Lactose-free tiramisu

Lactose-free tiramisu

15 min
Discover the delightful fusion of luscious coffee, soft cream cheese, and rich cocoa with our easy recipe for lactose-free tiramisu. This inclusive version of the Italian classic invites everyone to enjoy every creamy, coffee-infused bite of layered ladyfingers and velvety cream cheese goodness.


  • Mix espresso and amaretto. Dip half of the ladyfingers in the mixture and place them side by side in a shallow dish.
  • Separate the eggs and whisk yolks with icing sugar. Mix with lactose-free cream cheese.
  • Beat egg whites until stiff and carefully fold them into the cream cheese mixture.
  • Spread half of the cream cheese mixture over the ladyfingers in the dish, dip the remaining ladyfingers in the espresso/amaretto mixture and place them on top of the cream cheese layer.
  • Add the rest of the cream cheese mixture on top. Smooth the surface evenly.
  • Cover with cling film and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Sprinkle generously with cocoa powder before serving.

Chill time is essential for tiramisu. After assembling the layers, it is best to refrigerate the dessert for a few hours or, if possible, overnight. This resting period allows the flavours to mingle and develop, resulting in a more harmonious taste. Additionally, it helps the tiramisu set properly, ensuring a firm and luscious texture, making slicing and serving easier.

Questions about lactose-free tiramisu

Indulge in the creamy goodness of lactose-free tiramisu, a true dessert classic, with our easy recipe that allows you to enjoy it right in the comfort of your own home. Continue reading to learn more about what is in tiramisu and how to make it.

What is in a tiramisu?
Tiramisu is all about indulgent layers of creamy deliciousness. The base consists of ladyfingers soaked in a mixture of espresso and a sweet liquor like amaretto. The creamy filling is the heart of tiramisu, and while it is usually made with mascarpone, you can make it with lactose-free cream cheese instead. Both contribute a velvety texture and a decadently rich taste. To add a final flourish and add a touch of bitterness to complement the sweetness, a generous dusting of cocoa powder is sprinkled on top.
Can you freeze lactose-free tiramisu?
To freeze lactose-free tiramisu, ensure it is properly covered to protect it from freezer burn. You can use an airtight container or wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminium foil. Place the tiramisu in the freezer for up to 1-2 months. Let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight and serve it chilled. Freezing and thawing the dessert may alter the texture slightly.
How long can you keep lactose-free tiramisu in the fridge?
You can store lactose-free tiramisu in the fridge for about 2-3 days. To preserve its freshness and delicious flavours, store it in an airtight container. Tiramisu benefits from time in the fridge as it allows for the flavours to meld together. So, preparing it in advance and refrigerating it overnight only makes it better.
Can you make lactose-free tiramisu without alcohol?
Yes, it is possible to make lactose-free tiramisu without alcohol. You can omit the alcohol and replace it with an equivalent amount of espresso. If you want to infuse the dessert with additional flavour, you can add a touch of vanilla or almond extract.


Arla® LactoFREE Cream cheese
400 g
175 g
Espresso coffee
150 ml
4 tbsp
Icing sugar
4 tbsp
Cocoa powder
4 tbsp

Make a rich and delicious tiramisu without lactose

This soft coffee treat is a true masterpiece of Italian cuisine, combining rich flavours and creamy textures into a decadent dessert. Traditionally, it is made with mascarpone, but in this lactose-free tiramisu we use lactose-free cream cheese to achieve the same luscious texture.

Ladyfinger biscuits are an essential component of tiramisu. The light and airy biscuits provide a sturdy base for the dessert and are soaked in coffee and amaretto. The bold, aromatic flavours infuse the ladyfingers, adding depth and richness to each bite. The combination of the moistened ladyfingers and the smooth cream cheese creates a harmonious texture balance. Cocoa powder is the finishing touch that adds a bit of bitterness and complexity.

For more tempting lactose-free recipes with coffee, check out this lactose-free iced coffee or this lactose-free latte macchiato.

The same exquisite results – no lactose

Tiramisu is a classic, and it is not hard to see why. The combination of creamy cheese, tender biscuits, aromatic coffee, and a dusting of cocoa is pure dessert perfection. Everyone should be able to have a taste of this heavenly treat and by using lactose-free cream cheese, you assure that everybody can. You still get the same exquisitely delicious results without compromising on the creamy texture and the rich flavour.

If you like creamy desserts without lactose, you should take a look at our recipes for lactose-free raspberry panna cotta and lactose-free avocado chocolate mousse.