Healthy Tiramisù

Healthy Tiramisu Recipe (refined sugar free, gluten free) - Desserts With Benefits

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

Here it is guys, Tiramisu…  healthy Tiramisu!

Healthy Tiramisu Recipe (refined sugar free, gluten free) - Desserts With Benefits

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

Healthy Tiramisu Recipe (refined sugar free, gluten free) - Desserts With Benefits

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…)

12 servings

Healthy Tiramisù


Vanilla Bean Pastry Cream:
  • 4 Large Organic Eggs, room temperature
  • 32g (¼ cup) Organic Corn Starch
  • 1 tbs Vanilla Paste
  • 1 tsp Stevia Extract
  • 2 cups Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
Mascarpone Filling:
  • 1 lb Mascarpone Cheese, room temperature
  • 2 cups Homemade Vanilla Bean Pastry Cream (recipe above)
  • ~21 Homemade Ladyfingers, cooled completely if baked fresh
  • ½ cup Prepared Coffee, brewed strong and cooled to room temperature
  • ½ cup Rum
Unsweetened Dutch Processed Cocoa Powder, for dusting


For the Vanilla Bean Pastry Cream:
(Recipe makes ~3 cups but you'll only need 2 cups for the Tiramisu)
  1. In a double boiler over medium heat, whisk together the eggs and corn starch.  Then, whisk in the vanilla paste and stevia extract.  Last, whisk in the almond milk.
  2. Whisk constantly until thickened and pudding-like (it takes a while, maybe 10-15 minutes?). DO NOT overcook!
  3. Pour the mixture into a heat-proof dish and let cool to room temperature.
For the Mascarpone Filling:
  1. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the mascarpone and pastry cream.
For the Ladyfingers:
  1. Line an 8x5" loaf pan with plastic wrap so that there is an overhang and the entire pan is covered with the plastic.
  2. In a shallow dish, stir together the coffee and rum.  Dunk both sides of a ladyfinger in the mixture and place it inside the loaf pan (for me, 7 ladyfingers fit to make each layer)
  3. Scoop 1/3 of the mascarpone filling over the lady fingers and spread it out.
  4. Dunk the ladyfingers in the coffee/rum mixture and place it over the mascarpone filling.
  5. Repeat the process.
  6. Cover the pan with plastic wrap touching the surface and refrigerate for 24 hours (overnight should do).
  7. Remove the plastic wrap cover and flip the pan onto a serving dish.  Gently remove the loaf pan and slowly peel off the plastic wrap.  Dust with cocoa powder, then slice and serve!

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!

26 comments on “Healthy Tiramisù

  1. Could I use stevia instead of the extract?

    • dessertswithbenefits

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

  2. Meg @ The Compost Cook

    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.

    • dessertswithbenefits

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

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

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  5. 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

  6. 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 🙂

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


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

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

    • Tara-
      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!!

  13. 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!

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  15. like this

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

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

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