Rich and creamy light tiramisu cups have all the wonderful flavors of the classic Italian dessert, minus the excessive carbs and calories.
These creamy light tiramisu cups are made with ricotta cheese. They have all the wonderful flavors of the classic Italian dessert, minus the excess carbs and calories.
A healthier alternative to the classic tiramisu
Just like everyone else, I adore tiramisu. Rich, creamy layers of coffee soaked ladyfingers, whipped sweetened mascarpone and cocoa. What’s not to like? My good friend Irina makes wonderful tiramisu. Even though I avoid high carb desserts (preferring low carb, healthy desserts), I make an exception and have a small piece of her amazing tiramisu once in a while.
However, a 5 oz serving of tiramisu has about 400 calories and (according to fitday.com) 35 grams (!) of carbs. And we all know that restaurants do NOT serve modest slices. Even at home, it’s very difficult to exercise portion control when we eat something so amazing.
That’s why I came up with this recipe for light tiramisu. It’s an easy recipe that you mix in your food processor. While not true tiramisu, these light tiramisu cups totally hit the spot when you crave something rich and creamy.
How to make light tiramisu
Scroll down to the recipe card for the detailed instructions. The basics are simple and very easy. The food processor does it all! You use it to mix together ricotta cheese, cream cheese, amaretto liqueur, espresso powder, and a sweetener. You’ll get a beautiful, creamy dessert that tastes a lot like tiramisu.
Can I use low-fat ricotta?
I recommend using whole-milk ricotta cheese in this light tiramisu recipe. While I don’t mind using reduced fat cream cheese – it’s still rich and creamy – low-fat ricotta doesn’t taste very good, in my opinion.
Can I use regular cream cheese instead of reduced-fat?
Yes, absolutely. The tiramisu cups won’t be as light, but I’m sure they’ll taste even better!
Can I use a different sweetener?
Since I normally use xylitol when making light tiramisu, an easy substitution would be using erythritol or white sugar. As for other sweeteners, you will need to experiment. Stevia might work, although you’ll lose some volume and might end up with fewer servings. As for liquid sweeteners, I truly have no idea. Perhaps 1/4 cup of honey might work. But I truly don’t know.
How long can I store these light tiramisu cups?
Store them in the fridge, in an airtight container, for up to 4 days. Remove them from the fridge 30 minutes before enjoying them.
Light Tiramisu Cups
- Place the amaretto liqueur and espresso powder in a small bowl and mix with a fork, dissolving the espresso powder in the liqueur.
- Transfer the amaretto/espresso mixture and the cheeses to your food processor bowl. Add the sweetener. Process 2 minutes, stopping once to scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula, until light, creamy and very smooth.
- Transfer to small individual serving dishes or espresso cups. Chill 2 hours.
- When ready to serve, dust the tiramisu cups with cocoa powder. Dust through a strainer for light coverage.