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Orange Juice and Dried Apricot Smoothie - Qamar El-Deen

Apricots are a popular dried fruit in Morocco. Here, they're blended with orange juice to yield a Moroccan version of the Middle Eastern juice known as qamar el-deen. This thick, flavorful juice is a favorite offering after a day of fasting in Ramadan.

Although not traditional, you can include the optional yogurt for creamier flavor.

Note that you will need to soak the dried fruit for two hours or longer before mixing the juice.

What You'll Need:

2 cups/500 ml. orange juice
150 g. dried fruit (apricots, 1 large handful)
Optional: 1 cup/250 g. yogurt
2 tablespoons sugar (or to taste)
Optional: 7 ice cubes

How to Make It:

Ahead of time, place the apricots in a bowl and cover with water. Leave the fruit to soak for two hours or longer, then drain. Alternatively, you can boil the apricots until soft (about 10 minutes) and then drain and chill them.

Place the softened dried apricots in a blender with half of the orange juice. Process on high speed until the apricots are well-pureed. Add the remaining ingredients, if using, and process again until smooth.

Pour into glasses and serve.

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)Calories 550
Total Fat 10 g
Saturated Fat 5 g
Unsaturated Fat 3 g
Cholesterol 32 mg
Sodium 120 mg
Carbohydrates 107 g
Dietary Fiber 4 g
Protein 14 g

(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)

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