Greek Yogurt Panna Cotta

Hi there, Honey We’re Healthy readers!  I’m back with a little something I haven’t done before here on Megan’s blog – dessert!  
I’m a big believer in moderation when it comes to food and usually indulge in desserts on the weekends.  This luscious panna cotta manages to be both an indulgence and a healthy choice – does it get much better than that??
My husband compared the taste to an orange creamsicle and as soon as he said it, I said, “Yes!  That’s exactly what it tastes like!”  But a more sophisticated creamsicle.  A creamsicle for refined adults, darling.
Traditional panna cotta is made with heavy cream while this lighter version uses 2% milk and Greek yogurt.  The orange zest adds the perfect little punch of flavor and the threads of orange mingled with vanilla bean specks is really quite pretty.  I loved it topped with kiwi slices, blackberries, and raspberries for some added color and a nice dose of antioxidant goodness.
And just a quick note – this recipe is not hard to prepare but it does have to sit in the fridge for a good 8 hours to set.  So be sure to think ahead if you plan to make it!

Greek Yogurt Panna Cotta
1 1-oz. package unflavored gelatin
1 1/2 c. 2% milk
1 tbsp. vanilla bean paste*
1/2 c. sugar
finely grated zest of one orange (I used a microplane to zest a blood orange)
2 c. plain 2% Greek yogurt
grapeseed oil
berries for topping
Pour 1/2 c. milk into a small bowl and sprinkle gelatin over the top to soften.  Let sit without stirring for about 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, pour the remaining 1 c. of milk into a small saucepan over medium heat.  Add vanilla bean paste, 1/2 c. sugar, and orange zest and stir until the sugar dissolves and the mixture starts to simmer.  Remove from the heat and add the gelatin mixture.  Whisk to fully dissolve gelatin.  Transfer to a large bowl and set aside about 10 minutes to cool, then whisk yogurt into mixture until smooth.

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Drizzle a bit of grapeseed oil into each of six ramekins and spread on bottom and sides with fingers or a napkin.  Evenly divide yogurt mixture among the ramekins.  Cover and refrigerate until set, 8 hours or up to 2 days ahead of time.
When ready to serve, run a butter knife along the edge of the panna cotta, all the way around the inside of the ramekin.  Invert it onto a plate and give it a good shake or smack on top of a padded surface (I used an oven mitt!) and remove the ramekin.  Top with berries and serve.
*Vanilla extract can be substituted for the vanilla bean paste but you will lose the lovely little vanilla bean flecks in the panna cotta.  You can also substitute a whole vanilla bean – cut in half, scrape the seeds out, and add the seeds and pod to the milk mixture on the stove.  Remove the pod before whisking in the yogurt.
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Thank you for this post from contributing writer, Jennifer, of The Chronicles of Home.  You’ll definitely want to check out her blog for more amazing recipes, beautiful home decor, and easy-to-follw DIY projects!


  1. February 21, 2013 / 12:03 pm

    This recipe sounds absolutely DELICIOUS! I should definitely try it out over the weekend, thank you very much for sharing!

  2. February 21, 2013 / 3:08 pm

    It sounds delicious. The photos are amazing!!

  3. February 27, 2013 / 12:41 am

    This looks incredibly delicious.

  4. April 30, 2013 / 10:28 am

    Love and can't wait to make an adaptation of this recipe. Absolute sucker for a healthy dessert (and an unhealthy one)

  5. September 20, 2013 / 7:13 pm

    can you list the calorie count on this recipe

  6. February 13, 2015 / 10:24 am

    I was literally drooling while reading this. I would love to try this out.

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