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Coconut & Papaya Bread

My husband’s grandmother sometimes sends us fruit, which we love, but sometimes I already have a few varieties in my refrigerator and end up with two watermelons, or in this case with two papayas.  With only three of us, including my three year old (as you can guess… she’s not wild about papayas), I had to think of something to make with the extra fruit.

Papaya-Coconut Bread

All I knew is I didn’t want to make a beverage out of it.  Then, it occurred to me: Papaya Bread! Can it be done?  I searched and searched for a recipe but none of them “spoke” to me.  Finally, I found a great one from Eat the Love. The original Papaya Bread recipe calls for crystallized ginger and white chocolate, which I decided to omit and I added cinnamon, shredded coconut and nutmeg to the mix.

Now I need to figure out what to do with the 15 oranges I have in my basket!   We’ll probably eat half of them with salt and pepitoria (powdered squash seed)… yum!  Now, what to do with the rest?  No juice, no jam… I’m thinking something baked. I’ll let you know what I come up with!


Coconut & Papaya Bread

Adapted from Eat the Love recipe
Makes 1 loaf

Cooked Papaya:
1 medium papaya (about 1 lbs)
6 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
Zest from 1 medium lemon
Juice from 1 medium lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Bread Batter:
2 ½ cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon fresh papaya seeds, ground
2 teaspoons baking soda
3 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
Pinch of nutmeg
Pinch of salt
½ cup + 2 tablespoons (1 ¼ stick) unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup dark brown sugar
3 large eggs
½ cup whole milk yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1 cup shredded coconut


  1. Split the papaya in half and scoop out the seeds. Save the 1 tablespoon of the seeds for the bread batter and reserve the rest for another use. Dice the papaya into ½” chunks.
  2. Place the papaya chunks, brown sugar, butter, lemon zest, and lemon juice in a pan. Cook on medium heat until the papaya chunks start to fall apart, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add vanilla extract. Remove from heat and puree. (Wait until it has cooled to use your blender.)
  3. Preheat the oven to 350˚F and generously grease and flour a 9×5-inch loaf pan.
  4. Place the flour, papaya seeds, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a medium bowl. Using a whisk, mix vigorously until uniform in color.
  5. Place the butter and brown sugar in the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat the butter until light and creamy, about two to three minutes on medium speed. Add the eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides with a spatula between additions. Add the yogurt and vanilla extract and beat to incorporate.
  6. Add half the dry ingredients to the batter and beat until incorporated. Add the papaya puree and beat until incorporated. Add the remaining dry ingredients and beat until incorporated. Finally, fold in the shredded coconut and fresh ginger.
  7. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 60 to 70 minutes or until a toothpick or skewer placed in the center of the loaf comes out clean. Be sure to test several areas, as the toothpick may hit a wet papaya chunk area and look not done yet. You don’t want to over bake the loaf.
  8. Let cool in the pan for 15 minutes on a wire rack, before removing from pan to cool further.


  • We just updated the recipe! We got an email from a reader (Thanks Janet!) where she mentioned we omitted the baking soda from the list and the ginger from the instructions. All is fixed now!

Papaya-Coconut Bread

Papaya-Coconut Bread

Papaya-Coconut Bread

Papaya-Coconut Bread

Papaya-Coconut Bread

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  • Reply
    Friday March 23rd, 2012 at 07:58 AM

    Mmmm. It looks hearty and nggeibg for a strong cup of coffee or a pleasantly bitter cup of black tea to go with it. What would it be like if I substituted gluten-free flour for the wheat flour? Would it work, or would it just crumble apart in your fingers?

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    Friday March 23rd, 2012 at 02:13 PM

    Hi Bianca, we recommend you use all-purpose flour, however, you can try King Arthur’s Multi-Purpose Flour –

    This flour is a blend of white rice and whole-grain (brown) rice flours, tapioca starch, and potato starch is perfect for all of your gluten-free recipes. It’s wheat-free, soy-free, nut-free blend.

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    Saturday July 13th, 2013 at 07:48 PM

    Looks delish! I was looking for recipes for baking with papaya, yours looks so good! First time I’ve heard of people using the seeds, though. I didn’t even know they’re edible. What’s the purpose? What if I omit them?

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      Sunday July 14th, 2013 at 10:42 AM

      Hi Sam!
      Thanks for your question. You can omit them as you already are using the papaya fruit, but they bring a little bit of a papaya taste and a kick flavor to the cake. And did you know you can use the rest of the seeds for a Salad Dressing (

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    judy chisholm
    Tuesday March 17th, 2015 at 08:12 PM

    is it a 1lb papaya before peeled and seeded?

    my first batch was probably more.. turned out great.. this next batch is in oven but seems much looser?

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      Wednesday March 18th, 2015 at 01:19 PM

      Hi Judy, the recipe calls for a medium papaya, but the 1 pound reference is to give an idea of how much fruit you’ll use in the recipe, after it is peeled and seeded. It should be around 2 -2.5 cups. How did the second batch turn out?

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    blanca coronado
    Tuesday August 30th, 2016 at 03:18 PM

    Hola Helga buenas tardes… tengo una receta familiar de pan de naranja si gustas puedo dartela con gusto y espero te sirva… gracias por compartir tu receta de pan de papaya… si gustas la receta puedes solicitarmela por email y con gusto te la envio, cuando la prepares tu la puedes subir a tu pagina…

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    kathleen Forrest
    Friday July 21st, 2017 at 05:01 PM

    I just made this and have a ton of batter – not a loaf bread recipe but a full 9X12 cake which is fine by me but how did you managed this recipe in a loaf pan? Batter taste yummy!

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      Saturday July 22nd, 2017 at 12:00 PM

      Hi Kathleen!
      Really? The only thing I can think of is, how big was the papaya you used? The recipe calls for 1 lb.

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