Sugar-Free Vanilla Panna Cotta

Panacotta with raspberries
Total Time 195 min
Prep 15 min, Cook 180 min
Yield 5 servings of 1/2 cup each

Panna cotta is a very simple dessert to make, and can be flavored in many ways. This is a basic vanilla panna cotta, which is great with berries or a berry sauce. You can make it in ramekins or custard cups and unmold it on the plate or bowl, or pour it into wine glasses or other smallish glasses and serve it right in the glass.


  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons unsweetened gelatin powder
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 1 pint (2 cups) heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • sugar substitute equal to 1/4 cup sugar
  • pinch salt


1. Sprinkle the gelatin powder on the cold water and let soften for several minutes. Then add the boiling water and stir until gelatin is totally dissolved (I find a fork works well).

2. Combine dissolved gelatin with the rest of the ingredients. Stir to mix completely, and taste. Adjust flavors to your liking. (I like a lot of vanilla -- if you're unsure, start with one teaspoon and see what you think.)


Pour mixture into custard cups, ramekins, or glasses. Chill completely -- it will take 3 to 4 hours until completely set. The resulting dessert is "delicately gelled" -- not as firm as a "Jell-o" type dessert.

Yields 5 servings, half a cup each.

Serving Suggestions: Serve with fresh or frozen berries, with or without a simple berry sauce. For the raspberry sauce pictured, simply thaw frozen raspberries and sweeten to taste. If you'd like, strain the seeds out by forcing the berries through a strainer. Other berry sauces: Easy Three Berry Sauce and Sugar-Free Strawberry Topping.

Nutritional Information: Each serving has 3 grams of carbohydrate, 3 grams protein, 35 grams fat, and 336 calories.

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