The Perfect Bite :: Coconut Panna Cotta

By Jess Simpson
Coconut Panna Cotta | Forgiving Martha for Camille Styles

Coconut Panna Cotta | Forgiving Martha for Camille Styles

Deliciously silky and so easy to make – coconut panna cotta. This version has gone through a healthy makeover: out with the milk, cream and sugar and in with the coconut milk, yogurt and honey… meaning it can still be your best friend when you’re in a healthy-eating frame of mind. A major difference in this panna cotta versus the traditional version is the use of an ingredient called agar in place of the gelatin. This strange-sounding ingredient is a completely natural seaweed that thickens like gelatin — it doesn’t measure the same as gelatin would in a recipe, which I learned on my first try in making this panna cotta (poor things had the consistency of a brick!) So after my trial and error, I’ve finally found the right ratios and the secret to the creamy panna cotta we all love.

I especially love the hint of coconut paired with clementine for the perfect burst of citrus flavor. A simple and sweet end to any dinner.

Coconut Panna Cotta | Forgiving Martha for Camille Styles

Coconut Panna Cotta | Forgiving Martha for Camille Styles

Healthy Coconut Panna Cotta


  • 14.5 oz (1 can) coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons agar agar flakes
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 3/4 cup plain coconut milk yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt


  1. In a medium bowl, stir agar agar flakes in the coconut milk and let sit for 15 minutes.
  2. Add mixture to medium saucepan and whisk together all ingredients until thoroughly blended.  Place pan and mixture over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer while constantly stirring.
  3. Reduce heat to medium and allow to simmer and continue stirring for four-five minutes.  The mixture will thicken a bit and the flakes should be completely dissolved.
  4. Divide the mixture into serving bowls and let cool at room temperature for about 30 minutes. Refrigerate at least four hours (or, ideally overnight) until it’s completely set.
  5. Garnish and serve chilled.

Comments (26)

  1. Quinn Cooper says:

    Looks delicious and I love that you have made a healthier version than the original.
    You also can’t go wrong with coconut anything.
    xo Quinn

    Quinn Cooper Style

    1. Jess Simpson says:

      I agree- coconut ANYTHING is a win in my book!

  2. Molly {Dreams in HD} says:

    this sounds and looks absolutely delicious.
    gorgeous photos, as always!

    1. Jess Simpson says:

      Delicious, but most importantly…simple & quick! Can’t beat it!

  3. Sarah | Sarah The Architect says:

    Yum! I’m so excited about this coconut version!! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Jess Simpson says:

      You could even up the coconut-ante by adding toasted coconut flakes on top… HELLO heaven.

  4. grandbabycakes says:

    Awww this looks so lovely. Beautiful flavor combination.

    1. Jess Simpson says:

      Thanks! I love quick summer desserts that don’t require an oven, yet STILL look pretty!

  5. kelsey says:

    oh yum! the little mandarin detail is lovely
    kw ladies in navy

    1. Jess Simpson says:

      The mandarin addition was Camille’s idea! She even threw in a quick tutorial for me on how to make supremes! 😉

  6. Maryann P. says:

    Yum! What a great summer treat.

    1. Jess Simpson says:

      Thanks, Maryann! Next dinner party… you know what I’ll bring! 😉 xo

  7. Classiq says:

    Delicious and healthy. I can’t ask for more. 🙂

    1. Jess Simpson says:

      I love something that sneaky-healthy like this! Makes it much more fun!

  8. Liese | lipstickandsoda says:

    i’m not that into coconut, but i might just try this, it looks very yummy 🙂 thanks for sharing!

    1. Jess Simpson says:

      The coconut flavor is actually pretty light…I think you’ll love it! 😉

  9. the desert echo says:

    Oh my gosh thank you so much! I thought my pannacotta days were over now that I don’t have refined sugar or lactose, but this looks AMAZING! Will definitely try it, coconut yum!

    1. Jess Simpson says:

      Then this recipe was destined for you!

  10. DRAMA says:


    1. Jess Simpson says:

      Yum is RIGHT!

  11. Kat Rodriguez says:

    This is a really healthy dessert. Just pinned it!

    1. Jess Simpson says:

      Totally healthy! Hope you give it a try, Kat! xo

  12. Tammi Campbell says:


    1. Camille Styles says:

      Powdered ginger for this recipe. Let us know how you like it! 🙂

  13. Susan says:

    Can this be un-molded unto a plate before serving?

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