Coconut Panna Cotta with Blueberry Sauce

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Coconut Panna Cotta with Blueberry Sauce is a vegan twist on a classic Italian dessert --- it's easy to make and looks gorgeous on the plate! | theviewfromgreatisland.com

Panna Cotta is a classic Italian dessert that can be updated in so many ways, my Coconut Panna Cotta with Blueberry Sauce is a light and refreshing way to end a meal, it’s vegan, too!

Vegan Coconut Panna Cotta with Blueberries ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Panna cotta’s one of those desserts that practically everybody likes, it has that nursery food sort of universal appeal.   I mean, you can’t really make a wrong turn with milk, cream, sugar, and gelatin.  But I’ve found that coconut milk works just as well, and as a bonus you get great flavor, plus it’s healthy!   Panna cottas are lighter by nature than puddings and custards because they don’t contain eggs.  The silky texture is really unique, it has a pleasant slippery feel on the tongue…kind of a cross between a custard and jello.   I added vanilla to mine, but you could use coconut, almond, or lemon extract if you like.

Vegan Coconut Panna Cotta with Blueberry Sauce ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

This coconut panna cotta goes really well with all kinds of fruit, either fresh or cooked.  You can make a simple sauce with just about any fruit,  just add a bit of water, some sugar, and optional cornstarch to thicken it.  Simmer for about 5 minutes in a saucepan and you’ve got a fruit sauce.  I think raspberries would be really nice with this.

TIP:  Let any hot sauce cool before topping your panna cotta or you may melt the gelatin.

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This recipe was inspired by the little tin molds I’ve collected over the years. You might have some that you’ve inherited from your grandmother, or maybe you found them in thrift stores like I did.  Molded desserts have been popular for generations, but not so much anymore.  The molds come in all shapes and sizes and were used for jellies, custards, puddings and cakes.  Panna Cotta can be served in little glasses or bowls, too, but if you have the molds hiding away in your cupboards, this can be a fun way to use them.  I just sprayed the insides lightly with cooking spray, and then wiped out the excess before filling.

TIP: If you don’t have grandma’s molds, you can find small tin molds in cooking stores and online.  Silicon molds will work well, too, but I recommend individual molds, which are easier to work with than a sheet of molds.

Vintage cooking molds for Vegan Coconut Panna Cotta with Blueberry Sauce ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

The un-molding is surprisingly easy, thanks to the gelatin, which makes the panna cotta fairly sturdy.  Once out of the mold the panna cotta is your oyster — you don’t have to use fruit — chocolate or caramel sauce is nice, or even just a drizzle of honey.

TIP:  You can make this up to a day ahead, but keep the panna cotta in the molds until you are ready to serve, it’ll stay fresher that way.

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Coconut Panna Cotta with Blueberry Sauce

Yield: serves 6-8

Coconut Panna Cotta with Blueberry Sauce

Ingredients

    panna cotta
  • 2 (13 ounce) cans coconut milk (I used full fat)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 envelopes gelatin (about 5 teaspoons) or gelatin substitute for vegan, such as agar agar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
    blueberry sauce
  • 1/2 pint blueberries
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp cornstarch

Instructions

  1. If you are using metal molds, spray them lightly with cooking spray and wipe out the extra. If you are using silicone molds, no prep is necessary. You can also use small bowls or glasses.
  2. Heat the coconut milk and sugar in a small saucepan until it comes to a simmer, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
  3. Meanwhile put 1/4 cup water in a small bowl and sprinkle with the gelatin. Let sit for 5 minutes, then stir.
  4. Take the coconut milk off the heat and whisk in the gelatin, stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Stir in the vanilla. Strain through a mesh strainer into a measuring cup with a pour spout. Fill each of your molds to the brim. Refrigerate until firm, 2-3 hours.
  5. To make the sauce, put the blueberries, sugar, and 3 tablespoons of water into a small saucepan and bring to a simmer, stirring constantly. Dissolve the cornstarch in a little cold water and stir until smooth. Add to the hot sauce, stirring to blend well. Continue cooking for a few minutes until the sauce thickens. if it gets too thick, add a bit more water. Set aside to cool.
  6. To un-mold the panna cotta, gently loosen it from the edges of the mold with your fingers, it should pull away easily. Invert on a serving plate. If it doesn't come out easily, dip the mold in a little warm water for a few seconds first, then invert.
  7. Serve the panna cotta chilled, with the fruit sauce.
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notes:

  • Panna cotta, like jello, needs to be kept chilled until it’s served.
  • Gelatin is made from animal products, so if you are vegan or vegetarian you can use a substitute, I think agar agar is the simplest and most straightforward.

 

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26 Comments

  • Reply
    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    August 30, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    Just gorgeous, Sue! That blueberry sauce makes such a pretty topping!

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    grace
    August 29, 2016 at 10:57 am

    this is breathtakingly beautiful! i’ve never made panna cotta but am tempted to try just so i can behold this in real life. :)

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 29, 2016 at 11:04 am

      <3

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    Adina
    August 28, 2016 at 6:55 am

    Such a pretty dessert! I have never eaten panna cotta, I really have to change that!

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    Susan
    August 27, 2016 at 7:27 am

    I’m with Ann@Dinner Is Served … oh, the lighting in those photos and your use of accent flowers/colors. Brilliant, my dear!

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    Sandy
    August 27, 2016 at 4:33 am

    I love the calorie savings of replacing the heavy cream….Will low fat coconut milk work instead of full fat?

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 27, 2016 at 7:30 am

      Yes, you can Sandy!

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    Elizabeth @ SugarHero.com
    August 26, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    This is so pretty! I have about a dozen of those little molds, and never use them because I’m just not sure what to do with them–this is such a great use for them! I also posted a panna cotta recipe today, too–there must be something about August that makes panna cotta appealing. :)

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      Sue
      August 27, 2016 at 7:34 am

      I think you’re right, August is a great month for something cool and easy like panna coota, I’m heading right over to check yours out :)

  • Reply
    Nammi
    August 26, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Hi, Your panacotta caught my eye. I used to wonder how to make with coconut milk but was afraid it might curdle if I cook it :) have a nice weekend

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 27, 2016 at 7:35 am

      No coconut milk does fine with cooking, Thai soups use it, and you can cook rice in it, instead of water, etc. Hope you enjoy it, Nammi.

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    Ann @ Dinner Is Served
    August 26, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    Sue – These photos are just stunning. Truly…the photos themselves are works of art and I am sure the dessert is delicious as well. You never cease to amaze me.

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    Jules @ WolfItDown
    August 26, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    This is so pretty, and I love,love, love blueberries!
    I wonder if this would work with the vegegel you can get in the shops, hohumm! I hope you have a lovely weekend Sue :) x

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 26, 2016 at 4:23 pm

      I’ve never heard of vegegel, but I bet it would work if it’s a gelatin substitute.

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    August 26, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    You inspire me everyday Sue. These are some of the prettiest desserts I’ve ever seen. I have these molds, they were my mother’s and all I ever thought about putting in them was the cranberry jelly recipe she made each Thanksgiving. I LOVE these and the blueberry sauce is perfection.

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    Karen @ Seasonal Cravings
    August 26, 2016 at 11:19 am

    Yum, love that you used coconut milk. Those tins are beautiful!

  • Reply
    Jagruti
    August 26, 2016 at 10:29 am

    Those moulds are so cute..and panna cotta with blueberry sauce looks just divine ..so tempting..love the colour.

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    Ali @ Home & Plate
    August 26, 2016 at 8:44 am

    What a wonderful idea for coconut panna cotta. I love it and would not have thought to use coconut milk. The molds are a genius idea too. Pinning for later. Beautiful pics.

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    Patricia @ Grab a Plate
    August 26, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Love that this is coconut panna cotta — I’ve never had that as a flavor before but I’m sure it’s amazing! Could your photos be any prettier?! Wonderful!

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    Jamie | The Kitchenarium
    August 26, 2016 at 8:25 am

    What a beautiful way to use those tins! My daughter loves coconut and blueberries and she would be delighted to be served both in one dessert!

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      Sue
      August 26, 2016 at 8:29 am

      I’ve had those tins sitting around for ages, I’m so glad to finally give them a try. I was afraid I’d have trouble un-molding the panna cotta, but it couldn’t have been easier.

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    Tracy | Baking Mischief
    August 26, 2016 at 8:22 am

    These are so cute! I love the blueberry sauce over the white panna cotta. It’s such a pretty contrast. I’ve never seen panna cotta made with coconut milk before, but I bet the flavor is great.

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    Chris Scheuer
    August 26, 2016 at 4:57 am

    So darn pretty! I’m not sure I would want to eat it but might just sit and stare! I love the idea of using coconut milk, not just for flavor but would definitely save calories too!

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      Sue
      August 26, 2016 at 7:27 am

      I think I prefer coconut milk to cream in panna cotta, if I’m going to splurge on heavy cream, I’d like it to be in a thick chocolate ganache, please ;)

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    August 26, 2016 at 4:42 am

    Gorgeous colour, Sue. The colour contrast between blue and white is just too adorable.

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      Sue
      August 26, 2016 at 7:30 am

      The pure white of panna cotta is fun to play with. I think a raspberry sauce would be gorgeous, too. Thanks for stopping by Angie, have a great weekend <3

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