Saturday, September 24, 2011

Tasty (low-fat) Tiramisu


A few months ago I was talking to one of my readers named Kathleen.  We were talking about favorite desserts and she mentioned that she had a wonderful recipe for Tiramisu. It was different from the classic recipes because it didn't use Mascarpone cheese and it calls for all low-fat ingredients.  I asked if she'd be willing to share the recipe and she was more than happy to!  I've always wanted to make Tiramisu so this was the perfect recipe to try.  It uses every day ingredients and it's very easy to prepare.   It does call for Kahlua, but I didn't add it because my kids will be eating this too.  I also scaled down the coffee mixture because I forgot to cut my ladyfingers in half.  Even so, it turned out perfect!
It tastes delicious...thanks so much Kathleen!

Ingredients are as follows:

1 cup cold water
1 (14 ounce) can fat-free sweetened condensed milk
1 (1.4 ounce) package sugar-free vanilla instant pudding
1 (8 ounce) block 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
1 (8 ounce) tub frozen lite whipped topping (cool whip), thawed

1/2 cup hot water
1 tablespoon instant coffee granules

1/2 cup Kahlua (optional)* 
24 cake-like ladyfingers 

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa


Have an 8x8 inch pan ready.

In a large bowl combine the cold water, milk and pudding; stir well with a whisk then set aside.

Cream the cream cheese until nice and smooth.

Add pudding mixture and mix until completely incorporated.

By hand, fold in the cool whip; set aside.

Add the coffee granules into the hot water and stir until dissolved.

Arrange 12 of the ladyfingers into the bottom of your dish.

Drizzle half of the coffee over the ladyfingers.

Spread one-half of the pudding mixture evenly over ladyfingers.

Sprinkle with a tablespoon of cocoa powder.

Repeat the layers again; using two tablespoons of cocoa for the top.                    Refrigerate for a few hours so the flavors can meld together.

Slice, serve and enjoy!

*If you are adding the Kahlua, stir it into the coffee. 

This is linked up to Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Potpourri Party and these lovely blog parties.



  1. Looks great and the original recipe is definetly not low fat :)
    Take care..

  2. I love a tiramisu recipe without marscapone just because I can't find it anyway in my area. I look for it all the time even though I don't have a specific recipe to use it in. And, realistically, I know it will probably expire in my fridge before ever getting used. But, at least I can say I had some...

    Thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday. It looks delicious.

  3. wow...wat a fantastic presentation..
    absolutely lipsmacking..:P

    Tasty Appetite

  4. Wow! This looks so decadant! Thanks for sharing at Church Supper! Have a blessed week, and hope to see you again next Sunday.

    Everyday Mom's Meals

  5. Oh, this is my favorite dessert. I love that I can make it somewhat healthier! Thanks for sharing!! Can't wait to make it!

  6. My husband is a tiramisu fanatic. I will definitely have to try this. Thanks for sharing!

  7. My gallbladder and my taste buds thank you!! I love tiramisu and thought I'd have to give it up after my gallbladder attack. I have to eat low fat now, and this will be a recipe I'll be trying.

    Pinning this on pinterest.

    Tracy Screaming Sardine

  8. a few seconds ago I was looking at your blog and dreaming about this recipe. Then I clicked back over to mine and was shocked to notice you link this recipe up! Thank so much. It's looks divine! Have a lovely day, Maria

  9. oh my heavens...I need to take a dessert to the "Italian" themed bridal shower for a friend of a friend and this looks GREAT and LOVE the health conscience version! THX for linking up.

  10. Thanks for sharing a low fat version. Looks good.

  11. hmm...I love tiramisu...the idea of taking out the fat makes me worried (that's the yummy part), but I'd definitely be willing to try!

  12. MMM! This looks so de-lish!
    Stephanie @

  13. I absolutely love your website, and I can't wait to try quite a few of your recipes!! I enjoy your blog so much I added your badge to mine... Hope that's okay! =)

  14. A tiramisu recipe without marscapone is my first selection, just because I can't find it anyway in my area. I look for it all the time even though I don't have a specific recipe to use it in.
    hediyelik eşya

  15. I love your recipe! Would you come over to CAST PARTY WEDNESDAY at Lady Behind The Curtain and share your recipe with us tomorrow?
    I hope to see you there!

  16. This is the exact same recipe I have been using for years, fast and turns out great each time!

  17. I'd love to try this as I love Tiramasu! Low fat low calorie is a very good thing :) happy Foodie Friday!

  18. this looks creamily delectable

    thanks for linking it up to fridays unfolded!


  19. I am sooo going to have to try this!! This is my fave desert of all time and to find a low fat version makes it rock even more.

  20. yum, this looks delish and low fat too! Thanks for sharing.
    x Marnie


  22. Tiramisu is my favorite dessert. Now with your low-fat recipe is DA BOMB!

    I co-host a foodie meme called Friday Food Fight. I would love for you to link up and share your low fat tiramisu recipe. Hope to see you in the ring!

  23. We love Tiramisu and your recipe looks so good. Wish it was already on my counter. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week end!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  24. My mom loves tiramisu! I will have to try making it for her. Thanks for the recipe and thanks for commenting on my blog! It is so fun to have new followers :)

  25. Dang girl, I thought I was a follower, but apparantly only on Facebook! Thanks to something swanky I'm a GFC follower now :)
    Aimee @ ShugarySweets

  26. oh dear, I'm gonna have to try this! I love Tiramisu and I'm on a diet, should fit right in on the menu!

  27. Yum!I love that it is lower fat. I love tiramisu. Thanks for sharing on Crazy Sweet Tuesday! :)

  28. This sounds so yummy, and low-fat to boot! I will be trying this one very soon!

    Thank you for linking to Potpourri Friday. I appreciate your participation!

  29. This looks really wonderful. And low fat. What a great idea. Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

  30. Hello Lisa, Your tiramisu post is a being feature at this week's Savvy HomeMade Monday blog party as one of the most popular posts from last week! Feel free to pick up a feature button here:

    Thank you for partying and I look forward to blogging with you more!

  31. Yummo! I may just have to make this one as the weather warms up slightly. :) Thanks for the recipe.

  32. Thank you so very much for joining the T’ Time Link Party last week! I really love to see all the wonderful ideas. Link parties are also a great way to get your blog out there for others to see. Hope to see you today! Maria Raising4Princesses

  33. Just found you by way of Mandy's Recipe Box, I will have to try this, I love Tiramasu!


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