Gluten-Free Raspberry Financiers (cakelets)

By Amanda Paa – Updated June 16, 2021
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Gluten-Free Raspberry Financiers (mini cakes, cakelets. made with almond flour + teff flour)

This raspberry financier recipe is sponsored by Driscoll’s.

Life lately has looked like making the most of summer with days by the river, golfing, seeing friends, these raspberry financiers, and kittens. Yes, kittens! I’ve toyed with the idea of being a foster kitten mom for quite awhile, and decided to go for it. We took in two kittens a few weeks weeks ago after someone abandoned them at the local shelter, and they were in a need of a home. I’ve been preoccupied ever since – with no complaints. ☺️

We named them Barley and Hops, and will have them until they are 3 pounds/3 months old, at which point we’ll put them up for adoption. I’m already preparing to cry my eyes out, but I’m so glad we get to be part of giving them a life they’d have never had.

That being said, I haven’t been in the kitchen much besides testing these soft and springy raspberry financiers – a fancy name for little almond cakes. They taste of vanilla and caramelized butter, and their golden edges make room for a pocket of fresh Driscoll’s raspberries.

I love the ease of being able to make them in a muffin tin! And their small size makes them just right for an afternoon sweet tooth.

Gluten-Free Raspberry Financiers (mini cakes, cakelets. made with almond flour + teff flour)
Gluten-Free Raspberry Financiers (mini cakes, cakelets. made with almond flour + teff flour)

Financiers have been a staple of fine European pastry shops for more than 100 years. In fact, we saw them in almost every bakery while visiting Paris. The process of making them is simple, and shouldn’t be intimidating even though you’ll see egg whites in the ingredient list.

You don’t have to beat to any type of “peak”, they’re just simply whisked into the batter. Easy street. ☺️

The dry ingredients are a blend of almond flour, teff flour, and just a touch of cornstarch (for tenderness in the final product). 

Gluten-Free Raspberry Financiers (mini cakes, cakelets. made with almond flour + teff flour)

And at the peak of summer, there is no berry I crave more than raspberries. Sweet and a little tart, I crushed them with a fork (no sugar needed) and dollop them in the middle of each cake before baking. The pure raspberry essence compliments the buttery, nutty cake just right. And the deep pink color! It draws me in every time.

Gluten-Free Raspberry Financiers (mini cakes, cakelets. made with almond flour + teff flour)
Gluten-Free Raspberry Financiers (mini cakes, cakelets. made with almond flour + teff flour)
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Gluten-Free Raspberry Financiers (mini cakes, cakelets. made with almond flour + teff flour)

Gluten-Free Raspberry Financiers

These small almond flour cakes have a soft, springy texture and are filled with crushed raspberries. A delicious gluten-free dessert!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time :15 minutes
Cook Time :35 minutes
Total Time :50 minutes
Yield: 9 mini cakes
Author: Amanda Paa



  • 80 grams blanched almond flour
  • 35 grams teff flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup raspberries


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  • Rub butter inside all of the holes of 12 inch muffin pan. (Or line with paper liners, but I like mine without this. It gives them a very clean look.)
  • Whisk together the almond flour, teff flour, cornstarch, sugar, and salt. Whisk in the egg whites vigorously until the batter is smooth, then whisk in the melted, cooled butter in 3 additions. Whisk in vanilla. Fill each muffin cup a little more than 1/2 full with batter. 
  • With a fork, coarsely mash the raspberries so that are like a rough jam. Strain to get rid of some of the excess liquid, then put 1 tablespoon crushed raspberries into the middle of each cake. 
  • Bake for 25 minutes, until edges are golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool, then use a thin knife to run around the edges and gently pull up on each cake to remove. Store in airtight container. 


This recipe is inspired and adapted from The Alternative Baker Cookbook, written by Alanna Taylor-Tobin. 

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  1. Gigi

    5 stars
    I’m thinking Valentine’s Day breakfast or dessert, plated with coconut whipped cream and a square of Hu chocolate- Could I use coconut oil and coconut sugar here if I wanted to play a touch?

  2. Alanna

    Financiers are THE BEST! And I can’t get enough of those adorable kittens.. I may shed a few tears when I stop seeing them in my IG feed too. <3

  3. Alison M Marras

    You have no idea how much I love financiers!! One of my first blog posts were raspberry financiers with almond flour…. so friggin’ good and how I miss egg whites right about now (#AIPproblems)!! haha These are drool-worthy, Amanda – you’re speaking my language.

  4. Sarah @ Snixy Kitchen

    1. KITTIESSSS!!! I wish I were in Minnesota right now. For the kittens. AND the financiers. 2. GORGEOUS – that vibrant color pops! 3. This reminds me of the time we made financiers together and now I’m so sad because I want to be eating your financiers even MORE now. I have to try the teff flour version – sounds so perfect and caramely. Miss you!

    • amandapaa

      yes, totally reminds me of when we made them together too. which also reminds me that it’s been too long since we’ve hung out in person. maybe i can pack the kittens? xo

  5. Christiann Koepke

    Ok i want to stop everything right now and bake these!!! They look so good and how fun for summer!! -CK

    • amandapaa

      bake away! :) raspberry love to you!

  6. Shelly @ Vegetarian 'Ventures

    Awww that is amazing that you are fostering kittens! Love that you are giving them the attention and love they deserve until someone comes along to take them to their forever home. <3

  7. Caroline

    The kittens are adorable, Amanda! Ahhh…and these financiers are stunning! The color of the raspberries is insane!

    • amandapaa

      we are on a little 4 day vacation and i miss those kittens already – will be so hard to give them up for good! just means i will be drowning my sorrows in these financiers probably. :)

  8. betty2

    I saw these on IG and had to come over to just gaze at the photos and dream of how I can make these without almond flour (stupid allergy). They look gorgeous, as do your LOVELY kittens!!!

    • amandapaa

      Oh, thank you Betty! That nut allergy :(. Hope you are having a great summer!

  9. amandapaa

    oh, i wish you could be here to give them a squeeze and for coffee!

  10. Shikha @ Shikha la mode

    I’ve been on a financier kick too! They’re dense and delicious :D

    • amandapaa

      yes, so delicious! and they travel well.

  11. michelle @ hummingbird high

    ahhh your new kittens are so cute!!! so are these financiers!!! xo

    • amandapaa

      and they’re growing so fast!