Dessert is pretty important to me, especially on Valentine’s Day. It puts the finishing touch on the meal, and makes the night that much sweeter (pun intended). Plus, everybody loves dessert, right? I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t.
And in the spirit of dessert, I thought I’d go a little out of my comfort zone and veganize/healthify tiramisu. I’d only had tiramisu a handful of times in my pre-vegan life, but I still remembered the gist of it. So, I swapped out the ladyfingers for chocolate chip zucchini bread and the mascarpone for some avocado goodness. Boy, did it work.
I can hear the hardcore chefs scolding me, though: “That’s not tiramisu!” Look, all I know is that it has a baked good layer and a creamy sweet layer. There’s vegetables and chocolate, dude. Whatever you wanna call it, it’s totally delicious. In fact, it’s almost too good.
And if you’re looking to impress someone, this should do the trick. Just sayin’ 😉
Zucchini Bread ‘Tiramisu’
makes about 9 small servings (depending on the pan you layer it in)
1 loaf chocolate chip zucchini bread, cooled completely
2 cups brewed coffee, cooled
4 ripe avocadoes
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup agave nectar
¼ cup coconut milk (the canned stuff, full fat)
Once zucchini bread has cooled, slice it into 1-inch slices and place slices in a single layer on a deep dish/tray. Pour coffee over zucchini bread slices and let sit for 5-10 minutes (not too long though, or it will fall apart).
While zucchini bread sits, process the avocadoes, vanilla, agave and coconut milk (you want the creamy white stuff at the top of the can) in a food processor until smooth, using additional coconut milk if needed to help it blend.
In a small casserole dish, layer the tiramisu starting with a layer of zucchini bread (using a spatula if necessary), then alternating with the avocado mixture. You should have two layers of bread and two layers of avocado mixture.
Chill tiramisu until ready to serve, preferably at least an hour so the flavors have time to meld. Enjoy!
And there ya’ go. If tiramisu’s not really your thing, here’s a roundup of some other tantalizing desserts:
Happy Valentine’s Day! 🙂