Lightened Up Choc-cini friands

I just realised that I forgot to share my recent baking endeavour with you! IMG_9561  It is no secret that I love friands (see here and here). Small, gluten free, and quick and easy to make. Oh and did I mention delicious? The only issue I have with friands is that they are pretty jam packed with sugar and butter, and definitely a treat to enjoy in moderation. Until I decided to make a ‘lightened up’ version that is. And the secret ingredient??? IMG_9560 Zucchini! Into a bowl went zucchini, egg whites, apple sauce, vegetable oil, almond meal, oat flour, cocoa powder, agave and stevia. IMG_9564 Divided amongst my friand pan. IMG_9565 And baked for 15 minutes.  IMG_9566 The first thing I noticed was that these friands did not rise as well as their butter/sugar counterparts.  IMG_9584 They were, however, light….   IMG_9589 Fluffy… IMG_9590 With a hint of cocoa… IMG_9591 And sweet without being too sweet!    IMG_9598 A ‘lightened up’ version of a recent favourite. IMG_9595 Enjoy one or six today 😉 Lightened up Choc-cini Friands (makes 12)

  • 6 egg whites
  • 1 zucchini, shredded (and squeeze out the moisture)
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce
  • 1 tbs vegetable oil
  • 1 cup almond meal, sifted
  • 1/4 cup oat flour *
  • 1.5 tbs cocoa powder
  • 1 tbs agave nectar
  • 2 tbs stevia
  1. Preheat oven to 180C (fan forced) and grease a friand pan lightly with oil.
  2. Whisk egg whites in a medium bowl until frothy.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients, and stir until just combined.
  4. Spoon into the friand pan, and bake for 15 to 16 minutes (or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean).
  5. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool.
  6. * To make the oat flour, I simply processed rolled oats in my food processor until fine.

What about you? What is your favourite way to ‘lighten’ up baked treats?

15 thoughts on “Lightened Up Choc-cini friands

  1. How fascinating! A great recipe for summer, when zucchini abounds 🙂 The bird's eye view, I would've thought you made shortbread!

  2. Those look delicious and beautiful, and I love making baked goods with some extra [surprise] vegetables. What a great way to add some extra vitamins!

    Hope you have a great week, Lisa.

  3. Ooh, yum. I feel in love with baking with zucchini earlier this year (so moist!), but I like your efforts more than mine – because mine, to date, have not involved chocolate. That may change!

  4. What a great combination – will have to definitely give this a go. Love friands, zucchini and apple sauce – yum!!!

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