Lorna Jane Clarkson shares her strawberry, banana and almond friands

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We’re all for a bit of healthy baking here at Sporteluxe HQ. Which is we were so excited to try this delicious recipe by Lorna Jane Clarkson from her gorgeous new book Nourish: The Fit Woman’s Cookbook ($44.99). These moist strawberry, banana and almond friands make the perfect wholefood snack.

Strawberry, banana and almond friands

Preparation and cooking time 45 minutes

Makes 8


2 medium bananas (400g)

6 organic free-range egg whites

125g cold-pressed extra-virgin coconut oil

120g almond meal

165g coconut sugar

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80g brown rice flour

40g quinoa flour

1 ½  teaspoons ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon gluten-free baking powder

4 strawberries, sliced thinly

15g flaked coconut or flaked almonds


  1. Preheat oven to 200°C. Grease an eight-hole (125ml) mini loaf pan; line bases of pan holes with strips of baking paper, extending paper 2.5cm above sides.
  2. Thinly slice half of one of the bananas. Mash remaining banana in a small bowl; you will have half a cup mashed banana.
  3. Whisk egg whites in a medium bowl until frothy. Add coconut oil, ground almonds, sugar, mashed banana, sifted flours, cinnamon and baking powder; whisk until combined.
  4. Divide mixture evenly into pan holes.
  5. Top with sliced banana, strawberries and coconut.
  6. Bake friands about 25 minutes. Stand friands in pan for 5 minutes, before transferring onto a wire rack to cool.

For more inspiration follow Lorna on Instagram @ljclarkson