Healthy Homemade Ladyfingers
Ladyfingers are a classic cookie/biscuit that is shaped like a finger (sort of, haha). When people hear Ladyfingers they usually think of Tiramisù or Trifles… it’s not often that people will snack on Ladyfingers alone. Surprise, surprise, though, these Healthy Homemade Ladyfingers are not only delicious in homemade Tiramisù, but they’re delicious on their own too!
These Healthy Homemade Ladyfingers aren’t super dry and crunchy and crumbly like the stale, prepackaged kinds that you would find at the grocery store. These are sweet, spongy, and full of flavor!
Oh, and another difference? These are actually good for you too.
Yes, I said it. These Homemade Ladyfingers are healthy. I adapted this recipe off of my Soft Sugar Cookie recipe because I knew that the recipe would work successfully… and you know how unlucky I am in the kitchen sometimes (remember how it took me 14 trials to perfect this Single-Serving Chocolate Cake? Or how about the 9 trials it took me to perfect my Red Velvet Cake…)
Thankfully, these Healthy Homemade Ladyfingers were a success on the first try. They’re firm on the outside, soft and spongy on the inside. Perfect for snacking, but also perfect for layering in desserts like Trifles and Tiramisù!
Healthy Homemade Ladyfingers
- ½ cup + 3 tbs Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
- 96g (½ cup) Granulated Erythritol
- 82g (⅓ cup) Unsweetened Applesauce
- 1 tsp Liquid Stevia Extract
- ½ tsp Vanilla Paste
- 120g (1 cup) Oat Flour
- 102g (¾ cup) Sweet White Sorghum Flour
- 40g (¼ cup, packed) Arrowroot Starch
- 2 tsp Double-Acting Baking Powder
- ¼ tsp Salt
- ¼ tsp Xanthan Gum
- ⅛ tsp Ground Turmeric (optional, just for color)
- Powdered Erythritol (for dusting AFTER baking)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, and prep a large pastry bag with large round tip in a tall glass for easy filling.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the almond milk, erythritol, applesauce, stevia extract, and vanilla paste.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the oat flour, sorghum flour, starch, baking powder, salt, xanthan gum, and turmeric. Dump over the wet ingredient and fold together until completely even.
- Scoop mixture into the prepared piping bag and pipe 4″ lines onto the prepared cookie sheet. Pipe the fingers 2″ apart as they will spread a tiny bit. Bake for ~9-10 minutes, or until the fingers are firm when tapped.
- Slide ladyfingers onto a wire cooling rack, dust the fingers with powdered erythritol, and let cool completely.
Isn’t the nutrition label above basically PROOF that these Healthy Homemade Ladyfingers are better for you than storebought? 😉
Compared to storebought, my Healthy Homemade Ladyfingers are higher in fiber, higher in protein, and whole grain and sugar free too! That means that these will keep you fuller for longer than those processed, sugary “things” at the grocery store.
So make these. Make these NOW!! 😉
With love and good eats,
WOW. This blew my mind. I made a pretty epic vegan tiramisu the other (which I will blog about soon) but had to use Bourbon biscuits because I just could not find ladyfingers. At all. What’s up with that?? I’ll definitely try these — I bet they’d be lovely in a trifle!
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I am surely gonna try this, if you can save some extra calories and still indulge why not right..thanks
I tried them and they are delicious:) but will they be good at tiramisu? i mean could they be soaked well? ’cause original ladyfingers are lighter in texture
Yay I’m glad you liked them! And yes, these work in Tiramisu. Here is my Healthy Tiramisu recipe 🙂
Can we grind erythritol to make powder?? or use swerve, even Truvia?
You can make powdered erythritol in a blender or food processor, but it takes a bit of time. You’ll need 1 tbs of starch per cup of erythritol. Swerve sells powdered erythritol already made, so that might be easier than making it yourself 🙂
Truvia is 2x as sweet as sugar so I wouldn’t recommend using that here.
Can I use oil instead of applesauce and cow´s milk instead of almond milk? Thanks (and sorry my bad English: I´m not from English-speaking countries)
I haven’t tried those substitutions but oil should replace the applesauce just fine. Preferably a solid oil, like coconut oil or organic butter. Cow’s milk can replace the almond milk just fine too 🙂
PS: Your English is great!
For the 96 g (1/2 cup) Homemade vanilla sugar OR (dry sweetener of choice), do you have any suggestions as to what i can use for the dry sweetener? I’m unfamiliar with alternate options.
If i was to use powdered Stevia for example, the conversion chart says that i need only use 1/2 tsp for 1/2 cup of sugar. Is this accurate?
Would it be okay to use 1/2 cup coconut sugar instead of 1/2 cup homemade vanilla sugar?
I haven’t tried coconut sugar here but it MAY work. Erythritol and vanilla sugar can be substituted with other granulated sweeteners at a 1:1 ratio. Powdered stevia won’t work because it doesn’t have the bulk that 1/2 cup of sweetener has.
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How do you make these without a piping bag…or is that impossible?
Haven’t tried it, but you can snip a corner off of a Ziploc bag and pipe it that way 🙂
THANK YOU THANK YOU for making this recipe vegan-friendly! I know what I’ll be snacking on very soon!
hi, can i ce the oat flour? Can’t find a gluten free oat flour in my country…
You can try subbing the oat flour with more sorghum flour, but you might also need to increase the xanthan gum. Since xanthan gum is finicky, you will probably need 1/4 tsp + 1/8 tsp (because 1/2 tsp might be too much). Hope this works Tatiana! 🙂
Dear Jessica, can I substitute the sorghum flour with other type of flour? May Whole wheat pastry flour, regular all purpose flour or cake flour? Or any other common flour you suggest. Your blog/website is great, Jessica. Always in the lookout for your great baking ideas/recipes
I haven’t tried subbing the sorghum flour here so you’ll have to test it on your own. I’d recommend whole wheat pastry flour 🙂
Oh, thank you Jessica!. I will then try to find sorghum flour for this recipe! 🙂 !!!
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Hi- I’m looking for healthy alternatives but not really wanting the vegan thing. My diet likes eggs. I have made traditional lady fingers and the egg whites are the key to the texture. Any suggestions for making a high protein, sugar free lady finger with the eggs?
This recipe is vegan and I haven’t tested a recipe with eggs. If I were to make this with eggs, I’d bake this:
3 Large Eggs
96g (½ cup) Granulated Erythritol
82g (⅓ cup) Unsweetened Applesauce
1 tsp Liquid Stevia Extract
½ tsp Vanilla Paste
120g (1 cup) Oat Flour
102g (¾ cup) Sweet White Sorghum Flour
40g (¼ cup, packed) Arrowroot Starch
2 tsp Double-Acting Baking Powder
¼ tsp Salt
¼ tsp Xanthan Gum
⅛ tsp Ground Turmeric (optional, just for color)
Powdered Erythritol (for dusting AFTER baking)
Hope this works out for you!! 🙂
has anyone actually tried to make this? the granulated Erythritol does not dissolve and came out granulated in the mixture no matter how long i whipped the yolks. what a nasty mess. the mixture was not airy at all and runny so you cant even pipe it, most likely because the Erythritol just would not dissolve. i had to add extra flour, which messed up the whole recipe. the end result was so bad that i trashed it. i need to buy a coffee grinder and grind the Erythritol into a powder and will try again with regular flour, as it’s a much better binder to the eggs.
Did you substitute any ingredients (like using a different flour than called for in the recipe), and did you weigh everything out using a kitchen scale like I did?
I wouldn’t recommend adding extra flour, but just let the batter sit for a bit. Oat flour absorbs a lot of liquid after a little bit because of the fiber content.
Hi, your recipe looks delicious 😋. I don’t have Sorghum flour. Will almond flour work?