Looking for a light, dairy free and sugar free dessert? Well look no further. I have you covered with this super easy recipe for coconut panna cotta. You might be asking at this point, “What is panna cotta?” It’s actually just a fancy Italian name for jello. So here is my homemade coconut “jello” recipe. I love jello, jello makes me happy, I love the way it jiggles, I love the way it wiggles and most of all the way it makes me giggle! But I don’t like all the artificial colors, flavorings and dyes in it, so I decided I would make my own with the added benefits of grass fed collagen.
Coconut Panna Cotta
I really love this recipe because it’s literally foolproof. It’s also suitable for almost every kind of diet restriction because it is sugar free, grain free, dairy free and low carb. The only diets that it is not suitable for is vegetarian and vegan because it does contain grass fed collagen from cows, but if you do want to make a vegetarian version you can use agar agar instead.
I will also share a funny story with you. The first time I made this, my boys wouldn’t try it because I told them how good and healthy it was for them. Of course they assumed “healthy = yucky”! That’s when I decided to forego the elegant dessert presentation, which I LOVE and make it kid friendly. Here’s what I did. I made the panna cotta in a pyrex dish and once it was set, I cut it up into little cubes. These “jello” cubes were now spooned into a cute glass and layered with sugar free whipped cream. I added some sugar free chocolate sauce and berries on top. BOOM! here was my new reinvented chocolate berry jello surprise! Needless to say they gobbled these up in a flash, even though they were still full of healthy nutrients.
How to Make Coconut Panna Cotta
- 2 (13.5 oz.) cans coconut milk
- 3 Tablespoons Keto approved sweetener ( I prefer Monksweet )
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 2 ½ tablespoons grass fed collagen ( make sure you get the collagen that gels and not the peptides for this recipe) Vegetarian option: use agar agar ( I don’t know the exact proportions so you will have to experiment to see what works best for you.)
- Place coconut milk in a medium saucepan and sprinkle powdered grass fed collagen on top. Leave it for a few minutes to absorb.
- Get your silicone mold ready and place on top of a baking tray for stability.
- Make adequate space in the refrigerator for the mold.
- Heat coconut milk and collagen to a simmer and whisk until the collagen is completely absorbed.
- Add in the Monksweet sweetener, vanilla and almond extracts.
- Pour through a strainer ( I like to strain the mixture just in case there are any bits that haven’t fully dissolved) into a large measuring cup that will make it easier to fill your silicone mold.
- Fill your molds and refrigerate until set
- Gently remove the mini panna cottas from the mold and serve.
- Top with whipped cream, berries or a berry sauce depending on your taste. (optional)
Benefits of Grass Fed Collagen
- Muscle Maintenance – great for athletes because it contains various amino acids that speed recovery
- Weight Loss – keeps you full longer and rich in glycine which supports liver detoxification
- Anti-Aging – supports skin elasticity, strength and firmness which are key to youthful looking skin and reduces visible signs of wrinkles. Read this study.
- Arthritis and Joint Support – contains chondroitin which supports the joints, tendons and cartilage. Read this study on Osteoarthritis. Read this study on athletes and joint pain.
- Bone Health – collagen contains easy to digest calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulfur and trace minerals which helps build a healthy bone matrix
- Wound Repair – glycine and arginine are two amino acids essential to speedy skin repair
Other Recipes You May Enjoy
- Chocolate Raspberry Clafoutis
- Triple Chocolate Cheesecake
- Coconut Flour Cupcakes
- Mini Pumpkin Pies
- Mini Strawberry Swirl Cheesecakes