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…
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!
- Preheat your oven to 180c fan forced.
- Grease your friand/muffin tin with butter, and set aside.
- 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.
- 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.
- In a large mixing bowl, seperate your eggs, and start to whisk your egg whites with a pinch of salt until soft peaks form.
- Add the melted butter mixture to the egg whites, and whisk carefully so as to not beat the air out of the mix.
- Add the almond mix to the egg white mixture, again, being careful so a to not mix too much.**
- Spoon mixture into your prepared muffin/friand tin, and top with your chosen fruit.
- Leave to bake for about 20 minutes, until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- After a few minutes put on a cooling rack, and enjoy!
If using banana, add the mashed fruit to the mixture now 🙂
Sorry I don’t have a picture of the finished friands!
Have you ever made friands?
Hope you enjoyed this recipe!
Love B x