Strawberry-Almond Panna Cotta

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes plus

Yield: 8 servings
Serving size: 1/2 cup cream mixture and 2 tablespoons strawberry sauce

Ingredients

1 tablespoon sliced almonds
3 quarts fresh strawberries
1 tablespoon water
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
2 13.66-ounce cans coconut cream (found in the Thai section of the grocery store)
2 1/2 tablespoons raw honey
1 teaspoon pure almond extract
1/8 teaspoon sea salt

Preparation

1. Toast almonds in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring constantly, until golden brown, about 3 minutes; set aside for garnish.

2. Set aside 4 unhulled strawberries for garnish and hull the remaining strawberries. Slice 10 lengthwise and line 8 small individual serving bowls with the slices, going around the inside circumference; set aside. Place the remaining strawberries in a food processor and pulse for 3 seconds; repeat 4 to 5 times to reach a sauce consistency, being careful not to over-process. Pour into a bowl and set aside.

3. Place the water into a small bowl and sprinkle the gelatin over the water. Let stand 5 minutes to soften the gelatin.

4. Put the cream, honey, almond extract, salt, and softened gelatin into a medium saucepan. Over medium heat, bring just to a boil while whisking constantly, about 12 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat and stir in 1 cup of the strawberry sauce. Cover and refrigerate the remaining sauce until ready to serve.

5. Ladle 1/2 cup of the cream mixture into the strawberry-lined serving bowls. Cool slightly, then refrigerate, uncovered, 3 hours or until set, or make ahead and refrigerate overnight.

6. Top the panna cottas with 2 tablespoons each of the remaining strawberry sauce and garnish with the toasted almonds and reserved strawberries.

Nutrition Facts

Per serving:
Calories: 437
Protein: 6.3 g
Total fat: 35.2 g
Saturated fat: 30.1 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 32.1 g
Dietary fiber: 7.6 g

Susan Ojanen is an integrative nutrition coach in Bristol, Tennessee, and owner of smallstepswellness.com. She is passionate about helping clients worldwide achieve their health goals by creating sensible and maintainable lifestyle changes.

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