I have to sneak in a quick stone fruit recipe before the summer slips by. This amazing fresh apricot slushie is so perfect on a hot day. I’ve enjoyed it a few times after coming back from the beach or a good hike. It’s flavorful, refreshing, and a delicious way to replenish!
Enjoy this Fresh Apricot Slushie as a Frosty Summer Treat
In my Apricot Protein Smoothie recipe post, I’ve mentioned the low calorie, nutrient density of apricots. However, I failed to mention how awesome apricots are for us dairy-free folks.
You see, fresh apricots are rich in Vitamin A. In fact, this fresh apricot slushie has about 2500 to 3500 IU of vitamin A, which can completely cover the daily need for many people. And vitamin A plays an important roll in immune health, regulating inflammation, and even in bone development. Yes, strong bones depend on much more than calcium. So enjoy this summer fruit with the recipe below, and these quick tips.
Can I Use Other Fruit in this Recipe?
Of course! If apricot season has passed, you can use any delicious stone fruit in this recipe. Nectarines, peaches, and plums are all delicious and unique slushie varieties.
What Sweeteners Do You Recommend for this Slushie?
The most seamless sweeteners will be agave nectar or regular sugar. I would start with just 1 teaspoon, and add more to taste. Flavor-wise, I like to use honey, but it can be stubborn about blending into liquids. When I’m craving lower sugar, I just add a pinch of pure stevia powder or a few drops of liquid stevia. But you can use another sugar-free sweetener if it has a taste that you are used to.
What Can I Substitute for the Crystalized Ginger?
You can substitute a generous pinch of ginger powder or a small chunk of fresh ginger, if preferred. Or skip the ginger and add 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon or vanilla extract instead. Both complement apricots nicely. A pinch of cardamom might also be nice!
How Can I Make a Lower Sugar Apricot Slushie?
The apricots themselves will collectively have 12 to 16 grams of naturally occurring sugar in this recipe. So that is the lowest in sugar you can make a fresh apricot slushie. If you are skipping added sugars, use one of the alternate options above for the crystalized ginger, and sweeten to taste with your favorite sugar-free sweetener.
My Blender is Terrible at Crushing Ice. What Can I Do?
If you have a wimpy blender like mine, pulse the ice several times to help break it up before pureeing. Also, the thicker you make the beverage, the more those blades will be able to grab the ice. If you add too little ice, and your mixture isn’t thick enough to start, chunks of ice will just spin and spin in your blender. Finally, if you have a single-serve attachment for your blender, use it to make your apricot slushie. Smaller blender containers help ensure everything funnels through the blades more efficiently.
Special Diet Notes: Fresh Apricot Slushie
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, plant-based, vegetarian, and optionally paleo. Just be sure to choose the sweetener that suits your dietary needs.
- 4 to 5 pitted ripe fresh apricots (the riper, the sweeter)
- ⅓ cup water, or more as needed
- 3 small pieces crystalized ginger, or to taste (see post above for alternatives)
- Sweetener, to taste (see post above for suggestions)
- 1 cup ice, or as needed
- Place the apricots, water, ginger, and sweetener in your blender, and process until relatively smooth. Taste and adjust the sweetness, as desired. Keep in mind it will taste a little less sweet after the ice is added.
- Add the ice and blend until a slushy consistency is reached. See the post above for tips if you don't have a high-powered blender.
I never really buy apricots because they’re such a hit or miss fruit! But this frosty is a definite hit.
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Oh my, this looks amazing and so refreshing. I didn’t know apricots were so high in vit a. That makes me happy! I’ll be popping them into our shakes more often now! And I am excited to be commenting here 🙂 Site looks GREAT!
This is perfect for me–I tend to forget about apricots and when I do buy them, I always wonder what to do with them! This frosty looks perfect. And love the color!! 🙂
Oh, how I love apricots! I wish I could get decent ones here. Yes, we have AMAZING peaches, and I love them, but apricots? Oh, to have a fresh apricot with that heady fragrance. (How we always want what we can’t have, eh?) This smoothie/frosty looks delicious and easy to make. I’ll definitely be adding to my list – subbing peaches, of course!