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.
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
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!
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!!
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…
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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