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Dark Chocolate Panna Cotta with Raspberry Sauce

This decadent chocolate dessert is light, refreshing and easy to make. It’s also dairy-, sugar- and egg-free.

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For this ketogenic dessert, use a very dark chocolate in the panna cotta of at least 80 percent cocoa solids, which has a low enough sugar content to be keto compliant.

Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Taffiny Elrod
Serves: 6


  • Chocolate Panna Cotta:
  • ½ cup cold coconut milk
  • 2½ teaspoons unflavored gelatin powder
  • 1¾ cups (14-ounce can) coconut cream
  • 3 tablespoons stevia-erythritol blend granulated sweetener*
  • 1⁄8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 5 ounces dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Raspberry Sauce:
  • 1 pint raspberries, rinsed and dried
  • 1 tablespoon stevia-erythritol blend granulated sweetener*

*If you don’t need this recipe to be completely sugar-free, you can substitute an equal amount of coconut sugar.


  1. Lightly oil six small bowls, ramekins or teacups.

  2. Pour cold coconut milk into a medium saucepan, and sprinkle gelatin over the top. Allow to sit 1 minute for gelatin to soften.

  3. Add coconut cream, sweetener and salt, and place over medium heat. Stirring to dissolve the gelatin, sweetener and salt, bring mixture to a boil. When boil is reached, remove mixture from heat, and carefully add chocolate and vanilla extract.

  4. Allow to sit until chocolate has melted; then whisk together. Mixture should be smooth and glossy with no lumps.

  5. Divide mixture among prepared dishes; loosely cover each with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until fully set, at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.

  6. In a mixing bowl, crush half of the raspberries with a fork until mashed. Mix in sweetener; then gently fold in other half of the berries. Cover, and refrigerate until ready to serve.

  7. To unmold panna cotta, run a thin, flexible knife around edge of each dish; briefly dip outside of ramekins to just below the rim in very hot water. Place a small plate or saucer over top of panna cotta, and invert, shaking gently to release. To serve, drizzle a tablespoon of raspberry sauce over each panna cotta. Place a small plate or saucer over the top of the panna cotta and invert, shaking gently to release.


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