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Ji Papay | Papaya Smoothie

Ah Papaya smoothie, so delicious. I have to be honest, this wasn’t a fruit that I was used to reaching for, in fact I never reached for it. When mom made it, sometimes I would have some and sometimes not… I know you’re like um what? Your mom made ji papay and you didn’t take some?!?! I know, weird right? I guess it was my lack of appetite, I felt like it was too heavy to have alongside a meal which is how a lot of Haitians enjoy it.

For this recipe I did things a little different from what you’re probably used to, I eliminated ice. I like using frozen fruit when making smoothies, that’s my preference. So what I did was peel the papaya, removed the seeds, cubed it then placed it in a freezer storage bag and froze it for about 1-2 hours. I like to do this in advance so I always have my frozen papaya on hand. I suggest buying it almost ripened so you can get to making your smoothie right away.

I love using frozen fruit when making smoothies. I guess cause I’m anti ice in my homemade smoothies, ok not anti ice, it’s just the fact that we usually don’t have ice in the freezer so I had to learn other ways to make it work. Try this recipe, you will definitely enjoy it!!

Watch me make Ji Papay here:

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Serves: 6-8 Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • ½ of a ripe papaya, peeled, cubed and frozen
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
  • ½ cup cold water
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of nutmeg

Instructions

1

Peel papaya, slice in half length wise, remove seeds and cut into cubes. Add to a freezer storage bag and freeze for about 1-2 hours.

2

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

3

Serve immediately, enjoy!

Breakfast/ Drinks

Chokola Ayisyen Fasil (Easy Haitian Hot Chocolate)

So the other day I posted a video on how to make Haitian Hot Chocolate using unrefined cocoa from Haiti (Ayiti). It is a great recipe but the problem is, everyone doesn’t have access to unrefined Haitian cocoa. Sooooo I had to come up with something for those people and I did; I came up with an easy recipe for Haitian hot chocolate using unsweetened cocoa and it is delicious. FYI I totally forgot to show me putting nutmeg in this but I did and it is great; you will see nutmeg in the recipe below but again I forgot to show it in the video.

It’s not the exact same taste but damn-nit it’s a close second, I love it! For my vegans, if you’re trying to mimic the flavor of Haitian hot chocolate you can use this recipe or the recipe using the unrefined cocoa and just eliminate the butter and substitute the evaporated milk for almond milk (it will not taste the same but it’s as close as I think you can get). I hope you all try and like this recipe.

Watch me make Chokola Ayisyen Fasil here:

Chokola Ayisyen Fasil (Easy Haitian Hot Chocolate)

Print Recipe
Serves: 4 Cooking Time: 5-8 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 4 tablespoons pure unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup sugar or sugar to taste
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter

Instructions

1

To a small sauce pan on medium to high heat add water, cinnamon, star anise and bring to a boil.

2

Once boiling add cocoa powder and stir well. Then add remaining ingredients and stir well. Let it simmer for about a minute then serve and enjoy.

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