Blueberry & Lemon Friands

Susan, AKA Kiwicook

Susan, AKA Kiwicook

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Blueberry & Lemon Friands

Here in New Zealand, we love our friands (pronounced ‘free-yon’) –  a small oval shaped French cake made with ground almonds and egg whites.

They’re related to the financier, though friands are apparently larger and not made with brown butter. They’re popular in New Zealand cafes largely because they can be easily adapted to be gluten-free (as I’ve done here) and are often about the only sweet thing on offer for gluten-sensitive patrons.

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But gluten-free or not, I love them simply because they taste good – the crisp, caramelized exterior and soft buttery almond interior is a sensational combination. I love this recipe for Blueberry & Lemon Friands from Coles in Australia – the blueberries and lemon zest is an unbeatable combination.

I’ve used the recipe a few times now and each time the friands have turned out really well. They’re easy to make and the perfect treat to whip up in a hurry. I’ve made no adaptations, other than to include the option of using gluten-free flour, as I’ve found that both regular and gluten-free flours work equally well. Enjoy!

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Blueberry & Lemon Friands

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Resting Time 5 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 12 servings


  • 1/2 cup plain or gluten-free flour
  • 1-1/2 cup pure icing sugar (confectioner’s sugar)
  • 1 Tbsp lemon rind, finely grated
  • 5.2 oz almond meal, ground almonds
  • 7 ozunsalted butter,melted and cooled
  • 5.2 oz blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 5 egg whites, lightly beaten with a fork
  • Extra icing sugar, to dust


  • Preheat oven to 190°C (375°F). Lightly grease a 12-hole non-stick friand or medium sized muffin pan.
  • Sift the flour and icing sugar into a large bowl then add the rind and almond meal (ground almonds). Stir to combine evenly and make a well in the centre.
  • Add the egg whites and butter to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined; do not over-beat.
  • Gently fold through blueberries (don't over-mix or the batter will turn blue!).
  • Spoon mixture into the prepared pans (fill to about 3/4's full as they rise) and bake for 25-30 mins (with deeper pans, mine took 40 minutes) until well risen and golden brown (it's important to get a good colour on them, as you want them to be crisp on the outside) and a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  • Leave the friands in the pans for 5 mins then carefully lift out onto a wire rack to cool. Serve friands dusted with icing sugar.


You can make friands 2-3 days ahead, and store in an airtight container.
Keyword Blueberry Friands, Cake, Lemon Friands
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Susan, AKA Kiwicook
About The Author
Susan, also known as the Kiwi Cook, hails from Levin, New Zealand, and has a unique Kiwi-Dutch-British heritage that influenced her culinary upbringing. As an artist, tutor, writer, and editor, Susan dedicates her weekends to creating delectable dishes. Her food philosophy embraces moderation and listening to her body's needs.


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    Looks absolutely delicious, love the pictures!

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    they look delicious!

  3. These look gorgeous! I’ve never heard of a friand before, probably since they’re not common in the US. I’m definitely sharing them on Pinterest :).

    • Thanks Rebecca.. yeah I discovered they’re not big in the US, you guys have financiers though right? Think of them as French cousins. Thanks for sharing!

  4. These look lovely, I love Friands too!


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