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  1. Emma

    I enjoy tea time! Perhaps the strong black caffeinated tea works against creating calm, but I don’t think so.

    Petting the cat and watching my seedlings grow have been my other choice calmers of late. It’s not the biggest deal in the world, but I’m so sick of not being able to get a job. I’ve been rejected left and right, and I think it’s time someone in the Work World noticed me. Hey Work World, if you’re reading this, I’m right here!

  2. Gmasydney

    These friands are indeed fragrant, enticing and surprising. Surprising particularly because of that lovely tang of raspberries. Thank you, Hannah – they were delicious and I will be using this recipe.

    My best calmer is the serenity prayer: Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. If you don’t have a ‘lord’ to ask for these things turn it into an ‘I will achieve’ statement (much the same thing, really, as the Lord I know helps those who help themselves.)

  3. leaf (the indolent cook)

    Love that you created your own special nutty meal blend!
    Other than cooking, for me, calm time is spending time with pets. Now, I don’t have my own, so I just spend time with other people’s pets. 😉

  4. Margaret

    Such beautiful photos, and I love that you found a substitute for almond meal.
    Yes creating treats in the kitchen is a lovely way to leave the world behind and just focus on the present.

  5. Janine

    i totally understand the whirring bit – I think I’m almost schizo at times. And yes, baking is one of my ways to keep calm, another is to spend a long time in the bath just singing 😉

  6. Kath (My Funny Little Life)

    I’m the same. I sometimes wish I was an amoeba or a little bug, just to have peace of mind once in a while. But then I guess that I’d want my cluttered mind back after half an hour, when I gradually get bored. 😀 Earlier in my life I often found it very bearing to be like this, but since I’ve started mindfulness meditation, I can deal with it a lot better and even experience times of tranquility.

    Your little friands (I always read “friends” :D) look lovely and have such cute faces! The flour mix you invented for them sounds amazing, I can imagine they were incredibly tasty!

  7. Fiona

    I would love these.

  8. msihua

    I create calm by cooking or reading really. That’s when I totally zone out. And I like how Friands is only one vowel away from Friends 🙂

  9. Johanna GGG

    they look so pretty and pretty delicious! and I love that linen under the rack – it is so sweet and retro (and I love retro) – your photo exudes calm and content

  10. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    These look just like mini versions of a berry cobbler I learned from my mom…but they’re like a grown-up version! As soon as I can eat some of these foods again, I must try these.

  11. Lisa (bakebikeblog)

    just gorgeous! i love friands!

  12. Hannah

    Friands sound so exotic and fancy! I can’t say I’ve ever made them, but I have heard about them and wondered what made them so different from other little cakes or sweet muffins. Never mind that though, yours look fantastic, no matter what you call them. I really should get to work on a vegan version, huh?

  13. Casey @ Insatiably Healthy

    Yes! I saw this idea on pinterest for putting a strawberry on top instead of using frosting. This is the same but with raspberries!
    I create calm by either cooking (that definitely #1) or going for a walk. Looking at the mountains can soothe anyone 🙂

  14. Errign

    I create calm by napping. I wish I could say it was something more profound, but it’s not – sleeping creates calm because no one bothers me 🙂

  15. juniakk @ mis pensamientos

    love the pecan flour here. i am sure it had quite a buttery nutty taste. mmmm.

    i keep calm in my life by making time for myself and praying a whole lot. its the only way i keep sane. 🙂

  16. Gabby @ the veggie nook

    These look so delicious! I wonder if replacing the egg with something vegan would work because I want to try them!

    And I can totally relate- my mind is always going, never pausing to take a deep breath. I think that’s why I like yoga and cooking/baking so much- the only activities where it shuts up lol.

  17. hungryandfrozen

    Excellent point as usual, Hannah. I’d love to be a calmer person, but if I was, I wouldn’t know WHO I was – I wouldn’t be me. And I feel like sometimes the things I discover when I’m up very early or very late for whatever reason are the best things!

    Beauteous friands!

  18. theresa

    Perfectly time, Hannah. I am making a flourless polenta-blueberry-lemon cake today, but don’t have enough almond meal and thought I would try coconut in its place. This assuages my underlying fears that it would go terribly wrong.

    Also, what is that gorgeous tea towel? table cloth? under your friands?

  19. Lou

    Oh I love the fact you made your own pecan/coconut meal – fantastic idea! I find regular friands BORING too, but they are Viper’s all time favourite thing. I don’t get it.

    I think we have the same type of over-active head machines 🙂

  20. Helen (Grab Your Fork)

    haha I totally read “Friends are not an uncommon treat to find in my or my parent’s kitchen”. Friends/friands – they’re totally the same, right? lol. Friends should definitely be as sweet as this. And just as forgiving. And totally nutty! 😀

  21. Vien @ We Dare Food

    Baking calms me down too! I tend to forget about the time, stress, worries and of course, the best part is.. you get something yummy out of it! 😀
    Nice idea using pecan and coconut flour! Making your own flour is so much better and imagine the endless possibilities!!

  22. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts

    These look, beyond a doubt, like the best friands I’ve seen. Pecan! So much better than almond meal 🙂

    On the whirring…oh, the whirring. I too wish that a calm centre was more easily within my reach when I need it. I have at least come to realise that experiencing whirring lows can allow for the whirring times of excitement too. Being constantly calm might be boring 😛 Baking helps for me as well, plus exercise, plus sometimes reading but not always.

    And…thank you from the bottom of my heart for your excitement and congratulations! It means a lot!

  23. Yasmeen @ Wandering Spice

    I adore friands – yours look just perfect. Crisp and golden on the outside and fluffy inside, I’m sure. Yum!!!

  24. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    These look gorgeous. Usually I’m not a friand lover either – far too sedate, you’re right. Love your mix up here. Oh lovely, such a beautiful post. I find calm going for a walk in nature, with a cup of tea and a beloved movie, with a hot bath. And with loved ones. typical things really but they work for me. I’m lucky to have had little anxiety battles though…
    Heidi xo

  25. beti

    I just love the combination of raspberries and coconut, it’s fresh and it really makes me happy 🙂

  26. Lisa @ Blithe Moments

    Ahhh you had me at raspberries. Possibly my favourite flavour in all the world. Except for lemon. And vanilla. And chocolate. Damn, my argument isn’t going well.

    Calm is something it has taken me time to find. My morning walks are great. I don’t listen to music, it is quiet, just lots of walking and fresh air. Also any moment where I can just stand with my eyes closed and face warm in the sun is good. Sometimes it is just about stopping for a second.

  27. Catherine

    I just wish I had a plate of these downstairs, though hidden from voracious teens.

    Hope you are doing fine-ish. Calm is where I look like I am at from the outside, but I’m also always whizzing and feeling unfinished. Xxcat

  28. Libby

    I’ve forgotten just how therapeutic baking can be! I’m making more of an effort to set aside time to cook new dishes on weekends now, with the the focus on baking goodies (both sweet and savoury stuff!). Thanks for sharing the recipe – will definitely give it a go and let you know how I go 😀

  29. Hotly Spiced

    What a great idea. I had no idea you could make gluten free and dairy free friands. And just out of interest, what gluten free flour do you use? There are so many on the market and some are better than others to bake with. I’d love to know what you use. xx

  30. SarahKate (Mi Casa-Su Casa)

    I’m the same as you… the kitchen is the place where I go to calm myself whilst chopping, stirring and tasting. I think it’s because of all the sharp objects, the heat, the cold. The possibility of hurting yourself if your mind wanders off is too great… so instead my mind calms down and allows me to focus on the task at hand.

  31. Louise

    These do look delicious, even for those of us who don’t have to worry about allergies and intolerances.

  32. whisperinggums

    Getting older is a great creator of calm I find … but unfortunately you can’t hurry that one (and you don’t really want to)! Otherwise, listening to music, sitting in a warm sunny spot with a loved person or a book, patting the dog, or just gazing at something beautiful (like trees through a window) are all things that help me.

  33. Daisy@Nevertoosweet

    I know what you mean Hannah 🙂 I never seen to be able to slow down either ~ and i never really know what ‘sleep’ is lol i only ‘sleep’ because I have to and not because I ‘need to’ hahaha it’s really not good 😛

    I can imagine these friands being really delicious 🙂 wow making your own pecan and coconut meal hehe I like that idea!

  34. Alisa

    I used to be like you, always buzzing! I’ve had to calm it down a bit, but still get those hyperactive outbursts at times – which I love 🙂

    So what makes a friand different from a muffin? I’ve never heard that term before. Either way, they look delicious!

  35. Rach

    Oh yum!!

  36. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Hehe I don’t think I’m qualified on how to give advice on being calm at all so I shall read these suggestions with great interest! 😛

  37. Sig

    Usually not much of a friand lover but this combination of coconut, raspberries and pecans had my heart all a-flutter and my nether regions…well…ok let’s not go there.

    But I’m seriously excited and would love one of these with a hot cup of tea, sitting on the verandah, listening to the birds and the wind in the trees on a sunshiney day.
    Just looking at these make me calm…

    Otherwise, you know, red wine always does the trick too 😛

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  39. Mike

    You’ve got a friand in me.

    1. Dienna

      I’m a huge fan of puns!

  40. Dienna

    Question Time: How do you create calm in your life?

    I am still in the process of trying to figure that out! Becoming stress-free isn’t easy.

    The friands look delicious!

    1. Mike

      Some lovely meditative music used to work for me. Even if I only had 10 minutes to sit down and ‘veg out’ while listening to it.

  41. Helen

    These were delicious! Thank you for the recipe! 🙂 I just made them and substituted icing sugar for coconut palm sugar and decreased slightly for my kids. They LOVE them and so do I 🙂

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  44. Tor

    I don’t know what friands are, but they look delicious! I’m really excited that they’re gluten free, now I just need to work out what to sub the egg whites with to make them vegan (I’m used to subbing whole eggs). 🙂

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