Traditional Panna Cotta Recipe (+ VIDEO)

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This video lesson features my traditional foodie friend Maureen Diaz making the traditional Italian dessert known as panna cotta.

Maureen is the author of Traditional Food Preparation Techniques and has recently produced a DVD series. She is a Mother of 9 and has also been the Chapter Leader for the Weston A. Price Foundation in Gettysburg, PA for many years.

Many thanks to Maureen for sharing her knowledge with all of us!

Homemade Panna Cotta

Panna cotta is a must to learn how to make if you love cream in your home like we do. It is simple to make, low in sugar and the perfect ending to any meal.

Panna Cotta Recipe

Panna cotta is a low sugar, creamy, decadent dessert that is very healthy when you make it with these four simple ingredients as traditionally made by Italians.

Servings 4 servings
Author Sarah Pope MGA


  • 2.5 cups cream heavy, preferably grassfed
  • 2 Tbl maple syrup preferably organic and very dark
  • 2.5 tsp gelatin unflavored, preferably grassfed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean
  • fresh berries or other fruit for topping


  1. Pour 1 cup of cream or coconut milk into a heavy saucepan. If using vanilla bean, place in saucepan now. Sprinkle the gelatin over top and leave for a few minutes to soften.

  2. Turn onto low heat and stir to completely dissolve the gelatin powder. Turn off the heat, add the rest of the cream, maple syrup and vanilla. If using vanilla bean instead of vanilla extract, take out the bean, slice down the length, scrape out seeds and add them to the pan discarding the pod.

  3. Pour the panna cotta mixture into serving dishes, cover and chill for an hour or two until set. Top with berries or other fruit if desired. It is simply delicious served plain too.

  4. Keep panna cotta leftovers refrigerated. The dessert will keep for about 4-5 days chilled in the refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

Please do not use honey for this recipe as raw honey should not be cooked.

Do not use collagen peptides or hydrolyzed collagen as the dessert will not gel. Gelatin only must be used.

Use coconut milk or almond milk if desired for a dairy free panna cotta.

Panna Cotta Video Tutorial

The video tutorial below demonstrates the recipe above on how to make dairy panna cotta.

For unique panna cotta serving suggestions, check out the linked article with pictures.


Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

Sarah Pope has been a Health and Nutrition Educator since 2002. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Weston A. Price Foundation.

Sarah was awarded Activist of the Year at the International Wise Traditions Conference in 2010.

Sarah earned a Bachelor of Arts (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in Economics from Furman University and a Master’s degree in Government (Financial Management) from the University of Pennsylvania.

Mother to three healthy children, blogger, and best-selling author, she writes about the practical application of Traditional Diet and evidence-based wellness within the modern household. Her work has been featured by USA Today, The New York Times, National Review, ABC, NBC, and many others.

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