SEXY-UGLY Prune and Orange Cookies

TSL Prune and Orange Cookie
(Image by JFC)

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 haven’t really done that much baking since I started this whole autoimmune protocol kick. When you’re off all grains, nuts, seeds AND eggs (among other things) – it does limit your options considerably when it comes to making sweet treats.

There is no education like adversity. (Benjamin Disraeli)

You have Healing Family Eats to thank for these wee babies. Earlier in the month she featured a gorgeous looking recipe for her Apricot N’Oatmeal Cookies. Frankly, I’ve been thinking about them on and off since I first saw the post.

I’ve become known as the ‘queen of balls’ in my neck of the woods, of late. Everybody asks for them.

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 always have a few in the fridge. And, they’re both easy to make and seriously more-ish – when you get the ratios right. I think my most successful are my Jaffa Balls.

But sometimes a girl needs a change. And, I kept thinking about those cookies from over at Healing Family Eats

TSLSexy Ugly Prune and Orange Cookies
Sexy Ugly Prune and Orange Cookies
(Image by JFC)

The thing is, 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 – this is what I came up with.

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 100% Autoimmune Protocol friendly
Recipe type: Sweets
Serves: 10
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • ½ cup organic prunes
  • zest of an 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. Pop the gelatine into a small bowl. Add your orange juice. Mix well until combined. Working quickly, add your hot water and whisk until the gelatine has completed melted.
  4. Turn on your 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 baking sheet. 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).


E N J O Y !

If you don’t eat all your cookies at once, they will keep for a couple of days in the fridge.

This recipe features in the Phoenix Helix Recipe Roundtable


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Comments (9)

I bet these are delicious! The fresh orange juice is inspired. I know it’s 6 months in the wrong direction for you South-landers, but as it’s fall in the North-lands, I’m thinking cinnamon, ginger & mace in these little cuties…

Ooooh – my Dad would love the ginger addition. He ‘suggested’ my Mum make these for him over the weekend. She was so ensconced in the Autoimmune Summit & Digestion Sessions lectures that she forgot them in the oven… They were apparently like rocks. Didn’t stop Dad from downing them!

I hear you about delayed gratification. I wanted to make these but I had no oranges. But I have a tree full of luscious lemons. So I made this with lemon rind and juice, and it works! Tart tangy and tasty. The cookies have an interesting chewy texture. I am thinking it would work with using medjool dates instead of prunes, I will try that next time. The sweetness of the dates would be good with the lemon tang.

A lemon & date combo’ sounds relish, Judith. I may just steal that idea…


You work with what you have, that’s what my grandma always said in the kitchen. 🙂 I’m sure they were delicious!

They went down a treat Erin. Great wee recipe because it can be adapted so easily with what’s in the pantry…

[…] Sexy-Ugly Prune and Orange Cookies – Joanna Frankham […]

Joanna, thank you for this recipe! 🙂 Aren’t the baking temperatures the opposite for Celsius and Fahrenheit? I live in Europe where we use Celsius degrees. So, if I heat the oven to 350 °C, that would be very-very-very hot, but 180 °C seems very realistic, at which we usually prepare these kinds of baked goodies. 🙂 And 180 °C seems to equal 350 °F.

Kriszti – well spotted! Thank you.

All fixed. 🙂

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