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Healthy Tiramisu Recipe

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I’ve been holding on to this healthy tiramisu recipe for over a year now, and I’m excited to finally get to share it. It is rich, creamy, and incredibly light– all for under 100 calories!

If you try the recipe, I hope you will love it as much as I do.

Healthy Tiramisu: light, rich, and creamy... all for under 100 calories:

Eight years ago, I was given the incredible opportunity to spend Christmas in Italy.

We have cousins who run a hotel in a quaint beach town on the Italian coast, and even though they’d never met us before our trip, they completely showered us with hospitality. Christmas that year was unlike any other I’ve ever experienced…

Tiramisu that is actually GOOD for you!

The #1 rule I learned for surviving an Italian gathering: If someone puts the most delicious food of your life down in front of you and then asks if you’d like seconds, your answer should always be NO. There will be at least 7 more courses to come, not including dessert. So you had better save room.

But each course will be so enticing that, despite your best efforts, you will quickly abandon this rule. The meal will consist of over three hours of relaxing, conversing with family and friends, drinking, and stuffing yourself so completely that you’ll be convinced you couldn’t possibly fit in dessert. Yet when the tiramisu comes around, you will find yourself saying, “Just one bite.”

And then another…

Vegan Tiramisu

And then another…

If you’re anything like me, you can always find room for tiramisu.

Tiramisu that is actually GOOD for you!

Healthy Tiramisu

  • 2 tbsp milk of choice
  • 2 tbsp coconut or vegetable oil OR additional milk of choice
  • 1/2 cup silken tofu (or 1/2 cup plain yogurt and decrease milk by 1 tbsp)
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp ground flax or 1 tsp energ powder
  • 1/2 cup spelt or all-purpose flour (or Bob’s gf plus 1 tsp xanthan)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3 tbsp xylitol or sugar of choice
  • 1/16 tsp pure stevia or 2 additional tbsp sugar

Preheat oven to 350 F and grease an 8×8 square pan. Set aside. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the first 5 ingredients. In a separate bowl, combine all remaining ingredients and stir very well. Pour wet into dry and stir until just evenly combined, then pour into the prepared pan. Bake 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Meanwhile, make the cream:

  • 3/4 cup Mori-Nu tofu OR cashew cream
  • 3/4 cup cream cheese of choice (such as Tofutti or Daiya)
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • pinch pure stevia OR 2 tbsp powdered sugar

Blend all ingredients together until completely smooth. You will not use all of the cream in the Tiramisu, but it’s best to make a full batch for smooth blending… and you can always use the leftovers to frost banana bread, pumpkin bread, or Cheesecake Pancakes!

  • 3 1/2 tbsp espresso (or 3 1/2 tbsp water mixed with just over 1 tbsp instant coffee)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp rum (For alcohol-free, just add a little rum extract to the espresso)

Combine both ingredients in a small dish.

To make the Healthy Tiramisu: Line a 9×5 loaf pan with plastic wrap. Cut the cake in half, placing one half  in the bottom of the loaf pan. Brush with some of the espresso, then smooth on a layer of cream. Place the other half of the cake on top, then cover with the rest of the espresso and another layer of cream. Refrigerate at least 5 hours before serving to let the espresso sink into the cake layers. Before serving, dust with cocoa if desired. Makes 4 BIG servings or 8 squares.

See the following link for: Tiramisu Calories & Nutrition Facts

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Questions of the Day:

Do your family gatherings tend to be loud and crazy?
Or are they quiet and reserved?

I have an extremely large and very welcoming extended family, so our holiday gatherings tend to go something like a scene from the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Loud and crazy… with a ton of food!

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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. Katie, are you part Italian?

    Our gatherings are always loud, because I come from a big family, & even bigger extended family. Lots of kids running around, & lots of dessert!

    (This tiramasu looks so wonderful, btw!)

  2. I come from a small family and only one person is under 16, so our gatherings are fairly quiet. I guess in 10 years they’ll be much louder!

    That tiramisu looks so crazy moist! Are the pictures for the sugar added version or sugar substitute?

      1. Oh wow, that is an excellent point. I guess this isn’t the Wonka Factory where you can taste through the screen, huh?

  3. Thanks for the tofu-free version! This sounds fantastic.

  4. Wren says:

    Katiiiie! How could you have been holding onto this recipe for so long? I’m //desperate// for a healthy version of tiramisu (it’s a sickness), and this looks so delicious I may need to pick up some of those ingredients on my way home from work and make it //tonight.//

  5. This recipe looks gorgeous and I’ve definitely got to try it. Though I’m Italian, I’ve never made homemade tiramisu but your recipe is so approachable so I may try it out. My family gatherings are loud, funny, inappropriate and amazing, we don’t understand how to do the whole “quiet and reserved” thing 😉

  6. Violet says:

    Oh my, this looks delish!

  7. George Lin says:

    We’re pretty reserved on the whole, although I suppose it depends on who goes to the gather or more precisely, who your’re looking at.

  8. Elaine says:

    Perfect timing, Katie! I never post anything on anyone’s blog but had to today because I’ve been looking for a healthier version (& dairy free) of tiramisu for our wedding anniversary this weekend. It’s my husband’s favorite dessert-actually the only sweet thing he craves. Crazy, right? Thank you so much for posting this & all of your other delicious recipes for our family to enjoy!

  9. Lili says:

    OMG Katie, you are the best !!!!!!!!! Thank you for this amazing recipe !!!!

  10. Maya says:

    Can you use parchment paper instead of plastic wrap?

  11. Ahhh tiramisu! One of my all time favourite desserts! I am lucky enough to have an Italian uncle and thus an auntie who has adopted the skills of making the most scrumptious tiramisu Italian style! This healthy option would be a great excuse to have it more often though 😀 x

  12. Oh my goodness, this looks so good! I’m incredibly jealous of your lovely Christmas in Italy, but this seems like a really good way to get a taste of it.

  13. Emilylovesraisins says:

    Healthy tiramisu!!! WHY have you been keeping this secret for so long?! (Jk, I’m not mad! Later is WAY better than never! 🙂 )
    Oh yeah, one question: if you use the yogurt instead of tofu, does it make it tangier? Should I add more sweetener? (I guess that was two questions, lol) Thanks!!!!! 🙂

  14. Alli says:

    If I’m using Mori-Nu tofu (which I agree is totally the best), how many packages would I need for the cup and a fourth in the recipe?

  15. That looks so dangerously delicious!

  16. This brings back my fondest memories of the vacations I spent at my Italian aunt’s house. You exactly describe how gatherings there used to be! Thanks for sharing your memories and that fantastic recipe!

  17. Ronnie says:

    Katie, you are a LIFESAVER. I’m pregnant and had to go dairy-free for the pregnancy, and one of the things I have been grieving the loss of more than anything else is tiramisu! This sounds DELICIOUS–thank you thank you thank you!

  18. What a brilliant idea! I love the idea of making tiramisu healthier…however, my husband would never agree with this recipe. He’s from Italy and there is NO messing with tiramisu, lol! I’d have to call it something else in order to convince him to eat it ;-)))

  19. I’m a sucker for Tiramisu–when I visited a friend’s family in rural Germany, they made a version with spiced applesauce as a base. It was sort of a more rustic, refreshing version (and probably healthier!) Mmm…

  20. Natalie Thomas says:

    On my mom’s side, loud and crazy…we’ve gotten complaints before.
    On my dad’s side, calm and quiet.
    My dad’s family is from Virginia and my mom’s family is cajun from Louisiana, so I guess it fits.

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