Easy Coconut Panna Cotta (Dairy-free, Paleo)

There are plenty of chocolate recipes floating around for Valentine’s Day, so how about something for my non-chocolate lovers?

coconut panna cotta in a bowl with sliced strawberries on top

This coconut panna cotta is a quick dessert to throw together, but it’s sure to impress your loved ones. Featuring just four ingredients, it couldn’t be easier to prepare!

I had originally planned on using almond milk to make this dairy-free dessert, but the homemade almond milk I used ended up separating in the final result. The creamy layer tasted amazing, but the ugly darker layer that separated away tasted like… nothing. So, I don’t recommend using homemade almond milk for this recipe. Canned coconut milk, however, works perfectly!

Paired with grass-fed gelatin, which may promote digestion and skin health, you can feel good about serving this naturally sweetened treat to your sweetie.

Easy Coconut Panna Cotta (Dairy-free)
serves 4

Adapted from Deliciously Organic

Ingredients:

1 (13.5 oz) can full-fat coconut milk (this brand is BPA-free)
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 teaspoon grass-fed gelatin (I used this brand)

Directions:

In a small saucepan, whisk together 1 cup of the coconut milk with the powdered gelatin. Allow to sit for 5 minutes, to allow the gelatin to “bloom.” Add in the vanilla, then gently heat the mixture over medium-low heat, whisking well to help the gelatin dissolve. Be careful NOT to boil this mixture! Once the gelatin has completely dissolved, remove from the heat and stir in the maple syrup and remaining coconut milk.

Pour the mixture into 4 small dishes, and place in the fridge to set for at least 4 hours before serving.

making coconut panna cotta

For easy removal, place the chilled dishes in a shallow bowl of hot water for 1-2 minutes, then flip the dessert onto a plate. The panna cotta should slide right out! Serve immediately, with fresh berries, if desired.
coconut panna cotta with sliced strawberries on top

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Easy Coconut Panna Cotta (Dairy-free)
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

A dairy-free panna cotta that's naturally sweetened and easy to prepare!

Course: Dessert
Servings: 4
Calories: 220 kcal
Author: Detoxinista.com
Ingredients
  • 1 (13.5 oz) can full-fat coconut milk (this brand is BPA-free)1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon grass-fed gelatin (I used this brand)
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan, whisk together 1 cup of the coconut milk with the powdered gelatin. Allow to sit for 5 minutes, to allow the gelatin to "bloom." Add in the vanilla, then gently heat the mixture over medium-low heat, whisking well to help the gelatin dissolve. Be careful NOT to boil this mixture! Once the gelatin has completely dissolved, remove from the heat and stir in the maple syrup and remaining coconut milk.
  2. Pour the mixture into 4 small dishes, and place in the fridge to set for at least 4 hours before serving.
  3. For easy removal, place the chilled dishes in a shallow bowl of hot water for 1-2 minutes, then flip the dessert onto a plate. The panna cotta should slide right out! Serve immediately, with fresh berries, if desired.


As always, if you try making this recipe with any other milks or sweeteners, please share your results in the comments below! Agar agar may work as a vegan substitute for gelatin, but the ratio will need to be adjusted.

Reader Feedback: Have you ever made panna cotta before? Now that I know how easy it is, I’ll be making it much more often.

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Comments

Vicky

Thank you for the recipe. I replaced maple syrup with 1/3 cup of granulated Splenda and used 2 and a half gelatin sheets. 30 mins in the freezer and they turned out fabulous! So very pleased 🙂

JhansiRani

This looks so good ! Thanks for posting this recipe … How long do you think you can store this in the fridge? I can make it 2 days in advance?

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    Megan Gilmore

    I think you can make it ahead of time (it never lasts that long in my house!) but I would be sure to wrap the tops very well so they don’t develop too much of a dry crust on top.

    Megan Gilmore

    I think you can make it ahead of time (it never lasts that long in my house!) but I would be sure to wrap the tops very well so they don’t develop too much of a dry crust on top.

      Patty

      Megan – making this for dessert tonight. Can you tell me if the picture displayed is the consistency the panna cotta will be? I have made a few recipes with varying results. This one looks perfect . . .

Danielle

This recipe (with the honey) was a success! Delicious, BUT it separated when I chilled it – maybe that was because I didn’t whisk long enough?? Still tasted awesome, so I didn’t mind at all.

    Deb

    Mine separated also. Anyone figure out what the problem is? It was tasty, though.

Rosie

Thanks for the recipe! I made mine a little different as I am avoiding all added sugar right now. I omitted the syrup and added a few sliced strawberries. It came out delicious, no (added) sugar necessary. Oh but I ate it as jello – not panna cotta!

Michaela

Thank you! I substituted the maple syrup for stevia. To lighten it up, you can use lite coconut milk. I’ve tried both. (it’s just watered down coconut milk, lol.) I am on keto and often have trouble getting enough fat, so this is perfect for me!

Wanda

I made this last night. We loved it. I topped mine with blueberries. I will definitely be making this again.

kirstan horn

Delicious recipe. I used date syrup instead of Maple Syrup, oh my god, so good and served with a mango coulis…

Lori

I had mine in dessert glasses and noticed it was starting to separate. I poured them all into a glass bowl and set it in the freezer for about 20 minutes, stirring every five minutes. Then I poured it back into the dessert glasses and put them in the fridge. It worked and was so delicious. My children still rave about it a month later.

Kristine

Thanks so much for this! Delicious!

Nice Person

Looking on Amazon for the ingredients as we speak, thanks an immense amount for the inspiration and I will report back after I made some (woo!).

yuri

Please don’t call this dairy free, gelatin is an animal product.

    Megan Gilmore

    Dairy-free just means the recipe doesn’t have dairy in it, not that the recipe is free of animal products. (There are lots of recipes that are dairy-free and call for meat or eggs!) Be sure to look for VEGAN recipes if you want to avoid all animal products. There are lot of vegan recipes on this site here: https://detoxinista.com/category/all-recipes/vegan/

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