Panna Cotta with Berry Sauce

panna cotta with berry sauce on striped linen with berries.

This panna cotta is made with natural sugars and homemade berry sauce. It perfectly fits the bill when you just need a little splurge or something special!

I recently had the pleasure of cooking for a small dinner party and my client requested panna cotta. She and her family had enjoyed it so much on their vacation and she thought it would be perfect for the dinner.

I had never made panna cotta before, but I’m glad I had the chance to learn. I added a homemade berry sauce to drizzle on top of the dessert.

After the party, I started playing with ways I could make this treat a little healthier. This version is made with coconut sugar and honey instead of refined white sugar.

I love that I can whip this up in about twenty minutes and then just put it in the fridge to set. I can also make it a few days ahead of time, which helps me work around my busy schedule.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Making the recipe:

The first thing you’ll do is sprinkle the gelatin on top of the milk in a small saucepan. Then you’ll dissolve the gelatin over low heat for a few minutes and set it aside.

The next step involves adding the coconut sugar to the cream and dissolving it. Once that is done, you’ll add in some vanilla and the gelatin to the mixture.

The last step is to pour the liquid into ramekins or small bowls and refrigerate for 5 hours.

When you are ready to serve the dish, top it with some fresh berry sauce! You can serve it in the ramekins or serve it on a dessert plate.

Homemade Berry Sauce

This is so easy and so delicious!

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panna cotta with berry sauce on striped linen with berries.

Panna Cotta with Berry Sauce

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  • Author: Cheryl Englebretson
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15-20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20-25 minutes to prepare and 5 hours to chill
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This panna cotta is made with natural sugars and homemade berry sauce. It perfectly fits the bill when you need a little splurge or something special to serve.



Panna Cotta:

  • 1 Tbsp. gelatin
  • 2 Tbsp. oat milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream or whipping cream
  • 6 Tbsp. coconut sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Berry Topping:

  • 1 cup frozen berries
  • 3 Tbsp. honey
  • pinch of baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp. arrowroot starch (or corn starch)
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice, freshly squeezed


  1. In a small saucepan, add the milk and sprinkle the gelatin on top. Let stand 1 minute.
  2. Place the pot on low heat and heat until the gelatin is dissolved (1-2 minutes). Be careful to not let the milk boil. Immediately, remove from heat.
  3. In a large saucepan, add the cream and sugar. Heat on medium low heat until the cream begins to boil. Immediately remove the pan from heat.
  4. Add the vanilla to the gelatin mixture and then add it to the large pot of sugar and cream and blend well.
  5. Pour mixture in to ramekins or small glasses/bowls. Let the mixture cool and then refrigerate for 5 hours or overnight until the panna cotta is firm.
  6. To make the berry topping, mix the berries, honey, starch, water and lemon juice together in a saucepan. Heat to boiling and then lower to simmer until it reaches your desired thickness.
  7. Pour the berry sauce into a bowl and let it cool. The sauce will keep overnight if making this dessert the day beforehand.
  8. Before serving, dip the molds into a pan of boiling water for about 3-4 seconds to loosen the panna cotta from the sides. Gently use the tip of a knife to release the panna cotta and invert it onto a serving plate. You could also serve the panna cotta in the dishes/glasses to keep it simple!
  9. Top with berry sauce before serving.


Feel free to use any mixture of berries you wish

A caramel sauce would also be delicious!

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