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Dark Chocolate Panna Cotta with Balsamic Strawberries


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Dark Chocolate Panna Cotta with Balsamic Strawberries

Take your summer strawberries to a new height with this dairy-free, gluten-free and egg-free dessert. Panna cotta is the perfect sweet end to your meal, it is light and refreshing.


  • Prep Time : 25 min
  • Ready Time : 25 min




  • 1 pound fresh ripe strawberries
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 ½ tbsp good quality aged balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup soy milk or other milk alternative
  • 1 ¼ tsp powdered gelatin
  • 1 can (13.5 oz) regular coconut milk (you can use light but the result will be less creamy)
  • 3 heaping tbsp sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 3 oz good quality 70% bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract


Macerate the strawberries:  Wash, stem, hull and roughly chop the strawberries and place in a large, non-reactive bowl.  Sprinkle with the sugar and balsamic vinegar and mix well.  Set aside at room temperature, stirring occasionally, until the strawberries soften and release their juices, at least one hour and up to 3 hours.  (If you are preparing the dessert in advance, refrigerate the balsamic strawberries at this point and let them come to room temperature before serving.)

Make the panna cotta:  Spray four ceramic ramekins lightly with flavorless cooking oil spray.  Set aside.

Place the soy milk in a small saucepan and sprinkle the gelatin over it.  Allow the mixture to stand at room temperature until the gelatin has softened and absorbed the liquid, about 10 minutes.

In the meantime, combine the coconut milk, sugar and salt in a medium saucepan and bring just to a boil.  Remove the pan from the heat, add the chopped chocolate and let it sit for a minute until the chocolate has softened.  Whisk the chocolate mixture until smooth.

Gently heat the gelatin mixture over low heat, stirring frequently, until the gelatin has just dissolved and the mixture is liquid.  Pour the gelatin mixture into the chocolate mixture and whisk until well blended.

Pour the finished mixture into a 4-cup measuring cup with a pour spout and divide evenly among the prepared ramekins.  Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature, then cover loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 3 hours or overnight.

To serve, dip each ramekin into boiling water for a few seconds, then quickly invert onto a serving plate.  Top generously with the strawberries and balsamic sauce and serve immediately.  Enjoy!


About Rachelle Ferneau


Rachelle Ferneau is pastry chef, chocolatier and owner of Dear Coco Chocolate which specializes in globally-inspired, premium artisan dark chocolate truffles and toffee chocolate bars designed to transport you around the world through chocolate. Dear Coco chocolates are all natural, vegan/beegan, dairy free, gluten free, certified kosher pareve and 100% handcrafted in small batches without corn syrup, trans fats or preservatives. Please visit www.DearCoco.com for more information and to be in touch with Rachelle leave a comment here.




9 Responses to Dark Chocolate Panna Cotta with Balsamic Strawberries

  1. avatar says: blima

    How could I make this without ramekins?

    • avatar says: Ida

      I would think any little dish in the same shape would do, there are some made out of glass.

  2. Hi Blima, yes, you can follow Ida’s lead and use other small dishes in which the panna cotta can set. You can also use one large bowl to create a large dessert from which to scoop at serving time, or use small soup bowls and serve directly in those without unmolding. Hope you enjoy!

  3. avatar says: blima

    Great so a big glass pie dish would work
    Would disposable aluminum pans would? I could do mini muffin ones and pop them out?

    • A heavy dish with smooth sides will work best for unmolding; therefore, a pie dish is a better choice than aluminum pans. However, the panna cotta need not be unmolded; it can set in and be served from the same bowl if desired.

  4. says: Barbara

    I have both regular balsamic and white balsamic. Which do you recommend?

  5. this sounds pretty easy and looks divine. I am going to give it to my friend, whose daughter is gluten free, and hope she likes it. I would make if myself, but right now I am on a very strict diet shedding some pounds that need to be removed asap.
    so it is much too decadent for me, but I reserve the recipe for another time, in my thinner days, which hopefully will be coming soon. thanks for a great recipe.

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