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Easy Healthy Tiramisu Dessert Recipe

The words “easy” and “healthy” might not immediately spring to mind when you think of rich, creamy tiramisu and its cream, chocolate and coffee layers, but the following easy tiramisu dessert recipe might change your mind. It features some of the traditional tiramisu ingredients, namely ladyfinger cookies, coffee and whipped cream, but the use of chocolate and vanilla instant pudding mean you can use skim milk if you like and the whipped cream on top is optional. Use the two and three quarter ounce size pudding mixes. JELL-O ® Cook & Serve puddings come in fat free and sugar free chocolate and vanilla varieties, so either use those or use the regular ones.

You can make this easy healthy tiramisu dessert recipe up to a day ahead of serving and that actually allows the flavors to mingle better. Make ahead desserts are always handy, as long as you have the willpower not to touch them in the meantime, of course. These tiramisu desserts are a stylish way to finish off a dinner party.

A tablespoon of cognac gives this recipe for tiramisu dessert a sophisticated flavor and nobody tasting this fluffy dessert recipe would guess it was low fat. Of course, lowering the fat is purely optional and if you want to use full fat milk and top the tiramisu with lashings of whipped cream, go for it! Do not add the cocoa powder or whipped cream until just before serving.

Easy Healthy Tiramisu Dessert Recipe
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves or Makes: 6
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  • 1 ½ cups cooled brewed coffee
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon cognac
  • 34 ladyfinger cookies
  • Whipped cream, to serve (optional)
  1. Stir half the milk and the chocolate pudding mix together in a small pan over a moderate heat.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring it all the time, then let it cool for 5 minutes.
  3. Repeat with the other half of the milk and the vanilla pudding.
  4. Pour the coffee into a shallow bowl next to 6 dessert glasses.
  5. Alternatively, you can use an 8 inch pie dish.
  6. Dip each ladyfinger into the coffee, turning to coat both sides, then arrange them in the serving glasses or in one layer in the pie dish.
  7. Sprinkle half the cognac over them.
  8. Spread ⅔ of the cooled vanilla pudding on top of the ladyfinger cookies, and then add another layer of ladyfingers, which you have dipped in coffee.
  9. Sprinkle the remaining cognac on top, and then add the chocolate pudding and the rest of the vanilla pudding.
  10. Put plastic wrap over the top of the serving glasses or pie dish and refrigerate for 3 hours or until well chilled and set.
  11. Dust the tiramisu desserts with cocoa powder and serve them with whipped cream if you like.

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If you did not think it was possible to make an easy healthy tiramisu dessert recipe, you will love this recipe. Make it with skim or half fat milk, instead of regular milk, and you are already trimming the fat without losing flavor. The cognac, coffee, and ladyfinger cookies add traditional elements to this famous Italian dessert recipe and you will find this recipe for tiramisu dessert really simple. It needs to chill for at least three hours so make it in plenty of time. Tiramisu desserts are always well received, whether you are feeding a hungry family or dinner guests.


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