Apricots – the adorable little stone fruits with velvety skin – taste like a cross between a peach and a plum. They’re a wonderful ingredient in salads and smoothies, appetizers and desserts, and if you’re looking to focus on nutrition after the holidays, apricots are also hydrating and high in antioxidants. This roundup of 12 amazing apricot recipes is dropping just in time for National Apricot Day. You’ll want to eat them on repeat all year long.

1. Apricot Brie Bites with Crispy Sage from Recipe Girl

From the website: “They’re a one to two bite appetizer- perfect for a pick-up-and-go, no-mess kind of treat.  And the melted brie combined with the flaky Puff Pastry is ohhhh so good. Well, melted brie mixed with ANYTHING?!?!?  …You know, is delicious! 🙂”

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2. Quinoa Salad with Dried Apricots and Pomegranate from The Quiing Ingredient

From the website: “One of my favorite ways to transition to a healthier diet is to introduce winter salads like this Quinoa Salad. This version makes good use of winter-safe ingredients like dried apricots, pumpkin seeds and fresh pomegranate.”

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3. Apricot Mango Smoothie from Little Sugar Snaps

From the website: “This Apricot Mango Smoothie is packed with summer colour, flavour and goodness. Mellow mango & sweet, slightly tart apricots combine in this wonderful drink.”

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4. Fresh Apricot Crisp from Kristine’s Kitchen

From the website: “If you’ve been lucky enough to get your hands on some fresh apricots and are looking for apricot recipes, then you simply must try this fresh apricot crisp! The fruit filling is deliciously sweet-tart and juicy, with a hint of cinnamon and ginger.”

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5. Apricot Sweet Rolls from Beyond the Chicken Coop

From the website: “Fresh Apricots make a delicious filling in these Apricot Sweet Rolls. These are your favorite cinnamon roll filled with a fruit filing.”

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6. Apricot Curd from The Beekeeper’s Kitchen

From the website: “Lemon curd is a well known dessert custard, often accompanying scones and in lemon meringue pies, however there are many delicious variations of this delicious treat. Apricot curd offers a versatile, summery & tangy accent to your next dessert recipes.”

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7. Homemade Apricot Syrup from Fabulessly Frugal

From the website: “Got apricots growing on your tree? Then you must make yourself a batch of this delicious homemade apricot syrup! This batch recipe will make 2 quarts of syrup.”

8. Apricot Pistachio Squares from The Brick Kitchen

From the website: “Apricot pistachio squares – a buttery shortbread base, nutty pistachio frangipane and juicy late summer apricots. Easy and gorgeous afternoon tea slice!”

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9. Apricot Almond Cake from Curly Girl Kitchen

From the website: “Almonds and apricots make a wonderful combination of flavors in this incredibly moist apricot almond cake. Six thin layers of soft almond poppy seed cake are filled with sweet apricot preserves and almond pastry filling. Then I finished the cake with fluffy apricot almond buttercream, garnished with fresh apricot slices.”

10. Fresh Apricots with Goat Cheese and Lavender Honey from Flavour and Savour

From the website: “Fresh apricots, stuffed with goat cheese, topped with toasted walnuts and drizzled with lavender honey make delicious finger food appetizers. This apricot appetizer has the flavours of Provence!”

11. Blueberry Apricot Overnight Oats from The Peachee Pear

From the website: “These overnight oats are perfect for meal prepping. They come together in less than two minutes with minimal effort and prep work.”

12. Apricot Ice Cream from My Recipe Confessions

From the website: “The world is a better place with this Apricot Ice Cream in it! This ice cream is smooth and creamy with the perfect burst of apricot goodness! You cannot buy ice cream as amazing as this!”

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Kirsten Clark is a high school English and Social Studies teacher, a reader, a runner, a writer, a lover of good food, and most importantly, a new mom. Kirsten lives in Vermilion, Alberta with her husband, and since welcoming a baby boy last December, she is embracing the new adventure of motherhood with all of its ups and downs. She occasionally blogs at shelooksforadventure.com, and posts regularly on Instagram @kirstenlanae. Find her on Twitter also.

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