakfast just got a whole lot more healthy, and interesting, with gorgeous tropical papaya filled to the brim with non dairy yogurt and colorful fresh fruit.

Today I’m teaming up with Daiya, a leading maker of plant-based foods that are deliciously dairy, gluten and soy free, to bring you these colorful papaya breakfast boats.

Papaya Breakfast Boats ~ a gorgeously healthy way to do breakfast!

I’m excited to introduce you to Daiya Foods! Their line of plant based food products is exceptional, and whether you’re dairy-intolerant, allergic, vegan, or, like me, just looking to broaden your horizons and eat healthier, I think you’ll love it. Even though I am not vegan, allergic, or dairy-intolerant, I’ve found that I actually prefer many plant based alternatives to common foods that I’ve grown up eating. Like this coconut based yogurt, ~I’ve used the Black Cherry in my papaya boat above. The flavor is bright and vivid, without any artificial taste. I’m really sensitive to artificial flavors, and it’s been hard to find a fruit yogurt that tastes natural ~ I love this one!

Papaya Breakfast Boats with a container of yogurt

If you’re used to starting your morning with a cup of coffee and a piece of toast (guilty!) then you’re in for a treat. Today I’m turning my Daiya Greek Yogurt Alternative into a festive breakfast or brunch dish by spooning it into a ripe papaya half, and piling on a smorgasbord of fruit. Healthy eating suddenly turns from a chore into a privilege, and the few extra minutes it takes to scoop out the papaya seeds and fill with yogurt are so worth it.

If healthy eating feels like a chore, you’re doing it wrong!

Papaya Breakfast Boats with spoon and honey

How can you possibly have a bad day when you start it out with one of these papaya breakfast boats?

TIP: You don’t have to go crazy like I did with so many different types of fruit ~ a sprinkle of fabulous blueberries, some nutty wheat germ, and a drizzle of local honey (or agave syrup) makes a delicious breakfast.

Papaya Breakfast Boat with fruit and honey

Daiya (pronounced day-yah) has a full line of plant-based and allergy free products, from non-dairy cheese alternatives to salad dressings. They even sell readymade Cheezecake and Cheezy Mac. The line is aimed at folks with dietary restrictions, but also for anyone trying to embrace a more plant-based lifestyle and eating habits. I’ve discovered that I prefer almond milk to regular, for instance, and Daiya’s coconut based yogurt is a new favorite of mine. Daiya Greek Yogurt Alternative is made with rich and creamy coconut cream, but has the same taste and texture of traditional yogurt. It has 6 to 9 grams of plant-based protein per serving, plus the probiotic benefits of yogurt. Their new Plain and Vanilla varieties will soon be available in 5.3 oz and 16 oz containers, joining an existing fruit-filled assortment that includes Peach, Black Cherry, Strawberry and Blueberry.

You can check out their whole line of products here. They also have a handy store locator so you’ll know where to find them.

Papaya Breakfast Boats loaded with fresh fruit and yogurt

Papaya breakfast boat with yogurt and fruit
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Papaya Breakfast Boats

Papaya Breakfast Boats ~ a healthy non dairy breakfast made with fresh tropical papaya filled to the brim with yogurt and colorful fresh fruit. #breakfastbowl #papaya #healthy #yogurt #glutenfree #whole30 #protein #recipe #easy #brunch #fruit #recipe #benefits #smoothie #smoothiebowl
Course Breakfast, brunch
Cuisine American
Yield 2 servings
Author Sue Moran


  • 1 ripe papaya
  • 2 single serving containers of Daiya Greek Yogurt Alternative
  • assorted fruit
  • chia seeds flax seeds, or pepitas
  • honey agave syrup, maple syrup, or coconut syrup


  • Cut the papaya in half lengthwise. Scoop out the black seeds and discard.
  • Fill each papaya half with one container of yogurt. Top with fruit of your choice.
  • Sprinkle on seeds and drizzle with honey.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.


  • Assemble your papaya breakfast boats just before serving. If you like, you can prep your fruit earlier, and keep under damp paper towels in the refrigerator. Cut, fill, and top your papaya just before serving.
  • You can also use ripe melons as bowls, if you don’t care for papaya.
  • If you love the idea of yogurt and fruit for breakfast, also try my BEAUTIFUL BREAKFAST TART, it would be delicious with Daiya yogurt. And you could use Daily plain or vanilla Greek yogurt alternative in my RHUBARB GREEK YOGURT POPSICLES.


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  • Reply
    Karen M. Chapman
    August 26, 2018 at 12:57 am

    I love this simple way to make an elegant, delicious breakfast. Nice and healthy, too!!

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    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    May 18, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    I love these gorgeous boats! The tropical flavors make them the perfect summery breakfast!

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    Deborah @ The Harvest Kitchen
    May 17, 2017 at 6:45 am

    Beautiful!! I love these papaya boats! They’re perfect for summer!

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    May 15, 2017 at 3:40 am

    I love papaya so much. I need to grab one asap after seeing the thing of beauty!!!

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    Jean |
    May 14, 2017 at 6:36 am

    Sue, soooo gorgeous I just *had* to Pin it! I do two breakfasts as well — I get up soooo early and start with tea and some raw almonds, followed by fresh fruit. A bit later I have oatmeal.

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      May 14, 2017 at 8:00 am

      Oh gosh Jean, your healthy habits put mine to shame πŸ˜‰ Glad you love this!

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    May 13, 2017 at 6:07 am

    Oh wow! Love love love the papaya boat images! And the yoghurt looks so creamy, beautiful!

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    May 12, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    Lovely breakfast menu.
    Love the idea of paya boat.
    Instead of discarding the papaya seeds, try planting them. Papaya seeds grow easily.
    I eould throw them in my garden after dryibg them or sometimes as it is..and soon i would see a Papaya tree spring up. And the organic home grown papayas taste so different and yummmy.

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      May 13, 2017 at 6:29 am

      I bet I could grow it out here in California, thanks Neha, I’ll give it a try!

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    Jessica @Savory Experiments
    May 12, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    This is stunning! The colors are just perfect!

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    Karen @ Seasonal Cravings
    May 12, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Looks gorgeous girl! What a great idea!

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    Chris Scheuer
    May 12, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Now this is a wonderful way to start the day! And a beautiful one!

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    May 12, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Some of my fondest life memories involve picking ripe mango straight from the tree in Fiji and gorging on them for breakfast. I can only imagine how much more glorious it would be with any combination of these fruits too. GREG

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      May 12, 2017 at 11:05 am

      omg are you trying to show off Greg? I can’t even imagine how luxurious that would be…now you’ve got me wanting to make plane reservations…

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    May 12, 2017 at 10:14 am

    I usually have yogurt as my “second” breakfast, but I’m loving how you jazzed it up by serving it in a papaya with some crunchy pepitas! So beautiful. I think dairy messes with my joints, so this yogurt will go on my shopping list!

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      May 12, 2017 at 10:17 am

      Wow, another one who does ‘second’ breakfasts, where has this concept been all my life πŸ˜‰ Thanks for stopping by Liz, and I hope you love the yogurt.

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    May 12, 2017 at 9:54 am

    I haven’t seen this yogurt, but when I checked their store locator it says they have it at the store where I always shop! I’m going to try it, Sue, thanks, I can’t do dairy so I’m excited about this.

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      May 12, 2017 at 9:55 am

      Let me know what you think πŸ™‚

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    Tina Dawson | Love is in my Tummy
    May 12, 2017 at 9:51 am

    OMG How fabulous is this! I haven’t seen Papaya in the markets lately, but I can’t wait to try this as soon as I get my hands on one.

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      May 12, 2017 at 9:52 am

      Try this with melon, too, Tina!

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    May 12, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Perfect summer breakfast!

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    Luci's Morsels
    May 12, 2017 at 8:25 am

    This looks delicious! I am drooling and having some serious breakfast envy. I cannot wait to try this. Thank you for sharing!

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    Emily @ Recipes to Nourish
    May 12, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Gosh these are so beautiful!!! Who wouldn’t want to enjoy these gorgeous papaya breakfast bowls. I wish I had one to start my day!

    • Reply
      May 12, 2017 at 8:13 am

      Thanks Emily ~ they’re so easy, and I’ve noticed that papayas always seem to be in the produce section lately, which is nice.

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    May 12, 2017 at 8:05 am

    The boys and I would love making this for breakfast. What a perfect way to start the day!

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      May 12, 2017 at 8:15 am

      Hey Matt ~ I think this is such fun for kids, I’d set out the yogurt and all the cut fruit and let them have at it!

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    Quinn Caudill
    May 12, 2017 at 8:01 am

    What a great idea! I need to see if my local grocery has some fresh papaya.

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      May 12, 2017 at 8:14 am

      I was just saying to Emily in another comment that papaya seems to be more available these days than ever before. You’ll see it in two varieties, at least ~ one is large, like the ones I use in this post, and the other is smaller and rounder ~ both are delicious!

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    May 12, 2017 at 7:47 am

    These are genius, fruit served in an edible bowl – why have I never thought of this?

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      May 12, 2017 at 7:51 am

      They are so refreshing, Angela, especially when the fruit is perfectly ripe ~ I’m getting hungry just thinking about it πŸ™‚

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    Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    May 12, 2017 at 6:59 am

    I am speechless. This is the most beautiful breakfast I’ve ever seen. I’m with Angie – I could eat this for second breakfast – or anytime of the day for that matter. Absolutely gorgeous Sue! Happy Mother’s Day πŸ™‚

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    May 12, 2017 at 3:21 am

    I am not allergic to dairy, but I have given it up. I tried daiya mozzarella shreds on a gluten free pizza and my kids loved it. I didn’t tell them it wasn’t cheese until after they had seconds. They said they would eat it again. This papaya boat looks amazing!

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      May 12, 2017 at 6:55 am

      Thanks Emily ~ I think your kids would also love the yogurt, the flavors are really bright, you might try freezing it in a popsicle mold this summer for them.

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    [email protected]'s Recipes
    May 12, 2017 at 3:06 am

    I would be very happy if I could have this for my 2nd breakfast! So FRESH and juicy!

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      May 12, 2017 at 7:00 am

      YESSSSS to second breakfasts Angie!!

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