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Lemon, Papaya and Coconut Curd

My mum used to make the best lemon tarts. Buttery, crumbly pastry cases filled with sharp zingy lemon curd. When I asked for her recipe, I learnt she actually makes it in the microwave. Not my favourite cooking technique, nor was I a fan of the butter and sugar content. So here’s my healthy version, for all you curd lovers out there. Spread on wholemeal toast, dollop on your morning oats, ripple through Greek yoghurt or enjoy straight from the jar with a spoon. Also amazing with a goats cheese salad…just trust me on that one!





  • ½ fresh papaya, skinned and deseeded
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 1/3 cup Natvia (stevia)
  • 3 free-range eggs
  • 1 heaped tablespoon coconut oil


  1. Blend together flesh of papaya and lemon juice until smooth
  2. In a small bowl, lightly whisk eggs and stir into papaya/lemon mix
  3. Pour into a heavy based pan, and add the Natvia.
  4. Heat gently over a medium heat, stirring constantly for approximately 4 minutes until mixture thickens slightly.
  5. Remove from heat and add coconut oil. Stir until melted.
  6. Decant mixture into a clean glass jar and refrigerate. Enjoy once cool.

Sally O'Neil - Editor in Chief

Sal is on a mission to prove that healthy and nutritious doesn’t have to be boring – and that even while staying in shape you can have your cake and eat it too. After losing 14kg from adopting a healthier lifestyle, she shares her journey with others on The Fit Foodie Blog. She also works as a commercial food photographer and stylist, is studying a Bachelor of Health Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, and is the author of two cookbooks: Love Move Eat (Bauer Media, 2017) and Meal Prep Plan (Murdoch, 2019).

  1. As soon as l can get hold of a pawpaw l will make this recipe! I have been looking for an alternative to the high fat, high sugar lemon butter too and couldn’t believe it came straight to my inbox! Thankyou, Fiona.

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