This Apricot Almond Appetizer is the perfect lighter appetizer to bring to a party, and an excellent choice for gluten-free guests!

goat cheese and almond on dried apricot, drizzled with honey

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Good Morning, Friends! I can’t believe it’s November! One word that sums up November for me is “awesomeness.”

Apricot Almond Appetizer

Enjoy these Apricot Bites drizzled with honey! My favorite Fall appetizer!

gluten free apricot bites

Here are the easy ingredients for this appetizer:

  • Dried apricots
  • Whole roasted almonds
  • Goat cheese
  • Honey
  • Fresh thyme (rosemary works, too)

goat cheese and almond on dried apricot

Bringing people together

It’s not your typical “gratitude” word, but it really sums up “life” for me—all things surrounding the beauty of nature, and the blessings of family and friends, plus a whole lot of extra blessings like health, a home, doing something meaningful in life (I love sharing with you on RE), being a mom and wife, and stepping outside of my comfort zone (yes, these are often blessings, because they stretch us and make us better people).

Entertaining as a way of bringing people together. I’m sort of a catalyst, one would say, of connection. [Another way to bring people together is to serve casual dishes, like The Big Board ideas!]

 Apricot Almond Appetizer

I like this role. It took me a few years after being married to realize that I was really good at it, and to relish and use these gifts. My husband learned to be a part of it, although at first he was more nervous than I was!

We love having people over, and seeing the magic that happens around the table!

dried apricot bites appetizer on a plate

Friendsgiving party idea.

If you’re looking for a “new idea” on how to host friends this month, I’m contributing over at RecipeGirl’s now (as an entertaining “expert,” ha ha!), with specific party ideas for the holidays, plus this menu! I love it when there is an entire menu laid out. Easy planning!

Take a peek here, of my Friendsgiving menu, and head over to say hello to Lori!

plate of dried apricot bites with goat cheese

Easy Apricot Almond Appetizer

Here’s an iPhone shot in my kitchen of these yummy Apricot Almond Appetizers ready for company! What I love about this recipe is you can make it a few hours earlier, easy to set out right before the guests arrive! I also think that sometimes we need an appetizer that is not so heavy … maybe just a bite to nosh on before the big meal!

 Apricot Almond Appetizer

It takes risk

Hospitality is risky. It’s not always safe, and just think about how you can help expand your borders, as well as other people’s, by bringing new individuals into your lives, and into the lives of others.

What is your style of inviting, and why does this work for you?

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Apricot Almond Appetizer

Makes about 20 bites. I always double the recipe and use Trader Joe’s dried apricots (tangy flavor).
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 10
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  • 2 oz. goat cheese at room temperature
  • 20 dried apricots, preferably from Trader Joe’s for the best flavor and tartness
  • 20 almonds, salted is best
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • Fresh thyme, finely chopped


  • Place the apricots on a platter. Spread each apricot with goat cheese.
  • Top each apricot with a whole almond.
  • Drizzle the platter with honey.
  • Sprinkle with fresh thyme, garnishing with thyme on the side. Serve.
Cuisine: American
Course: Appetizer
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apricot almond goat cheese appetizer