Paleta de Papaya y Coco (Papaya and Coconut Popsicle)

Today we are celebrating Papaya month with a cyber-amiga. Please welcome our writer and photographer today: Eliana, the talented Latina baker from A Chica Bakes.

She is sharing her childhood story about papayas. She is a humble chica with Dominican roots who shares her love of Latin-inspired desserts on her wonderful blog.

Photography by A Chica Bakes and recipe by Muy Bueno Cookbook.

Eliana ~ Whether you live in a breezy home by the ocean or pre-war city apartment (like me), just the thought of turning on the oven in the dog days of summer makes you sweat. Thanks to frozen treats, you don’t need to crank up the heat to get your fill of sweet goodies during the summer months. I’m a huge fan of them all year-round. But something about the summer time makes them taste extra special, especially when they are made of papaya.

Growing up, I have had my fill of papaya, or lechosa as it’s called in the Dominican Republic. Admittedly, I was a little “scared” of the fruit as a child. Once it was mixed into a fruit or shake I was fine but seeing it freshly cut in its raw form scared the bejezus out of me. If you look at it, it’s kind of “fugly” on the outside and the little slimy looking black seeds on the inside sent me running. My mami thankfully got around my picky eating. Upon bringing it home from the store she immediately peeled it and cut it up into chunks that she froze to have on-hand for deliciously thick and frosty batidas de lechosa (papaya milkshakes). 

These batidas are legendary but can be a little heavy for the summer. (My mami does everything grande and really piles in the fruit in her shakes.) So I was thrilled when the ladies of Muy Bueno Cookbook sent me this recipe for a lighter, more figure friendly way to get my fill of papaya that is just as delicious as my mami’s batidas.

These paletas (popsicles) have intense papaya flavor, which is accented with a bit of lime juice and coconut cream. I initially planned on tweaking the recipe to make the paletas taste more like my mami’s batidas. But this recipe is perfect. The coconut cream (not to be confused with milk) adds a touch of sweetness and the lime juice (has to be fresh) adds some brightness. Together they form what may easily become the only frozen treat you will need to get you through this caliente summer.

Buen Provecho.

Makes: 6 popsicles


1 small papaya, peeled, seeded, and cubed

¼ cup water

1 ounce fresh lime juice

2 ounces cream of coconut, (recommend GOYA brand)

Popsicle molds or small plastic cups

Popsicle sticks



Blend all the ingredients together.

In plastic cups or popsicle molds add 5 ounces of papaya mixture.

If using small plastic cups or popsicle molds freeze for about 2 hours or until the liquid starts to solidify. At this point you can add a popsicle stick and it will stay upright. If you want to add popsicle sticks immediately then place a piece of foil over each cup, pierce a small slit in the foil and insert a popsicle stick. This will allow the stick to stand upright as it freezes.

Releasing the popsicle from the cup or mold will require that you run hot water briefly on the outside of the cup or mold, about 5 seconds.

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56 Responses to “Paleta de Papaya y Coco (Papaya and Coconut Popsicle)”

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    Eliana — June 29, 2011 @ 11:28 pm

    Thanks so much for the sweet words. It’s easy to write about something that is so delicious. And that is exactly what these paletas were. A treat not to be missed.

    • Muy Bueno Cookbook replied: — June 30th, 2011 @ 1:46 pm

      No thank you Eliana…you ROCK! Thanks again for sharing your story…Besos…

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    Rosa May — June 30, 2011 @ 12:37 am

    Those popsicles look so delicious. They must taste wonderfully exotic and heavenly.



    • Muy Bueno Cookbook replied: — June 30th, 2011 @ 1:48 pm

      Rosa May, these are truly exotic…they taste like you’re on a tropical island somewhere….let your imagination take you there. Besos…

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    Carrie @ TikiTikiBlog! — June 30, 2011 @ 6:00 am

    Papaya is so my favorite! Makes my cubanita heart go pitter patter even faster. (and, I would like a batido recipe too, please!)


    • Muy Bueno Cookbook replied: — June 30th, 2011 @ 1:49 pm

      Carrie, I’m with you. We too would love a batido recipe…maybe we can convince Eliana to share one with us…

      • Eliana replied: — June 30th, 2011 @ 7:12 pm

        I would gladly share along with the story about how my non-Latino (and small belly) husband first got introduced to my mami’s (grande) batidos.

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    vanillasugarblog — June 30, 2011 @ 8:18 am

    nicely done chica! :-)

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    Jenny - Sugar Loco — June 30, 2011 @ 10:10 pm

    Those look deeee-licious!!

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    Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets — July 1, 2011 @ 2:56 pm

    Great guest post! These look so refreshingly delish!

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    Jackie — July 3, 2011 @ 2:47 pm

    These certainly do sound like a cool refreshing treat. I look forward to trying the recipe.

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    Calogero Mira — July 5, 2011 @ 7:53 am
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    Mikalee Byerman — July 5, 2011 @ 8:00 am

    Papaya month…who knew???


    I’m glad you did. These are beautiful…

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    trialsinfood — July 5, 2011 @ 8:25 am

    looks yummy! i love papayas!

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    Those look great!

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    spicegirlfla — July 5, 2011 @ 9:39 am

    These look amazing and fun!! I love papaya and mixed with coconut cream, so delish!!

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    I Made You A Mixtape — July 5, 2011 @ 9:41 am

    i’m baking in a heatwave here… I am sooooo making these!!!

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    iliketocookthings — July 5, 2011 @ 9:41 am

    Popsicles are so much fun to make!

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    lifenbits — July 5, 2011 @ 9:58 am

    Mucha felicidades por el Freshly Pressed. Excelente receta.

    • Muy Bueno Cookbook replied: — July 5th, 2011 @ 2:15 pm

      We are so honored to have been recognized by WordPress…Thank you for leaving your sweet comment.

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    Hiit — July 5, 2011 @ 10:49 am

    mmmm yummy! Great post!

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    Harold — July 5, 2011 @ 11:25 am

    A very cool treat and recipe, Thanks! Congrats on being FP!

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    Geraldine — July 5, 2011 @ 12:13 pm

    Oh yummmm…I want one right now, I’m going to give these a try!

    I have a summer contest on at one of my blogs you and your readers might enjoy:

    hope you can stop by!

    Stay cool. Try anyways, G :)

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    be awake — July 5, 2011 @ 12:35 pm

    in poland we say: “mniam!”, which means “yummy!” :)

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    güvenç sönmez ocak — July 5, 2011 @ 12:39 pm

    nicely done chica!

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    kristina@beancakes ❤ — July 5, 2011 @ 2:12 pm

    LOVE the looks of these gorgeous pops!! i’ve been wanting to get one of these zoku pop makers for quite some time now! 😉
    xo ~ kristina

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    Eva McCane — July 5, 2011 @ 2:32 pm

    yummm! The heat index here has been near or over 100 the past few days. i could use one of these tasty treats.

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    MaggieCooks — July 5, 2011 @ 2:46 pm

    Wow this look delicious! I have a papaya in the fridge! Im making this really soon! 😀

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    Fulanito — July 5, 2011 @ 4:48 pm

    ¡Buen provecho!

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    newsy1 — July 5, 2011 @ 4:56 pm

    I have had these in Mexico although I don’t recall a coconut flavor in them but they did have a sweetness to them that was really good. The Latin culture really knows how to “do” fruit. They work with what is plentiful in their region as we all should.

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    DanEastSide — July 5, 2011 @ 6:25 pm

    man that looks crazy strange to eat, but i will try it.

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    yas — July 5, 2011 @ 6:26 pm

    Those look really good. I’m not a huge fan of Papaya but I could give this a shot. Who can resist eating a fruity ice pop? Would it be possible if I make a similar fruit pop using Avocado instead? I like your blog, btw–and I followed you on twitter too! :)

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    eva626 — July 5, 2011 @ 7:05 pm

    maybe this will change my take on papaya! lol. looks very tempting

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    Education Voodoo — July 5, 2011 @ 7:10 pm

    This looks delicious – I can’t wait to make these! Papaya and coconut are my two favorite flavors. Thanks for posting!

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    Grace Curtis — July 5, 2011 @ 7:33 pm

    Those look amazing!

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    mkeeffer — July 5, 2011 @ 8:11 pm

    A great way for all of us to eat more fruit – thanks, sounds like a great recipe. Nice post!

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    Charis — July 5, 2011 @ 10:10 pm

    I’ve never seen papaya look so appetizing!!

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    [^INTELIGENTE^] — July 5, 2011 @ 10:29 pm

    haha i want some.. also choco-banano xD

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    CONIEFOX — July 6, 2011 @ 2:49 am

    Wow~~very creative! and they looks very delicious!

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    gaycarboys — July 6, 2011 @ 5:34 am

    I haven’t made ice blocks since I was a kid. I love pawpaw (as we call it here) and I love coconut so Bobs-your-uncle!

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    paroleoneste — July 6, 2011 @ 6:00 am

    I have to say, these look devine. Thanks for sharing.

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    Feather Story — July 6, 2011 @ 12:30 pm

    pretty good recipe, that papaya doesn’t look like it is completely ripe though… and I’d go with some coconut water rather than coconut cream, and a lot more papaya!

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    The Duo Dishes-Chrystal — July 10, 2011 @ 10:08 pm

    There’s a month for any food or treat under the sun. It just gives you more reason to play with your food. The popsicles look summer perfect!

    • muybuenocookbook replied: — July 11th, 2011 @ 9:04 am

      LOL! That’s the truth Duo Dishes! July 14th is National Grand Marnier Day. I think we’ll be playing with some margaritas this week!!!

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    300hikes — July 12, 2011 @ 5:51 pm

    As much as I would love to try this, I’ve never been a fan of papayas. Maybe I’ll just have to give them one more go…

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    realanonymousgirl2011 — July 14, 2011 @ 5:20 pm

    I’m not a big papaya or coconut eater but those look quite refreshing!

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    Mary Ellen — July 20, 2011 @ 7:46 pm

    Trader Joe’s carries their brand of coconut milk which is MUICH CHEAPER than Goya. You can even buy it in many 99 cents only stores as well.
    I don’t buy much Goya products as they are always more expensive than other brands for everything from black beans to salsa to coconut milk.

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    Food to Fitness — August 2, 2013 @ 12:24 am

    Looks absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing!

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    BCD — June 17, 2015 @ 3:23 am

    I’ve never seen papaya look so appetizing!!

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    Freda — August 19, 2015 @ 11:40 pm

    I’ve never seen papaya look so appetizing!!

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