Late summer is plum season, yay! Plums are fantastic in every way. Especially when baked, plums smell simply divine. So prepare for a good smelling kitchen when baking this recipe. Plum friands are really easy to bake and it takes up almost no time at all. A friand is a small almond cake, loosely related to a muffin, I’d say. In contrast to a muffin or cupcake, the dough is more dense, making friands a rich little sweet bite.
This recipe for vegan Plum Friands is:
- Vegan (no dairy, no eggs)
- No added white sugars
These vegan plum friands just smell divine when in the oven and taste even better. No kidding. A perfect late summer treat with a hint of cinnamon and cardamom.
- 150 ml aquafaba (liquid from a 400g chickpea can)
- 80 g apples
- 150 g ground almonds
- 120 g rice flour
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 tsp. corn starch
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 0.5 tsp. cardamom
- 1 pinch of ground ginger
- 50 ml rice syrup
- 12 plums
- some almond flakes zu decorate
First things first: What the heck is aquafaba and what am I supposed to do with it? Easy, aquafaba is simply the fancy term for the water contained in a can of chickpeas. Yes, I'm not shitting you. So next time you prepare your humus, don't throw away that water! I'm serious. Either use if for baking right away or store for later. Just pour it into an ice cube form and freeze. Aquafaba works really well as an eggwhite replace in vegan baking. Thank me later, ha.
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees C and grease a 12 pc muffin tray. I prefer odourless coconut oil for that, but other oils, like sunflower oil, would work too of course. Open the chickpea can and collect the water. Use the chickpeas later for humus or a nice curry. Add the aquafaba in a bowl, add a pinch of salt and beat with an electric mixer (like you would beat your egg whites). Just beat until you get a firm consistency with small peaks. Set aside. Now, in a separate bowl, mix the grounded almonds, rice flour, starch and spices together. Now add the apple sauce and rice syrup, combine well. Add the beaten aquafaba to your flour mix and mix well. Pour about 1,5 tbsp. of batter into each muffin cavity. Each cavity should be about 2/3 filled. Finally cut the plums in half and place two halves on top of every friand and sprinkle some almond flakes for good measure. Bake for approx. 25 minutes.
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