Coconut Panna Cotta

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This is one of my all time favorite desserts.  And one of the few that doesn’t have ANY CHOCOLATE in it  (This and my sour cream lemon pie recipe).  Even my “I don’t like sweets” husband LOVES this dessert.  It has a great light feel, with a great, not too strong, flavor, but I could eat the whole pan in one sitting.  It goes GREAT paired with fresh berries and my Berry Coulis recipe.


I’ve always loved panna cotta as a dessert.  It’s not my typical heavy flourless dark chocolate cake craving, but there is just something about it that I delight in.  Maybe it’s because I love the creamy texture, and subtle flavor.  It kind of creeps up on you, how amazing it is.  I have been wanting to try a few other panna cotta recipes, but every time i’m craving one I go straight for this easy, favorite recipe!


Coconut Panna Cotta


  • 14 oz can coconut milk
  • 14 oz heavy cream
  • 1 C sugar
  • 2 packets gelatin
  • ½ C cold water
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  1. Heat milk, cream and sugar in a sauce pan over low heat until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. While your dissolving the sugar put the gelatin in the cold water and let sit for 5 mins.
  3. Add the gelatin mixture to the milk mixture and add the vanilla.
  4. Stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved.
  5. Strain and pour into ramekins or a 9 inch pie pan.
  6. Press plastic wrap down on top (so you don't get a nasty crust) and immediately put in the refrigerator until set (overnight)
  7. Serve plain, with fresh berries or with Berry Coulis
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It’s hard to mess this recipe up, it’s so easy, BUT I have done it, twice now.  Once I forgot to strain it, and while it still tastes fine, the texture isn’t quite right, it isn’t as smooth, so DON’T forget that step.  And the last time I made it I didn’t put it right in the fridge and it separated before setting, it had a too strong thick coconut top with a flavorless gelatin below, it wasn’t good.  So make sure to cover and refrigerate right away!


Because it holds it’s shape it’s great for cute molds you might have. Like how amazing would this be in a small 1 serving size heart mold with this gorgeous sauce for Valentines day?  I am SOO looking for the perfect heart molds right now!

Do you have a favorite panna cotta recipe I should try? I’ve been debating a pistachio or grapefruit… I sense recipe testing coming up!

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Ashlee has been cake decorating for 8 year, and blogging for 6+. She has 5 children ages 2-12 that she enjoys throwing parties for. She loves to bake, cook, crochet, knit, do home improvement, graphic design, photography and writing.
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    • says

      not a chocolate lover? I’m sorry, I’m confused, it’s CHOCOLATE! ;) I have cousins who aren’t chocolate lovers either **cough**crazy**cough** they love lemon though, how about you, what flavors DO you love?

    • says

      Have you tried it a second time? did it work out???? I feel so bad it didn’t work out the first time! I SO want you to make it and love it!

    • says

      let me know if you love it! Did you make orange sugar while making your candied orange peels??? That’s the first thing I thought of when I saw your images!