Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Apricot Smoothie Cups + Giveaway

Featured Ingredient: Apricots














The mailman brought me a present today. A box full of my new cookbook. My second book The No-Cook, No-Bake Cookbook is all about feeding yourself without the need to fire up the stove. I think I have a pretty good collection of no-cook breakfast, sides, mains and dessert recipes to help people stay cool all summer long. I’m probably making the no-bake cheesecake tonight.



Now I have all the motivation I need to make a bunch of cook-free muffin tin creations this summer. A great start are these apricot smoothie cups. As you may know, I’m a huge fan of smoothie cups as they are a solution to a refreshing drink after a workout or when in need of a quick snack or breakfast.

Apricots are now showing up at our local farmer’s market and infuse smoothies with a surfeit of beta-carotene, a potent antioxidant that is also converted to vitamin A to bolster immune, eye and bone health.  If you have some extras on hand, I suggest blending in a couple fresh apricots when making the smoothies.

It’s time for another Muffin Tin Mania giveaway. This time I’d like to award a reader with a copy of my new cookbook. To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment on this blog post that says “I’m not cooking my apricots” along with some way of identifying yourself such as your initials, name or email address and I will use this online tool to randomly select a winner. I’ll announce the winner next Wednesday June 26th, so if you entered write the date down on your calendar and check back in then for a chance to claim your prize.

Congrats to Suzan E who was randomly selected the winner of a copy of my new cookbook. Thank you to everyone who entered. Suzan, just pass along your shipping details using the contact tab above and I'll get a book out to you. 

Apricot Smoothie Cups




 1/3 cup water
10 apricots, sliced in half and pits removed
1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese or plain Greek yogurt
1/4 cup almonds
1-inch piece fresh ginger
2 tablespoons fresh mint
2 teaspoons orange zest
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon allspice

Place all of the ingredients in a blender container and blend until smooth. If needed, add a bit more water to help with blending. However, the mixture should be nice and thick.

Divide the mixture among 12 standard sized muffin cups and freeze until solid, about 4 hours.

Unmold smoothie cups, place them in an airtight container, and return to freezer until ready to use. If you did not use silicon muffin cups or liners and are having trouble unmolding the frozen cups, try placing the bottom of the muffin tin in warm water for few seconds, being careful not to thaw the contents.

When ready to make a smoothie, place 1 cup liquid of choice (I prefer coconut water) and 2 smoothie cups into a blender container and blend until smooth. For most blenders, its best to carefully slice the smoothie cups into halves or quarters first before placing them in the blender container. 




18 comments:

  1. I’m not cooking my apricots - Thank You!

    nyima2@gwi.net

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  2. I'm not cooking my apricots. Congrats on another great cookbook!

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  3. I am not cooking my apricots. Any recipe that saves me from turning the oven is hugely appreciated. The oven that is my current weather is far more than enough already.
    -cmackley

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  4. “I’m not cooking my apricots”
    I'm definitely going to try this, I've been making so many smoothies lately and this one sounds great! Thanks :)
    Bex

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  5. I am not cooking my apricots! Love the muffin mania!
    Thanks.
    Nancy W
    nanwickham@juno.com

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  6. I'm not cooking my apricots!! The cookbook sounds great, especially with the weather finally warming up!!
    Eve

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  7. I'm not cooking my apricots! So excited about your new cookbook!

    Suzan E

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  8. I'm not cooking my apricots!!!!!
    Valerie C
    vvericel@optonline.net

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  9. I'm not cooking my apricots!

    chocnchillies@gmail.com

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  10. I'm not cooking my apricots this summer!
    MeganM

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  11. I’m not cooking my apricots. karengdelaney [at] yahoo (dot)com

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  12. “I’m not cooking my apricots!” eric.c.hui@gmail.com :) Selina told me about your great book and muffin tin recipes. Fabulous stuff!

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  13. Why would I ever cook my apricots? With summer finally here, any excuse to not turn on the oven is awesome. :)

    KJC

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  14. I am not cooking my apricots! I hopped over from FB and have to say not only is this recipe beautiful - my taste buds are screaming gimmey :) dz59001[at]gmail[dot]com

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  15. I'm not cooking my apricots! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  16. You better believe it... I'm not cooking my apricots! And of course, congratulations on your new book!

    Kamala

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  17. Yay! So excited to have a copy of your latest cookbook! I've emailed my shipping address. Thanks again!

    Suzan E

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I love hearing from fellow muffin tin fans, so let me know what is on your mind.