Traditional Dutch gluten free kerststol (gluten-vrij)

X-Mas Recipe: Sugar Free* Traditional Dutch Almond Fruit Loaf (Kerststol)

One of the things I enjoy the most during Christmas, is having an extensive brunch with my family. The so called traditional Dutch ‘kerststol’ (almond fruit loaf) is one of the pastries this brunch just can’t do without.

‘Kerststol’ is a traditional Dutch oval-shaped fruited bread loaf with delicious almond paste in the middle and is eaten during brunch at Christmas. The typical way to eat a slice of this bread is spreaded with butter and topped with powdered sugar.

The Great Body & Skin version of the kerststol

Kerststol consists of white flour yeast-bread dough and the almond paste is rich in butter and refined sugar. This recipe wouldn’t be a typical Great Body & Skin recipe if it wasn’t a much much healthier version of the traditional Dutch kerststol. My version of the kerststol doesn’t contain any refined sugar, is gluten, grain, yeast, lactose  and casein-free, high in fiber and full of healthy fats. Therefore, its perfect for people on a (weight loss) diet, such as a low carb or paleo diet. Moreover, it is suitable for those concerned with the GI (glycemic index) value of their food, diabetics, candida sufferers, celeacs and those with lactose or other food intolerances.

Coconut flour

The base of this recipe, the bread, consists of low carb coconut flour. Coconut flour is derived from the flesh of the coconut, which is extremely healthy, as I have underlined before. Coconut contains lauric acid , a fat that is quickly absorbed by the body and used as instant energy. Other health benefits of coconut:

– antibacterial
– anti-fungal
– stomach cleanser
– fights infection
– boosts thyroid function
– boost metabolism
– boosts energy production
– cancer-fighting properties
– cleanses the body’s internal systems
– improves calcium and magnesium absorption in the body
– enhances bone and dental health
– coconut water has way more nutritious than whole milk, having less fat and zero cholesterol
– high potassium content
– low sodium content
– helps lower high blood pressure and low sodium content
– energizes
– rehydrates
– supports healthy digestion
Get started with the recipe and serve your friends and family a sweet, traditional Dutch Christmas almond paste kerststol.

Traditional Dutch Christmas Almond Fruit Loaf (Kerststol)
Serves 20
Sugar free, gluten free, dairy free.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
350 calories
18 g
112 g
29 g
9 g
12 g
97 g
284 g
1 g
0 g
15 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 350
Calories from Fat 245
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g
Saturated Fat 12g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
Cholesterol 112mg
Sodium 284mg
Total Carbohydrates 18g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 1g
Protein 9g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients for the bread
  1. • 1 cup/2.7 ounce/480 gram coconut flour
  2. • 1 cup/240 ml melted extra vergine coconut oil
  3. • 1 tbs melted extra virgine coconut oil to butter the loaf
  4. • 12 large cage-free eggs
  5. • 1 cup/240 ml almond milk
  6. • seeds of 4 vanilla beans
  7. • 4 tbs ground cinnamon
  8. • 2 tsp fine Celtic or pink Himalayan sea salt
  9. • optional: dried fruits, such as raisins and chopped nuts (this will increase the GI value though and makes the bread high carb and high starch)
Ingredients for the almond paste stuffing
  1. • 1 cup/240 gram blanched almonds or almond meal
  2. • 1 egg white
  3. • 6 drops of liquid Stevia
  4. • juice of 1/2 lime
Method for the bread
  1. 1. In a bowl, mix the dry ingredients.
  2. 2. In another bowl, mix the wet ingredients.
  3. 3. Combine the mixtures and mix until smooth.
  4. 4. Butter the loaf pan with melted coconut oil.
  5. 5. Split the dough into 2 amounts and cover the bottom of the loaf pan with half of the dough.
  6. 6. Make a gutter with your fingers through the center across the length of the dough (proximately 1,5 inch deep). Later on, you will put the almond roll in the gutter. Let’s make the almond paste roll first.
Method for the almond paste stuffing
  1. 7. Put all the ingredients for the filling in a kitchen machine and blend until the mixture becomes smooth.
  2. 8. Make a roll of the mixture that’s just a little bit shorter than the length of the loaf pan.
Combining the almond paste stuffing and the dough
  1. 9. Place the almond paste roll in the middle of the dough in the gutter and cover with the other half of the dough.
  2. 10. Gently pinch to seal and smoothen out the top of the dough.
  3. 11. Slice about 4 diagonal cuts in the top of the dough.
  4. Baking the bread
  5. 12. Bake the bread in a preheated oven at /350°F /175°C for 45 minutes.
  6. 13. Let the bread cool outside the oven for about 1.5 hour.
  7. 14. Slice it up and its ready to serve!
  8. Enjoy your Christmas brunch!
Nutritional value per serving (w/o raisins)
  1. Kcal 252.2 Protein 7.2 Carbs 4.4 Fat 22.4 Fiber 10.9
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 * Keep in mind that coconut flour bread does not rise as much and is more dense than you’re used to with regular bread dough.


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  1. The xylitol available in the US comes in a crystal form like sugar, and it tastes just like sugar to me. It can cause gas or diarrhea in some individuals, especially if consumed in large amounts. I use small amounts to sweeten things, and I find it works well.

  2. I thought this recipe had potential – I enjoyed Kerststol when I lived in Holland. I made a few changes based on my personal taste.

    I decided to make half the amount of ‘bread’ batter. I used:
    1/2 cup coconut flour
    1/2 cup melted butter (plus more to grease pan)
    1/2 cup coconut milk
    2 tsp cinnamon
    5 eggs (plus the extra egg yolk left over from making the almond filling)
    1 tsp salt
    1 TBSP xylitol

    I made the full amount of the almond filling. I don’t like stevia, so I used xylitol.
    1 cup blanched almonds
    1 egg white
    1/4 cup of xylitol
    1 TBSP lemon juice

    Otherwise I followed the instructions, and baked it in a small loaf pan until golden brown.

    It isn’t quite kerststol, but it is quite good. My husband liked it too.

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