Corn on the cob, burgers, kabobs, ribs, all classic, delicious, better-when-grilled foods.
Now add apricots to that list.
Grilling brings out the deep sweet notes of fruit. Softening until tender and caramelizing with a slight char.
Sounds good huh? It gets even better when paired with juicy blueberries, tangy balsamic, and creamy goat cheese.
The perfect summer appetizer in like 5 minutes!
Start this delicious journey by slicing your apricots in half and removing the pits.
Next, set them on a hot grill (or grill pan) for about 3 minutes.
Carefully remove and let cool.
Now let’s talk about the garnishes!
I always have a stash of blueberries in my freezer for smoothies, yogurt, etc. My favorites are the mini wild blueberries from Trader Joe’s.
Dump a handful of these blueberries into a small pot. While heating on low to defrost, add some balsamic vinegar. I used this dijon balsamic dressing from Sir Kensignton’s (it’s what I had on hand), and it was FABULOUS!
All that’s left is assembly!
First the goat cheese.
Then the balsamic blueberries.
And that’s all she wrote folks!
Serve them up and watch all your cookout guests ooo-ahh over your super fancy (but super easy) appetizer!
Alright, so who’s coming over to snack on these with me??
Little baby nests of peanut butter and chocolate goodness with Unreal Snacks gems as the perfect finishing touch!
Now is this a festive stack or what?!
I think no-bake cookies are a staple in the party dessert rotation for many. And I can see why! It’s in the title: no bake. Like hello easy peasy! And who doesn’t love the ‘ol pb and chocolate combo?
In full transparency, I don’t think my mom ever made them growing up. Our staples were rice krispie treats, homemade reeses bars, and nestle chocolate chip cookies. All fabulous in their own way.
Do you have random memories that will always stick with you? Believe it or not, my first classic no-bake experience is one of those. When I was younger, I went to see Oklahoma (the musical) with my grandma at a local highschool. During intermission they had no-bakes for the attendees – to resemblance to cow pies…lol – and so I gave one a shot!
Pretty good. But they could be better…
So I kicked up tradition when I made these. Using coconut oil for a smooth texture, maple syrup for a subtle sweetness, and a combo of oats and rice krispies for a texture punch.
Winner. Winner. Winner.
So let’s get no-bakin!
In a small saucepan on the stove (or in the microwave), melt the peanut butter, maple syrup, and coconut oil.
Pro tip: salted natural peanut butter.
Once melted, stir in the vanilla.
Then dump in the cacao powder, oats, and rice krispies.
Stir to combine.
Try not to eat it all.
And scoop onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
A mini cookie scoop makes this super simple!
Now it’s time to make them into little nests.
Unreal Snacks gems are my favorite – they’re colored with real ingredients like beets!
Nestle the gems into their little nests.
(You could also skip this all together if you’re not goin for the Easter vibe!)
After they’re nested, pop them in the freezer for 30 minutes to firm up.