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Gluten Free Friands

Delicious gluten free friands made with ground almonds and flavoured with lemon zest. These are easy to make and perfect for lunch boxes or afternoon tea.
4.82 from 11 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine French
Servings 18
Calories 167 kcal


  • friand or oval cake tin / silicone mould - alternatively use a mini muffin tin or fairy cake tin
  • Mixing bowl
  • wooden spoon
  • whisk
  • fine grater for zesting
  • jug - optional, but makes it easier to fill the cake moulds.small saucepan or microwaveable bowl
  • Pastry brush


  • 75 g cornflour cornstarch
  • 3 egg whites
  • 150 g caster sugar
  • 150 g ground almonds
  • 150 g butter
  • teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon butter for greasing


  • 1 tablespoon soft light brown sugar
  • 1 zest of a lemon


  • Put the ground almonds, cornflour and caster sugar into a large bowl and mix.
  • Melt the butter over a medium heat in a saucepan and add the vanilla extract.
  • Put the egg whites in a bowl and whisk for a minute to break them up.
  • Add the butter to the dry ingredients and mix well.
  • Fold in the egg whites with a metal spoon.
  • Grease the moulds with the remaining butter and divide the mixture between the moulds.
  • Grate the zest from the lemon and scatter over the top with the brown sugar.
  • Preheat the oven to 180 C / 350 F / 160 FAN / Gas 4 and bake for 25 minutes until they spring back to the touch.
  • Cool the cakes in the moulds for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a cooling rack.


Calories: 167kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 2gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 68mgPotassium: 20mgFiber: 1gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 229IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 1mg
Keyword friands, gluten free
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