Antiguan Papaya Pie: Focusing on the Sweet Stuff

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This Antiguan Papaya Pie is made by combining papayas, egg whites, and spices to make a pumpkin-pie style Caribbean dessert. It is best served with cinnamon and cool whip, and is a refreshing end to a great Caribbean style meal!

Work Ethic + Grateful Heart + Positive Attitude = Whatever you Want

This is my Secret Sweet Sauce for getting what you want out of life. In fact, everything I’ve ever accomplished in life can be contributed to this equation!

Positivity is Everything

Numbers one and two are important in their own ways, and we can talk about them some other time. But on this #SweetSunday, I want to talk a little bit about the Sweet Stuff. I’m a big believer that a positive attitude is EVERYTHING in life. I mean, life’s not easy, my friends. In fact, sometimes it’s pretty freaking hard.

Keeping a positive attitude, focusing on the Sweet Stuff, is vital. The positivity is what pushes you through the moments that don’t seem so navigable. In times when life is testing you the most, thinking about the Sweet Stuff is the key to continue trudging forward.

I’ll admit, lately #3 hasn’t been a big strength of mine. So when everything is going wrong and you feel more irritable, more impatient, more stressed than normal (like I’ve been this week), how do you focus on the Sweet Stuff?

Papaya Pie 3 SlicesEnd of the Day Lists 

The best method that I’ve found is End of the Day lists. At the end of every day, write down the three best things that happened to you that day. Even if your day was crap and your car ran out of battery on the side of the road and the big meeting at work didn’t go how you wanted and you got into a fight with your mom, take 5 minutes right before you go to bed to remember three things that happened that day that were better than the rest.

Even if you had the worst day of your damn life, something good happened: your favorite song played in the car; you had your favorite food for breakfast; you got a phone call from someone you’ve been meaning to catch up with. There is something good in EVERY day, even if it doesn’t seem like it. Think about those good things. Relive them. Write them down. If you can, write paragraphs about why that thing made you happy. I promise, focusing on that good before you go to bed makes everything a whole lot better.

I know this post is different from what I usually share, but I was feeling the need for some positivity, so I thought you might be, too. And, hey, speaking of the Sweet Stuff, if you need something spectacular and unique to put on your End of the Day List, you should give this Papaya Pie a try!! (lol didja like the transition there, folks?)

Let’s Talk about Papaya Pie! 

Papaya fruit mixes with sugar, flour, egg whites, and spices to create this unexpectedly delicious dessert. The Papaya Pie resembles pumpkin pie in a lot of ways– best served cold, flavor multiplied with cinnamon, just delicious in general.

It took me about 8 minutes to mix this pie together. I popped it in the oven, forgot about it, and came back 80 minutes later to a gorgeous and delicious dessert. It’s a pie that I can almost guarantee you no one you know has had before.

When you’re feeling overworked and underpaid in your snowy, cold home this winter… when you’re dreaming of sitting on white sands in the Caribbean in front of a great teal ocean, make this pie. Close your eyes, take a bite, and pretend that you can feel the Caribbean breeze blowing your hair in the wind. Seriously, this pie will take you right there.

Be grateful for the little things. Be grateful for good friends, for good music, for good books. Be grateful for good food that can transport you to the Caribbean with one bite. That, my friends, is the Sweet Stuff.

Papaya Pie

This Antiguan Papaya Pie is made by combining papayas, egg whites, and spices to make a pumpkin-pie style Caribbean dessert. It is best served with cinnamon and cool whip, and is a refreshing end to a great Caribbean style meal!

Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings


  • 1 pie shell
  • 2 very very large papayas or 4 small ones
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 6 tbsp sugar
  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp cinnamon plus more for topping
  • 1/4 tsp orange extract


  1. Cut the papaya in half, remove the seeds, and mash.

  2. Add lemon zest and lime juice, cinnamon, and orange extract.

  3. Stir in flour and sugar. 

  4. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until they are stiff. Stir and fold into the mixture.

  5. Bake at 350 degrees for about 80 minutes, until the middle is set and the top starts to brown. 

Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from AtoZ World Travel

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