A creamy rich Italian dessert with chocolate without dairy & eggs? Here is the most amazing Double Chocolate Panna Cotta of your dreams!
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, scheming up the perfect dessert when you’ve got sensitivities to dairy and eggs (on top of gluten) to celebrate doesn’t have to be intimidating or bust your diet!
This chocolate panna cotta is the perfect answer for whatever your special day has in store. Whether it’s a fancy dinner out or a low key cozy night in, you really can’t go wrong with this impressive and seemingly indulgent treat, especially since it’s a cinch to put together!
Double Chocolate Panna Cotta (Dairy free & Egg free)
“Panna Cotta” literally means “cooked cream”, and even though this recipe is completely dairy and egg free, it can still be considered a cooked, creamy dessert. Coconut milk easily replaces the dairy component (or other non-dairy milk, such as almond milk). Using a Stevia sweetened version of chocolate coconut milk, like So Delicious no sugar added chocolate coconut milk, really adds a depth of real chocolate without added sugar in traditional creams or non-dairy chocolate milk.
To get around the need for eggs is to use gelatin in it’s place. Make sure that yours is unflavored, gluten free and, whenever possible, comes from grass-fed, pastured cattle. Jennifer has used Vital Protein’s Gelatin in the past.
You might not know this, but if you really want the chocolate flavor to pop, add instant coffee grounds to bring out a deeper, richer chocolate flavor. That being said, not all instant coffee is created equal in the eyes of the gluten-free. Some instant coffees and other flavored coffees are unfortunately not gluten-free. One brand that is gluten-free however is Nescafé® Taster’s Choice. For more information, check out this great article about coffee and gluten from Gluten-free Gigi.
Add organic cocoa powder as a decorative dusting and fresh raspberries (to fulfill the traditional fruit component, plus raspberries marry perfect with chocolate!) to make this chocolate panna cotta stand out on the plate! No one will even know that there’s no gluten, dairy or eggs! Bon appétit!
There are several other ways to make dairy-free chocolate panna cotta that are also gluten free. For those of you who love a more involved process of cooking and baking, check out this recipe we were inspired by from The Wholesome Cook which uses grass-fed eggs and blood oranges!