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Mango & Lime Friands (Two Versions: Buttery & Dairy Free)

Mango & Lime Friands

Mango & Lime Friands

Sweet! I want something sweet! And full of sunshine. I can no longer take the grey, grey sky that hangs so low over my head.

Friands remind me of Australia. Bright blue skys, rolling frothy seas, cliff walks, great breakfasts, and all of their wonderful cafés. We have many great Australian cafés in London now too, and the friands are popping up, but like everything, you really can’t beat making them at home. They are so simple and take a maximum of 10 minutes to prepare, and 12 – 15 minutes to bake. You will be stuffing your face with friands in no time, and your biggest problem will be trying not to eat them all.

I love a friand but I don’t need twenty of them squeaking at me from the kitchen – eat me! eat me! eat me! – 6 is too many but it is the least you can make so make sure that you can share them with someone, or some colleagues. Maybe you are not like me and have some self control, but I know that if there are 6 in the kitchen, then I can and will eat 6 of them. I will start with one, have a second, contemplate a guilty third, and from then on it is pure trauma as I try to battle their sirens call.

The recipe is simple. Based on the French financier, but using only egg white (which makes them so light), the friand is composed only of butter, sugar, egg white, flour and ground almonds with the fruit of your choice. I chose mango and lime today as there was the most gorgeous mangoes flirting with me from outside the window of my local Caribbean butcher. Divine. Lime gives it the perk it needs, and gives me that gentle hint of invisible sunshine, which I really need right now.

Friand tins can be hard to come by, use a muffin or fairy cake (cupcake) tin if you don’t have one. A financier tin will do nicely too.

Can’t eat dairy? Don’t worry! I tested a dairy free version too. It is super simple, just substitute the same amount of coconut oil for the butter, and the results are great. It would be very easy to make these gluten free too, as there is such a tiny amount of flour in there. Substitute the plain flour with the gluten free flour of your choice and off you go.


The Mango & Lime Friand Recipe is on the next page – enjoy and please share / comment if you like it!




  1. These look like heaven. I love a friand too – in fact I’ve challenged myself to create 50 Fabulous Friand recipes…12 down and only 38 to go…which is fine..totally fine…..
    BTW you can buy friand tins from Lakeland and Amazon.

  2. This suits me perfectly; I’ve just had a new oven fitted in and have been yearning to test it with mango type cakey stuff. Your recipe is perfectly timed. Also, I was sent loads of coconut oil. It’s meant to be ;) x

  3. Such perfect timing. I so miss the Aussie cafés (and Aussies) in London now I live in California. And my 2 year old just was advised to cut dairy to stop the horrible cough and runny nose he’s had since birth. I love to bake and he loves to as well so we’ll make these together this week. Thanks so much for saving me failed experiments and for the advice on substituting coconut oil for butter. Think I might try coconut oil madeleines too as they are a fave.

  4. HHGeek says

    “Maybe you are not like me and have some self control”
    Yeah …… that would be a no. None whatsoever.

  5. Anna K says

    Thanks for the recipe… I made these last night but with raspberry instead of mango – the coconut oil version. They’re yummy, mine did need quite a bit longer in the oven though, might just be my oven!

    • Hi Anna! Could be your oven, and also size of the friands :) As long as they worked out and tasted good, that is all that matters. So glad you enjoyed!

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