Tiramisu is an Italian-style custard cake. One of the primary ingredients is lady fingers (not actual fingers, just a type of finger-shaped cookie), layered with a mixture of eggs, mascarpone, and sugar. It’s usually flavored with coffee and cocoa powder.
The cookies are most of the reason tiramisu can’t be considered healthy. Sugar might have it’s place as an occasional indulgence (especially if you use Paleo-approved sweeteners, such as honey or maple syrup), and even mascarpone can be healthy if you’re not sensitive to dairy. The cookies, on the other hand, have gluten and carbs, in addition to sugar. All that makes for one big sugar rush, which is sure to be followed by a crash, an energy slump, and a craving for more sugar.
Desserts like tiramisu may be an occasional indulgence, rather than a daily habit, but depending on your tolerance for gluten and how active you are, just one indulgence can have lasting consequences.