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This delicious Papaya Milkshake (Batido de Lechosa) is a fruity and refreshing shake that is very popular in the Dominican Republic and a favorite at my house. It’s the perfect summertime smoothie that everyone will love.
What is Papaya?
Papaya or Lechosa, as it is known in the Dominican Republic, is a tropical fruit from Central America and the Caribbean.
The papaya is a super delicious and very healthy fruit. It's loaded with antioxidants that can reduce inflammation, fight disease and help keep you looking young.
In the US, you can find papaya in the produce section at the grocery store. It’s fairly easy to select a good papaya. To know if it’s ripe, choose on that has yellow/orange skin. You can also buy a green papaya and this will ripen in a few days if left on your kitchen counter.
The papaya milkshake (batido de lechosa) is a very popular drink in the Dominican Republic, where the fruit is found in literally every market and vendor’s cart.
This drink brings back beautiful memories from my childhood of when my aunt would make my cousins and me papaya milkshake to have with cheese sandwiches for a yummy, refreshing and very filling after-school snack.
How to Make Papaya Milkshake?
To prepare this delicious papaya smoothie recipe, you want to peel the papaya and remove the seeds. Cut into cubes. Add the papaya, milk, sugar, vanilla, a pinch of cinnamon and ice into a blender. Mix all until smooth.
This simple recipe is a favorite in my house and a staple in the Dominican Republic. Give it a try and you’ll see why it’s such a popular drink.
Other Smoothie Recipes You Might Enjoy:
- Black and White Bourbon Milkshake with Bacon
- Piña Colada Dulce de Leche Smoothie
- Traditional Mamey Smoothie
- Tropical Sunrise Smoothie
- Banana Nutella Milkshake
Papaya Milkshake (Batido de Lechosa)
- 3 cups fresh papaya, peeled and cubed
- 12 oz can evaporated milk
- 4 tablespoons sugar, plus more if needed
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1-2 cups ice
- Place all ingredients in a blender and mix on high speed until the ice is well blended. Add more sugar if desired and blend for an additional 30 seconds.
- Serve immediately.
Update Notes: This recipe was originally published in March 2015. It was updated in June 2019 with new photos and extra notes and tips.