Healthy Panna Cotta

This Healthy Panna Cotta is a wonderful dessert for company or for your family. The heavy cream has been replaced with soy milk and the gelatin with Agar Agar.  You could use gelatin if you prefer.  We have made it laced with many flavors; our favorites are Vanilla Bean, Chocolate, Chambord (a five star favorite) and Bailey's Irish Cream.

     Bailey's Irish Cream 

Ingredient List is very short

4 C Soy Milk

1/2 C Sugar

2 Scant tsp Agar Agar

2 Tbsp of Extract or Liqueur

There is no difficult technique to learn just follow the instructions carefully for perfect results every time.


In a small saucepan over medium heat whisk the Sugar into the Soy Milk. Heat just to the point of boiling then turn heat down to medium low and whisk in the Agar Agar.

Cook for five minutes, continuing to whisk occasionally to prevent the Agar from clumping.

Add your Extract or Liqueur and stir. Taste. Add it a little more if needed.

Now pour your warm mixture into each of the eight custard cups.  We find it easier to first pour the contents of the saucepan into a four cup measuring cup.  It makes the job easier with less mess.  

Agar Agar gels at room temperature, or you can, of course place it into the refrigerator.  

If you want it to look extra special, simply run a sharp knife along the edge to loosen the sides and invert onto a dessert plate.  To add additional flair, before plating, place the dessert plates into the freezer for ten minutes and then add a zig-zag of warmed chocolate onto the plate before unmolding the Panna Cotta.  

To add additional flair, before plating, place the dessert plates into the freezer for ten minutes and then add a zig-zag of warmed chocolate onto the plate before unmolding the Panna Cotta.

And, we did find some Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans on our confectionary "decorations drawer".  So we put three on top.  

It is always a good idea to use garnishes that reflect the dish you are making, for example we would not add a Raspberry Garnish to a Bailey's flavoring, but we would use them to Garnish a dessert made with Chambord.  And, when placing decorations, you will always get a more finished result using odd amounts: 3, 5, 7 depending on the size you are working on. 

Now, some of the best news:

Calories in 1/2 C is 123-130 calories per serving

as opposed to:

282-290 made with Cream

The variance will depend on the flavoring you use.  Extracts are fewer calories than Liqueurs.

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