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.

Healthy Coconut Panna Cotta

Ingredients:

  • 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

Instructions:

  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.

26 comments
  1. 1
    Quinn Cooper | June 6, 2013 at 7:06 am

    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

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    • Jess Simpson | June 6, 2013 at 4:29 pm

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

      Reply
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    Molly {Dreams in HD} | June 6, 2013 at 7:34 am

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

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    • Jess Simpson | June 6, 2013 at 4:29 pm

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

      Reply
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    Sarah | Sarah The Architect | June 6, 2013 at 8:08 am

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

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    • Jess Simpson | June 6, 2013 at 4:30 pm

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

      Reply
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    grandbabycakes | June 6, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Awww this looks so lovely. Beautiful flavor combination.

    Reply
    • Jess Simpson | June 6, 2013 at 4:31 pm

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

      Reply
  5. 5
    kelsey | June 6, 2013 at 9:55 am

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

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    • Jess Simpson | June 6, 2013 at 4:33 pm

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

      Reply
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    Maryann P. | June 6, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Yum! What a great summer treat.

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    • Jess Simpson | June 6, 2013 at 4:33 pm

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

      Reply
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    Classiq | June 6, 2013 at 10:51 am

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

    Reply
    • Jess Simpson | June 6, 2013 at 4:34 pm

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

      Reply
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    Liese | lipstickandsoda | June 7, 2013 at 7:10 am

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

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    • Jess Simpson | June 9, 2013 at 11:01 pm

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

      Reply
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    the desert echo | June 7, 2013 at 7:31 am

    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!

    Reply
    • Jess Simpson | June 9, 2013 at 11:02 pm

      Then this recipe was destined for you!

      Reply
  10. 10
    DRAMA | June 7, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    YUUUUMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!

    Reply
  11. 11
    Kat Rodriguez | June 8, 2013 at 6:47 am

    This is a really healthy dessert. Just pinned it!

    Reply
    • Jess Simpson | June 9, 2013 at 11:04 pm

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

      Reply
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    Tammi Campbell | April 24, 2014 at 11:58 am

    CAN’T WAIT TO TRY THIS RECIPE. QUESTION ABOUT THE GINGER, DID YOU MEAN POWDERED GINGER OR FRESH GRATED GINGER??

    Reply
    • Camille Styles | April 24, 2014 at 1:26 pm

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

      Reply
  13. 13
    Susan | August 12, 2017 at 11:50 am

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

    Reply
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