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Tiramisu-Inspired Trifle

10 min


10 ingredients or less


Tiramisu is an Italian dessert, traditionally made with ladyfinger biscuits dipped in coffee, followed by a cream layer, and topped with cocoa powder. It sometimes also involves liquor like Marsala wine or Amaretto. For this recipe, we wanted to create a super quick vegan version inspired by the Italian classic, featuring almond extract that mirrors the almond taste of Amaretto.



10 min


10 min


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  1. In a small bowl, dissolve the espresso powder in the boiling water. Then add the cold water and almond extract and mix again.
  2. To a medium bowl, add the cream cheese, condensed milk, and vanilla extract. Use a electric hand mixer* to mix until smooth.
  3. Break one or two cookies into a few pieces, dropping them into the espresso mixture. Then immediately scoop it out and transfer it to the bottom of your serving cup. Use a spoon to crush the cookies in the cup.
  4. Spread a layer of cream (about 3 Tbsp) on top, followed by some more cookie pieces that have been dipped in the espresso mixture.
  5. Add a final layer of cream, and then sift some cocoa powder on top. Enjoy right away, or let it chill for 1 hour in the fridge to let the flavours meld.


  • Choose a cream cheese that has a neutral flavour. Often it'll indicate "plain" or "natural" or "original" on the label. Try to avoid any cream cheese with flavours, such as those with herbs.
  • * Using a hand mixer will result in a smoother consistency, but a spoon or fork can also be used.


  • These dessert cups are best when enjoyed on the same day they're made.
  • Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 1 day.

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Martina - May 29, 2024, 11:54 a.m.

Hey PUL team! :) I haven't tried this one out yet but I'm planning to prepare it for my (Italian) family. One question: what do you mean exactly with "espresso powder"? Is this the same as the ground coffee used in a Moka pot? And could I just make coffee beforehand and then mix it with the rest of the liquid ingredients instead? Thank you! :)

PUL Team - May 29, 2024, 11:49 p.m.

Hi there, Martina! Espresso powder is not the same as ground coffee. It is a finely ground, concentrated coffee, that has a better, darker flavour than instant coffee. You can brew strong coffee beforehand and use it in place of the espresso mixture in the recipe though. Enjoy preparing the trifle for your family! 😊

Janasobini Vetharuban - Feb. 16, 2024, 10:47 a.m.

Such a quick and easy recipe that satisfied my craving for tiramisu. I loved that I was able to recreate this with ingredients I already had in my pantry!

PUL Team - Feb. 18, 2024, 2:51 a.m.

We're so happy to hear that the trifle was enjoyed, Janasobini, thank you! :)

Caroline Crixell - Feb. 3, 2024, 11:13 p.m.

Maybe I dipped the cookies in the espresso mix for too long, but it’s just not doing it for me. Also, the cream cheese base is too indulgent and salty. It gave me a stomach ache 🙁. Doesn’t have the same light and airy effect as traditional tiramisu. I mean this is a vegan derivative, so I shouldn’t have expected it to taste exactly the same.

PUL Team - Feb. 4, 2024, 4:10 a.m.

Hey Caroline, aw we're sad to hear. In case you give the recipe another try, using a cream cheese that has a neutral flavour is key for this recipe. Often it'll say "plain", "natural" or "original" on the label. Try to avoid any cream cheese with flavours, such as salted.

For the cookies, we recommend giving them just a quick dip or perhaps trying out a different kind of cookie you enjoy. We hope you enjoy our other desserts more if you give them a try!

Nidhi Sheth - Dec. 6, 2023, 5:38 a.m.

All time fav dessert :)

Adya - July 6, 2023, 7:08 p.m.

I am allergic to coconut. What would you suggest instead? I was thinking of blending cashew milk with dates. I’m not sure the consistency and flavor would be right.

PUL Team - July 8, 2023, 7:11 p.m.

Hey Adya, we haven't tested it out so can't say with certainty. We have seen some recipes online for sweetened condensed cashew and almond milk though. Perhaps experimenting with either of those may be an idea to start 😃 Do let us know if you test it out!

Hummus Queen - May 17, 2024, 10:39 p.m.

I know it's been a while but maybe this will help: Nature's Charm makes sweetened condensed oat milk, pretty sure it should work as an alternative

Milou - March 31, 2023, 11:49 a.m.

Hi, this looks delicious! I live in the Netherlands, so I was wondering what brand did you use for your plain vegan cream cheese? Then I can buy that exact brand! Thanks :)

PUL Team - March 31, 2023, 9:27 p.m.

Hey Milou, we tend to use the Violife brand which is available at Albert Heijn - any brand will do though. We hope you enjoy the recipe 🙂

Neda - March 27, 2023, 3:05 a.m.

Absolutely delicious! Thank you for the video and the step by step instructions. My guests loved it ❤️

Alicia - Dec. 18, 2022, 2:56 p.m.

Yesss I love tiramisu and this satisfied the craving so well! The cream cheese + condensed milk combo is heaven 🤤

PUL Team - Dec. 18, 2022, 10:45 p.m.

So happy to hear, Alicia, thank you!

Trish - Sept. 7, 2022, 7:42 p.m.

This recipe is bomb! Sooo good!

Denise - July 11, 2022, 9:59 p.m.

This was absolutely delicious. Will definitely make it again! And so easy too!

PUL Team - July 13, 2022, 5:31 a.m.

Thank you, Denise!

Brooke - July 2, 2022, 9:52 p.m.

Hi! I haven't made these yet but I really want to try them, they look delicious!! Is ok if I use normal condensed milk, because I am not able to get the coconut kind. is there something else you recommend me using?

PUL Team - July 4, 2022, 6:17 p.m.

Hey Brooke! Thanks for the question. Since we only use plant-based products here at PUL we haven't tested it out. We've had more luck finding sweetened condensed coconut milk in the organic aisle of our grocery store before or you may also be interested in our recipe for it here in case you haven't already seen:…. We hope you enjoy the recipe if you're able to give it a try 🙂

Brooke - July 5, 2022, 1:03 a.m.

Thank you so much I have both ingredients here! I will make it if I get the digestive biscuits.

Carolann - June 25, 2022, 1:34 a.m.

Just by looking at some of your videos over the past couple of months, my husband and I are both working our way to a healthier life! It's amazing with the small changes how good we feel, and want to keep going! Slowly starting to make better choices to vegan! I appreciate all of your videos because not only are they informative but calming. 😌
The time, detail and hard work you BOTH put into the videos, and your website does not go unnoticed! There are so many people around the world you are helping. 🙏
Since I'm still new to your site I'm trying to go back through and look for other videos that help with people that are trying to switch to become vegan and making good choices about doing this. You probably already have so many videos already planned out but once in a while would you be able to do a refresher video starting out vegan?🌱 I did see about the budget friendly and that was amazing!
Congratulations on your app soon. I am looking forward for that.

PUL Team - June 25, 2022, 6 p.m.

Hi Carolann, sending a very warm welcome to the PUL community! It means so much more than we can express that our content is being enjoyed. We're actively creating new resources for beginner vegans and will note down this wonderful suggestion. One video to watch if you haven’t already is our video called Beginners Guide to Veganism:… or perhaps our Healthy Eating Hacks: We hope this helps, for now, Carolann, and all the best on your journey 🌱💛

Tamara - June 18, 2022, 3:29 p.m.

Hi Sadia and PUL Team!
First of all, thank you so much for everything you're doing. 💜 I had been considering turning into veganism for a couple of years due to my high cholesterol and love for veggies, and after seeing one of your videos a few months ago (and being so hooked I kept watching and reading the website more), I decided it was time to go for it. Your "Veganism for beginners" video was the best no-pressure motivation. 🙏
Also, thanks SO much for this recipe! It's one of my favourite desserts and was wondering how I could make it without egg nor mascarpone. I really must try this one out! 😍
I was wondering if you have some advice for the following. 😟 I live in Germany and will go back home in Spain for Summer to see my parents. While my mum uses a lot of different veggies and prepares a lot of vegetarian meals, she also cooks a lot with meat (Mediterranean diet, you know). She knows I've barely been eating meat the past 2 or 3 years and I prefer mostly veggies. How can I make it easier for her, apart from me cooking for them/myself, to adapt to me being vegan? The last thing I want is her struggling and changing her whole routine because of me. 😞
Thanks again for everything and I'm sorry for the wall of text! 🙈 💜

PUL Team - June 19, 2022, 2:50 a.m.

Oh, Tamara, we're so incredibly grateful you've taken the time to share the very kind words and part of your journey with us! It means so much and we hope you love the recipe.

How exciting to hear about your upcoming trip as well! Many who've made the decision to follow a plant-based lifestyle face this challenge. We have several times, and used to even find ourselves feeling a little guilty for possibly making things harder for others. Perhaps it can help to look at it as an opportunity to explore foods together with recipes you're already familiar with and enjoy. Our family and friends sometimes find it fun when we prepare food for everyone! We've also found that self-serve-style meals, such as build your own nourish bowl or tacos can be helpful so everyone can choose what they are comfortable eating, and the leftovers can be saved for other meals such as topping on pizza or in salads. We hope this helps for now and we’ll note this down as an idea for future content. All the best✨

Tamara - June 27, 2022, 9:34 p.m.

That is a great suggestion! 💜 My parents actually love buffets (or buffet because they've only been to the same one in over 10 years 😅), so this would be very similar to that but in a healthier way. ^_^

Thank you so much for this idea, honestly. I will try preparing some of the nourish bowls in the upcoming weeks before I go back home, maybe adding my twist so I know my parents will like them. I also want to try the rice paper wraps because they look just delicious 🤤 (I really love veggies). I just hope I'll be able to find them in the city near where I live (in a Vietnamese shop maybe? 🤔) so I can practice preparing them at home first.

Such a speedy and kind reply proves what I wrote in my first message. Please keep it up. 🤗

PUL Team - June 28, 2022, 2:31 a.m.

Aw we're so happy to hear! We've had success getting rice paper wraps at international grocery stores before. Thank you for sharing your love and light with us, Tamara, it's so appreciated 💛

Crys - June 17, 2022, 11:19 p.m.

Looks amazing. I wondered if it can be made using an 8x8? How much would you have to alter the recipe to make that work?

PUL Team - June 19, 2022, 2:24 a.m.

Hey Crys, that's a lovely idea! Our serving glasses usually fit around 1 cup each compared to an 8inch square pan which holds around 8 cups. Since the recipe makes 4 serving cups worth you could start with at least doubling the recipe for 8 cups worth and always make more if your pan has extra room. We hope this helps for now 🙂

Charlotte - June 16, 2022, 10:45 p.m.

This was such a good recipe and I found that it almost resembled a layered cheesecake in consistency when it was assembled and refrigerated. ❤️❤️ I am not used to using cream cheese in sweet recipes and we found that the 'original/plain' vegan cream cheese still had a mild cheese flavour when whipped up with the other ingredients. Is this to be expected? I loved the consistency but I might try using coconut cream in its place next time.

PUL Team - June 17, 2022, 7:59 a.m.

Hey Charlotte, thanks for taking the time to share your experience with it! We do find that the vegan cream cheese taste can vary from brand to brand, but a subtle tangy-sweet taste is common. Coconut cream sounds like a lovely alternative if desired 🙂