In Holland december is the month in which we celebrate “Sinterklaas”.
Sinterklaas or Sint Nicolaas is a traditional winter holiday figure still celebrated in the Low Countries, including the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, as well as some parts of Germany. He is also well known in territories of the former Dutch Empire, including Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Indonesia, and Suriname. He is one of the sources of the holiday figure of Santa Claus in North America.
He is celebrated annually on Saint Nicholas’ eve (5 December) in the Netherlands and on the morning of 6 December in the other countries.
In this period the Dutch often eat “speculaas”, a kind of biscuit or cookie with a special combination of spices, like cinnamon, cardamon and cloves. The combination is a bit like pumpkin spices that are used in the United States.
Inspired by a recipe a came across I decided to make muffins with these spices. And because I have been trying to eat healthy food and trying to avoid processed sugar, I used healthy ingredients, like almond flour, speltflour, eggs, coconutoil, coconutsugar, “speculaas”spices, and bakingpowder.
This was the result:
I will be glad when it’s december 7th! The children are so nervous this time of year!