Celery with Apricot Blue Cheese Spread

Celery with Apricot Blue Cheese Spread

Filled with dried fruit and nuts, this spread tops crunchy sweet celery as a versatile snack food.

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Serves: 8 person(s) Change

Preparation Time: 15 mins

Yield: 8 x 3-stick servings (spread: 1.5 cups; about 1 Tbsp per stick)

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Ingredients

  • 4 dried apricot halves
  • 4 dried figs, pitted
  • 1/4 cup pecans
  • 2 Tbsp crumbled blue cheese, unpacked
  • 3 Tbsp fat-free plain cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain yogurt
  • 8 stalks large celery (about 10 - 12 inches long)

Directions:

FOOD PROCESSOR METHOD: Place all ingredients in food processor. Pulse just until fruit and nuts are chopped. Refrigerate spread until ready for use. Slice celery stalks into 3- to 4-inch sticks (about 3 sticks per stalk). Fill celery pieces with spread.

ALTERNATE METHOD WITHOUT FOOD PROCESSOR: Chop dried apricots, dried figs, and pecans. With a fork and hand mixer, mix blue cheese, cream cheese, and yogurt until smooth. Stir in chopped dried fruit and pecans. Refrigerate spread until ready for use. Slice celery stalks into 3- to 4-inch sticks (about 3 sticks per stalk). Fill celery pieces with spread.

Variations:

Dried figs can be replaced with pitted dates.

Suggestion is not included in the nutritional analysis.

Thanks to Fruits & Veggies More Matters (courtesy of Duda Farm Fresh Foods)

Nutritional Info (per serving)

CALORIES 68 cals
Kilojoules 285 kJ
Fat 3.1 g
Saturated Fat 0.7 g
Cholesterol 3 mg
Sodium 132 mg
Carbohydrates 7.7 g
Fiber 1.9 g
Total Sugars 5.7 g
Protein 3.1 g
Calcium 96.0 mg
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