The Best Dairy Free Tiramisu

The best dairy-free tiramisu, so creamy you wouldn’t believe that it’s plant-based! Made with tofu, dates, and almonds, it’s a great way to indulge in this Italian dessert classic.

The best dairy-free tiramisu, so creamy you wouldn't believe that it’s plant-based! Made with tofu, dates, and almonds, it's a great way to indulge in this Italian dessert classic.

Replacing Mascarpone with Tofu

Now I know not everyone is a fan of plant-based desserts, especially ones made with tofu. Even I had my reservations when creating this recipe. But I rose to the challenge, and I can honestly say this recipe blew my socks off!! This is truly the best dairy-free tiramisu you’ll ever have. This healthier twist on the beloved Italian dessert has all of the elements of the classic tiramisu. Smooth, creamy and delicious!

The first challenge for this recipe was replacing the mascarpone cheese, which is synonymous with Tiramisu. Most plant-based recipes will call for cashews as a “cheese” alternative, but I decided to break with tradition! That’s where tofu came to mind. My first thought was to use soft tofu but later discovered that Sunrise medium-firm yielded the perfect texture of mascarpone. It has a smooth consistency without the meaty and dense texture of firm and extra-firm tofu, but not as delicate as soft tofu. I also love that Sunrise Soya Foods is a Canadian company that uses Canadian non-GMO soybeans

The best dairy-free tiramisu, so creamy you wouldn't believe that it’s plant-based! Made with tofu, dates, and almonds, it's a great way to indulge in this Italian dessert classic.

Flavour

After deciding to use tofu as the base of this delectable dessert, the next challenge was adding flavour. If you’re familiar with tofu, you know that “naked” tofu is pretty tasteless…haha! That’s where a few ingredients and a little experimentation comes into play. I’m not gonna lie, it took a couple of tries to make tofu taste yummy enough for dessert. Thank goodness for maple syrup, vanilla, almond butter and dark rum! Feel free to replace the dark rum with rum extract if you prefer. This way you get to skip the alcohol but not the flavour!

Gluten-Free Crust

The third and final challenge for this recipe was the crust. Rather than using traditional ladyfingers and sponge-like cake for the crust, I had the idea of using dates and almond flour instead! The crust reminds me of those yummy date balls that so many of us love. Next, all it needed was a little coffee flavour…cuz you can’t have tiramisu without coffee. If you guys are part of the OG Healthnut Tribe, you know that I don’t drink coffee. However, I’m a huge fan of herbal coffee, which is the perfect substitution for your cup-of-joe. Shout out to my herbal coffee lovers!!

The best dairy-free tiramisu, so creamy you wouldn't believe that it’s plant-based! Made with tofu, dates, and almonds, it's a great way to indulge in this Italian dessert classic.

Okay, so now that we have all the layers established, you can whip out your food processor and blender and get cracking! This dessert comes together within minutes, but a little patience is required as it does need some chillin’. I love preparing these in individual jars or dessert cups as they make the perfect single portions, plus they’re super cute. Once you’re ready to serve it, add a dusting of cocoa…

The best dairy-free tiramisu, so creamy you wouldn't believe that it’s plant-based! Made with tofu, dates, and almonds, it's a great way to indulge in this Italian dessert classic.

Let me know in the comments below if you’ve tried any other non-traditional desserts, especially ones made with tofu! If you’re a fan of creamy non-dairy desserts, then you’re going to love both my:

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Recipe

The Best Dairy Free Tiramisu

The best dairy free tiramisu, so creamy you wouldn't believe that it’s plant-based! Made with
tofu, dates, and almonds, it's a great way to indulge in this Italian dessert classic.
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 6 hrs

Ingredients:

Filling

  • 1 block Sunrise medium-firm tofu drained
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil melted
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened soy milk
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter smooth
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum or 1 teaspoon rum extract
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • pinch sea salt

Crust

  • 10 medjool dates* pitted
  • 1/3 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons herbal coffee or 1 teaspoon instant coffee
  • 1 tablespoon boiled water
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • pinch sea salt

Topping

  • cocoa powder
category:
Course Dessert
serves: 6
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Instructions:

  • Add the tofu, maple syrup, coconut oil, soy milk, almond butter, rum, vanilla and a pinch of salt to a high speed blender. Bend for 60 seconds until silky smooth.
  • Add the dates to a food processor, and process on high for 20 to 25 seconds or until forms into a ball. Break up the ball and add back into the food processor.
  • Dissolve the herbal/instant coffee in hot water and add to the dates. Add the almond flour and sea salt and blend on high for 90 seconds until it forms into a ball.
  • Divide the crust between 6 small jars or dessert cups and press with your fingers to cover the bottom.
  • Pour the filling on top of the crust.
  • Refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight to set.
  • Dust with a generous amount of cocoa powder.

Notes

*If your dates are a bit dry, soak them in hot water for about 5 minutes to soften them.

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    6 comments
  1. I’m allergic to coconut, could I substitute the coconut oil with avocado oil or another oil and could almond or cashew milk be used stead of soy milk?

  2. 4 stars
    Just tried this recipe. It was pretty good, I just needed to add more maple syrup on my end. Couldn’t tell it was tofu, and it was so creamy! Thank you 😊

  3. I cannot wait to try this! I have been vegan for about a year now but always loved tiramisu. I am not a huge fan of cashews so this seems perfect! Thank you for posting!