Summer in Western New York brings an abundance of fruits and veggies to their peak.  IHG Dietician Nutritionist, Katie Schaeffer, shares a simple seasonal dessert recipes that celebrates apricots at their height of deliciousness! 

 
 

Roasted Apricots with Almond Topping

July in Western New York means many fruits and veggies are coming into season! I especially love fresh apricots- which are in season for only a few weeks from July through August. Fresh apricots are small fruits that pack a big nutritional punch. They are slightly sweet and tart, high in fiber, and high in antioxidants.

Apricots’ orange color comes from their high beta carotene and lutein content. Those nutrients, along with potassium, vitamin C, vitamin E, and many other antioxidants and phytonutrients found in apricots can help maintain healthy eyes, glowing skin, healthy liver function, and a heart health. Because apricots are high in soluble fiber, they also contribute to a healthy microbiome (which is essential to maintaining overall good health and a lower body weight).  


If you’re not familiar with fresh apricots, now is the perfect time to try them. Look for fruits that are orange to deep orange with no sign of green. The fruit should be smooth and soft but not mushy. If the fruit is firm, it can be ripened at home on the counter or in a brown paper bag. Store fresh apricots at room temperature and out of direct sunlight. If the fruit seems to be ripening too quickly they can be stored in the refrigerator, but it may change their taste and texture a little bit. Apricots can be eaten raw or cooked. Roasting, grilling, and stewing will intensify the sweetness and flavor of the fruit. Try the simple recipe below for an easy and delicious dessert:

 

Roasted Apricots with Almond Topping 

  • 1 Tbsp butter plus more for baking dish 
  • ¼ cup whole almonds 
  • 2 Tbsp packed light brown sugar 
  • 6 fresh apricots, halved and pitted 


Butter baking dish and place apricot halves cut side up in dish. In a food processor, pulse almonds and brown sugar until nuts are finely chopped. Add butter and process until well combined. Evenly divide the almond mixture onto the tops of each apricot and bake in a 400 degree oven for about 10-15 minutes, or until fruit is soft and topping is golden brown. Serve with plain Greek yogurt, top with seasonal berries, or enjoy on their own!

 

- Katie Schaeffer, MS, RDN, CDN, CDCES

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