Recipe: For When You Want Dessert But Feeling Guilty 😛

by Isabel Bang

On days when you’re craving some sweets but you still wanna keep yourself healthy, it’s hard finding the best alternative. If you ask me what I do during these indecisive times, I go online and search for desserts with the lowest sugar intake 😂 That’s when I found this recipe that had gone viral in Korea for its low sugar levels, low baking skills required, and for its scrumptiousness. 

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From the looks of it, I bet you’ll have no idea that this tiramisu is made of tofu. And I swear the taste is just as good, if not better, as the original cream cheese tiramisu! One can think that tofu itself tastes pretty bland without seasoning. That’s not entirely false, but I say you need to taste it a step deeper to actually learn about the food. Tofu is made of ground soybeans, which is why it has slight nutty flavours inside it. Tofu is also a fantastic absorber of the flavours of ingredients it gets mixed with. Meaning, when served right with any supporting ingredient, it can make the best synergy with them!


Koreans have been loving desserts that integrate traditional ingredients that are more common in the country and less usual in the Western world. As I briefly mentioned in the TMI Vol. 033, the “Granny Chic” trend has hit the food industry as well. #할매입맛 (granny’s taste) has touched the taste buds of the younger generation, and it’s going wild. Desserts made with traditional ingredients such as ssukinjeolmi, and black sesame are healthy, tasty, and all very NEW to the public that they are grabbing all the attention in the K-dessert scene. Tofus are of course a part of this dessert-ingredient-trend that fits all needs: healthy, tasty, and ALL VERY NEW!

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  • Tofu (1 block)
  • Fresh Cream or Coconut Milk (2 Tbsp)
  • Milk (2 Tbsp)
  • Sugar (3 - 4 Tbsp)
  • Instant Coffee (2 - 3 tsp)
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Ladyfingers / Wheat Biscuits 

1. Boil the tofu for 3 minutes to reduce the scent of beans. 

2. Blend the tofu, fresh cream, milk and sugar (2-3 Tbsp) together to make a rich cream texture. *Tip, if you want to make your tiramisu vegan, you can replace the cream & milk with half a cup of coconut milk! 

3. In a cup, add instant coffee and a tablespoon of sugar (optional) and stir in a bit of hot water.

4. If you choose to have wheat biscuits, crush the biscuits according to your preference. If you choose to have ladyfingers instead, skip this part!

5. Layer the ladyfingers/crushed biscuits in a glass container, brush on the coffee mix and add a layer of the tofu cream. Repeat until the container is filled.

6. Dust the cocoa powder just before serving.


Pro-tip, for extra softness you might want to use silken or soft tofu! This way, it makes the recipe even easier and more delicious - you won’t have to worry about boiling and blending the tofu, you can just mash and mix with a spoon 👍 I was so in love with this easy to make tofu cream, that I’ve searched for more dessert recipes that tofu could turn into! Turns out you can make muffinstartsdacquoise, and even puddings 🤭 Man, will I be busy in the kitchen during this lockdown.

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