There isn't a classic recipe for tiramisu, since there are many different versions both in Italy and around the world of the decadent dessert. But this is a vegan recipe that is delicious, free of animal products and involves no cooking at all. We made our vegan tiramisu version inside a small glass instead of following the traditional cake version, not only because it looks prettier and neat, but because you can make a few at a time and keep them in the fridge to enjoy throughout the week.
Made from layered puffed maize, round biscuits dipped into coffee, vegan Nutella, a dash of cinnamon and loads of chocolate, this version of the classic Italian dessert is topped with a nutty almonds mix and sprinkled cinnamon coffee. While we made this version family-friendly, you could always sneak in some Marsala wine, port or Irish Cream into your own fabulous tiramisu dessert or as a sweet way to cap off date night.
1. Gather the ingredients
- 6 Vegan biscuits (or vegan lady fingers)
- a handful of puffed maize
- a cup of espresso
- a cup of vegan Nutella
- 1/2 cup of vegan cream
- 2 tbs of cocoa powder
- a cinnamon stick
- a bunch of chocolate chips
2. Dip the biscuits
Once you have all the ingredients ready and have selected a few nice, clean glasses, you can start layering. Add the cinnamon stick into the espresso coffee cup, stir and dip just one biscuit at a time, then place it at the bottom of your glass.
3. Add the puffed maize
If your puffed maize is too big for the size of your glass, you can break it into small pieces first and then place it on top of the (wet) biscuit.
4. Keep on layering
Add a vegan Nutella layer and keep on going with more layers of biscuits, puffed maize and chocolate paste. You could also add some of the leftover coffee into the glass to help the ingredients blend in better.
5. Top it up
Once you reach the top of the glass, add a spoonful of vegan almonds or cashew nuts cream. You can make this by mixing your vegan milk’s paste with some sugar or maple syrup, and drops of vanilla essence.
Refrigerate for at least 3 hours, preferably overnight.
Sprinkle a mix of ground cinnamon and coffee or cocoa powder on top just before serving. Enjoy!
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