Blueberry Hazelnut Friands

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A friand is a French term for a bite-sized almond cake typically made in an oval shape, but suitable for a muffin pan too. They are a great way of using up leftover egg whites and other than almonds, you can also use hazelnut or pistachio meal.
This recipe uses a mix of confectioners' sugar and powdered agave (I ordered mine from Amazon), a natural sweetener made from dried organic agave syrup. Its consistency is very similar to confectioners' sugar, but much sweeter and contains 25% less calories than sugar. If you plan to use only confectioners' sugar, increase the amount of sugar to 100 grams.

  • 100 g Butter, melted and cooled
  • 40 g Organic powdered agave
  • 50 g Confectioners' sugar, plus extra for dusting
  • 40 g White spelt flour
  • 80 g Ground hazelnut
  • 4 Small egg whites
  • 80 g Fresh blueberries
  1. Preheat oven to 200C/400F. Grease eight non-stick standard-size muffin or friand holes. Melt the butter and set aside to cool.
  2. Sift the powdered agave, confectioners' sugar and flour into a bowl. Stir in ground hazelnut. In a separate bowl whisk the egg whites until just frothy. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients. Gradually add egg whites, stirring with a spoon until combined. Stir in melted butter to form a soft batter.
  3. Divide the batter among the muffin holes and sprinkle a few of blueberries over each cake. Bake for 15-20 minutes until just firm to the touch and golden brown.
  4. Cool in the tins for 5 minutes, then turn out and cool on a wire rack. To serve, dust lightly with icing sugar. | © 2014 | | © 2014 |


Dawn Yucuis 8/8/14 05:35

I love blueberries and I love these little cakes, they look delicious.

Nammi 8/8/14 06:33

love using almond meal for cakes, the nutty taste they give the cake!! these look delicious.

Guru Uru 8/8/14 06:36

These friands look beyond delicious, I love blueberry with any nut at all really :D

Choc Chip Uru

Jasna Varcakovic 8/8/14 06:54

Love friands, no matter what nuts or berries are inside.

Eliza Setiawan 8/8/14 07:02

looks so delicious and tempting!

Rosa's Yummy Yums 8/8/14 07:37

Wonderful! I bet they taste fantastic.



Ilke 8/8/14 07:56

Love the bite size. I would definitely go with hazelnuts. They are my favorite among all nuts.

mjskit 8/8/14 08:14

Every time I come here I learn something new. This time it's "friand" and powdered agave. I really need to get some of that! What a delightful little treat. With egg whites and so little flour, I'm sure these are light and delicious! A great use of blueberries as well. Very lovely Angie!

Veronica Ng 8/8/14 08:52

Mouth-watering looking friands which are just perfect for afternoon tea.

Anonymous 8/8/14 09:34

Lovely tea time treats.
have a wonderful weekend Angie.
:-) Mandy xo

Sokehah Cheah 8/8/14 10:10

These must be very aromatic. I like the blueberry flavour.

Alicia Foodycat 8/8/14 10:17

I sent a batch of calamondin and cherry friands to work with my husband this week - they were very welcome! Friands are hugely popular in Australia, and I can't work out why they haven't spread everywhere! I like the idea of using hazelnut instead.

Medeja 8/8/14 10:30

Blueberries and hazelnut.. sounds very delicious :)

Shashi Charles 8/8/14 10:40

I wish I had these for breakfast! Angie these friands look amazing! I have never come across powdered agave before - thanks for letting me know - definitely a great idea to cut the sugar content by subbing some of the confectioners sugar with powdered agave.

Ely 8/8/14 11:06

These are really delicious.. mmh, I want one of them now! You're fantastic, as always :P

Gourmet Getaways 8/8/14 12:34

Ooh lovely! I can smell the goodness just by looking at your photos :)

Gourmet Getaways

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen 8/8/14 13:04

How lovely and the blueberries add a nice touch too. I'll check out the agave powdered sugar. My BIL I know would like it. Hope you have a great weekend Angie.

Kat 8/8/14 13:20

These look so yummy, I wish I could have some for breakfast this morning! I have to try the powdered agave.

ahu 8/8/14 13:54

How cute! These remind me of financiers also. Funny how the French invent all the best pastries :) I am a sucker for the classic almond flavor but would love to try this with pistachio. Great post Angie!

My Kitchen Stories 8/8/14 14:56

I love friandes Angie. Blueberry so delicious

Emma | Fork and Good 8/8/14 15:08

These look like even I could make them, putting this on my -tomake- list. Beautiful pictures Angie, every single one is a corker!

You should come bake for me :)

Esther Lau 8/8/14 15:26

Wow! Another nice sweet treat! More please , Angie :)

V 8/8/14 17:03

These sound like a great breakfast treat..especially in the summer months when blueberries are so plentiful. Great recipe :)

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl 8/8/14 18:34

Blueberry wins my heart always, this looks delicious!

angela bartolomeo 8/8/14 19:09

Mi piacciono moltissimo i mirtilli, così ricchi di antiossidanti ! ottima ricetta;))
Bacio e buon w.e

cristina 8/8/14 19:25

I absolutely love friands! Beautiful and love the combo of the blueberries and hazelnuts. :) Have a lovely weekend, Angie!!

Priscilla @ Homegrown Delight 8/8/14 20:32

Your blueberry friands look wonderful! I bought some blueberries recently and planning to can blueberry jam. I need to make time since it's been so busy. As always, your baking makes me hungry!

Priya Suresh 8/8/14 21:21

Those friands are too attractive, wish i could munch some.

Debra Eliotseats 8/8/14 23:45

I love these. Thanks for the info on agave sugar.

Geraldine Saucier 9/8/14 02:10

Wonderful job. They look delicious. I need to get some powdered agave.

Monica 9/8/14 03:08

I love hazelnuts and this is very much like a financier, which is pretty much my favorite way of using egg whites. Your friands with the blueberries look irresistible.

Monet 9/8/14 06:12

What gorgeous little cakes. I've never made a friand before but now I'm eager to try!

Gloria Baker 9/8/14 07:07

Look really beauty and deicuous Angie:)

Anonymous 9/8/14 07:22

Damn ,
the photograph is trully seducing me Angie!!!

Anne Regalado 9/8/14 16:00

Angie , those are very tempting bakes ! Blueberry and hazelnut combo is a sure winner :D

Pam 9/8/14 21:55

They look so tasty and pretty.

Liz Berg 9/8/14 22:05

Friands are so tasty...and I love the addition of blueberries and hazelnuts!

Jess Bakericious 10/8/14 01:43

Angie, I am hungry now, can have 1? :D

Sue/the view from great island 10/8/14 03:14

I learn something every time I visit, Angie! I've been on a blueberry kick this week, so I'm excited to try these. Have a great weekend :)

The Yum List 10/8/14 08:08

Oh I do love blueberries.

Deepti 10/8/14 10:59

Wonderfully prepared! Love it

Shobha Kamath 10/8/14 13:50

Perfectly done and looks tempting!

Kelly 10/8/14 15:18

These friands look beyond amazing Angie!!! I love blueberry baked goods and it sounds amazing with the ground hazelnuts!

grace 10/8/14 17:05

i've never baked with ground hazelnut but i'm sure i'd love its flavor! these are lovely!

The Squishy Monster 10/8/14 21:09

At first glance, I thought it said "friends" and I thought how charming...but I'll deeefinitely take these, too!!

Beth 10/8/14 21:15

I first heard about friands from (I think) one of Dorie Greenspan's books. Yours look lovely! Hope you're having a great weekend.

Emma @ Bake Then Eat 10/8/14 23:31

What a wonderful way to use blueberries these look really good. I love your variation on the classic friands.

Gwen 11/8/14 02:22

Hazelnut is one thing I've yet to experiment baking with. I think I'll start with these! OXXO

Mich PieceofCake 11/8/14 04:14

Blueberry and hazelnuts are definitely a favourite combo of mine. Love it that you used spelt flour for a healthier bake.

Erin | The Law Students Wife 11/8/14 06:04

I just love your flavor combos Angie. Blueberries and hazelnuts are heavenly together!

lisa h. 11/8/14 10:27

Amazing bake Angie, Love them :D

Karen (Back Road Journal) 11/8/14 13:32

Your blueberry and ground nut little cakes sound light and good.

Chaya 11/8/14 14:50

These are delicious looking cakes and we appreciate blueberries in baked goods. You spoil us with such delightful recipes.

kitchen flavours 11/8/14 16:00

Hi Angie,
Lovely friands! Blueberry and hazelnut sounds wonderful!

mui mui 11/8/14 16:35

Hi Angie,
I love blueberry and hazelnut combo too.
Your friands look so good! Yum!

Anonymous 11/8/14 17:05

I will make these tasty beauties but with fresh blackberries from my own garden! Yummm!

Joanne 11/8/14 17:16

These little cakes sound so lovely! Hazelnut paired with juicy bursts of blueberries is just divine.

Catherine 11/8/14 21:12

Dear Angie, These would be perfect with a good cup of coffee. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

Joyti 11/8/14 22:25

I love friands (we call them 'financiers' here)...and hazelnut and blueberry? Such a great combination. These look delicious.

Anonymous 11/8/14 22:32

I love that juicy pop of blueberries when you take a bite out of a muffin - they must work amazingly in these friands

Norma Chang 11/8/14 23:11

Never knew about powdered agave, learnt something new, thanks.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 11/8/14 23:15

You have such a knack for making everything as healthy as possible, Angie, and these are no exception. How beautiful and delicious they look!

Chris Scheuer 11/8/14 23:24

I've never heard of friands but I'm happy to meet them. Especially with blueberries!

Anonymous 12/8/14 00:32

I've never heard of a friand, but it sounds like I'd love them. These sound so good, especially since I love all things blueberry! Yum!

Roz Corieri Paige 12/8/14 03:13

I have just learned something new from you Angie: what a friend is! They are adorable! Love them, especially with the blueberries!

lena 12/8/14 16:11

i can see that each bite of these friands will give a burstful of flavours! very tempting indeed!

Reeni 13/8/14 03:02

These are so pretty Angie! I want to devour them! Blueberry and hazelnut make a great pair.

Muna Kenny 13/8/14 05:28

They look so cute and healthy, I love blueberry in desserts :)

My Inner Chick 13/8/14 14:54

gorgeous cakes.
lush drink :) xx

Choclette 13/8/14 18:41

Ooh they look so good Angie. Hazelnuts seem to work very nicely with blueberries, as does lemon of course. I've made lots of different friends, but never with hazelnuts or pistachios - now I want to try both.

Terra 19/8/14 20:41

I am so all over a mini almond cake! I love all the blueberry love! Yum, Hugs, Terra

Deddy Hidayat 22/8/14 10:33

I love both of them blueberry and hazelnuts... It looks so yummy...
Nice Blog, Good Recipe...
Keep Updating Please

Kelly Mulcair Registered Nutritionist. Content © 2011 Trinity Nutrition. 24/8/14 05:37

lovely! they origins may be French (although I don't recognize the word) but I think they are especially popular in new zealand and australia at the moment. I love how the blueberry literally melts into the spelt base. Looks gorgeous.

My Little Space 24/8/14 15:58

Wish I live nearer ! I am soooo hungry now.

Choclette 25/8/14 13:09

Ooh yummity yum, these look gorgeous. I haven't made friends for ages but now I've got a couple of egg whites in the fridge I think I can feel some coming on AND I'd like to try them with hazelnuts.


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