Apricots with Honey-Ginger Ricotta and Pistachios

These sweet-and-savory stuffed apricots make a quick healthy snack, appetizer or dessert.

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Is there anything better than an apricot, peach or nectarine freshly plucked from the tree? Those sweet juices dribbling down your chin as you nosh on a delicious piece (or two or three ...) of sun-ripened summer fruit? Perhaps not.

But, then again, maybe I can convince you to try these Apricots with Honey-Ginger Ricotta and Pistachio Nuts, for a healthy yet luscious summer dessert. Rich in beta carotene and vitamin C, to help keep your skin healthy and get your glow on, fresh apricots are one of Mother Nature’s favorite summer treats.

There’s no denying their fresh-picked appeal, but this elegantly easy recipe featuring apricot halves stuffed with honey ginger ricotta and topped off with crunchy pistachio nuts will impress your friends and family when served as a simple summer dessert. Or, do what I did, and keep them all for yourself!

Apricots with Honey-Ginger Ricotta and Pistachio Nuts

Serves 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes
4 apricots
1/2 cup whole-milk ricotta cheese
1 tablespoon honey, divided
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/3 cup shelled pistachio nuts, chopped

Slice apricots in half, carefully remove the pits, and set aside while you combine the ricotta cheese with the ginger and 2 teaspoons of the honey in a mixing bowl, and chop the pistachio nuts.

To serve, place the apricot halves on a serving platter, and place a spoonful of the honey-ginger-ricotta mixture on top of each apricot half. Sprinkle pistachio nuts on top, and drizzle remaining honey on top. Serve immediately.

Per serving (2 apricot halves): Calories 144; Fat 9 g (Saturated 3 g); Cholesterol 16 mg; Sodium 26 mg; Carbohydrate 12 g; Fiber 2 g; Sugars 8 g; Protein 6 g

EA Stewart, MBA, RD is a registered dietitian nutritionist specializing in wellness and GI nutrition. In addition, EA is the creator of  The Spicy RD , which features delicious gluten-free recipes made from healthy, seasonal ingredients.

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