Gluten-free Kwareżimal Recipe – Maltese Vegan Lenten Biscuits

Gluten-free Kwareżimal

Nearly in every Lent that I was in Germany, I was baking a vegan version of my mum’s Kwareżimal recipe. This time I wanted my gluten intolerant friend, who has not yet been to Malta, to taste these traditional Maltese Lenten biscuits. Also at the same time, when possible I opt for wheat-free food since wheat has been processed a lot. At first, I was going to use just oat flour. However, I have been told that originally Kwareżimal contained rice flour. So for my gluten-free Kwareżimal recipe, I have decided to split the flour into half oats and half rice. Using just rice might feel a bit too powdery I think, or?


  • 200 g ground almonds
  • 100 g rice flour
  • 100 g oat flour or ground oats
  • 100 g sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon and clove mix
  • 1/2 tbsp cocoa
  • Zest of 1 orange/lemon or a mix
  • 1/2 tsp orange flower water (optional)
  • 3/4 cup water


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F/Gas Mark 4).
  2. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  3. Add all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix.
  4. Place spoon sized portions of the mixture onto the baking paper to have biscuit sized portions.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes and make sure they cool down before you take a bite.

Let me know how you find my version of gluten-free Kwareżimal recipe!


(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.