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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Chocolate Coconut Panna Cotta

Chocolate Coconut Panna Cotta is great recipe for those wanting a gluten free/ dairy free or vegan sensational dessert. It's light, silky,and creamy and  is made with coconut milk. It has a mild flavor that is enhanced by almost any kind of topping.

I used amaretto liquor and chocolate chips. It was so enticing, my husband took a bite before I could snap the picture.

Substituted Coconut Milk for Heavy Cream

Panna Cotta is a rich creamy Italian dessert that is traditionally made with a lot of heavy cream. The coconut milk in this recipe seems to give the dessert the same creamy texture.

You can purchase coconut milk in cans in the supermarket or at Trader Joe's for about half  the price. Coconut milk also comes in the refrigerator case in cartons in some supermarkets 

In addition, since I am a vegetarian, I also substituted a vegan product that I purchased in the health for store for the gelatin. The results were fabulous and its not too sweet.

Author: Judee Algazi
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Chill Time: 4 hours to overnight
Serves: 6 ramekins

1/3 cup coconut milk
1 (.25 ounce) envelope of vegan gelatin substitute ( from health food store)
2 1/2 cups  coconut milk ( or regular heavy cream)
1/2  cup organic sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons real vanilla extract
3 T cocoa
1 t cinnamon
Amaretto liquor for topping ( optional)

1.Pour 1/3 cup coconut milk into a small bowl and stir in the gelatin powder. Set aside.
2. Pour 2 1/2 cups coconut milk and sugar into a small saucepan and bring to a boil while whisking continuously. Shut off the heat, and pour the gelatin and coconut milk mixture into the saucepan, stirring until completely dissolved. Put heat on low , cook for one minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, stir in the vanilla, cinnamon and cocoa and pour into six individual ramekins that have been sprayed with vegetable spray.
3.Allow to sit until they reach room temperature and then place in refrigerator for at least 4 hours or more. Can be left overnight.
This is a mild dessert so the toppings are what brings extra flavor.
Top with amaretto liquor, Kahlua, mini chocolate chips , chocolate syrup,  berries and syrup.. etc.

Scroll down for step by step pictures

Step by Step Pictures
Mix gelatin product with 1/3 cup coconut milk and set aside

Bring the other 2 and 1/2 cups coconut milk and sugar to a slow boil, whisking continuously

Pour gelatin mixture into the heated coconut milk and sugar mixture
 and cook additional minute stirring continuously,

Pour mixture into dessert dishes that have been sprayed with
vegetable oil spray  and chill for 4 hours or more
Turn upside down to unmold and top with
chocolate chips and amaretto liquor


  1. oh yum, this looks great!!

    hey i do a blog hop on sundays called savory sundays and i would love it if you came over and shared one of your great recipes!!

  2. Oh, that looks absolutely luscious!!! I'm going to refer your blog to a good friend of mine, who has multiple allergies. I think she'd have too much fun here ... :)

  3. I've never tried to make Panna Cotta before, but this looks doable! Yum!

  4. what a great recipe a bit new for me but looks great come see what I shared at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

  5. I never had panna cotta .. can you believe this ??!! I know.. i am missing something huge here .. have to try these sometime soon!

  6. I absolutely love how this is vegan! Now I definitely want to make this...

  7. This Chocolate Coconut Panna Cotta is great recipe for those wanting gluten free/ dairy free or vegan sensational dessert. It's light, silky, and creamy and is made with coconut milk. It has a mild flavor that is enhanced by almost any kind of topping.

  8. Panna Cotta! yummo! Thank you for this recipe. I make a panna cotta with milk and cream (recipe here -http://katiasfoodblog.blogspot.com/search/label/Vanilla%20Panna%20Cotta%20with%20Mixed%20Berry%20Sauce)

  9. Finally found a gluten free cook blog! Love your recipes and I am your latest follower. I am new in blogging and would like to invite you to follow my blog too!


  10. Hi Judee,
    We just love a Panna Cotta and Chocolate, wow oh yum! Great recipe!
    Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week!

  11. I stopped in from Real Food Weds. I have friend whose daughter is GF and dairy free. Next time her family is coming over, I will make this for dessert. Thanks!

  12. Hi Judee enjoyed so much going through your blog, still need to read a lot of things you have posted other than recipes..!!, made these panna cotta and enjoyed only made it vegan, do check it out when you have time..

  13. So confused...when do you add the cocoa & cinnamon? Are they toppings or supposed to be in the panna cotta?


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