If you're a fan of the classic Italian dessert tiramisù, try this quick, lower-calorie variation the next time you need a dessert in a hurry. Both types of ladyfingers--spongy and crunchy--work well.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2009


Recipe Summary

45 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine ricotta, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon in a medium bowl.

  • Place 6 ladyfingers in a 9-by-5-inch (or similar size) loaf pan. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons espresso (or coffee). Spread the ricotta mixture over the ladyfingers. Place another layer of ladyfingers over the ricotta and drizzle with the remaining 2 tablespoons espresso (or coffee). Drizzle with melted chocolate. Refrigerate until the chocolate is set, about 30 minutes.


Tip: To melt chocolate: Microwave on Medium for 1 minute. Stir, then continue microwaving on Medium in 20-second intervals until melted, stirring after each interval. Or place in the top of a double boiler over hot, but not boiling, water. Stir until melted.

Nutrition Facts

107 calories; protein 3.3g; carbohydrates 18g; dietary fiber 0.3g; sugars 8.5g; fat 2.2g; saturated fat 1.1g; cholesterol 3.3mg; vitamin a iu 1.4IU; folate 0.1mcg; calcium 35.7mg; iron 0.1mg; magnesium 8.1mg; potassium 28.7mg; sodium 124.6mg.

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8 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
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Rating: 4 stars
The ricotta cheese started becoming crumbly after a while making the consistency weird and making the desert taste funky. Best eating upon making when the ricotta is still fluffy. Also not even close to the real thing. It would be better to subsitute cream cheese for this desert also: it might actually stay smooth and taste more authentic. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Easy and tasty! I know it's not the traditional tiramisn but seriously the italian traditional recipe is prepared with lots of egg yolks and sugar. This one is totally healthy. Maybe mascarpone cheese tastes better than ricotta but I really prefer a healthy indulgence than a guilty one so I recommend this recipe! Pros: It's super quick! Perfect option for a healthy and light version of the real tiramisn Cons: I didn't have troubles with the leftovers the fist time but I guess is better to serve immediately. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Loved this!!! This was really good. I made it quite a bit of trepidation due to the other reviews but it was really good. My boyfriend loved it too. I did use semi-sweet chocolate chips instead of bittersweet. I did refrigerate the leftovers and the cheese stayed fine but the drizzled coffee made the Ladyfingers disgustingly mushy and they fell apart. Next time I won't make leftovers but certainly recommend this recipe. Pros: few ingredients easy Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I loved it. it was lovely and creamy but not too sweet perfect for my helathy eating project. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Easy to make but not quite the real thing This dessert is easy to make and pretty tasty if you don't compare it to regular tiramisu. Ricotta tends to have a grainy texture no matter what you do. Chocolate drizzle is a nice touch but if you are used to marscapone you won't get that velvety mouthfeel. Still it's a pretty good dessert if you are on a diet. Pros: Simple dessert satisfying Cons: Grainy in texture Read More
Rating: 4 stars
it is moist and creamy and is so delicious Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Definitely NOT Tiramisu but stil good This was good but I'd hardly call it tiramisu. I used a bit of rum instead of vanilla. Pros: Ease Cons: NOT tiramisu Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Tastes Great Taste great and made it for food tech in school absoulutely loved it Pros: quick and easy Cons: bit hard to smear mix inbetween Read More