Panna Cotta is one of the most famous Italian desserts. Our recipe for vegan panna cotta does not contain gelatin and instead we use agar agar powder to assist the coagulation.
Gelatin is of animal origin and is produced from the skin, bones and connective tissues of animals such as cattle, chicken, pigs and fish and is what causes coagulation in panna cotta, but also in other sweets such as jelly, marshmallows, etc.
On the contrary, agar agar is a coagulant of plant origin. Specifically, it comes from a seaweed from Southeast Asia. It consists mainly of fiber and contains many nutrients, such as calcium and iron, while it has no calories. The fact that it has a white color and a neutral flavor makes it very easy to use in cooking and pastry. So, its use in vegan cuisine is quite common and we can buy it from almost every supermarket, spice shops, or else.
Our vegan panna cotta is super easy, with just three ingredients, and with amazing flavor. You can enjoy it with homemade strawberry sauce, as we suggest here, or with any other sauce you prefer (sour cherry, raspberry, chocolate). Even plain, though, it is fantastic!
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Super easy vegan panna cotta with strawberry sauce
- 250 g strawberries finely chopped
- 2 Tbsp coconut sugar or unprocessed sugar
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp vegan vanilla powder
Vegan panna cotta
- 400 ml coconut milk
- 3 Tbsp agave syrup
- 1 tsp agar agar (powder)
- ½ tsp vegan vanilla powder (optional)
- In a small saucepan add all the ingredients for the strawberry sauce and heat it over medium to high temperature. Once it boils, lower the temperature and let it simmer for about 20 minutes, until it thickens a little.
- Remove from the heat, let it cool well and store in a sterile and tightly closed jar.
Vegan panna cotta
- Add all the ingredients for the vegan panna cotta in a medium saucepan and heat over medium to high heat. Stir constantly and once it boils, reduce to a simmer and continue to stir for 5 minutes. (It is important that the mixture boils in order to activate the agar agar, which will coagulate our panna cotta).
- Divide the mixture into 4 molds and put them in the fridge for about 1-2 hours.
- Unmold the panna cotta and pour the strawberry sauce on top.
- Instead of strawberry sauce, you can use any other sauce you like, either homemade or ready-made, or you can enjoy your panna cotta plain, without any sauce or syrup. It will be as enjoyable!
- Begin with the strawberry sauce so that you prepare the panna cotta while the sauce is boiling, and also to have the time to cool your sauce off before pouring it on your panna cotta.
- Othe thatn strawberry sauce, you can use sour cherry sauce, chocolate syrup, blueberry sauce or any other syrup or sauce you like, or you can enjoy our panacotta plain, without any sauce or syrup.