Panna Cotta is a very underrated dessert, especially by those tasked with making the dessert for a special occasion. This healthy Panna Cotta recipe has been my go-to many a time when I had to prepare for a gathering with family or friends, had to prepare a dessert, and didn’t have a lot of time.
When done right, Panna Cotta is rich, but light at the same time. It should satisfy those who like creamy desserts and those who prefer light, summary desserts like jelly.
Plus, the Panna Cotta is versatile. You can make a basic vanilla or coconut one or a chocolate one. You can top it off with a fruit coulis or opt for a caramel type sauce.
It is also incredibly easy to make a healthier version of the classic Panna Cotta, and I will show you how I do it below.
This is such an easy recipe but provides you with fat and collagen. I especially like it because it is very quick to make. Here is our basic vanilla panna cotta recipe:
2 cups coconut or regular cream
2 tsp vanilla essence
2 tbsp gelatine powder
¼ cup + 2 tbsp boiling water
3 tbsp xylitol or 4 tbsp erythritol
In a medium-hot saucepan, heat the cream and add in the vanilla essence. Add the gelatine powder and sweetener to boiling water, and whisk until both have dissolved completely, before adding to the cream. Pour into moulds or a pie dish, and place in the fridge to set.
Chocolate: Add 2 tbsp cacao powder to make a chocolate panna cotta
Fruity: Top it off with coulis
Don’t underestimate the power of the Panna Cotta. It does not take too long to make, is incredibly satisfying, and you can even divide the batch into different containers and have healthy dessert every day for a few days if you aren’t making it for a dinner party or gathering of some sort, but just want to satisfy your sweet tooth.
You don’t need an excuse to make a dessert and indulge. If you make your desserts with healthier ingredients like I did with this Panna Cotta, you can have a treat while removing the guilt.