Healthy Panna Cotta Recipe plus video (Traditional Italian Dessert)

by Sarah Recipes, Snacks and Sweets, VideosComments: 21

panna cotta topped with peachesThis video lesson features traditional foodie 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!

Healthy Panna Cotta Recipe


2 1/2 cups heavy cream (coconut milk may be substituted for a dairy free version)
2 Tbl grade B maple syrup (do not use honey as honey should never be cooked. This article explains why).
2 1/2 tsp plain, unflavored gelatin (do not use collagen peptides or hydrolysate as the dessert will not gel).
1 tsp vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean
Fresh berries or other fruit for topping (peaches are shown in the picture above).


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.

Turn onto low heat and stir to completely dissolve the gelatin powder. 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.

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.

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

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

Panna Cotta Video How-to


Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

The Healthy Home Economist holds a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Mother to 3 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, ABC, NBC, and many others.

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