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Prune and Orange Cookies (AIP/Paleo)

Prune and Orange Cookies
Because, according to David, one is never enough!
These prune and Orange cookies are sexy ugly!
Definitely not the sexiest cookie (or biscuit, if you’re from my neck of the woods!) you’ve ever seen, but mighty tasty!

I first shared this recipe back in 2014. And then, I had a lovely chicken attendee ask me about sweet-treats on the AIP in last week’s chicken. And then, in the curious way of the interweb, this lovely wee recipe that had languished in the archives of my blog suddenly received a lot of love.

So I whipped up a batch. And they were so good, I thought a renaissance of the sexy ugly cookie was in order! Especially because this recipe is free of any refined sugar.

My sexy ugly cookies have been reborn…

sexy ugly

Someone not considered conventionally good-looking (or any kind of good-looking in some cases), but possesses an appealing personality, style, or talent, and is thus considered sexually attractive by many.

First coined by the movie, ‘Kissing Jessica Stein.’

Here’s the thing, I’m not a big baker. And this is especially true in the many years I have been living my AIP way of life. When you start the AIP  and you’re off all the grains, nuts, seeds AND eggs (among other things) – it does limit your options considerably when it comes to making sweet treats.

And then it kind of becomes a habit…

Pruine and Orange Cookies

You have my good mate Kate from over at Healing Family Eats to thank for these wee babies. Back in the day, she featured a gorgeous looking recipe for her Apricot N’Oatmeal Cookies. I couldn’t stop thinking about them.

At the time, I was known as the ‘queen of balls’ in my neck of the woods. Everybody asked me for them. Possibly because I created a special ball for my first-ever coaching client, the gorgeous Zoe.

And, just in case your wee mind is not on the same page as mine, I’m referring to those spherical objects commonly referred to as ‘bliss balls’. They’re a handy snack full of nuts and a bit of dried fruit, sometimes some flavouring like chocolate or coconut. Ever since I successfully reintroduced activated (soaked) nuts, I was in the habit of having a few in the fridge. They’re both easy to make and seriously more-ish – when you get the ratios right. My Lemon Bliss Balls are AIP-friendly. Zoe’s Choc-Orange Balls are a reintro’ recipe.

But sometimes a girl needs a change. And, I kept thinking about those cookies of Kate’s…

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When I went to my pantry to check for all the ingredients, I was missing the dried apricots. Sometimes delayed gratification just won’t cut it. And, necessity apparently being the mother of all invention, and all that – this is what I came up with as an alternative.

My wee sexy-ugly cookies certainly don’t look as pretty as the originals. But, they taste fab’! And, they can be whipped up in no time.

And – they were my very first attempt at egg-free baking. Moderately excited about that!

Try them and tell me what you think?


Sexy Ugly Prune and Orange Cookies
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This recipe is AIP friendly. It is also free of refined sugars.
Recipe type: Sweets
Serves: 10-12
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • ½ cup organic prunes
  • zest of one orange
  • 1 tablespoon gelatine
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoon very hot water
  1. Heat your oven to 180° C (350° F). Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Pop your desiccated coconut, coconut oil, prunes and orange zest into your food processor. Blitz until thoroughly combined.
  3. Spoon the gelatine into a small bowl. Add orange juice. Mix well until combined. Working quickly, add hot water and whisk until the gelatine has completely melted.
  4. Turn on your food processor and pour the orange juice and gelatine mixture through the feeding tube. It will only take a couple of seconds to mix it through.
  5. Using a tablespoon as a measure, take spoonfuls of the mixture and pop onto the lined baking tray. Flatten carefully with a fork.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown. Leave to cool completely (they will firm up as they cool).
[Desiccated coconut is simply finely ground coconut, rather than the bigger strips of shredded coconut. You can use any shredded or flaked dried coconut (not coconut flour, though) if dissicated coconut is not available - it just may require a few more puilses with your food processor because it's not quite as fine.]
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Prune and Orange Cookies

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