Honey Yogurt Panna Cotta

Panna cotta is a quintessential Italian dessert defined by its quality of ingredients and simplicity. I have featured panna cotta previously but made it more complex by including cream cheese and lime. I wanted to feature the perfect 5 minute dessert that takes only 4 ingredients to make. The best part is that it includes wholefoods, no artificial sweeteners, is gluten free and requires no baking. It pairs with whatever seasonal fruit happens to be around or can be served with a number of sauces including a sweet red wine syrup. Now that’s flexible.

I decided to make a yogurt panna cotta, so that we could benefit from all the healthy probiotics of yogurt and use only natural unprocessed sugars.  The health benefits of honey are numerous but are only preserved when they are not cooked at high temperatures, making honey the perfect sweetener for this no bake dessert.

Panna cotta is often made using full fat cream, but I maintained the creaminess by using yogurt and reducing the cream to 10% milk fat. Now be warned! There are many “low fat” versions of panna cotta out there, but remember there are many health benefits to including healthy fat. Low fat yogurt is full of fillers and thickeners. If you’re really are worried about the fat content using 10% cream, whole milk can be substituted instead. I’ve included a really interesting article about milk from Sarah at  The Healthy Home Economist, so make sure and check that out.

I wanted to pair this fast, flavorful dessert with wild seasonal berries. Since blackberries are in abundance,  I’ll take advantage of all their antioxidant qualities while I’m at it.

Note: Feel free to double this recipe. You’ll wish you had!

Honey Yogurt Panna Cotta

  • 2 tsp gelatin
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 cup of plain yogurt (not low-fat)
  • 1 cup of 10% half and half
  • 1/4 cup honey (this can be increased to 1/3 cup if you have a need for real sweetness)

Sprinkle the gelatin over the water and allow it to soften for 5 to 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small pot, dissolve the honey with the cream over medium heat until it becomes hot to the touch and the honey has dissolved. In a medium sized bowl, add the gelatin and the cream. Stir until combined. Add the yogurt to the cream mixture and stir until smooth and well combined. Place a 1/2 cup mixture into 4 ramekins or small bowls. Refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours, but 3 or 4 is best. It will become the density of a custard. Serve with your favorite fruit or topping.

For Blackberry Syrup recipe click here.

I’m sharing this with What’s Cooking Wednesdays, Real Food Wednesdays, Gluten Free Wednesdays, Simple Lives Thursdays, Pennywise Thursdays, Full Plate Thursday’s, Food Friday, Fat Camp Friday, Simply Delish Saturday and Foodie Friday .

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17 Responses to Honey Yogurt Panna Cotta

  1. Angie@Angiesrecipes September 7, 2011 at 7:13 pm #

    Light and so delicious!

  2. Kelly September 7, 2011 at 11:44 pm #

    What a gorgeous dessert France. You know, I’ve never made panna cotta before and I love the simplicity of this recipe (not to mention it’s beauty, so I’m thinking this is a must try! Your blueberry sauce is equally compelling… I’ll let you know how it goes. :)

  3. Joanne September 8, 2011 at 11:05 am #

    I love the tang that you’ve added into this dessert with the yogurt substitution…I think that’s what would make me fall in love with this!

  4. Koko September 8, 2011 at 3:22 pm #

    The first (and only) time I have ever had panna cotta was in a family-run restaurant in Italy where they were spoiling us with all kinds of Italian dishes. I tasted the panna cotta and it was absolutely delicious. I don’t know why I haven’t tried making it myself!

  5. That looks very yummy :)

  6. Elsie September 8, 2011 at 11:11 pm #

    This caught my eye on Pennywise Platter. Can’t wait to try it!

  7. Jeanette September 9, 2011 at 12:10 am #

    What a simple, elegant dessert – and I love all those fresh blackberries!

  8. Kim, USA September 9, 2011 at 6:24 pm #

    Now this is delish!! It looks good makes me crave for one ^_^

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  9. Miranda September 10, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

    This looks absolutely gorgeous, and I love using the blackberries. Thank you for linking to Fat Camp Friday. Enjoy your weekend!

  10. KB and Whitesnake September 11, 2011 at 8:19 am #

    Looks good.

    We’d love you to share your recipes with us at
    Simply Delish Saturday

  11. Miz Helen September 11, 2011 at 9:18 pm #

    This is a beautiful Panna Cotta. We grow blackberries and this is a great recipe for us to try. Your photo’s are outstanding! Hope you are having a great week end and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  12. maiylah September 12, 2011 at 3:44 am #

    ooh, i love your recipe…specially the idea that i can mix it with any fruit(s) that are in season right now!

    thanks for sharing this over at Food Friday, France
    enjoy the rest of the week!

  13. Gene September 14, 2011 at 3:32 pm #

    I never thought that making panna cotta coul be this easy. It looks intimidating to me but is always delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    Visiting via Food Friday!

  14. Miz Helen September 15, 2011 at 7:52 pm #

    Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your Red Plate.
    Miz Helen

  15. Kelly November 2, 2011 at 8:30 pm #

    Hello France! I made a version of your gorgeous panna cotta and posted it to my site – we all loved it! Thank you for the inspiration. :)

  16. Jill Mant~a SaucyCook March 8, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

    Oops you’ve done it again France!!!

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