December in Amsterdam: The Most Interesting Oliebollen

An oliebol is basically a fried ball of dough. May sound gross if you never tried one, but trust me, it’s so good! This Dutch treat is traditionally served on New Year’s Eve, but during the entire month of December you can find oliebollen stands all over the Netherlands. In Amsterdam there is an oliebol for everyone: the best tasting oliebol, the cutest looking oliebol, an oliebol made of beer, a gluten free one, oliebollen made of whole wheat, an organic oliebol, a healthy one, vegan oliebollen. The options are endless, so I selected the most interesting oliebollen for you. Scroll down to see the places on the map.

My personal favourite and vegan and gluten free: Pluqr. Their oliebollen are freshly baked every day, using natural ingredients. No powdered sugar is added. Order them with or without raisins or mixed per 6, 11 or 21 on their website and get them delivered to your home! Or pick them up them at Yemayá’s Vegan Corner.

Drive through for beer-oliebollen and beer: De Oliebollenbar. Their oliebollen are selling like hotcakes, so try them while you can! Are you going for the Funky Falcon, B*ck off or the White Mamba Bol? For the ones who are indecisive they offer a tasting of 6 beer-oliebollen en 6 specialty beers by @twochefsbrewing for €22,50. Their motto? A beer-oliebol a day keeps the lockdown dip away. Can’t argue with that.

Whole wheat and very good: Hartog’s Volkoren Bakkerij en Maalderij. Even though I live in West, I will have to go to Oost to get these whole wheat oliebollen. There is always a queue so be sure to stand in line on time!

Organic and very good: Biolicious IJburg. Next to delicious oliebollen, they offer a lot more organic foods and drinks for the last days of 2020 and beyond!

Cutest looking: Holy Molie Bol. Who does not love oliebollen that are decorated very nicely? I was not able to find if they are even open in 2020 though. They were open in 2019 in Amstelveen and were planning to open in December 2020 too. Anyone? I need to try these!

Very delicious but not particularly healthy or vegan: oliebollen by Lanskroon Bakery. Their oliebollen are simply delicious, just like their stroopwafels!

The oliebol of the future at De Hollandse Gebakskraam on Linnaeuskade. First of all: they taste very good. Now take a deep breath before reading the next sentence. Next to that, they are vegan/lactose free, made of local ingredients, baked in rapeseed oil, they contain juice from snap beans instead of refined sugars, apple instead of raisins and are sprinkled with dried and grinded parsnip combined with freeze-dried honey powder instead of powdered sugar.

One of the cosiest looking oliebollen stands is Oliebollen Cornelis Schuyt in Oud-Zuid. These delicious oliebollen are made of water and flour and are baked in plant-based oil, so they are 100% vegan. They also offer Nutella bollen! Pick them up or stay at home and order them.

Open (nearly) year-round, very tasty and vegan: oliebollenkraam at Tuincentrum Osdorp. It is as simple as that.

More vegan oliebollen: Gebakkraam Verwijk at Bijlmerplein offers very good vegan oliebollen. The oliebollen stand at Mercatorplein does not only offer vegan oliebollen, but the ones with raisins, apple and the appelbeignets are vegan as well. There is a vegan oliebollenkraam at Westerkerk and one at Marie Heinekenplein. Stuij Specialiteiten offers vegan oliebollen at Arenaboulevard near Pathé Arena and Wibautstraat near Albert Heijn supermarket. There is also a vegan oliebollenkraam at Station Sloterdijk, at Radioweg near Jaap Edenbaan, AMC/Amsterdam Holendrecht and Zuid-Oost Stekkenbergweg (near Praxis).

Let me know in the comments or @lisalottevanos on Instagram which oliebollen you usually get and how you like them! I focus on the most outstanding oliebollen, Your Little Black Book and IAmsterdam did a taste test at way more stands, so be sure to check them out as well. Read on for a bit of history, otherwise, enjoy your oliebollen and I wish you a happy new year!

The History of Oliebollen
The oldest oliebollen recipe dates back to 1667. This recipe mentions raisins, apple, almonds, cinnamon, ginger and clove. Oliebollen were traditionally baked in a pan, so they came out quite flat and were called ‘oil cookies’ rather than ‘oil balls’. Aelbert Cuyp even portrayed a women holding a pan of oliebollen on one of his paintings dating from around 1652. But before the 1900’s, oliebollen were usually not made at home as people cooked on open fires rather than stoves. Instead they were bought on market stands, like today. More history.


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