Tiramisu is one of those classic desserts that always hits the spot so of course we thought, why not make a healthy, high protein version?
This recipe involves three ridiculously easy steps and takes just 13 minutes to bake, 5 minutes to assemble and however long it takes you to demolish it (most likely not very long!).
Step one: Make a super fluffy and incredibly airy protein brownie cake (recipe below); Step two: Soak the brownies in espresso; Step three: Make a vanilla protein cream and top the soaked brownies. Then, just sprinkle the whole thing with cocoa powder.
If you’re thinking ‘oh, right, the brownies and the cream are probably hard to make,’ you’re wrong. Ready for it? Because this is one hell of a winning post-workout snack!
1 cup liquid egg whites
1 container 5% fat Philadelphia
1/2 cup chocolate whey protein powder
1/8 cup cocoa powder
3/8 cup coconut flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1. Electrically-whisk the ingredients for a good three to five minutes to give the whites a bit of body before being thrown in the oven to bake for 13-15 minutes at 170 degrees C (332 F)
2. When the cake is ready, slice it into 16 small squares which you should let chill overnight. You COULD just make the brownies and stop there – they’re delicious sliced in half and layered with nut butter.
To transform the cake into Tiramisu though, this is what you do:
1. Get a square and a half of brownie cake out and press it down into a ramekin.
2. Pour half a shot of your favourite espresso on it. While the cake absorbs all the coffee you poured on it, move on to make your protein cream by mixing 2 tbsp (61 grams) of Quark with 2 tbsp (15 grams) of vanilla whey protein powder
3. Top the cake mix with the vanilla cream and finish the whole thing off by sprinkling some 100% cocoa on top. You can proceed to violently devour it OR you can let it sit in the fridge for a couple of hours to allow the whole thing to nicely set.
The result is magnificently similar to proper Tiramisu and it’s the brownies that make this so delicious, because they’re super airy and light so they absorb all the espresso creating this wonderful pot of sweet chocolatey coffee heaven. Unbelievable.
Macros per serving:
7 g carbs
30 g protein
3.8 g fat
2.6 g of fibre
Note 1: If you’re curious about this recipe’s individual components, here’s a breakdown: Per brownie square: 58.79 kcals, 2.2 g carbs, 6.95 g protein, 1.75 g fat and 1.6 g fibre. So, one and a half squares: 88.185 kcals, 3.3 g carbs, 10.425 g protein, 2.625 g fat and 2.4 g fibre! Let’s add to that our vanilla cream and we get to: 195 kcals, 7 g carbs, 30 g protein, 3.8 g fat and 2.6 g fibre!
Note 2: If you don’t know what Quark is, it’s a type of very low-fat soft cheese; it can be subbed with low-fat Philly again or with cottage cheese (just make sure that if you use cottage you blend it with the whey to eliminate lumpiness]