Tiramisu is typically a layer of lady fingers, soaked in a coffee syrup, and topped with mascarpone or whipped cream. In this healthier version, I have tried to recreate the flavour and texture by using a coconut flour sponge, natural sweeteners and the creaminess of avocado. This mocha mousse could be served alone or used with a variety of pies or cakes. I have included a grain free sponge recipe below but other sponges such as egg free recipes or grain based ones can also be used.
2 ripe avocado's
1 large ripe pear
2 tablespoons cocao powder + extra for serving (found at health food stores)
2 tablespoons of strong coffee (hot)
1 soaked gelatin sheet or powder*
1-2 tablespoons of extra sweetener to taste
Peel pear and place in a food processor or thermomix with the avocado's. Blend until well combined and smooth. If you are using gelatine, dissolve in the coffee and add this along with the cocao to the avocado mixture. Blend until well combined. Taste test the mixture and add extra sweetener or cocao if needed.
*Note This mixture will be a similar consistency of thick custard and doesn't have to have the gelatin added. The mixture also works well as a frozen dessert.
Grain Free Sponge
2/3 cup coconut flour
1/3 cup tapioca starch
1 teaspoon baking powder or Bi-carb soda
2 tablespoons agave, honey or maple syrup
1/4 cup of melted ghee or oil
1/3 cup coconut milk
Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius and line tray or tin* Sift dry ingredients together in a large bowl or place in the thermomix. Whisk wet ingredients together and slowly add to the dry ingredients until well combined and smooth and bake for 10-20 minutes (this will vary depending on what tray you are using)
-If you are making individual desserts, spread into a lined slice tray
-If you are making one large dessert, pour into a cake tine.
-If you would like a sponge finger style tiramisu, use a piping bag to pipe long fingers.
Use a cutter to cut out circles or squares of sponge. Place a layer of sponge on the bottom, top with mousse, followed by another layer of sponge and finishing with more mousse. Leave to set in fridge for at least 2 hours.
One large dessert
Cut sponge in half. Place one layer of sponge on the bottom, top with mousse followed by another layer of sponge and finishing with more mousse. Leave to set in fridge for at least 2 hours.