Maple-Bourbon Chocolate Tiramisu with Pecans


Add a splash of bourbon to make this homemade tiramisu cake extra spirited. Made with lightened-up pudding, whipped topping, and cream cheese (yet still full of flavor!) this chocolate dessert recipe is surprisingly low in calories.

Maple-Bourbon Chocolate Tiramisu with Pecans
Photo: Karla Conrad
Prep Time:
35 mins
Chill Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 35 mins


  • cup boiling water

  • 2 tablespoon instant espresso coffee powder

  • cup light maple-flavored syrup

  • 2 tablespoon bourbon (optional)

  • 6 ounce reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel), softened

  • 3 tablespoon fat-free milk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • cup frozen light whipped dessert topping, thawed

  • 2 3 ounce packages ladyfingers, split

  • 1 ½ cup prepared fat-free sugar-free chocolate pudding*

  • cup chopped pecans, toasted

  • Dark chocolate curls (optional)


  1. For syrup mixture, in a small bowl combine boiling water and espresso powder; stir to dissolve espresso powder. Stir in maple syrup and bourbon (if using). Set aside.

  2. In a medium mixing bowl beat cream cheese with an electric mixer on low speed until smooth. Add milk and vanilla; beat until smooth. Fold in dessert topping. Set aside.

  3. Arrange half of the ladyfinger halves in the bottom of a 2-quart rectangular baking dish. Brush with half of the syrup mixture. Top with chocolate pudding, spreading evenly. Top with remaining ladyfingers. Brush with remaining syrup mixture. Top with cream cheese mixture, spreading evenly. Cover and chill for 4 to 24 hours.

  4. To serve, cut into 12 portions. Sprinkle each serving with pecans. If desired, garnish with chocolate curls.


For easy pudding, use a 4-serving-size package fat-free sugar-free chocolate instant pudding mix. Prepare according to package directions and measure 1 1/2 cups to use in the tiramisu.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

154 Calories
7g Fat
18g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 154
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 42mg 14%
Sodium 180mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0.6mg 3%
Calcium 69mg 5%
Iron 0.8mg 4%
Potassium 168mg 4%
Folate, total 11.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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