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This Panna Cotta is really easy to make and best of all, can be made ahead so serving this special dessert requires no effort at all. Perfect when entertaining a crowd. It’s a light dessert is the best way to finish off a meal with the creaminess of the panna cotta with the sweet acidity of the balsamic strawberries.

Take a look at the variations (below the main recipe) for suggestions to alter the recipe to suit many specific dietary requirements.


Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5minutes
Total: 1 Hour
Serves: 4


Panna Cotta

540 ml coconut milk (2 x 270g cans)
2 tsp organic gelatin
85 g rice malt syrup or maple syrup (¼ cup)
1 tsp vanilla -powder, extract or essence

Balsamic Strawberries
400 g strawberries (hulled and halved)
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp rice malt syrup or maple syrup


1. Place the coconut milk in a medium sized pot.

2. Sprinkle over the gelatin and let it rest for 5 minutes (the gelatin will moisten and go crinkly).

3. Pop on a low heat and warm for 3 or 4 minutes, stirring continually to dissolve the gelatin.

4. Take care not to overheat it. It should only warm to body temperature (so you can easily stick your finger in it without burning). Once the gelatin is dissolved, stir in the sweetener and vanilla until combined.

5. Grease 4-6 small ramekins with coconut oil and divide the coconut milk mix between them. Pop in the fridge for about 4 hours to set. If you don’t want to invert it, you can serve it after approx. 1 hour.

6. An hour before you serve your panna cotta, combine the balsamic and sweetener and mix through your strawberries to marinade.

To Serve

You can serve the panna cotta in the dish it is set in. Or, to invert your panna cotta from the mould, sit in a bowl of hot water for 3 seconds, run a knife just around the rim of the mould and invert onto a serving plate.

I’ve also served this in one large glass bowl (like you would a trifle) for a big crowd.
Top with berries and a few mint leaves and serve immediately.

To Store

Covered in the fridge.


Low fructose: Choose rice malt syrup as your sweetener.

Vegetarian and vegan: Choose agar agar to replace the gelatin (I haven’t had a chance to recipe test this)

About The Author

Georgia Harding

Georgia Harding is a Naturopath (20+ yrs exp.) author, mother and passionate health educator. On her website (Well Nourished) she shares fad-free health advice and intolerance/allergy friendly recipes to inspire people to live happy, healthy lives and create delicious food memories. Georgia is committed to supporting the health of this generation and especially loves to help parents feed their children ‘well’. She endeavours to simplify nutrition and make cooking nourishing meals achievable for everyone.