Skinny Tiramisu Parfaits

If you’re like me, you love tiramisu but not the calories. Fear not! With these skinny tiramisu parfaits, you can have your favorite dessert, and not feel one bit guilty!!

Tiramisu Parfaits Recipe

You’ll get a “wow’ on presentation, a “wow” on taste and another “wow” when you tell them these Tiramisu Parfaits are also low-cal! Woo Hoo!


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I’ll admit it, I used to think that low-calorie “healthy” cooking was boring and unadventurous. 

Over the past few months, however, I’ve discovered how wrong I was and how much I’m truly enjoying the full experience of cooking and baking lower calorie meals and treats.

In addition, I’ve happily come to find out that I still enjoy cooking and baking just as much as I ever did!

The only difference now is that I feel better than I did before and that, little by little, I’m seeing the difference on the scale and in the mirror.

Thankfully, healthier cooking and baking is not the sacrifice in taste (or fun) that I thought it would be and I’m here to tell you, it’s is lifestyle change we can (and will) be sticking to!

Makes 6 parfaits at approximately 250 calories each

4 1/2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
1/2 cup boiling water
3 tablespoons rum
2 cups cold 1% milk
2 packages (1 ounce each) sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix
4 ounces Neufchatel cheese, at room temperature.
1/3 cup low-fat ricotta cheese
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 package ladyfingers  (*see back story, included in the photos)
2 cups fat-free whipped topping
2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
cocoa powder (for garnish)

-In a small bowl, dissolve the espresso powder in the boiling water and rum. Stir and set aside to cool.
-In a large bowl, whisk together the pudding mixes and the milk until thickened.
-In another large bowl, with a hand mixer (or using a stand mixer), whip the Neufchatel cheese and ricotta until smooth and creamy.
-Add the whipped cheese mixture into the pudding mixture and stir well to combine.
-Using a pastry brush, generously brush the espresso/rum mixture onto each ladyfinger (you may also wish to dip the ladyfingers quickly into the espresso/rum mixture) making sure each one is well wet.
-Gently break each soaked ladyfinger into small bits until you’re ready to assemble your parfaits.
-Using 6 parfait glasses (I used 6 Irish coffee mugs *the perks of running a painted glassware business*), place a nice layer of soaked ladyfinger pieces in the bottom of each glass.
-Spoon the pudding/cheese mixture into a large zip-type plastic bag and gently squeeze the mixture into one of the bottom corners of the bag (you can also use a pastry bag if you have them), and snip the corner with a scissor.
-Without using too much pressure, top the ladyfinger layer with the pudding/cheese mixture to make the second layer.
-Using the same technique with the whipped topping and the zip-type bag, pipe in your third layer of whipped topping over the pudding/cheese layer.
-Continue with the additional soaked ladyfingers, the pudding/cheese mixture, and the whipped topping to finish.
-Sprinkle each parfait with a light dusting of cocoa powder and a small sprinkle of mini chocolate chips.
-Refrigerate until you’re ready to serve. The longer, the better. These can even be made the day before so they’re perfect for when you want to “wow” them, but are short on time 🙂

I bought this package of ladyfingers (shown below) at a famous Italian bakery in the North end of Boston when we were there last September on a cruise.

The trip to Boston’s iconic Italian North end was one of the shore excursions I was most excited about as we got to visit and explore the best of Boston’s Little Italy food district.

The bakery I purchased these at is called “Maria’s Pastry Shop” and it was such a special treat to visit her bakery and even to meet the famous Maria herself.

It’s a trip I will never forget and I’m fortunate to have saved her special ladyfingers for this recipe, even though they’re not quite authentic Italian tiramisu. I hope Maria would approve.


Six months in the freezer and they were still as good as new…Thanks, Maria!!!


My family went crazy for this dessert. I served them as the end to our Valentine’s Day dinner and they were gobbled up in no time flat! 

Feel the love!

If you’re also looking to lighten up in the kitchen, check out all these other wonderfully delicious “Skinny” recipes listed below. We’ve got you covered from soup to nuts (but only a handful, please). LOL

Thank you so much for visiting me here in my Kudos Kitchen!!

Until we eat again,

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  1. Renee – I love this lightened up version of tiramisu. Really nicely done!

  2. Beautiful! I love how these look in the glass mugs.

  3. How gorgeous! And perfect for a special meal!

  4. Yum! Tiramisu is my ultimate favorite dessert. I love this lightened up version. Less guilt lol. Thanks for sharing!!

  5. These are absalutely gorgeous !! Creative and pretty. Bet no other tiramisu parfait can boast 250 kcals ! Wish I could grab one now and am so making this ! Yumm ! You know I have a sweet tooth !

  6. I LOVE it! What a great way to make tiramisu skinny!! Yum!! I'll take two please!

  7. I'll give two WOWs for presentation and low-cal. Wish I could be there to give a WOW for taste too!

  8. Mmmmm – I think these sound wonderful! I love tiramisu oh so very much!!!

  9. These are lovely…and love that they're a fraction of the fat and calories of the regular dish!

  10. Pretty parfaits and I know a lot of folks who love tiramisu and these would be perfect for them.

  11. Those are absolutely gorgeous and I got a good laugh from the photo of Maria in her tennies and apron. A woman after my own fashion heart for sure. 🙂

  12. woo hoo!!! low cal tiramisu, love it!! I love those lady fingers!!

  13. Yum!!! Stunning and delicious looking! ~ Bea @ Galactosemia in PDX

  14. Yummy!!! These remind me of the small deserts you get at Seasons 52. Love this!

  15. Tiramisu is a huge fave at our house, I'm sure my mom would welcome this version

  16. Had I been in your home when you served these up I would have gone crazy too! These are delicious looking Renee!

  17. What a fun idea to make them in individual parfaits.

  18. Such gorgeous parfaits!!! I love tiramisu and your lightened version looks delish!

  19. Just beautiful!! I love how you've lightened this lovely dessert.

  20. Oh wow these look so good. I could really use one of these right now, I bet this would cheer up a rather dull Tuesday.

  21. I love individual desserts, great portion control. these look great!

  22. wow, Tiramisu Parfaits? I LOVE this as a parfait!

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  24. I made a very similiar dish for #SundaySupper a few months ago! It's so good! I only made 4 portions and I kicked myself because I should have made more! 😉

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  26. Wow is right! That's what I said when I saw the photos of these amazing parfaits and read the words "low fat tiramisu." I'm totally sold! This is one of my favourite desserts.

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