Coconut Panna Cotta Citrus Cups – vegan and sugar-free options

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This Coconut Panna Cotta Recipe is an easy recipe with vegan and sugar free options. Sounds fancy, but it's a breeze to put together!

{I'm a busy mom, so easy recipes are key for me.  But I love making things that my family loves and that helps them feel special (because they are).  

Two easy “special” recipes that we love are these Easy Baked Chicken Nuggets and this Pakistani Kima (beef curry) or these no-bake bars.  They are fabulous but don't take a lot of work.  In fact, whenever I make the Chicken Nuggets, my husband says, “So how much time do these take to make?”  

I really think he asks that every time — and that's his code for “I would love it if you would make this more often but I don't want to stress you out.”

Anyhow, today please welcome Julia from Swirls and Spice who brings another “special” easy recipe — Vegan Panna Cotta.  If you have a dairy allergy, this is the perfect refreshing treat.}

I've been wanting to make panna cotta for awhile now – so this is perfect!  And it's a perfect refreshing vegan dessert for spring.}

With a few simple pantry ingredients, anyone can make panna cotta.

Like an eggless custard, it has a firmer set than most puddings, thanks to gelatin.

This Italian specialty satisfies cravings for something sweet and creamy.

But most importantly, it's scrumptious, with the citrus rind cups adding a lovely touch of sunshine.


What else is so appealing about this vegan panna cotta?

1.  It's allergy-friendly (paleo with GAPS options).

2.  It's easy to make.

3.  It sounds elegant. (imagine telling your family and friends that you've just made some “panna cotta” for dessert :).)

4.  It contains simple, inexpensive ingredients.

I say inexpensive because this recipe uses less than a tablespoon of gelatin powder.

For comparison, this recipe for whipped coconut pudding is stabilized with a moderate amount of gelatin,  but panna cotta requires even less.

Although this was my first time to make panna cotta,  I was hopeful that it would turn out well.

I've combined coconut milk and gelatin before as gummy candies, and I was surprised by how easy they were to make.  Though it needs more time to set, panna cotta is just as simple.

Up to now, when I wanted a creamy, sweet dessert, I would pick baked rice pudding almost every time.  But panna cotta has nudged its way up near the top of my list as well.

And it doesn't require eggs or baking.

For a colorful make-ahead dessert that satisfies, look no further.

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When you are in the mood for a sweet, creamy treat, what do you crave?
Have you tried panna cotta?

Julia Baurain - guest post at Whole New MomJulia resides in the province of Saskatchewan, where she has inherited a love of Saskatoon berries.  Her four children were born in Thailand, Vietnam, Chicago, and Nebraska, respectively. In Oklahoma she once had the pleasure of meeting Adrienne in person.

Developing recipes with healthy, affordable ingredients is one of her favorite pursuits.  At her blog, Swirls and Spice, you'll find a growing collection of dairy-free recipes.   You can also see what she's up to on PinterestFacebookGoogle+, and Twitter.

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  1. Back when I still liked sweets, I loved panna cotta, but since my taste has changed, I’m afraid to try. But hubby would love it!

  2. The citrus cups are adorable AND this recipe also fits the paleo autoimmune protocol (a rare thing). If you have a minute, would you mind linking it up to the Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable? Here’s the link:

  3. Love that you gave agar as an alternative. I’m not a vegetarian, but I don’t like the idea of eating gelatin. This looks amazing and I can’t wait to try some!

    • I’m glad you like the recipe. While gelatin is making a comeback as a health food, it’s not for everyone. It would be great to hear how the panna cotta turns out for you.

  4. Joanne Peterson says:

    This reminds me of a Cornish dessert recipe called Russian Cream. Why it is called Russian Cream when it is from Cornwall England? I have no idea. The only difference I see is no eggs in today’s recipe and other than substituting coconut milk for the dairy milk.

    Since my husband can’t have dairy, this panna cotta is perfect for a dessert for him. Looks like a lovely spring dessert.

    Adrienne, how is your father-in-law?

    • How funny about the cream! My father in law appears to be dying. We have no official updates, but suspect his time here on earth will be short. Thank you so much for asking.

    • I think you and your husband will enjoy this. Now I am curious about Russian Cream. It sounds delicious too!