Easy & Gourmet Low-FODMAP Tiramisu; Gluten-free

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Tiramisu is one of my FAVORITE desserts.  One I have not eaten for many years, since I switched to a low-FODMAP lifestyle.

I realized that it was time to create a version of this incredible Italian cake that I could enjoy.

Who isn’t excited about espresso-soaked ladyfingers, layered with creamy, rich filling, all dusted with cocoa?


My low-FODMAP recipe incorporates store-bought ladyfingers, to make it super easy.  But, since marscapone cheese has not been tested for FODMAP content, I made my own with lactose-free cream cheese, lemon juice, and heavy cream instead.

Hands on time is about 30 minutes, and you’ll have a gourmet sensation at your table.

Try this EASY low-FODMAP Tiramisu recipe and it will become one of your favorites too.

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Rachel Pauls, MD

Although this recipe has not been lab tested, a single serving should be low-FODMAP based on the ingredients *using available FODMAP data at time of testing

Serves 6-8

Prep time: 30 minutes

Chill time: 4 hours to overnight

Total time: 4H 25 min

Equipment: Stand mixer with whisk and paddle attachments, 8X8 inch baking pan, parchment paper


For cream filling:

  • 8 ounces lactose-free cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 cup heavy cream; divided into 1/4 cup and 3/4 cup
  • Pinch salt
  • 4 large, pasteurized egg yolks, room temperature
    • Note: This recipe does not involve cooking the eggs, I suggest using only pasteurized eggs to reduce risk of Salmonella
      • Typical recipes in Italy do not use cooked eggs for Tiramisu
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar; divided into 1/4 cup and 1/4 cup

For layering:

  • 1 & 3/4 cups ‘good’ espresso, at room temperature
    • You may want to get this from a local coffee shop, it really makes the recipe
  • 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) cognac brandy
    • 1 ounce is one low-FODMAP serving
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (optional)
  • 2-3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder; divided
  • About 24 gluten-free ladyfingers with low-FODMAP ingredients (I used 210 grams of cookies)
    • There are not that many commercial brands that meet this profile, you can always make your own cookies (my low-FODMAP Vanilla Wafers would work well here)
    • I used Schär’s brand, one 7 ounce package plus a few extra
      • Ingredients: Eggs, corn starch, sugar, rice flour, mono- and diglycerides of edible fats, guar gum, salt, ammonium bicarbonate and natural flavors
      • Unfortunately, my cookies are only available online and they arrived mostly broken. They will still work in the recipe though.  Due to breakage I ended up needing 2 boxes
  • 1 to 2 ounces shaved or grated bittersweet or semisweet chocolate (optional)

Dr. Rachel’s Notes:

  • Traditional tiramisu calls for raw eggs and mascarpone cheese.  I select pasteurized eggs and we will make a ‘marscapone’ from scratch, since this item has not been FODMAP tested to date. If you have access to lactose-free marscapone, feel free to use that as well

  • I strongly recommend a stand mixer, for best results with whisking the egg yolks and the cream to a thick consistency

  • To make this recipe lactose-free, you can ‘pre-treat’ the heavy cream with a product such as ‘Milkaid’ or ‘Lacteez’.  See my low-FODMAP Recipe Swap & Substitutions blog for details!


  • Line an 8 by 8-inch pan with parchment or wax paper with a 1-inch overhang
    • I also like to cut a piece of firm cardboard to lay between the parchment pieces to ease removal of the layers
  • Prep your ‘marscapone’ by beating together the LF cream cheese, butter, and lemon juice in the large bowl of electric mixer using the flat paddle attachment on medium-high. Allow to beat for about 5 minutes to completely combine, scraping down sides as necessary
  • Add the salt and 1/4 cup heavy cream and mix until fully smooth. Transfer to a different bowl for later and clean and dry your mixing bowl
  • Separate your egg yolks, discard the whites or refrigerate for later use.  Using the whisk attachment on high speed, beat together egg yolks and 1/4 cup sugar until pale yellow and tripled in volume
    • You can test it by removing the whisk and seeing if a slightly thick, ribbon-like trail falls from the whisk (will take about 5 minutes to achieve)
  • Transfer mixture to another large bowl and wipe the bowl for your next steps
    • If you have more than one bowl that fits your stand mixer, you can also use that
  • In the large mixing bowl, using the whisk attachment, whip the remaining 3/4 cup heavy cream and remaining 1/4 cup sugar until it creates soft-medium peaks
  • Add back the ‘mascarpone’ and continue to whip until it creates a soft mixture with stiff peaks
  • Fold this blended ‘marscapone’ mix into the large bowl with the sweetened egg yolks until combined and smooth
  • Stir espresso and brandy with optional sugar in a shallow bowl and set aside for dipping
  • Using a sifter, dust the bottom of your prepared pan with 1/2- 1 tablespoon of the cocoa powder
  • Take each ladyfinger gently and immerse it in the espresso mixture for 1-2 seconds, then place it, rounded side up, on the bottom of the baking dish
    • Depending how soft your cookies are, you may need to do this more quickly, so they don’t break or get mushy.  The Schär biscuits need only a very fast dunk as they are very porous
  • Layer the biscuits until the base is covered, breaking the ladyfingers in half as needed to fill in any gaps
  • Spread half the prepared creamy filling onto the ladyfingers in one even layer using an angled spatula
  • Dust this with another 1/2-1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
  • Repeat with remaining espresso-dipped ladyfingers and mascarpone mixture
  • Dust top layer with remaining tablespoon of cocoa powder and top with shaved or finely grated chocolate, if desired
  • Cover with plastic wrap and let chill in the refrigerator for 4 hours, or overnight
  • Remove gently with the parchment handles to slice and serve, or enjoy with a scoop from the pan

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