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Apple & Ricotta Stuffed Gluten Free Friands

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


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


  • Pre-heat the oven to 180°C / 160°C fan assisted oven / gas mark 4 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.
  • Mix the ricotta with the vanilla, lemon zest and 1 tablespoon icing sugar in a small bowl until smooth and set aside.
  • Mix the ground almonds with the flour, the rest of the icing sugar, ½ teaspoon cinnamon and salt together in a separate bowl.
  • Whisk egg whites in another bowl 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.


Apples. Granny smiths are a lovely apple to use for this recipe as they hold together well.
Flour. This recipe was tested using Doves Farm Plain White Gluten-Free Flour. However, you can use your favourite brand.

How to freeze

You can freeze these gluten-free friands by flash freezing them in a single layer on a baking tray for 8 hours. Once frozen transfer them all to a ziplock bag. You can then defrost one at a time. Allow to defrost completely at room temperature before serving.

Ingredient measurements

Please note that the US customary measurements for the ingredients provided are based on a conversion calculator. This recipe was tested with metric measurements and I recommend using a digital scale to weigh ingredients for the most accurate results.
READ MORE >>> Why you should always weigh vs measuring with cups 

Nutrition Information

Please note that the nutrition information provided below is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use. Please seek a professional nutritionist’s advice for further clarification.
The nutrition serving is for 1 friand. 


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