Għadam tal-mejtin vegan recipe – Maltese Traditional November Biscuits

Għadam tal-mejtin

I was hoping to bake and share with you the għadam tal-mejtin vegan recipe at the beginning of the month. However, I was busy running errands, adjusting to my new routine and trying to enjoy my birthday vacation. As soon as I got back from my vacation, I made sure to find time to bake these biscuits. Unfortunately, I happened to bake them during the last weeks of November but it’s better late than never. At least it’s here for next year.

During the month of November, we celebrate the souls of those who passed away. All Souls’ Day is celebrated on November 2nd. It’s traditional for Roman Catholics in Malta to dedicate Mass during the month of November to our relatives or friends who have passed away. Apart from that we also bake or buy bone-shaped almond biscuits which we call Għadam tal-mejtin literary translated as “bones of the dead”. When I told my German “mother-in-law” that I will be baking the bones of the dead. She looked worried at me. Probably she thought I would raid cemeteries for bones and bake them. A language problem that I have to deal with.

My mum’s Għadam tal-mejtin recipe is originally not vegan. No, it does not involve raiding cemeteries. Since it’s only eggs that do not make my mum’s recipe vegan, I attempted to switch them with an egg-replacer. However, next year maybe I attempt to see what happens if I replace this by just water.

Għadam tal-mejtin Ingredients

  • 180 g ground almonds
  • 2 teaspoons of ORGRAN egg replacer (not sponsored)
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 100 g sugar
  • 100 g flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 grated orange rind
  • 1/2 grated lemon rind

Għadam tal-mejtin Method.

  1. Sift and mix the flour, baking soda and egg replacer in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  3. Mix and knead the mixture until it is no longer breadcrumbs.
  4. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F/Gas Mark 4).
  5. Divide the mixture into sticks and arrange on a baking sheet.
  6. Bake the biscuits until golden approximately 10 – 20 min.
  7. Place them on a wire rack to cool down
  • Note: The more days pass, after backing, the softer the biscuits get.

It’s as simple as that. Although I managed to mess it up the first time by mixing up the baking powder with baking soda. Had to throw away the first batch as the taste of too much baking soda was terrible. Since my mum’s original recipe was not vegan, I was afraid that the mixture would crumble since I have not used eggs. However, the biscuits stayed solid. It could be because I used an egg replacer. As I said, next time I try it, I will try not to use the egg replacer and see if it crumbles.

If you decide to try this recipe, please let me know how you found it. Also, tag me on social media when you do so that I could reshare your creations with others.




(a.k.a. Fiona Henschel) Malta-born blogger. I have been blogging during these last 6 years on my cruelty-free lifestyle including recipes, beauty and makeup products that I discover, receive, buy and try.