Vegan Stollen Bites on a metal baking tin

Vegan Stollen Bites (Gluten-Free)

These Vegan Stollen Bites are the best marzipan and fruit filled bread-style cookies that are perfect this festive season. They are easy to make, naturally vegan, gluten-free and will melt in your mouth.

Now, when December rolls around it is full on festive season and these stollen bites are the best way to welcome in the season, if you have not done so already. I have made these so many times already and they have been family, friend (and delivery driver) approved!

Half eaten Vegan Stollen Bites
Vegan Stollen Bites

What are these Vegan Stollen Bites so delicious?

These bites are so good for all the family this season (even if you don’t particularly like stollen or marzipan like my mum and I):

  • Fruity and spiced
  • Sweet and nutty
  • Slightly crisp on the outside
  • Melt in the middle soft and crumbly inside
  • Packed with dried fruits
  • Easy to make in a few steps
  • Naturally vegan and gluten-free
  • A great edible gift for loved ones
  • Delicious all year long

If you want to make these Vegan Stollen Bites already, skip down to the recipe card below or let’s take a look at the ingredients for these bready-cookies.

Vegan Stollen Bites on a wire cooling rack
Vegan Stollen Bites

What ingredients make up these Vegan Stollen Bites?

  • Plant-based milk: you can use any milk for this recipe and when combined with the lemon juice, the milk curdles to form a buttermilk to bind the batter.
  • Lemon juice: or apple cider vinegar to curdle the milk as above.
  • Vegan marzipan: this is a key part of the recipe and the part that makes these just like stollen in bite form. You can find marzipan in most shops and it should be just almonds and sugar but watch out for non-vegan ones with added dairy or milk products (I use the one from Koro online and save 5% on all orders with code Nourishing5).
  • Self-raising flour: this keeps these bites the bready texture like typical stollen while also being a bit cookie-like. If you are using gluten-free flour, make sure this is GF self-raising blend that you like as all blends and brands vary.
  • Baking powder: for a little extra rise.
  • Vegan butter: make sure the butter is cold for best results, as you would with pastry mix. Add this to a blender and blitz with the flour to form a crumbly mix. This is better than vegan margarine or coconut oil but I am sure they will work.
  • Vanilla and almond essence: this is important for adding the sweet almond-y flavour that is typical of marzipan and stollen. If you don’t have almond essence, just double the vanilla essence but these won’t taste as almond-y.
  • Applesauce or mashed banana: this works as an excellent egg replacer. It adds some moisture and fluffiness to the batter while working to bind all the ingredients.
  • Caster sugar: or other sugar will also work like coconut or golden caster or granulated sugar. I would not use brown sugar for this is as the flavour is quite strong.
  • Mixed dried fruits with peel: you can easily find these in the shops and I love the variety you get like currants, raisins, sultanas, cranberries and orange peel. You can also make up your own mix, just chop all the dried fruits fairly small (like a raisin size).
A stack of Vegan Stollen Bites with Christmas lights
Vegan Stollen Bites
Vegan Stollen Bites on a metal tray
Vegan Stollen Bites

Method wise, this recipe for Vegan Stollen Bites may surprise you but it works every time.

What steps are involved in making these bites?

  • Step one: mix the plant milk and lemon juice together.
  • Step two: grate the marzipan. This enables it to evenly disperse throughout the batter, so every mouthful has marzipan inside.
  • Step two: blitz or crumble together the flour, baking powder and butter.
  • Step four: mix together the rest of the wet ingredients with the “buttermilk”.
  • Step six: add in all the dry ingredients and the fruit and stir to a sticky wet batter.
  • Step seven: scoop, shape and bake till golden at the edges and smelling amazing.

How can I make these perfect? Tips and tricks, please!

These are very easy to make, but please do read through the full recipe before starting so you know which products are mixed in and how. The batter is wet, but this is how it is supposed to be. When you scoop the batter onto the trays, then use floured hands to gently shape them into balls or oval shapes so they bake evenly. Then a dusting of icing sugar (or drizzle of chocolate) is all you need.

Are these Vegan Stollen Bites gluten-free and nut-free?

Unless you can find a seed-based marzipan, these are not nut-free but they are naturally gluten-free when using gluten-free flour.

Vegan Stollen Bites on a mini cake stand
Vegan Stollen Bites

How long do these last?

The first time I made these, all 24 bites had disappeared in 24 hours but they do keep well as they are soft and tender, so they will last about 5 days in a sealed container. You can try freezing them once baked and cooled but the texture is better when fresh.

If you are loving these Vegan Stollen Bites and want to bake some more festive bakes, how about my:

Vegan Stollen Bites (Gluten-Free)

  • Servings: 22-24
  • Difficulty: easy
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These Vegan Stollen Bites are the best marzipan and fruit filled bread-style cookies that are perfect this festive season. They are easy to make, naturally vegan, gluten-free and will melt in your mouth.

Ingredients

  • 150ml plant-based milk
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 140g vegan marzipan, chilled
  • 280g self-raising flour or GF self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 90g vegan butter, cold
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 tsp almond essence
  • 3 tbsp applesauce or mashed banana
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 90g ground almonds
  • 100g mixed dried fruits with peel
  • A pinch of salt

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180Fan/200*C and line 2-3 large baking trays with parchment paper.
  2. Add the plant-based milk and lemon juice to a large mixing bowl and stir. Leave for 5 minutes to form a buttermilk. Grate the marzipan.
  3. Add the flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt to a blender and pulse briefly. Cube the butter and add to the blender and pulse the mix to form a fine crumbly consistency.
  4. To the milky mix, whisk in the vanilla and almond essence, applesauce and sugar.
  5. Pour in the flour-butter mix, the ground almonds, the grated marzipan and the mixed dried fruits. Stir the mix well until no flour specks remain. The mixture will be quite wet.
  6. Using an ice cream scoop or large dessert spoon measure, scoop out 22-24 bites and place on the baking trays. Spread them out a bit as they will spread slightly.
  7. Lightly flour your hands and shape the bites into neater circles and smooth over the tops.
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until turning golden brown. For the most even bakes, bake one tray of stollen bites at a time and turn the tray round after 5 minutes.
  9. Allow to cool on the trays for 5-10 minutes until firmer then cool fully on a wire rack. Dust with icing sugar and enjoy.
  10. Store leftover stollen bites at room temperature in a sealed container for 3-5 days. You can freeze the bites in a sealed container for up to 1 month and de-frost at room temperature.
Vegan Stollen Bites on a metal baking tin
Vegan Stollen Bites

I hope you will love this recipe for Vegan Stollen Bites and I look forward to hearing what you think of them. Please let me know in the comments below and if you do make these bites, I’d love to see them so please tag me in your creations – I’m @nourishing.amy on Instagram and use the hashtag #nourishingamy. I’m also on TwitterFacebook and Pinterest  – please say hello!

With mini stollen love x

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