Coconut Panna Cotta

Coconut Panna Cotta

Confessions of a dessert addict

Let’s get it out in the open: Yes, I’m a dessert addict. Concluding a meal without a dessert, it’s like watching a movie without seeing the end. For me desserts are like a little after party. The main meal has gotten you into the mood and now you just want to continue partying! My dessert addiction has even taken such a shape that whenever I go out for dinner I start by secretly looking at the desserts menu (So I can order a light main meal when they have good desserts).  Yes, it’s that bad.

Unfortunately desserts aren’t always the healthiest part of a meal, often stuffed with artificial food coloring, sugar and all that sorts. A big bummer, because you just want to have your little after party, without feeling guilty or having to regret it afterwards. So today a guilt free dessert recipe: Coconut panna cotta! It’s vegan, dairy free, sugar free and gluten free.

I think if Snow White would have a dessert this would be it: A panna cotta as white as snow, with a topping of pomegranate seeds as red as blood. Healthy, yummy and stunning to look at!  A fairy tale dessert that will make you feel happily ever after ;)

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Coconut Panna Cotta
Serves 4
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Can Coconut Milk
  2. 1/2 Vanilla Bean
  3. 1 heaped tbsp Agar Agar flakes or 1 heaped tsp Agar Agar Powder (vegetarian gelatin substitute, available at Asian grocery stores)
  4. 4 tbsp Pomegranate Seeds
Instructions
  1. Place the coconut milk and agar agar in a saucepan, let it sit for 15 minutes.
  2. Add the vanilla (Slice open vanilla bean the long way, use the tip of your knife to scoop out the dark flesh of the vanilla bean)
  3. Whisk together and gently heat the mixture over medium-low heat. Keep whisking until the agar agar has dissolved (Simmer for one to five minutes for powder and 10-15 minutes for flakes).
  4. Remove from the heat and pour the mixture into serving bowls. Pop them in the fridge to harden up (1 hour or until set).
  5. Top with pomegranate seeds and serve.
  6. Enjoy!
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7 Thoughts on “Coconut Panna Cotta

  1. What a good idea mankind panna cotta healthier by using coconut milk instead of cream :) Looks so delicious!

  2. zosia on 15 March 2014 at 19:02 said:

    is that agar agar POWDER or FLAKES?

    • Wendy on 16 March 2014 at 11:16 said:

      Thanks Zosia for your attentiveness and good question! (I’ve adjusted the recipe). You can use both powder or flakes. For this recipe you can use 1 heaped tbsp of agar flakes or 1 heaped teaspoon of agar powder. (The ratio for using agar agar in liquids is: 2 teaspoons of powder or 2 tablespoons of flakes per 2.5 cup / 1 pint / 600ml of liquid)

  3. I am with you, a meal is not complete without something sweet to finish it off! I love the simplicity of these!

  4. Wow, I wish I can grab a spoon and take a bite of this from my computer screen! This looks creamy and luscious. I love the texture and flavor of pomegranate. And the pops of red photographs beautifully against the snow white Panna cotta. Can’t wait to try this!

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