Almond Friands (GF/DF)

Hello Everybody,

Today i’m going to be sharing with you one of my favourite recipes; Friands!
Friands are light and fluffy, and can be made dairy free, as well as already being gluten free- so if you have any allergies, its something you should be able to make! What I love about these is that they can be frozen! So if you have a party coming up and you don’t have time to make something, you can make a big batch of these a few weeks before, and then just take the frozen ones. I’ve tried freezing them, and they do taste exactly the same (just leave them to thaw on the side).

I unfortunately don’t have a friend tin, so I just use a muffin tin (comes out exactly the same, so not a problem). If you wanted to make a lot for a party/dinner, I would recommend making them in a mini muffin tin; perfect finger food for a big amount of people at a party.

I found this recipe on Nadia Lim’s website here —>Nadia’s Site, and have adapted it slightly, but this is the basic recipe. Something I love about this recipe, is that you are told how to use the yolks of the eggs so you don’t waste any food.

You will need…

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Makes 8-12 depending on the size of your baking tin.

  • 4 Eggs (separate egg whites and yolks)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 100g of butter (I use a olive oil dairy free one)
  • 1/3 cup of Honey, Maple syrup or sugar
  • 1/4 cups of almond meal/almond flour
  • Zest of 1 Lime/Lemon
  • Fresh fruit of your choosing (I used frozen mixed berries)*
  • 1/2 cup of fine desiccated coconut
  • vanilla bean extract

You can also use the yolks to make a custard if you’d like 🙂

*if using bananas, I recommend mashing some and adding it to the actual friand recipe for extra flavour!

Let’s go…

  1. Preheat your oven to 180c fan forced.
  2. Grease your friand/muffin tin with butter, and set aside.
  3. Measure out your butter and 1/3 cup of honey/maple syrup/ sugar and melt in a pan on a low heat. Set aside when melted to cool.
  4. Sieve your ground almonds/almond flour, desiccated coconut, and 1 lime/lemon zest in a small bowl. Add some vanilla bean extract to this mixture.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, seperate your eggs, and start to whisk your egg whites with a pinch of salt until soft peaks form.
  6. Add the melted butter mixture to the egg whites, and whisk carefully so as to not beat the air out of the mix.
  7. Add the almond mix to the egg white mixture, again, being careful so a to not mix too much.**
  8. Spoon mixture into your prepared muffin/friand tin, and top with your chosen fruit.
  9. Leave to bake for about 20 minutes, until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  10. After a few minutes put on a cooling rack, and enjoy!

If using banana, add the mashed fruit to the mixture now 🙂

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Sorry I don’t have a picture of the finished friands!

Have you ever made friands?

Hope you enjoyed this recipe!

Love B x

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