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Vegan Kruidnootjes Recipe

27-11-2017 -

Sinterklaas is in town: time to bake 'kruidnootjes'. Our vegan-organic-palmoilfree recipe is a sustainable twist on the Dutch delicacy!

Written by Ratna

Kruidnootjes, pepernoten, speculaas: around this time of year everyone in the Netherlands longs for these fragrant Dutch delicacies. Making kruidnootjes yourself is super easy, and with our recipe for a vegan-organic-palmoilfree version they're also a very responsible choice.

Since our kruidnoten our made without animal products, they're more animal- and environmentally friendly. Also, in contrast to convential store bought kruidnoten, our recipe doesn't use palm oil. Palm oil is a controversial product that greatly contributes to deforestation and habitat loss of species sush as the orangutan in Malaysia and Indonesia. Blogger Lisa Goes Vegan wrote an interesting blog about this (Dutch): 'De Duistere Kant van Palmolie'.

Ingredients (makes 120 kruidnoten)

What you'll need:

  • 40g organic coconut oil
  • 30g organic sunflower oil (~3 tbsp)
  • 80g organic sugar (we used 25g palm sugar en 55g white sugar)
  • 200g organic flour
  • 2tsp pumpkin pie spices (we used the 'pompoentaart kruiden' from Een Pure Nootzaak - Spices and More at the Biologische Boerenmarkt)
  • 2tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of pepper and salt
  • 6tbsp plant-based milk (we used organic soy milk)

We chose to use all organic ingredients. We bought most of them without packaging at Een Pure Nootzaak, a stall at the Organic Farmers Market in Utrecht (with 10% DuKo-discount). Bring your own jars and containers for the flour, sugar and spices and you'll save lots of packaging materials from ending up as waste.

In Utrecht you can also shop this list of ingredients at De Moestuin and in Den Haag at organic supermarket Madal Bal. Happy baking!


This how you can prepare the kruidnootjes:

  1. Melt the coconut oil and stir in the sunflower oil and sugar
  2. Mix the pumpkin pie spices, cinnamon, pepper and salt with the flour
  3. Stir the dry mixture into the wet mixture, add the plant-based milk and knead until the mixture forms a dough. If the dough is too dry you can add more milk, and add more flour when the dough is too wet.
  4. Leave the dough to chill in the fridge for half an hour (cover with a tea towel).
  5. Roll the dough into little balls (we used one teaspoon per ball to measure the dough for one kruidnoot)
  6. Place the kruidnootjes to-be on a baking tray lined with baking parchment, and bake them for 12-14 minutes at 175ºC. Keep a close watch and adjust the baking time when necessary.
  7. Let them cool, or not, and they're ready to enjoy :)

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