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.
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. 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.
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.