Light and Healthy Blueberry-Lemon Tiramisu

Blueberry-Lemon Tiramisu

Blueberry-Lemon Tiramisu is a twist on tiramisu starring blueberries as a heart-smart ingredient! Nonfat Greek yogurt takes the place of the traditional ingredients of heavy cream, egg yolks, and mascarpone cheese, resulting in a healthier, light and summery dessert.


From *Good Food for a Healthy Heart (Hearst, February 2015) by the editors of Good Housekeeping, Blueberry-Lemon Tiramisu is in the Sweet & Fruity Dessert recipes and among the 185 delicious family-friendly recipes featuring everyday fare that’s low in sodium, calories, and saturated fat.

*I received a copy of this book free of charge from Sterling Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

Good Housekeeping Good Food for a Healthy Heart Cookbook

I included some of the recipes that appealed to me in the collage above. Clockwise starting at the top left corner:  Healthy Club Sandwiches, Whole Grain Blueberry Muffins, Cauliflower Mac ‘n’ Cheese, Vegetable Herb Stuffing, Seared Steak with Minted Watermelon, Italian-Spiced Shrimp Casserole, Jam Crumble Bars, Perfect Guacamole, Turkey Meatball Lettuce Wraps, Blueberry-Lemon Tiramisu, Grilled Pork and Apple Salad, Nutella and Banana on Challah.


The recipe calls for assembling the tiramisu in an 8-inch square dish for 8 servings. I doubled the recipe to fill a trifle bowl and serve a crowd.


Blueberry-Lemon Tiramisu

from Good Housekeeping Good Food for a Healthy Heart

Active time: 20 minutes

Total time: 25 minutes plus chilling

Makes: 8 servings (Double the recipe to serve 16 – 18 and fill a trifle bowl)



1 – 2 lemons

3 3/4 cups blueberries

¾ cup sugar

1 container (17-18 ounces) of nonfat Greek yogurt

*1 package (3 ounces) ladyfingers (either soft or hard Italian-style)

*I used the soft variety of ladyfingers from my grocery store but this recipe was tested by Good Housekeeping using both soft and hard (Italian-style) ladyfingers (sometimes called Savoiardi) with good results for both types. For the best texture, let the tiramisu sit in the refrigerator overnight.



From lemons, grate 1 ½ teaspoon lemon peel and squeeze ¼ cup of juice.

Blueberry Lemon Tiramisu

In medium saucepan, combine 1 ½ cups blueberries, ¼ cup sugar and 1 tablespoon water.  Heat over medium heat 5 minutes or until blueberries soften and juices thicken, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, transfer to bowl and stir in 1 ½ cups blueberries. Set aside.


In microwave safe small bowl, combine ¼ cup of sugar and 3 tablespoons of water. Microwave on HIGH 1 minute. Stir in 3 tablespoons lemon juice and ½ teaspoon lemon peel.


In medium bowl, stir together yogurt and remaining ¼ cup sugar, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and ½ teaspoon lemon peel.


In an 8-inch square dish, arrange half of ladyfingers. Brush with half of lemon syrup. Spoon blueberry mixture evenly over ladyfingers. Arrange remaining ladyfingers over blueberries. Brush with remaining lemon syrup. Spoon yogurt mixture on top, spreading evenly. Cover and refrigerate overnight. To serve, top tiramisu with remaining ¾ cup blueberries and garnish with lemon peel or mint if desired.

Nutritional Information for single recipe (per serving):  Calories 165, Total Fat 1g, Saturated Fat 0, Cholesterol 23mg, Sodium 90mg, Total Carbohydrate 34g, Dietary Fiber 2g, Protein 7g, Sugars —

You can find a printable recipe, here.

My notes: I used a trifle bowl and doubled the ingredients but used 3 packages of ladyfingers instead of 2. You could substitute layers of angel food cake as an alternative for ladyfingers for an equally low fat dessert. I added the leftover lemon syrup used to brush on the ladyfingers to the Greek yogurt in addition to the sugar. This would be good using vanilla nonfat Greek yogurt that’s already sweetened. 


The winner of Good Food for a Healthy Heart is Lynn Schantz.

 You can find more heart-healthy recipes on Good Housekeeping’s website, here.

Thanks to all who entered and wishing you a healthy heart!

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  25 comments for “Light and Healthy Blueberry-Lemon Tiramisu

  1. March 4, 2015 at 5:29 am

    Very pretty Mary! I’ll bet this was a very tasty dessert and congrats to your winner:@)

  2. March 4, 2015 at 5:48 am

    Wow, this sounds like a very interesting alternative tiramisu for the summer!! Must have been delicious!

  3. March 4, 2015 at 7:03 am

    I will be sure to try this recipe. It sounds like a crowd pleaser. If “summer” comes we will try it! Lol!

  4. March 4, 2015 at 7:38 am

    I would love some for breakfast please Mary! I can’t believe this show stopper is just a few healthy ingredients~ I’m a firm believer that lemons are so good for you and paired with blueberries makes this recipe a win win! I am trying to substitute Greek yogurt for sour cream whenever possible, I can’t wait to try this! I love that you included two different size and serving options, it looks so pretty in the trifle bowl, yum~ Lucky winner!

  5. Ellen Stillabower
    March 4, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Congratulations Lynn!!! Mary, I will be trying this recipe. I still have blueberries in the freezer. It’s also a visibly beautiful dessert.

  6. March 4, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Congratulations to Lynn! The recipe for the trifle sounds divine, Mary, and would be a perfect dessert for Spring and Summer.

  7. March 4, 2015 at 8:56 am

    looks very refreshing, but i have a hard time with the name tiramisu, which to me screams coffee liquor, this is gorgeous and i am sure oh so tasty, but i recently made tiramisu and omg the mascapone and coffee are what melt me to the quick! i do adore lemons and bluberries, and more power to you that you could find 3 packages of lady fingers, in my store they sell NONE, they keep them hidden in the back for the bakery to use only, you have to beg to get to buy them! i may try this with lemoncello, i think its the “fumes” i will miss! gorgeous pics and kind of nice to have my mouth watering before the sun comes up!

  8. Meda Branwell
    March 4, 2015 at 9:23 am

    I recently started following your email/blogs because I love many of the pictures. I spend lots of time on Pinterest and pin many things from other blogs….right from their pictures. However, I can’t seem to find a way to do this with your’s. :( Am I missing something? All I see is the word Pinterest up near the top. When I click it, it takes me to all your wonderful boards….but I need a quick way just to pin from your email or blog. Help please!

    Also, it would be so nice to see a pic of u on your blogs, not just your cute doggies. :) Thx for all the beautiful things u post!

    Sincerely, Meda Branwell

    Sent from my iPad


    • March 4, 2015 at 9:31 am

      Hi Meda, if you hover over each image in the left hand corner with your mouse the pin it button appears so you can pin any images. Unfortunately if you’re on an iPad they won’t appear.

    • March 4, 2015 at 10:21 am

      Meda, you can go to Pinterest and follow these steps to add a pin it browser button to your iPad:

  9. franki
    March 4, 2015 at 9:42 am

    DELISH DISH!!! franko

  10. March 4, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Mary, this looks absolutely delicious and I’m always looking for new desserts to serve in a trifle bowl. And the bonus is that it’s healthier! Congrats to the winner of the cookbook. Somehow I missed this giveaway but the cookbook looks like one I need!

  11. March 4, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Lovely recipe and photos! I am continually attempting to create recipes with lavender and I think this could be a great recipe to experiment with. Lemon and blueberries pair so well with a hint of lavender…perhaps make a lavender/lemon syrup to brush on the lady fingers? Thank you again for such a wonderful site and always a great way to start my day!

  12. March 4, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Oh my Mary this looks amazing….and we love blueberries and lemon….and love the fact that I can make it ahead of time!….Going to print out this recipe now….and congrats to the winner!!!

  13. March 4, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Mary, I just picked up mini lemon meringue pies for a friend’s birthday lunch today. I should have made this heart healthy trifle. Will check out this book. It looks like a good one. Congratulations to Lynn.

  14. March 4, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    So beautiful…I love making trifles and tiramisu…Although blueberries are being adapted to our climate and grown in certain areas of the island, they can be quite expensive as they’re not grown commercially…yet.

    I have napkins in the same pattern as the tablecloth in your photos. Can’t remember now if they originally came from Now Designs or Necessities.

  15. March 4, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Congratulations to the winner. This sounds delicious, I will print out the recipe. I eat blueberries every morning. Love them and love ANYTHING with lemon, so this is a keeper! Thanks so much!!!

  16. Melodie Strickland
    March 4, 2015 at 7:02 pm


    Congrats to the winner!! Will have to look for the cookbook for myself. The blueberry trifle sounds delicious!! Unfortunately our area is supposed to get between 4-8 inches of snow tomorrow–ugh!!


  17. March 4, 2015 at 8:43 pm


    This looks great! Light and lemony.

    – Alma, The Tablescaper

  18. Lynn Schantz
    March 4, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    I’m so excited to be the winner and can’t wait to try the recipes in this Heart Healthy book. Thank you everybody for the congrats and a big thank you to Mary. I will make the Blueberry Lemon Tiramisu and take to my grandsons birthday Sunday.

  19. Mary McCormick
    March 9, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    It looks delicious but I have to disagree with the name – isn’t it just a trifle or a parfiat?

    • March 9, 2015 at 5:37 pm

      It’s a riff on a tiramisu given that it’s made with ladyfingers. Call it whatever you like :)

  20. Lucia Edmond
    September 16, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    When I entered this recipe in Myfitness Pal the calorie count was 265/serving not 165 as stated in the recipe. Not sure what to think?…..

    • September 17, 2015 at 6:32 am

      I entered the ingredients for the recipe as written by Good Housekeeping [1 – 2 lemons, 3 3/4 cups blueberries, 3/4 cup sugar, 1 (17-18 ounce) container of nonfat Greek yogurt, 1 (3 ounce) package ladyfingers} into Calorie Count to analyze it and got 109 calories per serving.

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