Healthy Panna Cotta Recipe

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Healthy Panna Cotta Recipe

healthy panna cotta recipe

Are you a fan of Italian cuisine desserts? I know I am! The Mediterranean cooking is usually considered healthy with loads of healthy fats, seafood, and yummy fiber-rich veggies and fruits. Unfortunately, it could also be quite fattening with the wide variety of gluten packed meals – pasta, pizza, and irresistible bread recipes.

Here’s why gluten can be a problem even for healthy people:

The Dangers of Gluten

The Gluten Free Diet Benefits

And not to mention the tasty Italian desserts such as our beloved panna cotta!

This is one of my most favorite Italian cuisine desserts because I loooove wobbly treats that jiggle! 😀 But…

healthy panna cotta recipe

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Is panna cotta healthy?

Unfortunately, panna cotta can be quite heavy and packed with white sugar. And here we are trying to keep a balanced diet plan, right?

Sooooo, drums, please! Introducing my variation – a healthy panna cotta recipe without white sugar, but packed with probiotics! Ta daa!

Want to know what probiotics are and why they are so important to our health and wellness, read the previous article!

Now, let’s get back to our healthy panna cotta!

Usually, this Italian classic dish consists of milk, heavy cream, sugar, and gelatin. Well, the milk can be healthy, especially if you choose organic goat milk. See more:

The Surprising Goat Milk Benefits You Won’t Believe

Heavy cream also has been rehabilitated recently due to the popularity of the keto diet, but only if you use the unsweetened variation. You can read my testimonial about the HFLC diet meal plan on the Dr.Axe website.

And since we are on the topic of the keto diet plan, I have an upcoming book on healthy weight-loss using the low carb diet plan, specially designed for women. If you wish to be among the first to learn more is, feel free to subscribe to my newsletter and become an insider! You will get access to many cool freebies and special surprises!

Now, back to the panna cotta recipe!

I wanted to make this treat even healthier, so I substituted the cream with high-fat Bulgarian yogurt. This dairy product is a wonderful addition to any healthy lifestyle. It’s packed with essential beneficial gut healing bacteria (probiotics), it’s almost lactose-free, and it is a perfect food for weight-loss! Man, I can’t begin to describe all the wonderful benefits of Bulgarian yogurt, so I made a special blog post about it. Enjoy it right here! And here you can also learn how to make Bulgarian yogurt at home even without a yogurt machine!

I know it has been in the thick shadow of Greek yogurt, but it absolutely does not deserve to be overlooked!

Moving on then!

High quality gelatin is also a good ingredient since it nourishes the connective tissues and strengthens the joints in a natural way which is wonderful.

Speaking of gelatin, I want to address one common question regarding this delicious Italian dessert.

healthy panna cotta recipe

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Why doesn’t panna cotta set?

If you have tried making your own healthy panna cotta and it didn’t set, I would assume that the problem lied within the gelatin. The main concern with this cooking ingredient is the temperature difference when mixing it with the main mixture or batter. So, be careful after melting the gelatin in a double boiler to let it cool down a bit and at the same time – heat the main panna cotta mixture to equalize both temperatures.

The second big issue can be the amount of gelatin. Typically, 10 grams of gelatin are enough for gelatinizing 500 ml liquid. Check the instructions of the product you have chosen – they may vary. If you wish to be sure the healthy panna cotta will set, add a bit more gelatin to achieve the desired wobbling effect! 😀

That’s it!

How to make a healthy panna cotta?

But the problem with this dessert is sugar. I don’t think I need to explain why. So, for this healthy panna cotta recipe we will be using raw honey which is a wonderful white sugar alternative!

It is packed with essential nutrients such as vitamins, micro-elements, and minerals. Honey has strong immune-bosting, anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties as well!

But if you don’t like this natural sweetener or in case of a bee product allergy, feel free to substitute with maple syrup  or coconut sugar.

Oooooorrrr, remember that if you want to make a low carb version, you can always add stevia extract which is excellent for maintaining a slender physique!

And do not worry, I will be posting a keto version of this healthy panna cotta recipe, very soon! So, stay tuned! Sign up for my newsletter so you don’t miss a recipe!

Now finally, let’s get to our healthy panna cotta recipe! It’s ridiculously easy to make with just a few ingredients!

healthy panna cotta recipe

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Healthy Panna Cotta with Bulgarian yogurt
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  1. Mix the gelatin with some pure lukewarm water.
  2. Stir and wait for it to bulge up.
  3. In the meantime, heat the milk to body temperature and add the honey.
  4. Stir well to melt the bee product. Remember – if the liquid is hotter than body temperature, it will destroy the healthy ingredients in the honey!
  5. Next, take the milk off the heat and mix it with the gelatin. Let the mixture cool down completely
  6. Take the yogurt and whisk it to remove any lumps.
  7. Now start slowly pouring the milk while still stirring with a fork (or a whisk).
  8. When the mixture is fully blended, transfer it to small dessert cups and place them in the fridge for the panna cotta to set.
  9. Before serving, turn the cups upside down to release the dessert and garnish with some homemade jam!
Recipe Notes
  • Here is how to make your own healthy probiotic Bulgarian yogurt.
  • The recipe for the raspberry jelly is right HERE.


Nutritional info according to Cron-o-meter. This will depend on the type of milk, yogurt, and jelly you use. I have used regular cow milk 3.6% fat, Bulgarian yogurt with 6% fat, and my low carb raspberry jelly.

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‘Till next time!

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