These apricot recipes are a nice change from the usual fruit fare.
If asked to name your favorite fruit, you probably don’t automatically think of apricots.
Like most people, you probably go for the more common fruits – apples, oranges, bananas, etc.
However, apricots are a fantastic mixture of tartness and sweetness, so they’re versatile and can be used in many dishes.
Apricots are total crowd-pleasers!
They aren’t just delicious when eaten alone, though. These 30 amazing apricot recipes are proof positive that just about anything tastes better with apricots.
1. Breakfast Cookies with Apricots and Dates
If you’re looking for a healthy breakfast-on-the-go, these breakfast cookies are ideal.
They take about an hour to make, so you’ll want to bake them the night before you need them.
However, if you double the recipe, you can make about 30 cookies, which is more than enough for a whole week of breakfasts.
Aside from being tasty, the apricots, bananas, dates, oatmeal, and almonds ensure these breakfast cookies contain plenty of the necessary vitamins and minerals to kick your morning into overdrive.
2. Apricot Scones
These buttery scones are light, flaky, and full of flavor.
The most “exotic” ingredients in them are apricots and almond extract, but while the ingredients may be common, the taste is out of this world.
Topped in a warm, creamy glaze, these scones are ones you’ll want for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert.
3. Apricot Strawberry Smoothie
Requiring only five ingredients and 5 minutes to make, this smoothie is every Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan’s dream because it’s totally “five by five!”
All you’ll need to make it is a blender.
While the recipe calls for pineapples, strawberries, apricots, flaxseed, and coconut water, you can add your favorite fruits to create your signature flavor.
4. Apricot Almond Baked Oatmeal
This delicious baked oatmeal is for people whose favorite meal of the day is breakfast. It’s hot, filling, and will warm you up on a cold morning.
It’s full of dried apricots, almonds, cinnamon, heavy cream, honey, vanilla, and brown sugar. It’s a dish that’ll make you nostalgic for your childhood home.
5. Apricot Chicken
Whether you’re an Instant Pot, grill, slow cooker, or oven fan, you can easily make this delicious, nutritious apricot chicken.
No matter how you cook it, though, it tastes incredible when done.
All you’ll need are chicken breasts, apricot preserves, a package of onion soup mix, Dijon mustard, and some Catalina or Russian salad dressing.
It’s an easy way to jazz up the traditional chicken dinner.
6. Apricot and Chorizo Bolognese with Turmeric Pasta
If you aren’t sold on the idea of apricots in pasta, don’t worry; neither was I. But after trying it, I was in love!
The recipe calls for homemade pasta, but you can use store-bought pasta instead. Just be sure to toss it in olive oil and turmeric.
Either way, the apricot and chorizo bolognese sauce will completely steal the show.
7. Apricot Pecan Quick Bread
Everything you need to know about this apricot recipe is right there in the name. It’s quick and easy to make, and it includes apricots and pecans.
It’s also fresh, soft, and wonderfully sweet thanks to the vanilla, white and brown sugars, nutmeg, and ginger.
If you want to go all out, throw some rolled oats on top for an added crunch.
8. Dried Apricot Blue Cheese Canapes with Walnuts
If you want to be the talk of the party at your next finger food potluck, take these mouthwatering canapes.
They’re something new and different, and everyone will love them.
They use dried apricots for the base, blue cheese for the spread, a walnut half and rosemary for the topping, and a drizzling of honey on top.
These delicacies are so lovely; absolutely no one will believe you made them in under 10 minutes.
9. Honey, Apricot, and Almond Goat Cheese Spread
Nothing makes a party quite like the perfect cheese spread, but cycling between two or three tried-and-true spreads can get boring.
Bring a cheese spread your friends will never forget with this honey, apricot, almond, and parsley goat cheese spread.
It takes less than 15 minutes to prepare and makes a dozen servings.
Best of all, each serving has less than 100 calories, and you can serve it with apple slices or crackers.
10. Arugula Salad with Quinoa, Apricot & Avocado
This salad is a quick, simple, healthy lunch option for lovers of quinoa, arugula, chickpeas, apricots, almonds, and avocado.
It’s crunchy, light, and cool, and the homemade dressing provides a tangy kick that’ll delight your taste buds.
You can always opt for your favorite store-bought dressing instead, but I don’t recommend it. This dressing complements the salad perfectly.
11. Chicken Salad with Apricots, Almonds, and Tarragon
Close your eyes and picture yourself sitting in the best sandwich shop you’ve ever visited.
Now, imagine you’re eating the best chicken salad in the best sandwich shop you’ve ever visited.
Get ready to ruin that memory because this chicken salad will blow that one out of the park.
It’s crunchy, sweet, and just a tiny bit tart, thanks to the thyme.
It’s delicious on sandwiches, as a cracker topper, or served on a bed of greens.
12. Baked Brie
To make this three-ingredient brie, all you’ll need is a can of crescent roll dough, some apricot preserves, and a few ounces of brie.
It takes about 15 minutes to prepare and 15 minutes to cook.
You can serve it with fruit or crackers, or you can eat it on its own. Either way, it’s incredible.
13. Apricot Balsamic Pork Chops
If you’re like me, you’re always looking for new ways to add a splash of flavor and color to dinnertime favorites like chicken or pork chops.
With this pork chop recipe, the secret’s truly in the sauce.
The sauce doesn’t just give the pork chops an exciting tropical flavor. It also tenderizes them and leaves them extra juicy.
Serve them with some roasted vegetables or a refreshing side salad for a healthy, wholesome meal.
14. Apricot Crisp
Nothing complements a delectable meal better than a decadent dessert.
After serving your apricot balsamic pork chops, you can further wow your family by bringing out this sweet and tangy apricot crisp.
Between the apricots, honey, cinnamon, and lemon zest, your tongue won’t know which flavor it likes best.
From its crispy crust to its warm, sweet filling, this dish is truly a palate pleaser.
15. Apricot Chutney
If you’re looking for something a little more ethnic, check out this apricot chutney recipe.
The contrasting tastes of apricots, red onions, cinnamon, sugar, and chiles combine to make an unbeatable flavor explosion.
It’s the perfect way to bring a taste of India into your home.
16. Mozzarella Stuffed Apricots
I love anything that’s quick and simple, and these mozzarella stuffed apricots are both.
There’s no cooking involved. Simply slice your apricots and stuff them with mozzarella, basil, and pistachios.
Drizzle a little balsamic vinegar over the tops, and you’re all set.
17. Apricot Chickpea Stew
This thick, chunky stew is full of hearty ingredients like bell peppers, leeks, apricots, olives, chickpeas, and more. It’s the quintessential cold, rainy day stew.
You can fix it with broth and serve it as-is or freeze it for later use, or you can add in some quinoa or another grain to make it more substantial.
*Pro-tip: Don’t add in grains if you’re planning to freeze the stew. They don’t freeze well.
18. Basmati Rice Pilaf with Dried Fruit and Almonds
This is another hearty recipe that’ll “stick to your ribs,” as the saying goes. If you can make rice, you can make this dish.
It’s full of tasty spices and herbs that make it far preferable to plain rice.
Once you top it off with some toasted almonds for an added crunch, it’s a complete meal in and of itself.
19. Apricot Carrots
Boiled carrots cooked in apricot jam, lemon juice, and butter – what more needs to be said? These are the yummiest carrots you’ll ever eat.
20. Apricot Dijon Salmon and Broccoli
Want to make restaurant-quality salmon in less than 20 minutes without having to marinate a thing? This recipe is your answer!
You’ll glaze the fish with honey, apricot, butter, and Dijon mustard glaze and season it with sea salt, black pepper, and olive oil.
Then all you’ll need are a few broccoli florets and some chives as a garnish.
It’s a delightful dish that could’ve come from Gordon Ramsay’s kitchen.
21. Roasted Asparagus with Apricot Sauce
When it comes to quick, simple-to-make side dishes, you can’t beat roasted asparagus.
You can, however, “kick it up a notch” by adding a sweet, lovely glaze of apricot preserves, garlic, and soy sauce.
The whole thing takes about 15 minutes.
22. Baked Apricot Chicken Wings
Is there anything more summery than delicious, messy chicken wings?
These are incredible, and all you’ll need to make them are the wings, some apricot preserves, lemon juice, brown sugar, soy sauce, and red pepper flakes.
They’re sweet, sticky, and have some bite to them. If you like a little heat on your wings, you’ll love these.
23. Apricot Turkey Burgers
These burgers are a healthier alternative to beef burgers this summer. The patties are made from turkey, apricots, chickpeas, shallots, and seasonings.
Toast your buns and add a little tzatziki sauce for a final dish that’s crunchy, juicy, tender, zesty, creamy, and full of flavor.
24. Grilled Honey Apricots
Whether you’re eating these alone or with ice cream or soft cheese, they’re a gourmet treat you can fix at home.
You simply coat your apricots in a melted butter/sugar mixture, grill them for less than 10 minutes, and drizzle them in honey and lemon juice.
You’ll be amazed at how delicious something so simple can be.
25. Almond Date Apricot Sugar Plums
These no-bake apricot sugar plums are literally the stuff of dreams.
The best part is that they require only a food processor to fix. Simply mix your ingredients, roll them into balls, cover them in sugar, and you’re done.
They’ll keep for about two weeks in the refrigerator or can be frozen sans sugar for three months.
26. Apricot Hamantaschen
These triangular-shaped shortbread cookies are the traditional cookies for the celebration of Purim, with an added apricot filling that makes them taste like tiny pies.
Discounting the time it takes the dough to chill, you can make about 30 of them in a little less than an hour.
They may be perfect for Purim, but they’re delicious any time of year.
If we’re talking about traditional apricot-filled cookies, I can’t leave these Polish confections off the list.
If you want your sweets to be super sweet, you’ll go nuts for these.
Between the cream cheese pastry, the apricot and sugar filling, and the dusting of powdered sugar on top, these cookies are so sweet, even Cookie Monster will have to limit himself to just a couple.
Even so, they’re spectacularly good.
28. Coconut Apricot Bars
These coconut apricot bars are a gooey, crumbly delight.
With less than 10 ingredients and about 50 minutes, you’ll have two dozen of them ready to take to the next family outing you attend.
The coconut and the apricot blend seamlessly together to create a sweetly tropical flavor that’ll have you dreaming of palm trees and lapping waves.
If you want to add a little extra crunch, you can throw some extra slivered almonds on top.
29. Apricot Cake with Coconut
This wonderful vegan-friendly cake is similar to crumble or coffee cake but features a decadently sweet apricot topping.
The coconut flakes on top add a bit of crunch, and the whole thing tastes like a warm day at the beach, covered in suntan lotion and catching some sun.
30. Roasted Apricot and Honey Ice Cream
This recipe calls for only five ingredients – brown sugar, honey, heavy cream, salt, and a pound of apricots.
Caramelize the apricots in brown sugar; then puree them and mix them with the other ingredients.
After the mixture is chilled and frozen, you’ll have a delightfully sweet treat to serve.
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