These spekulatius pralines are not only tasty and easy to make. These vegan and spicy spekulatius (spicy Christmas cookie) balls are also perfect as a quick Christmas gift from the kitchen.
The beginning of the Christmas season is synonymous with the start of a sweetness overlaod: from gingerbread to biscuits and candied apples … It is a really hard to keep yourself under control with all the oversupply of these traditional sweets. Even though I love classic Christmas cookies, I wanted to create some variety this year. That’s why I decided to upgrade the german “Spekulatius”(spivced christmas biscuit) and turn it into a fluffy Christmas praline.
To make these sweet balls as healthy as possible, I used my homemade date paste for sweetening. The date paste is very easy to prepare and a perfect alternative to sugar. It also turns the dough into a malleable mass due to its moist consistency.
Since I have used spekulatius from the store and this usually contains sugar, I can’t call these balls sugar-free. But at least I have tried to make these pralines as healthy as possible, so that a care-free feasting is quite possible 🙂
These vegan spekulatius pralines are easy to prepare and really delicous! Already the first batch of these balls was gone like nothing and the second charge is almost gone as well. That’s why I don’t want to put you on racks and start right away with the recipe.
- 100g Spekulatius (spicy Christmas cookies), finely ground * and a little more to decorate
- 200g ground hazelnuts
- 1-2 tbsp of date paste
- 100g dark chocolate
- Put the ground cookies, ground hazelnuts and date paste in a bowl and stir everything with a spoon.
- Now knead the mixture to an even dough and form 15-18 balls. Place them on a plates/in a tin and put the balls in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- Melt the chocolate and coat each praline with the melted chocolate. Top each ball with a few crumbs of cookies and let it dry.
* I ground the Spekulatius in my blender. Alternatively, you can press it with a fork into fine crumbs.