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Raspberry and Star Anise Friands Recipe

Raspberry and Star Anise Friands Recipe

Credit: Meg Thompson

Friands are a cross between a cupcake and a muffin in texture and are usually made with almond flour. I was inspired to use ground star anise as in one of Yotam Ottolenghi’s wonderful recipes but have changed it a bit to make it gluten-free and less sweet. The ghee in this recipe makes these friands lactose-free and also makes them incredible nourishing. You can, of course, use butter instead, but the ghee lends a beautiful caramel quality.

Makes: 10–12



  • 120g almond meal
  • 60g buckwheat flour
  • 1½ tsp ground star anise
  • Small pinch salt
  • 150g coconut sugar
  • 150g egg whites (from approx. 4 eggs)
  • 100g ghee, melted
  • Zest 1 lemon
  • ½ cup raspberries, fresh or frozen, halved
  1. Preheat oven to 190°C.
  2. Sift first four ingredients together into bowl.
  3. Add coconut sugar to blender and blitz to make fine powder. Add coconut sugar to dry mix and stir to combine.
  4. In separate bowl, whisk egg whites for a few secs to froth them up a little and add to mix.
  5. Add ghee (as long as it’s cool or you will cook the eggs) and lemon zest and mix to combine.
  6. Divide mixture into greased muffin tray, or into patty pans, filling each to around two-thirds the way up the side. Place 3 or 4 halved raspberries into each friand.
  7. Bake for 18–20 mins or until golden and skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool for 10 mins in tin before transferring to rack to cool completely. These are best eaten the day of baking but will keep for 3–4 days.


Meg Thompson

Meg Thompson is a practising naturopath, cook, mother, writer and passionate wholefood enthusiast based in Melbourne. Meg’s interest in health, food and the role of food as medicine has shaped her career and lifestyle. Following an early career in psychology and education, she completed studies in naturopathy, nutrition and herbal medicine and now runs a successful clinical practice. Meg works from a philosophy that food is much more than something to fill our bellies, but a source of nourishment, deliciousness, education, ritual and celebration, best shared with those we love.