{Recipe} Chocolate-Covered Crunchy Speculoos Balls

Speculoos bites

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We hosted a small, pre-Christmas celebration at our home yesterday. My mother-in-law, Maureen, is staying with us at the moment and she provided invaluable ‘baby-wrangling’ services while Mat and I conducted last-minute preparations.

I served the ever-popular pumpkin lasagne for lunch.

For dessert, I unveiled fresh cherries and Chocolate-Covered Crunchy Speculoos Balls. A truly decadent treat.

The original ‘award winning’ recipe is available here. I made some minor adjustments to ingredient quantities (eg. reducing sugar content). The original recipe also includes a variation using peanut butter in place of Speculoos.

I used leftover melted chocolate to ‘enrobe’ a few cherries.

You Will Need:

280gΒ  non-dairy chocolate chips

300g crunchy Speculoos spread

1/4 cup vegan margarine, softened

1 cup crisp rice cereal (eg. Rice Bubbles)

1/2 cup icing (powdered) sugar

Quantity – 18 balls

Method

1. Combine Speculoos and vegan margarine in a large mixing bowl.

2. Add sifted, icing sugar. Mix well.

3. Add rice cereal and mix well.

4. Use a tablespoon to measure the mixture, and form into ball shapes. Place each ball onto a tray covered with baking paper:

Speculoos bites

Form mixture into ball shapes

5. Insert a toothpick into each ball:

Form mixture into balls, and insert toothpicks

Insert toothpicks

6. Place the balls into the freezer for at least 20 minutes (I left them in overnight).

7. To prepare the chocolate: fill a saucepan with a few inches of boiling water. Keep stove on a low heat. Place a heat-proof bowl into the saucepan, then add the chocolate to the bowl. Stir gently as it melts:

Melted chocolate

Melted chocolate

8. Dip each ball into the melted chocolate, using a spoon to coat thoroughly:

Coat the 'bites' in melted chocolate

Coat each ball in melted chocolate

9. Return each ball to the tray and remove the toothpick:

Place on baking paper and remove toothpicks

Remove toothpicks

10. Use the back of the spoon to smooth chocolate over the small holes left by the toothpicks.

11. Put the balls in the freezer (or fridge) to allow the chocolate to set. Remove just before serving.

Time to indulge!

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Speculoos bite

Our tiny gathering was very enjoyable, featuring lots of laughs, some white wine, scrumptious food, and an under-rehearsed (albeit amusing) performance of Sleeping Beauty by the children.

Where's my Speculoos Bite?

What?! I’m not allowed to eat a Speculoos ball?

Wishing you all a relaxing and peaceful Christmas day, surrounded by loved ones and dear friends. May your day be filled with love and laughter.

Ally

Each Monday, I feature a delicious vegan recipe – one that is enjoyed by my own family. I hope your family enjoys it too.

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About Ally
Mamma. Vegan. I blog at Made of Stars.

13 Responses to {Recipe} Chocolate-Covered Crunchy Speculoos Balls

  1. susykat says:

    Well, we made these at the same time so I can truly attest to their deliciousness! πŸ˜‰ I offered them to four friends yesterday, and they all absolutely loved them! I’m glad you had a lovely pre-Christmas celebration with the family. Poor Little Baker – he will have to make up for lost time in the coming years πŸ™‚

    • Ally says:

      Our friend (Claudia) and her daughter really enjoyed them too. I also sent Claudia home with one to have as an evening treat. There are 4 left in the fridge, believe it or not!

  2. susykat says:

    You might not believe this, but we have 10 left in the fridge! We were also eating the rocky road I made, so I think we’d all had too much chocolate to go back for seconds. I’m glad, as now I can eat some tonight πŸ™‚

  3. Xiomara says:

    The speculoos look great but i especially want the chocolate covered cherries!

  4. Sophie33 says:

    You did it, Ally! You made a glorious recipe using speculaas spread! Yeah! I am so going to make them soon! MMMMMM! xxx

    • Ally says:

      Haha, yes! πŸ™‚ Thanks Sophie! I was so happy to find this recipe.
      You will love them. They are deliciously, wickedly good.

      • Sophie33 says:

        I made them 4 times already & you know that speculaas spread is a Belgian invention??? ooh yes! x

      • Ally says:

        Yes! I did know that it was a Belgian invention. I love it! I am so jealous that you have made these 4 times. If I want to make them, I have to order the spread online.
        πŸ™‚ I’m glad you like the recipe.

  5. tahinitoo says:

    Oh no… I got a jar of crunchy speculoos spread for Christmas. Now I fear making these treats and not sharing with anybody!!! Hahahaa! Thanks for the recipe, Ally. πŸ™‚

    • Ally says:

      Now that is a fabulous Christmas gift. Lucky you! I had to order my Speculoos online, and once I pay postage each jar ends up quite expensive.
      But, oh, these are wickedly good. So good, that I can understand the desire to hoard them for yourself.

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