Quick, easy and elegant this vegan double chocolate panna cotta is for chocolate lovers.
Regardless of how you feel about Valentine’s Day, it’s really the only day of the year when it’s perfectly acceptable to eat chocolate for every meal (Chocolate for breakfast? Yes please!), and it’s always a great reason to have dessert. So if you’re looking for a last minute sweet to say “I love you”, a special treat that looks and tastes like it took far more effort than it did, a chocolate panna cotta is what you need.
It might look elegant but it really is one of the fastest and easiest desserts you can make when you are short on time and need something to impress.
Panna cottas are softly set egg-free custards traditionally made with cream, sugar and gelatin. They’re smooth and satiny with a little bit of wobble, each spoonful melting in your mouth. It’s a minimalist dessert that takes the simplest of ingredients and turns them into something altogether extraordinary. But what’s most remarkable is how easy and adaptable it is as a recipe. Naturally gluten-free, panna cotta can also be made dairy-free or vegan without difficulty.
This vegan panna cotta features two kinds of chocolate in the form of both cocoa powder and dark chocolate for an extra rich and intense flavor, and skips the cream and gelatin in favor of coconut milk and agar. I actually find agar easier to use than gelatin in many cases and it sets quite reliably.
How to make vegan chocolate panna cotta:
A saucepan is all you need to make this no-bake dessert. Simply combine your milk, sweetener, chocolate and agar powder in one pan and bring to a simmer while whisking, then lower and continue to heat and stir until smooth and slightly thickened. You can pour your panna cotta into glasses and top them with a few chocolate shavings or into cups or ramekins and unmold them if you prefer.
Once you have the basic recipe down, feel free to play around with the flavors, infusing the milk with spices, (cinnamon is always great), citrus (orange peel works well), dried lavender or even tea leaves (earl grey for example) before proceeding.
So this year treat yourself and the ones you love to a no hassle, homemade chocolate dessert that any chocolate lover will delight in.