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The EASIEST Healthy Tiramisu

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This Healthy Tiramisu recipe is made with nourishing ingredients making it perfect for breakfast or dessert! It’s easy to make and ready in 15 minutes. It can easily be made vegan and gluten-free too and requires no oil or refined sugar!

A single serving of tiramisu on a grey plate. There is a fork to the left of the tiramisu.

Tiramisu has to be one of my favourite desserts of all time. There’s just something special about the layers of soft and moist coffee-soaked cake, sweet and creamy vanilla filling with the contrast of rich and deliciously bitter flavour of cocoa powder. The contrast of flavours and textures just works as an actual dream.

I must warn you though this is not a traditional Italian Tiramisu (I have to disclaim this so as to not offend the Italians in my family).

Me being my, I obviously had to “healthify” and “easify” my favourite dessert to make it fit for breakfast (who doesn’t love dessert for breakfast!?). So in this Healthy Tiramisu recipe instead of the traditional coffee-soaked ladyfingers, I made an oat-flour based cake using just four ingredients and then poured on some black coffee. Instead of the traditional egg-sugar-mascarpone cream, I combined some yoghurt and vanilla protein powder. This is all finished off with a generous dusting of cocoa powder.

This recipe is created as a single-serve portion, but I do give instructions to make a larger batch further down in the post.

A single serving of tiramisu on a grey plate. There is a fork cutting a section of the tiramisu off.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Oat Flour: You can either buy Oat Flour from your local Health Food Store, or you can make your own by simply blending oats until it’s a fine powder – which is what I do. If you want to use a different type of flour you could try this Single-Serve Tiramisu where I use Buckwheat Flour.

Baking Powder: this makes the cake rise to make it nice and fluffy. The cake does not contain any acidic ingredients, so you cannot replace the baking powder with baking soda.

Maple Syrup: To add a touch of sweetness without adding refined sugar I like to use maple syrup. You could use honey or agave syrup if you prefer or you can use coconut sugar or sweetener, however, you may need a tiny bit more milk (see the recipe video for the consistency of the “cake batter”.

Milk: You can use any plant-based milk alternative to make this recipe vegan, I like oat milk the best. I have also used water before!

Black Coffee: You can use a double shot of coffee, or 1 tsp instant coffee + 3 tbsp boiling water.

Thick Yoghurt: You can use Greek yoghurt, coconut yoghurt, almond yoghurt or soy yoghurt. I use Soy Greek-style yoghurt as it’s really thick and creamy!

Vanilla Protein Powder: To add a touch of sweetness and extra protein to the filling, add just a bit of vanilla protein powder. If you’d rather not use protein powder you can use vanilla-flavoured yoghurt or just omit this completely instead.

Cocoa Powder: I just use regular baking cocoa powder, but you could use Cacao Powder or even Hot Chocolate Powder.

A single serving of tiramisu on a grey plate. There is a fork to the left of the tiramisu. A section of the tiramisu has been eaten.

How To Make Healthy Tiramisu

This Healthy Tiramisu is rather simple to make, but I’ve made a video showing you exactly how to do it!

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All you’re going to do is combine the ingredients for the cake until combined, then pour it into a loaf tin and spread it out into a thin, flat layer. Make sure to use some baking parchment paper so that it’s easy to remove from the tin. Once baked, pour your coffee over the top (whilst still in the tin) and leave so that the coffee gets soaked into the cake – this should only take a minute. Then carefully remove the cake from the tin (careful – it’s fragile!) and slice it in half to make two smaller pieces. Prepare your yoghurt filling ready for layering. Spread half of the yoghurt onto one piece of cake, dust on some cocoa powder then add the second bit of cake, the rest of the yoghurt and finish off with some more cocoa powder.

As mentioned – this recipe is made for one person BUT you can make a larger batch by simply using a larger baking dish and multiplying the ingredients by the number of portions you desire.

1 portion: use a loaf tin – approximately 20cm x 10cm

2 portions: use a square tin – approximately 20cm x 20cm

3 portions: use a large rectangular tin – approximately 20cm x 30cm

You may have to bake the cake for a bit longer if using a bigger tin, you’ll know the cake is ready when it’s cooked in the middle, it should be solid – not squishy!

Storing

This recipe is designed to be consumed immediately (and why would you not want to?) BUT if you do want to prepare a whole batch throughout the week – I won’t be surprised. You can do so by baking the cake then soaking it in coffee and storing the cake in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to a week. You can also prepare the yoghurt filling ahead of time, store it in a container in the fridge alongside your cake and then assemble the cake as per usual just before serving.

Here are some more healthy breakfast recipes:

BAKING IN GRAMS

All of the recipes I create are tried and tested a few times until it has been perfected. My goal is to develop recipes that are simple to make and easy to follow so that anyone can make them – even if you’ve never baked before!

One very important thing that will ensure that you get the best results is to measure your ingredients by weight! I recommend purchasing a kitchen scale, they are very affordable and it will honestly change your baking game for good! Not all measuring cups are made equally – for example, a cup of flour to me weighs 120g, but for you, it may be anywhere between 100g and 200g – that’s a BIG difference!

If you don’t have a kitchen scale yet, you can use this Ingredient Weight Chart as a guideline to convert the ingredients to help you!

Now – dust your apron off and get baking! X

A single serving of tiramisu on a grey plate. There is a fork cutting a section of the tiramisu off.

The EASIEST Healthy Tiramisu

This Healthy Tiramisu recipe is made with nourishing ingredients and is just perfect for breakfast! It's easy to make and ready in 15 minutes. It can easily be made vegan and gluten-free too and requires no oil or refined sugar!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Servings 1
Calories 381 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 180°C (160°C fan / 350°F) and prepare a loaf tin with baking parchment paper (see video).
  • Combine the Oat Flour, Baking Powder, Syrup and Milk in a small mixing bowl. Transfer the mixture into the loaf tin. Bake for 10 minutes.
  • Combine your Yoghurt and Protein Powder (if using) and mix until smooth.
  • Once baked, pour the coffee over the cake and leave to soak for about a minute. Carefully remove the cake from the tin.
  • Slice the cake in half, spread half of the Yoghurt on top and dust with Cocoa powder. Add the second piece of cake on top and repeat the Yoghurt and Cocoa process.

Video

Notes

  • If you want to skip the vanilla protein powder, you can use vanilla yoghurt instead.
  • For the black coffee, combine 1 tsp instant coffee with 3 tbsp hot water or use a double espresso.
  • Please watch the recipe video above and read the blog post content for ingredient substitutes!
If you want to make more than one portion or meal prep:
2 portions: use a square tin – approximately 20cm x 20cm
3 portions: use a large rectangular tin – approximately 20cm x 30cm
 
 
These nutritional values are provided as a guide only and may be different depending on your ingredients and measurements.
 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
The EASIEST Healthy Tiramisu
Amount per Serving
Calories
381
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
8.1
g
12
%
Carbohydrates
 
56.5
g
19
%
Protein
 
2.5
g
5
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword dairy-free tiramisu, easy tiramisu, gluten-free tiramisu, healthy tiramisu, tiramisu, vegan tiramisu
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6 Responses

  1. 5 stars
    Love how easy your recipes are! The tiramisu was such a treat and no guilt! I will be making it again! We all have that sweet craving and this hits all the right spots while being healthy!!!!

    1. Thank you for making this recipe Patti, I am thrilled you loved it as much as I do! I absolutely love making recipes that are both easy and healthier but still delicious and from the sounds of it, I hit the nail on the head with this one 🙂

    1. Hey Elissa!
      60g Oat Flour is roughly 2/3 cup, 60g Milk is 1/4 cup and 80g Yoghurt is roughly 1/3 cup. Hope that helps!
      I do always recommend using a kitchen scale and following the weighted ingredients as this ensures precise baking.

      I hope you enjoy it!

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