- 1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1 large banana
- 6 strawberries
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 quart fresh orange juice
- Mint sprigs, for garnish
- In a small bowl, soak the apricots in the water until softened, 20 minutes. Drain and transfer to a blender. Add the banana, strawberries, sugar and vanilla and pulse until chopped. Add half of the orange juice and puree until smooth. Pour into a pitcher and stir in the remaining orange juice. Refrigerate until very cold, about 2 hours. Serve the smoothie in small glasses garnished with mint.
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Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.