Healthy Tiramisu Recipe

After making Homemade Ladyfingers you HAD to know this was coming, right?

Here it is guys, Tiramisu…  healthy Tiramisu!

Healthy Tiramisu Recipe

This Tiramisu recipe is 100% homemade, from the Ladyfingers to the mascarpone cream filling!

Healthy Tiramisu Recipe

This Tiramisu has the perfect ratio of Ladyfingers:Mascarpone Cream Filling.  And the hint of coffee and rum?  Oh yeah, that makes this dessert about 372,001x better  ;)

My taste testers said this was my “BEST DESSERT YET!”  The creamy filling was rich and flavorful, the softened ladyfingers added texture and unique quality to the dish and the cocoa provided balance and warmth.  So slice a big serving onto a plate and share with a couple of friends (or keep it to yourself, because you’ll definitely want to…)


Yield: 12 servings


    Homemade Vanilla Bean Pastry Cream:
  • 4 Large Eggs, room temperature (preferably organic)
  • 32g (1/4 cup) Corn Starch (preferably non-GMO)
  • 1 tbs Vanilla Paste
  • 1 tsp Stevia Extract
  • 490g (2 cups) Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • Mascarpone Filling:
  • 1 lb Mascarpone Cheese, room temperature (preferably organic or all natural) (437g)
  • 2 cups Homemade Vanilla Bean Pastry Cream (recipe above)
  • Ladyfingers:
  • ~21 Homemade Ladyfingers (don't use storebought!)
  • 1/2 cup Strong Coffee, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Rum (I used Vanilla Rum)
  • Dutch Process Cocoa Powder, for dusting


    For the Pastry Cream: (recipe makes 3 cups but you'll only need 2 cups for the Tiramisu)
  1. Fill a pot with water and place over medium heat.
  2. In a large heat-proof bowl, whisk together the eggs and corn starch.
  3. Whisk in the vanilla paste and stevia, then whisk in the almond milk.
  4. Place the bowl over the simmering water and whisk constantly until thickened and pudding-like (it takes a while, maybe 10-15 minutes?). DO NOT overcook or overheat... you don't want the eggs to smell like hard-boiled eggs.
  5. Pour the mixture into a heat-proof dish and let cool to room temperature on the counter.
  6. For the Mascarpone Filling:
  7. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the mascarpone cheese and pastry cream.
  8. For the Ladyfingers:
  9. Make the Homemade Ladyfingers and let cool completely.
  10. Line an 8x5" loaf pan with plastic wrap so that there is an overhang and the entire pan is covered with the plastic.
  11. In a shallow dish, stir together the coffee and rum.
  12. Dunk both sides of a ladyfinger in the coffee/rum mixture and line the bottom of the loaf pan (for me, 7 ladyfingers created one layer)
  13. Scoop 1/3 of the mascarpone filling over the lady fingers and spread/flatten it out.
  14. Dunk the ladyfingers in the coffee/rum and line over the mascarpone filling.
  15. Scoop 1/3 of the mascarpone filling over the lady fingers and spread/flatten.
  16. Repeat the previous two steps one last time.
  17. Cover with plastic wrap touching the surface and refrigerate 24 hours or overnight.
  18. The next day, remove the plastic wrap cover and place a serving dish face down over the loaf pan. Carefully flip the two so that the loaf pan is now on top and face down. Gently remove the loaf pan and slowly peel off the plastic wrap. Slice and serve!


This tiramisu lasts for a few days in the fridge if covered well!

This recipe is: no bake, sugar free, high protein, gluten free!

Healthy Tiramisu Recipe  Healthy Tiramisu Recipe

A healthy Tiramisu recipe?  I know it’s hard to believe, I don’t think those two words have ever been in the same sentence before today.  I’ll prove it here (the AllRecipes nutrition label is on the left,  the DWB nutrition label is on the right):

Healthy Dessert Blog  Healthy Dessert Blog

(AllRecipes label made using these ladyfingers,  DWB label made using Homemade Ladyfingers [the egg version],  both labels do not include the cocoa powder toppings)

Wow, what a difference.  Compared to the AllRecipes version, the Desserts with Benefits recipe has:

  • 110 less calories
  • 10g less fat (and 7g less unhealthy saturated fat)
  • nearly half the cholesterol
  • less carbs
  • more fiber
  • NO refined sugar
  • more protein

Make this {secretly healthy} Tiramisu ASAP.  Indulge in healthfully, naturally, sinlessly!

Labels: Chocolate, Coffee, Eggs, Gluten-Free, High-Protein, Low-Sugar, Mascarpone, No-Bake, Nutrition-Label, Oat-Flour, Pies-Mousses-Tarts-and-Cheesecakes, Sugar-Free

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Comments (18)

  1. Helen: May 25, 2013

    Could I use stevia instead of the extract?

  2. dessertswithbenefits: May 26, 2013

    Helen, did you mean powdered stevia instead of liquid stevia? If so, I’m sure you can however I have never used powdered stevia :)

  3. Meg @ The Compost Cook: May 26, 2013

    You took my suggestion of making a cleaned-up Tiramasu! Yet again, you continue to amaze me with your incredible recipes and I can’t wait to see what you’ll come up with next.

  4. dessertswithbenefits: May 26, 2013

    Yes! Thanks for the suggestion, I probably never would have gotten the courage to make it! :)

  5. I could really dive into this tiramisu for breakfast right now!

  6. Kammie @ Sensual Appeal: May 27, 2013

    Tiramisu is definitely one of my ALL TIME favorite desserts/ cakes/ whatever. Oh my word, and I cannot thank you enough for making a HEALTHY version! You really rock! xo

  7. Irina @ wandercrush: May 27, 2013

    I love that you make so many of your own recipe components. This is an ambitious dessert to replicate healthily, but it looks amazing! Thanks for sharing, Jessica :)

  8. joybee83: June 1, 2013

    Wow that looks so good. I’ve been wanting to try my hand at Tiramisu for a long time.

  9. Patrick: October 23, 2013

    Hi, just wanted to tell you, I loved this post. It was inspiring.
    Keep on posting!

  10. Tara: January 26, 2014

    Hi, recipe sounds great!Wondering if its possible to substitute cream cheese for the Mascarpone Cheese?

  11. dessertswithbenefits: January 26, 2014

    Cream cheese will work in place of the mascarpone, the filling just won’t have the same flavor. You may need to add ~10-20 more drops of the stevia extract because mascarpone is slightly sweet. Hope you like the Tiramisu!!

  12. Irina nsanity: February 2, 2014

    This is just WOW! I think even in Italy i didn’t tried a tiramisu so tasty! And of course it‘s much healthier! I ran out of almond milk, so i used regular one and substituted tapioca flour for corn starch. Also i used mascarpone:cream cheese at ratio 1:1. And it was still tasty and so good! Thank you a lot!

  13. dessertswithbenefits: February 3, 2014

    Oh my gosh I’m so glad you liked it!! Your comment just made my day :)
    Good to know cream cheese works in here too, I’ll try that next time I don’t feel like looking for mascarpone!

  14. nicolela2010: April 14, 2014

    like this

  15. danis @ womensfblog: October 9, 2014

    Finally a healthy version of my favorite Italian tiramisu. Simply and most important delicious:)

  16. dessertswithbenefits: October 9, 2014

    Danis @ WomensFBlog-
    YES! Healthy Tiramisu!! It’s so rich and decadent it’s hard to believe it’s healthy, but it is :)
    Hope you like the recipe!

  17. Charlotte: December 11, 2014

    I try to make it, but the pastry cream will NEVER get thicker!:( Tried for about 30 minutes, but it’s still very liquid.

  18. Charlotte-
    Oh no! I have no idea how that happened. Starch and eggs should always thicken up. Did you use the same exact ingredients in the recipe or did you make substitutions?

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