Fridge tiramisu slice (vegan)

Fridge tiramisu slice (vegan)

vegan fridge tiramisu slice cut up

Finally, we were lucky to experience some proper summer heat this week! Yesterday was really glorious, the skies were blue and it was hot with a nice, cooling breeze. I spend the day in my deckchair (my hammock is broken) with a good book in hand and heaps of delicious summer food – iced coffee, fresh strawberries, massive salad for lunch and a piece of this very fridge tiramisu slice for afters.

Even though it was too short-lived for my liking (it’s raining again today), it was really nice to chill in the sunshine and not to do any work for once. I generally have trouble taking time off for myself and even when I manage to steal some my mind gets inexplicably pulled towards work, chores, things I should be doing instead…can you relate? It’s not healthy so I am trying my hardest to set some work life boundaries for myself and stick to them without feeling guilt. It’s work in progress, I won’t lie.

So this fridge tiramisu slice is absolutely delightful on a hot summer day. It’s super quick and easy to make and it’s beautifully creamy and refreshing to eat. If you don’t like coffee but are on board with the general idea, skip the coffee and keep this slice plain or flavour the chocolate with a little orange zest and a few drops of orange extract, for example. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we do.

MORE ABOUT THE INGREDIENTS

vegan fridge tiramisu slice ingredients

CASHEWS – cashews form the base for this creamy dessert. They work perfectly as they contribute a rich base and nice mouthfeel yet their neutral flavour doesn’t take over. If you are allergic to cashews or would rather use something cheaper, soaked sunflower seeds work similarly and their flavour, although more prominent than cashew flavour, won’t come through in the white layer if you flavour it with a little coffee too.

MAPLE SYRUP – I used maple syrup to sweeten this dessert, but you can use any type of sweetener you like. A different liquid sweetener like golden syrup or rice syrup would work the same, but if you would rather use icing (confectioner’s) sugar that’s fine too – just make sure to use some plant milk to compensate for the lost moisture.

INSTANT COFFEE – instant coffee is a best ways to infuse desserts with coffee flavour. I used 3 tsp of instant coffee in the chocolate layer and none in the vanilla layer as I wanted both flavour and colour contrast, but you could flavour both layers with coffee to your taste, if you prefer. If you don’t like coffee at all, skip it and perhaps add some orange zest and a few drops of orange extract to the top layer to create chocolate orange slice or keep it plain.

DARK CHOCOLATE – dark chocolate forms the bottom layer of this simple no bake dessert. Chocolate and coffee work really well together, providing both heaps of flavour and richness of texture. I used just shy of a whole standard bar (100 g / 3.5 oz) of chocolate leaving a little bit for decoration or taste testing 😉 .

COCONUT OIL – coconut oil gives firmness and richness to the top layer of this dessert, without it the layer would be too soft once thawed. I recommend using a flavour-free coconut oil that has been steamed to remove coconut flavour. Failing that good vegan butter (I like Naturli) will render similar results.

vegan fridge tiramisu slice soaked cashews

vegan fridge tiramisu slice coffee layer

vegan fridge tiramisu slice making

vegan fridge tiramisu slice cutting

vegan fridge tiramisu slice cut

vegan fridge tiramisu slice cut up

vegan fridge tiramisu slice square

vegan fridge tiramisu slice sliced

serves
8-16
PREP
15 min
COOKING
5 min
serves
8-16
PREPARATION
15 min
COOKING
5 min
INGREDIENTS

CHOCOLATE-COFFEE LAYER

  • 100 g / 3.5 oz (heaped ¾ cup) raw cashews, soaked
  • 60 ml / ¼ cup maple syrup or other sweetener
  • 60 ml / ¼ cup plant milk (I used almond)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2-3 tsp instant coffee, more to taste
  • 90 g / 3.2 oz vegan dark chocolate

VANILLA LAYER

  • 100 g / 3.5 oz (heaped ¾ cup) raw cashews, soaked
  • 45 ml / 3 tbsp maple syrup or other sweetener
  • 10 ml / 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 50 g / ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ½-1 tsp instant coffee, optional
  • cocoa powder (or chocolate shavings), to decorate
METHOD
  1. Soak cashews for both layers overnight in cold water or in boiling water for at least 30 minutes. Drain really well.
  2. Line a 10 cm / 4″ by 20 cm / 8″ tin (I used my 2 lb banana bread tin) or food container with a strip of baking paper.
  3. Put half of the soaked cashews, 60 ml (¼ cup) maple syrup, 60 ml (¼ cup) plant milk and salt in a small blender (I used my Ninja for this). Blend until super smooth.
  4. Transfer ¾ cup (180 ml) of this mixture to a metal or glass bowl, leaving the rest in the blender*.
  5. Add broken up chocolate and 2-3 tsp instant coffee to the bowl and place the bowl over a pot filled with water (bain marie) making sure the water does not touch the bottom of the bowl.
  6. Bring the water to a gentle simmer and once it’s at that point, switch the heat off and allow the chocolate to melt in the residual heat.
  7. Gently and slowly stir melted chocolate and coffee into cashew cream next to it until fully combined. Take the bowl off the pot with steaming water, make sure to wipe the bottom of the bowl.
  8. Spread coffee layer at the bottom of the lined tin.
  9. Add the first four vanilla layer ingredients into the blender with the leftover cashew mixture. Blend until smooth. Add a little instant coffee if you like, I kept the top layer coffee-free.
  10. Spread vanilla layer over the coffee layer (use a silicone spatula to get it all out!) and place in the freezer for a few hours to set.
  11. Decorate with cocoa power (or chocolate shavings) once set, cut into 8 squares or 16 half-squares (it’s rich) and let it rest for 10 minutes at room temperature to soften. Store in the freezer or fridge, in an air-tight container.

NOTES
*The reason I blend a little more cashews than needed for the bottom layer (and keep it for the top layer) is that I found that if I go below that amount, my blender struggles to blend everything smoothly without constantly stopping it and scrapping.

This recipe is adapted from my earlier recipe for these coffee cups.

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NUTRITIONAL INFO
calories
138
7%
sugars
8 g
8%
fats
10 g
14%
saturates
4 g
21%
proteins
2 g
4%
carbs
12 g
5%
*per 1 out of 16 pieces
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REVIEWS & QUESTIONS
Sara W:
This is delicious, Ania! Being a massive coffee lover, I could not be happier when I tasted it. I added some coffee granules to the vanilla layer too and it is divine and ideal for this hot weather we are having! Thanks so much! Sara
    Ania
    Ania:
    Yay, I am so pleased to hear that you enjoyed it so much - I agree, there is no such thing as too much coffee ;) . Thanks for taking the time to review, I really appreciate it. x Ania
Steff:
This was so so easy to make and absolutely hit the spot. I had to leave it in the freezer for 4 hours and was worried it would be too hard to eat right away, but the chocolate layer was still soft/melty (I liked it though - was like a mix between cheesecake and ice cream). I was a bit confused about step 3 around leaving some in the blender, so I just poured out what easily poured out into the chocolate bowl and didn't scrape the blender out before putting in the vanilla ingredients. My blender did have a hard time starting up again since there's not much liquid for that part, so now I know to leave more in there next time!
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thanks so much, Steff. I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed it and thanks so much for letting me know. As for the process being a touch convoluted, I will make it again today and see if I can simplify this further - my main issue was being able to obtain smooth mixture without adding too much liquid as it will compromise the mouthfeel once the dessert has set. Ania
      Steff:
      I think the edits you've made above make the instructions perfect and easy to follow. :) Wiping the bottom of the bowl is key too, as I dripped a lot of water into the pan when pouring the chocolate layer!
        Ania
        Ania:
        Thanks Steff, glad to hear. It's a tricky one, I did another test last night (80 g vs 120 g) and it works well but I feel like making it this way is simply easier so will keep it for now. Ania
Eden Forstbauer:
when do we add the rest of the cashews or the rest of the mixture from the blender
    Ania
    Ania:
    Hi Eden,
    Keep the rest of the first cashew batch in the blender, add the vanilla ingredients to it and blend well again - this will form the top (vanilla) layer. The reason I did it like that is that I find that there is a certain minimal amount of ingredients to get the blender started and to get the mixture blended really smoothly. Hope this makes sense, Ania
Zoe:
I made it over the weekend and I have no regrets. Came together really quickly in my smoothie maker and the result was stunning, the flavour and texture were on point - a dream come through for a coffee lover like myself!!
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thanks Zoe, so happy you enjoyed it and found it easy to make too! And thank you for taking the time to let me know, I really appreciate it.x Ania
Rebecca:
I made these. They’re delicious. I was worried because they are pricey to make (all those cashews and maple syrup) but they are really good and worth the expensive ingredients. I always end up seizing my chocolate when I melt it on the stove, so I microwaved the chocolate and then mixed in the coffee granules and blended cashew cream. They took way longer than 3 hours to freeze (after 5 hours the chocolate layer was still soft, so I froze them over night before cutting them.) They are rich and have the delicious flavor of tiramisu, but are pretty easy to make. Thanks for the recipe!
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thanks Rebecca, I'm glad you enjoyed this and found it easy to make. Strange that it took so much longer to set for you, I will measure again next time I make them and it will be soon as they are very popular in my house. In terms of cost, you could use icing sugar (and extra plant milk) or regular sugar dissolved in water (sugar syrup) and sunflower seeds if you were seeking a cheaper option. If you were to do that, I would flavour vanilla layer with a touch of coffee too to conceal sunflower seed flavour completely. Thanks so much for taking the time to review. Ania
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