Apple Cinnamon Ricotta Friands {gluten-free}
Print Recipe

Apple Cinnamon Ricotta Friands {gluten-free}

Soft and light friands, filled with ricotta and caramelised apples.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Servings: 12
Calories: 377kcal
Author: Georgina Hartley


  • 3 apples diced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon icing sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • squeeze of lemon juice
  • 160 g ricotta
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 250 g icing sugar
  • 160 g ground almonds
  • 100 g gluten-free flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 200 g butter melted
  • 180 g egg whites about 6


  • Pre-heat the oven to 170°C and butter a 12 hole friand tin.
  • Melt the 2 tablespoons butter then add the icing sugar, cinnamon, salt and lemon juice and then tip in the apple pieces.
  • Fry for about 5 minutes, then remove from heat just before the apples turn soft and leave to cool.
  • In a small bowl mix the ricotta with the vanilla, lemon zest and 1 tablespoon icing sugar until smooth and set aside.
  • In a separate bowl mix the ground almonds with the flour, the rest of the icing sugar, ½ teaspoon cinnamon and salt together
  • Then in another bowl the whisk egg whites a little until light and foamy.
  • Fold the egg whites into the almonds along with the melted butter.
  • Divide the batter between the friand moulds, then top with a spoonful of ricotta mixture. Finally add a few apples to the top of each one.
  • Bake for 25 minutes. Leave to cool in the tins for 10 minutes then turn out and finish cooling on a wire rack.
  • Dust with icing sugar.


Calories: 377kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 270mg | Potassium: 91mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 560IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 0.9mg