Fruit Boats

Papaya and cantaloupe boats

There’s not much to write about about these fruit boats other than raving about how amazing fruit is! I love to have an assortment of fruit in my fridge at all times, and try to have most it washed, peeled, cut, or prepped in whatever way makes it easiest for me to eat at any moment’s notice. Having frozen fruit stocked up in my freezer is a must, too. In my opinion, berries and bananas are the best frozen fruit to have around. Buying fresh berries is great, but can get pricey if they’re not in season. And I always have bananas at home, and if they start getting a little brown, I slice them, freeze them, and use them almost daily for smoothies or nice cream!! 

Cantaloupe and cottage cheese = winning

This past weekend was one of the greatest because MY SISTER GOT MARRIED!! If you follow me on Instagram, I apologize again for blowing it up with wedding pics. But seriously, look what a beautiful bride she is!! It’s also her birthday too, so birthday shoutout to the new bride!!

After such an amazing weekend, my heart is happy and full, and my tummy feels the same way. Now it’s time to get back on track and my body needs a little R&R, which means lots of sleep and some healthy foods. I hesitate to use the word “detox” because in my head that means a very strict diet where you deny yourself anything yummy and only drink green stuff for x-amount of days, which is very unappealing to me. But I definitely feel like eating healthy things to reset after a weekend of indulging myself. What better way than to load up on some fruit served up in fruit boats?

Bridal shower fun!

To make these lovely boats, just cut your papaya and cantaloupe in half and scoop out the seeds. For the cantaloupe, my seed portion was so little that I scooped a little of the flesh out to make the bowl portion a little larger (and yes, I ate the scooped out extras). Now’s the time to get creative – just gather a bunch of your favorite fruits and cut them up. This would be a perfect time to use a mellon baller, but I don’t have one, so I just had to settle for cubes. Go at it, and start piling them in – as many as you can fit! You can also add some cottage cheese or yogurt to the mix. 

If you’re not a fan of papaya, you’re missing out big time! Just get over the smell, and try it!

I went to the market and just bought whatever fruit I was craving that day, and whatever looked fresh and delicious. I ended up with cantaloupe, papaya, watermelon and mangoes. I thought about switching my fruit selection because everything I had in my basket was orange in color, and that would make for a visually boring arrangement. But those are the ones that I wanted to eat, so I went against my aesthetic conscious and ended up with a bunch of similar colored fruit. I kind of regretted it when I was assembling my fruit boats, but added some herbaceous pops of green and frozen berries, and was satisfied.

Why would you NOT eat fruit served in fruit?
Mango hedgehog?

If we’re being honest, eating fruit out of plastic tupperware is technically the same thing as eating it out of a fruit boat. But this is just a great way to display how pretty fruit is, and thus a great dish for entertaining. It’s also one of those ways to “throw glitter” on your normal serving of fruit to make it something special, even if it’s just for you! Enjoy! (:

Get creative! Make it beautiful!
Papaya and Cantaloupe Boats
Serves 4
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Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
  1. 1/2 papaya, seeds removed
  2. 1/2 cantaloupe, seeds removed
  3. 1 cup cubed cantaloupe
  4. 1 cup cubed watermelon
  5. 1/2 mango, sliced
  6. 1/2 cup berries
  7. 1/2 cup cottage cheese or yogurt
  8. mint leaves, optional
  1. Cut your papaya and cantaloupe in half and remove seeds using a spoon. Remove additional flesh if needed to make "bowl" bigger.
  2. Cut watermelon and other half of cantaloupe into small cubes.
  3. Cut mango into slices.
  4. Arrange all fruit in your fruit boats. Add cottage cheese and/or yogurt if desired.
  5. Garnish with mint and berries, optional
Delightfully Full

4 thoughts on “Fruit Boats

    1. Great question! I peel and slice them and freeze them in ziplock bags so they’re easy to blend.

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