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Oaty Apricot Breakfast Smoothies

By Jacqueline Meldrum •


Apricots are in season right now and Jac gives some wonderful suggestions of how to make the most of them. She includes a delicious and healthy recipe for oaty apricot breakfast smoothies.

 

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This really is the best time to buy them, they are voluptuous and reasonably priced at the moment, but the season is short so buy them now while you can.

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Apricots have a delicate flavour but they are prize-fighters when it comes to nutrients. They are high in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Fibre, Potassium and Beta-Carotene. In fact three of them contain almost half the Vitamin A you need each day.

They are wonderful eaten fresh, but these spherical little balls of lushness, which originate from China, are also perfect to add to your breakfast routine.

Here are some apricot breakfast ideas:

  • Buy apricots when they are cheap and make apricot jam to spread on toast

  • Add slices to porridge

  • Serve with greek yoghurt and a drizzle of honey

  • Fill warm, crisp croissants with a dollop of mascarpone, slices of apricot and banana

  • Toast English muffins, spread with butter and top with softly mashed apricot and raisins

  • Make a toasty filled with soft cheese, apricots and a little fresh mint

  • Add chopped apricots to scotch pancake batter

  • Make a smoothie

I decided to make a breakfast smoothie with my first batch of apricots. I like breakfast smoothies to be substantial and healthy, so I add porridge oats, milk, yoghurt, seeds and nutritional powders. For this smoothie, I added flax seeds, which are high in omega-3 fatty acids and powdered Berry Blend, which is high in essential antioxidants, but these are optional.

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Oaty Apricot Breakfast Smoothie

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 6 ripe apricots

  • 200ml milk

  • 100ml fresh orange juice

  • 100g greek yoghurt

  • 45g porridge oats

  • 1 tsp flax seeds (optional)

  • 1 tsp berry blend powder (optional)

  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

Method

  1. Rinse the apricots, then cut them in half and remove the stones.

  2. Add all the ingredients to a blender and whizz until smooth.

  3. If the smoothie is too thick, you can add more milk or orange juice.

  4. Add ice to serve.

  5. Enjoy!

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Jacqueline Meldrum

Jacqueline Meldrum is mum to a boisterous toddler who loves to bake, but in her spare time she is a food writer and recipe developer who writes the popular vegetarian food blog Tinned Tomatoes. She also writes family articles for Baby Centre UK and hosts the Dundee branch of the Clandestine Cake Club where she gets to meet up with other cakies, chomp cake and chat. 

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