If you have a little sweet tooth and are looking to whip up something nice and simple for dessert, we have a delicious recipe for a gorgeous Apricot Fool just for you!
Fresh apricots are divine but hard to come by all year round. If they are in season, stone them, simmer them gently in 2 tablespoons of apple juice and use as described here. This small fruit has big benefits. Dried versions still contain the fibre and many protective phytonutrients, such as flavonoids.
A meal pattern rich in flavonoids can improve numerous cognitive skills, including memory, learning and decision-making, and can also help to prevent age-related mental decline.
175g dried apricots
200ml apple juice or water
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
500ml Greek or natural yogurt
4 dessertspoons chopped mixed nuts
Oat biscuits, to serve
Put the apricots in a saucepan with the apple juice or water and simmer gently for 10–12 minutes, until the apricots are soft but not overcooked.
Roughly mash or blend the apricots to a purée. Set aside to cool. Add the lemon zest to the yogurt and mix together.
Roughly fold the apricots into the yogurt mix.
Add 3 dessertspoons of the chopped mixed nuts halfway through folding in, then spoon into four dessert glasses and chill for 2 hours.
Top each glass with the remaining nuts and serve two small oat biscuits alongside