Apricot smoothie Apricot smoothie Israeli Kitchen Fresh apricots, Greek yogurt and vanilla are blended into an afternoon delight. (Photo: Jerry James Stone)

Apricot Creamsicle smoothie

Fresh apricots and Greek yogurt make for a tangy spin on a classic Creamsicle.

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  • Yield: Serves 1 smoothie
  • Prep time: 5 minutes

I love a classic Creamsicle, bursting with orange and vanilla. I remember running out to the ice cream truck just hoping they hadn’t run out yet. It seemed everyone loved them as much as I did! If you are one of those people, this stone fruit twist on the classic dessert is right up your alley. Fresh apricots, Greek yogurt and vanilla are blended up into an afternoon delight.

Plus, what better way to eat more whole fruit and cut down on your inevitable summer intake of ice cream? While I chill this in the fridge before serving, placing it in the freezer instead makes for a nice healthy "milkshake."

In fact, you can save yourself some time, and eat better more often, by making smoothies in advance. Simply blend up your favorite ingredients – like this Apricot Creamsicle smoothie – and freeze it in an ice cube tray. Transfer the cubes to separate plastic bags for every smoothie you make. When you’re ready for a healthy treat, just blend up the cubes in your blender: instant smoothie!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound fresh apricots, pitted and halved
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until super smooth. Be sure you're using ripe apricots here, as they are providing the juice for this recipe. To speed up the ripening process, simply toss them in a paper bag for a few days.

Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes before serving.

If you’re looking for different ways to enjoy this smoothie, try adding honey or a banana for extra sweetness. Fresh ginger will give it a little zing. Orange juice, fresh raspberries and even cashew cream make great additions. If you don’t mind the color, kale and spinach will boost the health factor.

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