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14 Overripe Apricot Recipes

You may have a lot of ripe apricots in your refrigerator, but when those beautiful fruits start looking like overripe bananas, it’s time to use them up!

overripe apricot recipes

So, what can you do with overripe apricots? 

Overripe apricots can be used in the same ways as regular apricots. They can be made into preserves or jams, they can be used to make cocktails, or you can even use them in savory dishes like salads, omelettes, and quiches.

Here’s a list of 14 recipes that will use your overripe apricots to their fullest potential.

14 Overripe Apricot Recipes

Apricots are a versatile fruit. They are delicious on their own or they can be used as a topping for pancakes, waffles, and muffins. They are a great addition to baked goods and salads. And they can be used in savory dishes like stuffed peppers or chicken.

Oatmeal Apricot Cookies

The most traditional way to use overripe apricots is by making a pie – but you can also bake up some delicious oatmeal apricot cookies instead!

Start by mashing a few overripe apricots into a thick paste and mixing it with oats, flour, and spices. Bake your cookies in the oven at 350 F for 15 minutes.

If you don’t have overripe apricots on hand, you could always substitute in dried or frozen apricots instead.

Apricot White Chocolate Cookies

We love using white chocolate in our desserts because it has a slightly lighter flavor than dark chocolate. Plus, it’s so much easier to melt in a microwave or in the oven at a low temperature.

Our overripe apricot cookies are made in the same way as the oatmeal version, except that we swap out the oats for almond meal and switch to white chocolate chips.

Apricot Mustard Sauce

To make this overripe apricot mustard sauce, start by adding equal parts of overripe apricots to a blender along with a dash of apple cider vinegar and a teaspoon of mustard powder. Blend until smooth, then season with salt, cayenne pepper, or other spices you prefer.

Traditional German Apricot Crumb Cake with Cherries

I love traditional German apricot cake recipes!

You can get all the fun of baking with cherries in your overripe apricots and still enjoy a moist and delicious cake with a crispy crumb topping.

These cakes are perfect if you have a few overripe apricots left in your fruit bowl.

Apricot Crumble Bars

The overripe apricot crumble bars are very similar to the traditional German crumb cake above, but with a more modern twist.

You’ll still need the same ingredients, like the crumbled apricots, but you won’t need the crumbs. Instead, you’ll have a crumble topping in the form of a cookie dough, which you can roll out and cut into your desired shapes.

You’ll need a baking sheet to put the topping on, so be sure to make a large batch if you’re going to be making these – they’re very easy to bake.

DIY Apricot Liqueur

Want to make a batch of apricot liqueur at home? We’ve got you covered with this simple recipe.

All you need is some overripe apricots (about 1 cup) and a bottle of vodka.

Put the apricots and vodka in a blender and blend until smooth. The apricot liqueur should keep for about two weeks in the fridge. It’s also delicious over ice!

Russian Chicken (Sweet & Sour Apricot Chicken)

In this recipe we are using both apricot halves and chicken breast.

You can find the chicken breast in the Asian section of most supermarkets and butcher shops. If you can’t find it, feel free to use chicken thighs or drumsticks.

If you can get your hands on some dried apricots, you can try using those as well.

Apricot slices can also be used in place of dried apricots.

For sweet and sour chicken, simply mix equal parts apricots and chicken breast and cook. You can do this over the stovetop or in a slow cooker. For a stovetop method, bring a small pot of water to a boil and then reduce heat to medium-low. Add the mixture to the boiling water, cover with a lid, and simmer for 20 minutes.

Add more sugar to taste if you’d like.

Apricot oat slice

If you don’t love sweet and sour apricot chicken, you should give this overripe apricot oat slice a try.

In this recipe, we use dried apricots in place of the canned apricots that we used in our Russian Chicken recipe. The dried fruit has a more concentrated flavor than the canned apricots and makes for an even better sweet and sour bite.

For this recipe, we make the oat slice with oats and flour, which makes it even more hearty and filling than the original version.

Barbecue Apricot Chicken

This is the kind of overripe apricot chicken recipe that everyone will love.

We like using a blend of fresh and dried apricots to give our chicken a unique flavor. For this recipe, we use just one handful of apricots, but you could use two or three if you want to use the entire fruit instead of half.

The secret to making chicken as tender as possible is to cook the chicken on low heat for about 45 minutes. You’ll be rewarded with juicy, fall-off-the-bone pieces of chicken.

Small Batch Low Sugar Apricot Jam

While apricots can be a little tricky to use up, if you have some slightly overripe fruit, making jam is one of the easiest ways to get that sweet deliciousness out of it.

The only problem with using overripe fruit is that it may have too much natural sugar in it. To make this low sugar overripe apricot jam, use an equal amount of dried fruit and fresh fruit, and reduce the sugar by half. You can then add as much or as little sugar as you want depending on your preferences.

Apricot Crumble Squares

Crumble pies are always a hit at potlucks and parties – they’re easy to make, can be made in large quantities, and taste great. This recipe uses a combination of fresh fruit, dried fruit, and nuts to make a crumble topping.

Use up some of your overripe apricots in this delicious dessert!

Apricot Cobbler

While you’d normally use apples in a cobbler, we love this cobbler recipe with apricots instead. It’s super simple to make, but also tastes incredible with all the flavors of fall in one mouth-watering bite.

Apricot-Dijon-Glazed Chicken

This easy overripe apricot glaze is perfect for chicken dishes because the sweet flavor of the fruit cuts through the spice flavors of the glaze.

Apricots are delicious when they’re in season. You’ll find them fresh in the market in May and June, but you can also use frozen overripe apricots in a pinch.

The best thing about overripe apricots is that you can easily make a large batch and freeze them for future use. To preserve them for long-term storage, you could also bake your apricots into pies or other dessert recipes.

Easy Apricot Cashew Energy Bars (no-bake, vegan)

If you’ve ever tried a no-bake energy bar recipe, then you’ll know how much time and effort they can take. These bars are no exception, but they’re worth it because they’re packed with nutrients like protein, healthy fats, fiber, and antioxidants.

Overripe apricots can give these no-bake bars a rich, sweet flavor that’s hard to beat. They can be stored in the fridge for several weeks, making them an easy snack to grab on the go.

You may have a lot of ripe apricots in your refrigerator, but when those beautiful fruits start looking like overripe bananas, it’s time to use them up!

So, what can you do with overripe apricots? 

Overripe apricots can be used in the same ways as regular apricots. They can be made into preserves or jams, they can be used to make cocktails, or you can even use them in savory dishes like salads, omelets, and quiches.

Here’s a list of 14 recipes that will use your overripe apricots to their fullest potential.

14 Overripe Apricot Recipes

Apricots are a versatile fruit. They are delicious on their own or they can be used as a topping for pancakes, waffles, and muffins. They are a great addition to baked goods and salads. And they can be used in savory dishes like stuffed peppers or chicken.

Oatmeal Apricot Cookies

The most traditional way to use overripe apricots is by making a pie – but you can also bake up some delicious oatmeal apricot cookies instead!

Start by mashing a few overripe apricots into a thick paste and mixing it with oats, flour, and spices. Bake your cookies in the oven at 350 F for 15 minutes.

If you don’t have overripe apricots on hand, you could always substitute in dried or frozen apricots instead.

Apricot White Chocolate Cookies

We love using white chocolate in our desserts because it has a slightly lighter flavor than dark chocolate. Plus, it’s so much easier to melt in a microwave or in the oven at a low temperature.

Our overripe apricot cookies are made in the same way as the oatmeal version, except that we swap out the oats for almond meal and switch to white chocolate chips.

Apricot Mustard Sauce

To make this overripe apricot mustard sauce, start by adding equal parts of overripe apricots to a blender along with a dash of apple cider vinegar and a teaspoon of mustard powder. Blend until smooth, then season with salt, cayenne pepper, or other spices you prefer.

Traditional German Apricot Crumb Cake with Cherries

I love traditional German apricot cake recipes!

You can get all the fun of baking with cherries in your overripe apricots and still enjoy a moist and delicious cake with a crispy crumb topping.

These cakes are perfect if you have a few overripe apricots left in your fruit bowl.

Apricot Crumble Bars

The overripe apricot crumble bars are very similar to the traditional German crumb cake above, but with a more modern twist.

You’ll still need the same ingredients, like the crumbled apricots, but you won’t need the crumbs. Instead, you’ll have a crumble topping in the form of a cookie dough, which you can roll out and cut into your desired shapes.

You’ll need a baking sheet to put the topping on, so be sure to make a large batch if you’re going to be making these – they’re very easy to bake.

DIY Apricot Liqueur

Want to make a batch of apricot liqueur at home? We’ve got you covered with this simple recipe.

All you need is some overripe apricots (about 1 cup) and a bottle of vodka.

Put the apricots and vodka in a blender and blend until smooth. The apricot liqueur should keep for about two weeks in the fridge. It’s also delicious over ice!

Russian Chicken (Sweet & Sour Apricot Chicken)

In this recipe we are using both apricot halves and chicken breast.

You can find the chicken breast in the Asian section of most supermarkets and butcher shops. If you can’t find it, feel free to use chicken thighs or drumsticks.

If you can get your hands on some dried apricots, you can try using those as well.

Apricot slices can also be used in place of dried apricots.

For sweet and sour chicken, simply mix equal parts apricots and chicken breast and cook. You can do this over the stovetop or in a slow cooker. For a stovetop method, bring a small pot of water to a boil and then reduce heat to medium-low. Add the mixture to the boiling water, cover with a lid, and simmer for 20 minutes.

Add more sugar to taste if you’d like.

Apricot oat slice

If you don’t love sweet and sour apricot chicken, you should give this overripe apricot oat slice a try.

In this recipe, we use dried apricots in place of the canned apricots that we used in our Russian Chicken recipe. The dried fruit has a more concentrated flavor than the canned apricots and makes for an even better sweet and sour bite.

For this recipe, we make the oat slice with oats and flour, which makes it even more hearty and filling than the original version.

Barbecue Apricot Chicken

This is the kind of overripe apricot chicken recipe that everyone will love.

We like using a blend of fresh and dried apricots to give our chicken a unique flavor. For this recipe, we use just one handful of apricots, but you could use two or three if you want to use the entire fruit instead of half.

The secret to making chicken as tender as possible is to cook the chicken on low heat for about 45 minutes. You’ll be rewarded with juicy, fall-off-the-bone pieces of chicken.

Small Batch Low Sugar Apricot Jam

While apricots can be a little tricky to use up, if you have some slightly overripe fruit, making jam is one of the easiest ways to get that sweet deliciousness out of it.

The only problem with using overripe fruit is that it may have too much natural sugar in it. To make this low sugar overripe apricot jam, use an equal amount of dried fruit and fresh fruit, and reduce the sugar by half. You can then add as much or as little sugar as you want depending on your preferences.

Apricot Crumble Squares

Crumble pies are always a hit at potlucks and parties – they’re easy to make, can be made in large quantities, and taste great. This recipe uses a combination of fresh fruit, dried fruit, and nuts to make a crumble topping.

Use up some of your overripe apricots in this delicious dessert!

Apricot Cobbler

While you’d normally use apples in a cobbler, we love this cobbler recipe with apricots instead. It’s super simple to make, but also tastes incredible with all the flavors of fall in one mouth-watering bite.

Apricot-Dijon-Glazed Chicken

This easy overripe apricot glaze is perfect for chicken dishes because the sweet flavor of the fruit cuts through the spice flavors of the glaze.

Apricots are delicious when they’re in season. You’ll find them fresh in the market in May and June, but you can also use frozen overripe apricots in a pinch.

The best thing about overripe apricots is that you can easily make a large batch and freeze them for future use. To preserve them for long-term storage, you could also bake your apricots into pies or other dessert recipes.

Easy Apricot Cashew Energy Bars (no-bake, vegan)

If you’ve ever tried a no-bake energy bar recipe, then you’ll know how much time and effort they can take. These bars are no exception, but they’re worth it because they’re packed with nutrients like protein, healthy fats, fiber, and antioxidants.

Overripe apricots can give these no-bake bars a rich, sweet flavor that’s hard to beat. They can be stored in the fridge for several weeks, making them an easy snack to grab on the go.

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14 Overripe Apricot Recipes

Overripe apricots can be used in the same ways as regular apricots. They can be made into preserves or jams, they can be used to make cocktails, or you can even use them in savory dishes like salads, omelets, and quiches.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 250 kcal

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