Every holiday season, I get busy with holiday parties making dessert after dessert spending a TON of time measuring, baking, and hovering around my oven. Well, this time I decided to try a different recipe that would save me a lot of time and would result in an unexpectedly light treat: Yogurt Panna Cotta! Just a few minutes of prep and you get this gorgeously smooth and creamy dessert. It tastes rich and indulgent, but it does not leave you feeling heavy. Absolutely delicious!
I went one step further and made it dairy-free because I have a few family members that do not handle lactose well. That means that absolutely everyone can enjoy this dessert by using Silk Dairy-Free Yogurt! My panna cotta recipe is also gluten-free, egg-free, low in sugar, and (with a couple of simple swaps) can be vegan. Like I said, this recipe can satisfy nearly everyone, even with a special diet. With my huge family, that is a feat in itself!
You would think it would be difficult to find a dairy-free yogurt, right? WRONG! At my local Walmart, it was literally right underneath the yogurt sign in the display. Ha! It cannot get any easier than that!
Also, before we get into the recipe, I made two versions of the recipe with the Vanilla and the Peach & Mango flavors. At first, I was a bit hesitant to use one of the flavored varieties, because it has bits of real fruit in it and I didn't want the dessert to be anything less than silky and smooth. Actually, I loved it! My favorite flavor for an everyday breakfast or dessert is black cherry, so next time I am definitely making a Black Cherry Panna Cotta. It even sounds fabulous!
Yogurt Panna Cotta
A Vintage Zest original recipe