(Almost) Raw Tiramisu Cups

Vegan, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Raw (almost)

I’m going to be honest with you. Throughout the entire process of assembling, chilling and photographing these cakes, I was convinced they were so butt-ugly that not only would people be repulsed at the sight of these brown, poo-coloured blobs, they would be so offended as to all unanimously unfollow me never to return again.

But it had been two whole weeks since I’d posted anything! That’s an eon! And I had a sneaky feeling these tarts would be super tasty. And guess what. I WAS RIGHT! I ate one at about 4am this morning, having sleep-walked into the kitchen and opened the fridge door, as I am want to do.

Holy mama! The tastiest early-morning snack I have ever come across. I ate another one in the morning just to check I hadn’t dreamed it. So creamy and chocolatey and rich from the coffee! I think this is the best cashew cake recipe I’ve discovered so far. (Of course that’s not true – I don’t think anything in life will ever beat this cake that made all dreams become reality). But these were so easy to make as well. And they taste PHENOM frozen.

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Moccona sent me a pack of their instant coffee and a cute li’l mug this week. (This isn’t a sponsored post – I just have no idea what else to do with two giant jars of coffee). And that got me thinking about tiramisu and how vegans might feel sad that tiramisu is no longer there for them to enjoy. Cue vegan reinvention! These tarts are almost entirely raw as well, although I used coffee (instant to be precise – not my healthiest moment!) Although for those wanting the truly raw dessert you could either leave it out or use raw coffee beans? I don’t know if that’s even a thing… Maybe just go with chocolate instead 🙂

Also I started a new personal blog called That Nowhere Feeling. It’s just my photography and bits and bobs of the creative writing projects I’m involved with at the minute. I’m thinking of slightly switching up my uni degree to swap law for photography and continuing with the creative writing, so probably going to be blogging and photographing a lot more next year! Have a little squiz at it if you so please 🙂 Have a great week guys!


Raw Vegan Tiramisu Cakes:
2 cups cashews, soaked for 5-10 hours in cold water
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1/2 cup brewed espresso or dissolved instant coffee
4 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
4 tbsp raw cacao powder


Drain the cashews and rinse under cold water. Pat dry and put in the blender with all the other ingredients except the cacao. Blend thoroughly, pausing every minute or so to give the motor a rest, until everything is smooth. Take out half the mix and spoon into muffin or tart cups. Add the cacao and blend again until combined. Spoon this over the bottom layer. Freeze or refrigerate for 2-3 hours before serving. Makes 6-7.

51 thoughts on “(Almost) Raw Tiramisu Cups

  1. A vegan tiramisu dessert?? I’m definitely on board! I’ve certainly encountered my share of delicious yet super unphotogenic food, so I had a good chuckle at your introductory paragraph, but you’ve managed to make these look mighty tasty!

  2. One persons blob is another persons envy 🙂 Stunning pictures – so dramatic!! And what a lovely recipe. Whenever you feel offended by your food in future, feel free to send it my way, I will offer free obliteration services 🙂

  3. I love raw desserts! And seriously, you should see some of the things I eat. Every tried photographing chocolate avocado pudding or raw brownies and having them turn out not looking like turds? Impossible!

  4. I just love making desserts out of cashews, Lilli … makes me feel like I can eat as many as I like 😉 Will check out your ‘other blog’ … great idea to keep a record of your photography … you can show it all to your grandchildren in 50 years!

  5. Lilli, these look tasty and nothing like the piles of poo I’ve seen in my lifetime! Dessert cups are always a good go-to, but I’ve never thought of transforming tiramisu into one! You are very creative; I look forward to sharing these with a group of friends sometime soon:-)

  6. I totally know what you mean about blogging sometimes being time-consuming and stressful, and at these times a break is definitely the way to go! Lovely dish to welcome you back – yum!

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