Gluten Free Berry Friands

Light, fluffy and delectable, these gluten free friands make a lovely little treat. They are perfect served on their own with coffee, or with a dollop of cream or ice cream and fresh berries on the side for dessert.

At a glance

Approx. 30 - 45 minutes


  • 1 to 2 tablespoons melted butter for greasing pan
  • 5 egg whites
  • 140 grams unsalted butter, melted & cooled to room temperature
  • ¾ cup almond flour
  • 1 ½ cups pure icing sugar, sifted
  • ¼ cup + 1 tablespoon gluten free plain flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Fresh raspberries (or other seasonal berries)
    Note: You can flavour friands in so many ways, try other fruits like tinned peaches, cherries or apple, lemon juice and zest, coffee, Nutella, chocolate chips, coconut, pistachios etc.

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  1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees. Grease the inside of the friand tray or muffin pan well with melted butter and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, sift the icing sugar and flour together, and then add the almond flour. In a separate large mixing bowl, whisk the egg whites briefly until just combined, no longer than a count of ten.
  3. Add the melted (and cooled) butter and vanilla to the egg whites and mix for a few more seconds. Add the flour mixture and beat for about a minute, until well mixed.
  4. Fill each hole until about two-thirds full. Place two or three berries on top of each friand and bake until the tops are a light, golden brown. Insert a toothpick into the center to check. This is approximately 20 to 25 minutes for oval friands and 15-17 minutes for mini-muffin size. Oven temperatures can vary so keep an eye on them as they bake.
  5. Cool for five minutes. Use a spatula or butter knife to loosen the cakes from the pan before gently turning them out. Dust with powdered sugar and enjoy.

Note: Batter can be made up to two days in advance and refrigerated until ready to use.
Store friands in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 3 to 4 days, and bring to room temperature or heat before serving. To freeze, wrap friands individually in plastic and freeze for up to three months.