The Best Paleo Tiramisu (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

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This creamy and luscious Paleo tiramisu features tender ladyfingers and a rich and creamy Paleo vanilla custard perfectly balanced with earthy, bitter coffee. Tiramisu is one of my all-time favorite desserts, and I am so excited to share this Paleo version that is both gluten-free and dairy-free.

Paleo Tiramisu Recipe Gluten free Dairy Free

Why Almonds are So Good For You!

Almonds originated from the western regions of China and Asia and eventually made their way for cultivation around the world. Almonds are members of the prunus family which included stone fruits such as peaches, plums, and cherries. There are two types of almonds, bitter and sweet, with sweet almonds being the ones that we know and have grown to love from almond butter, to nutritious snacking. Let’s dive into some nutrition facts!

Vitamins

  • Vitamin B2 (riboflavin): Converts carbohydrates to adenosine triphosphate (ATP) which supports energy production [1].
  • Vitamin B3 (niacin): Essential in healthy metabolism, supports healthy cholesterol and blood pressure [2].
  • Vitamin E: A powerful Antioxidant that is essential in vision health, skin health, and reproductive health [3]. It also works to reduce oxidative stress by neutralizing free radicals that are produced during metabolic processes or from environmental exposure.

Minerals

  • Copper: Essential in the production of red blood cells.
  • Manganese:  Necessary in brain and nervous system health and supports metabolic pathways.
  • Iron: Iron is an essential mineral that your body needs and in plants we have non-heme iron.  Non-heme iron is more difficult for our bodies to absorb [1], so pairing it with vitamin C rich foods, such as a homemade jam increases the absorption of the non-heme iron in our diets.
  • Calcium: The most abundant mineral in the body and is essential in maintaining health teeth and bones as well as heart, muscle and nerve function [4].
  • Magnesium: A mineral that is essential in healthy metabolism, nervous system regulation, detoxification, and blood sugar regulation.
  • Potassium: Plays a role in your body’s hydration and cellular fluid balance, with sodium being the counter balance.

Fiber

  • Insoluble fiber: Almonds are a fabulous source of insoluble fiber which helps in keeping things moving along the GI tract and also aids with toxin and waste elimination.

 

Recently, I was in Seattle with my eldest for a weekend get-away to celebrate their 19th birthday. After a fantastic morning walking around and exploring Pike Place Market, we found a little place to stop in and grab a few salads and such. We saw this gorgeous tiramisu, and it occurred to me that I needed a decadent version made with only whole food ingredients. I hope you love it as much as I do!

Equipment Needed

The Best Paleo Tiramisu Ingredients

Paleo Ladyfingers

1 1/2 cups Almond Flour
3/4 cup Arrowroot Starch
½ tsp Real Salt fine
1 tsp Baking Soda
¼ cup Grass-Fed Ghee, melted
4 Large Eggs separated @ room temperature*
½ cup Pure Maple Syrup or Pure Raw Honey
1.5 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
1 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice
Parchment Paper opt

Paleo Vanilla Custard

2 cups Whole Organic Cashews** soaked and drained
13.5 oz can Full Fat Coconut Cream cream only
½ cup Unrefined Coconut Oil melted
¼ cup Pure Maple Syrup or Pure Raw Honey
½ cup Brown Coconut Sugar
2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
½ tsp Fine Redmond Real Salt

Paleo Tiramisu

Paleo Ladyfingers above
Paleo Vanilla Custard above
1 cup Very Strong Coffee*** or Espresso
1.5-2 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

*room temperature egg whites whip better than cold ones
**Soak the cashews overnight OR for 1-hour with boiling water, drain in a mesh strainer and allow to sit for 30-minutes.
***I make mine with 4 Tbsp coffee to 1 cup of water

How to Make The Best Paleo Tiramisu

How to Make Paleo Ladyfingers

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees for convection or 350 degrees for conventional
  • Mix all the dry ingredients in a medium bowl and stir well to combine.
  • In a large bowl, add the egg yolks, ghee, maple syrup and lemon juice and whisk until creamy, about 1 minute.
  • In a standing mixer or separate clean bowl using a hand mixer, add the egg whites and whip on high until soft peaks form (about 90 seconds).
  • Transfer the dry ingredients to the egg yolk mixture and gently fold with a spatula to combine.
  • Add ¼ of the whipped egg whites and gently fold in until almost combined.
  • Gently fold in the remaining egg whites.
  • Transfer the ladyfinger batter to a parchment lined bar pan, spread evenly and bake for 12-14 minutes, until toothpick test is clean.
  • Remove and cool completely, slice into 1” x 3” bars.

How to Make Paleo Vanilla Custard

  • Add the cashews, coconut cream, coconut yogurt, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla and salt to a high speed blender and blend on high for 90-seconds to 2-minutes until smooth and creamy.
  • Transfer to a clean bowl and refrigerate for 4-hours to overnight.

How to Make Paleo Tiramisu

  • Line an 8×8 square baking dish with parchment paper if desired.
  • Dust the bottom of the baking dish with about 1 Tbsp of cocoa powder until a nice even layer is produced.
  • Layer some of the ladyfingers down on top of the cocoa powder then brush with as much coffee/espresso as you like.
  • Layer the vanilla cream on top of the soaked ladyfingers and then and repeat with another layer of the ladyfingers, espresso and cream one more time.
  • Dust with remaining cocoa powder and refrigerate 6-hours to overnight.
Paleo Tiramisu Recipe Gluten free Dairy Free

The Best Paleo Tiramisu (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

Amy Lippert
This creamy and luscious Paleo tiramisu features tender ladyfingers and a rich and creamy Paleo vanilla custard perfectly balanced with earthy, bitter coffee.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Inactive Time 8 hours
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Servings 12
Calories 421 kcal

Ingredients
  

Paleo Ladyfingers

Paleo Tiramisu

Instructions
 

How to Make Paleo Ladyfingers

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees for convection or 350 degrees for conventional
  • Mix all the dry ingredients in a medium bowl and stir well to combine.
  • In a large bowl, add the egg yolks, ghee, maple syrup and lemon juice and whisk until creamy, about 1 minute.
  • In a standing mixer or separate clean bowl using a hand mixer, add the egg whites and whip on high until soft peaks form (about 90 seconds).
  • Transfer the dry ingredients to the egg yolk mixture and gently fold with a spatula to combine.
  • Add ¼ of the whipped egg whites and gently fold in until almost combined.
  • Gently fold in the remaining egg whites.
  • Transfer the ladyfinger batter to a parchment lined bar pan, spread evenly and bake for 12-14 minutes, until toothpick test is clean.
  • Remove and cool completely, slice into 1” x 3” bars.

How to Make Paleo Vanilla Custard

  • Add the cashews, coconut cream, coconut yogurt, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla and salt to a high speed blender and blend on high for 90-seconds to 2-minutes until smooth and creamy.
  • Transfer to a clean bowl and refrigerate for 4-hours to overnight.

How to Make Paleo Tiramisu

  • Line an 8x8 square baking dish with parchment paper if desired.
  • Dust the bottom of the baking dish with about 1 Tbsp of cocoa powder until a nice even layer is produced.
  • Layer some of the ladyfingers down on top of the cocoa powder then brush with as much coffee/espresso as you like.
  • Layer the vanilla cream on top of the soaked ladyfingers and then and repeat with another layer of the ladyfingers, espresso and cream one more time.
  • Dust with remaining cocoa powder and refrigerate 6-hours to overnight.

Notes

*room temperature egg whites whip better than cold ones
**Soak the cashews overnight OR for 1-hour with boiling water, drain in a mesh strainer and allow to sit for 30-minutes.
***I make mine with 4 Tbsp coffee to 1 cup of water

Nutrition

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Nutrition Facts
The Best Paleo Tiramisu (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)
Amount per Serving
Calories
421
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
33
g
51
%
Saturated Fat
 
15
g
94
%
Trans Fat
 
0.004
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
5
g
Cholesterol
 
43
mg
14
%
Sodium
 
219
mg
10
%
Potassium
 
231
mg
7
%
Carbohydrates
 
28
g
9
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
13
g
14
%
Protein
 
9
g
18
%
Vitamin A
 
53
IU
1
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
72
mg
7
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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FAQs

Q: Can I use cold brew coffee to make Paleo tiramisu?
A: Yes! I love cold brew coffee and it can easily be substituted in to make this tiramisu. Just be sure to make it strong!

Q: How long with Paleo tiramisu last?
A: Stored in the refrigerator, it will last up to 5-days, however, I’ve barely gotten to day two with my family!

Q: Is it best to dust the tiramisu before setting or afterwards?
A: I like to dust a layer of cocoa powder on the tiramisu before setting it in the refrigerator and then will add more before serving if needed. You can also garnish with shaved dark chocolate or chocolate ribbons.

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