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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
- ½ cup Silk coconutmilk
- 1 Tbsp. gelatin
- 2½ cups Silk Dairy-Free Yogurt, flavor of your choice
- 1 Tbsp. honey
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Optional: Raspberry Vanilla Honey, for drizzling
1. Mix the gelatin with ¼ cup of the coconut milk and let it sit for a few minutes, until softened.
2. Heat a saucepan over medium-high heat.
3. Whisk together the remaining ¼ cup of coconut milk and gelatin mixture.
4. Bring to a boil.
5. After 1 - 2 minutes, remove from heat.
6. Mix in yogurt, honey, and vanilla.
7. Divide mixture into containers of your choice.
8. Let cool to room temperature, then refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours, until cool and solid.
9. To serve, you may either leave in the containers or unmold on to a dessert plate. Top with topping, if using.
That's it! Super easy, right?
Also, as I mentioned at the top of the post, you can make this dessert vegan with a couple of swaps. Just use agar agar or another vegan-friendly thickening agent instead of the gelatin, and a sweetener like agave nectar instead of the honey.
If you are looking for more dairy-free desserts for the holidays (and beyond), check out more dessert inspiration here! Also, I would suggest picking up a couple more Silk Dairy-Free yogurts to have for breakfast or a light dessert. Silk Yogurt is the perfect everyday yogurt for your life!
For the holidays, I plan to make this recipe a few different times with all the different flavors and have a different presentation for each one. Maybe unmold them onto tiny tea plates or serve them in small mason jars! It will definitely be fun to come up with something new and different for each flavor.
Which Panna Cotta flavor would you make first? Vanilla, Peach & Mango, Tropical Pineapple, Strawberry, Blueberry, or Black Cherry?
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