Papaya Ice with Pomegranate Reduction

dessert, egg free, gluten free, low sugar, plant-based, reducetarian, sugar free, vegan, vegetarian

This super easy Papaya Ice recipe is the perfect something cool and fruity to follow a spicy meal. And when I say “super easy” I mean it — the recipe name is almost longer than the instructions! Essentially, it’s frozen pureed papaya with reduced pomegranate juice on top. Even my non-chefie guy could make this!

For serving, there’s two easy options. You can scoop the Papaya Ice into balls with a melon-baller and then drizzle the pomegranate reduction on top, like this:

Papaya Ice in a small bowl, on a white plate drizzled with pomegranate reduction

Papaya and Pomegranate Ice


Or you can just pour the pomegranate reduction on top of the papaya ice let it mingle and melt. So simple! So yum!

Papaya Ice with Pomegranate Reduction Stirred in. All in a small bowl on a white background that shows a cut papaya.

Papaya and Pomegranate Ice

Let’s Make Papaya Ice with Pomegranate Reduction!

Papaya Ice with Pomegranate Reduction
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Freezing Time
2 hrs
Total Time
45 mins

A cool and fruity dessert perfect for after a spicy meal. Easy prep and easy to make ahead too. Vegan and gluten free. 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy frozen dessert, frozen papaya dessert, no sugar dessert recipe, papaya dessert recipe, papaya ice, pomegranate reduction
Diet: vegan
Servings: 4 smallish servings
Calories: 236 kcal
Author: Sylvia Eastman
  • 2-3 large papayas
  • 2 cups pomegranate juice
  • lime juice, to taste
  • sweetener, optional, to taste
  1. Remove papaya seeds and then scoop out papaya flesh and puree it. Put puree in freezer safe container. If you are happy with the taste, leave as is, otherwise, add lime juice to taste, and sweetener if desired. Freeze for a few hours.

  2. At least an hour before serving, pour pomegranate juice into saucepan and simmer over medium heat until reduced to a syrup. This will probably take at least 40 minutes. You don’t need to stir it or really pay attention until close to the end. Let cool to room temperature. {Note: You can also reduce the juice a day ahead and refrigerate until needed. Take it out of the fridge about 15 minutes before needed.}

  3. Remove the papaya ice from the freezer, let it warm up for a few minutes and stir it to remove any ice crystals. Drizzle the reduced pomegranate juice on top.

Recipe Notes
GMO Papaya

I try to avoid commentary about nutrition, health, organic blah blah, but I would like to call to your attention that some papayas are genetically modified. Do as you see fit! In Canada, the PLU label has an 8 at the beginning if genetically, whereas something grown organically has a 9. My little mnemonic for this is “crazy 8, 9 is fine.” However, BEWARE, that rules are changing, see here for example which indicates that 8 will be used for ORGANIC and CONVENTIONAL foods. Hmmmm.

Nutrition Facts
Papaya Ice with Pomegranate Reduction
Amount Per Serving
Calories 236 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Sodium 42mg 2%
Potassium 977mg 28%
Total Carbohydrates 58g 19%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 46g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 74.2%
Vitamin C 289.6%
Calcium 9.2%
Iron 6.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Make it a Meal

This Papaya Ice with Pomegranate Reduction recipe is part of not not’s Make it a Meal series, where I make a meal using plant-based recipes with vegetarian and omnivore-friendly options. The other recipes in this Meal, called Thai One On, are Butternut Squash Green Curry and Thai Apple Salad.

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