Dairy Free,  Gluten Free

{Dairy Free} Acai Berry & Vanilla Panna Cotta’s

As you may have picked up from all my blog posts so far, I have a slight dairy intolerance. So I am always looking for ways that I can eat ‘normal’ food and desserts that wont give me stomach issues.

One of my favourite desserts is Panna Cotta, but the problem is it’s like a 90% milk / cream dessert.

I started playing around with coconut milk and gelatin, to see if I could make one that I could actually eat.

These are two Dairy Free Panna Cotta versions I am settled on – Plain Vanilla and then Vanilla and Acai Berry.

They are both quite yummy and have a good jiggle – like panna-cotta should. The only thing that I didn’t like about them is that the aren’t as smooth as the real deal – but they still taste good so I am willing to overlook that.

While these are vegetarian, they are of course NOT vegan as they contain gelatin.

if you make these – please let me know how they turn out?

Dairy Free Vanilla Panna Cotta


  • 400g Coconut Milk (Get the good stuff and make sure it doesn’t say ‘bleach’ or ‘bleaching powders’ in the ingredients on the can!)
  • 1 heaped Tsp of Gelatin Powder (not gelatin sheets)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract or Vanilla Pod with seeds scraped
  • 30ml Honey (not the creamed version)
  • 1/2 tsp of Acai Powder (if you prefer plain vanilla, like the above pic – leave this ingredient out)


  1. Shake the can of coconut milk
  2. Pour half the coconut milk into a saucepan and stir in the teaspoon of gelatin powder and leave for 5 minutes
  3. Next, put the saucepan onto the stove and slowly heat coconut milk and gelatin mixture till it just starts to steam
  4. Take off the heat and whisk in the remainder of the coconut milk, honey and vanilla extract (if you want to do the Acai version, add in a 1/2 tsp of Acai Powder)
  5. Cool in the saucepan for 5 minutes
  6. Pour this mixture into small bowls or ramekins and cover with plastic wrap for 6 hours or overnight
  7. Serve in ramekin or turn out onto plate and cover with berries, custard, chocolate sauce etc.
The Acai Berry version has a greyish purple tinge
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