Is it possible to make scrumptious and rich keto panna cotta with just 5 ingredients – I mean with natural ingredients? Naturally, it is! Read on to find a recipe for a super-easy but exceptionally delicious Keto Strawberry Caramel Panna Cotta that makes an adorable dessert to celebrate Valentine’s Day — or delight you and your sweetheart any day!
How to make this 5-Ingredient Keto Strawberry Caramel Panna Cotta
Panna Cotta means cooked cream, so you can rightly expect you need to cook cream to make this dessert. Actually, you don’t have to cook the cream (and the other ingredients) long, just bring them to a boil.
Making this dessert is easy: you heat all ingredients (except bloomed gelatin) until boiling, then add the bloomed gelatin, mix until dissolved, pour into serving bowls, and let chill — while letting yourself chill out! That’s it.
Some tips, though, to guarantee the best result: It’s good to let the gelatin bloom for about 10 minutes as you let it bloom in heavy cream which is thicker than — let’s say — water or juice, in which you usually put your gelatin to bloom. That said, doing further preparations while letting the gelatin bloom is usually long enough.
Another thing: usually, you need to heat the bloomed gelatin until it’s dissolved. However, when making this keto panna cotta, heating the gelatin is not necessary. You can add the bloomed gelatin directly to the piping-hot cream mixture. The bloomed gelatin dissolves in seconds in the hot mixture.
That’s it, let’s take a look at how to make this easy, impressive, and delectable dessert:
Take 1 1/2 cups (360 ml) heavy cream.
Pour about 1/4 cup (60 ml) of the cream into a small cup.
Add 1 1/2 teaspoons (5 grams) gelatin powder.
Mix and let bloom while you do further preparations.
Pour the rest of the cream into a saucepan.
Add 1/4 cup (60 ml) pureed organic strawberries…
…30 drops (or to taste) caramel-flavored liquid monk fruit…
…and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder.
Bring to a boil, all the time mixing.
Once boiling, remove from heat.
Add the bloomed gelatin.
Mix until completely dissolved.
Pour into 4-6 serving bowls. These ramekins do a great job.
Refrigerate for about 6 hours or until set.
Here we go, chilled and set. (Different day, different lighting!)
Serve from the bowls/ramekins…
…or dip the bowls/ramekins into hot water and remove the panna cottas from the dishes and serve from dessert plates. Decorate as you wish.
How I came up with this easy Keto Panna Cotta recipe
I totally love panna cotta — when made keto. It’s a wonderful way to include indulgent treats in your diet and some good fats as well. I’ve posted some panna cotta recipes here on my blog (like this keto peach panna cotta and this panna cotta with blackcurrant sauce), but it’s many years since I’ve come up with a new keto panna cotta recipe.
I’ve had some panna cotta ideas on my mind for some time, but I didn’t really take the time to implement them. However, a couple of weeks ago, I needed to develop some keto Valentine’s Day recipes, especially for our Ketokamu followers preferably using Ketokamu products.
After some pondering, I came up with several recipe ideas, one of them was Keto Strawberry Panna Cotta decorated with our Ketokamu chocolate-covered strawberries. I started ideating the recipe mainly based on my keto peach panna cotta recipe.
I did my first experiments according to my written plans. When tasting the panna cotta, I realized that first of all, it was too stiff — thanks to too much gelatin — and secondly, the dessert wasn’t sweet enough. So, I clearly needed to reduce the gelatin slightly, maybe just with half a teaspoon, and increase the sweetener.
Before doing more experiments, I received an order from iHerb. It contained several sweeteners that we don’t have here in Finland or the whole EU. For example, I had ordered a few different brands of allulose and a few different flavors of monk fruit drops.
Eagerly, I tasted my exotic sweeteners, and when trying caramel-flavored monk fruit, I was immediately sold. It was sweet without any aftertaste, and the caramel flavor was absolutely enchanting!
I took one serving of my not-that-sweet panna cotta experiment and added a few drops of caramel-flavored monk fruit on it. I sank my spoon into the dessert and tasted. Oh my god! Almost supernaturally scrumptious caramel and strawberry flavor filled my mouth. Now, this was divine! I would never have expected caramel to be such an excellent companion to strawberry!
Encouraged by my extempore experiment, I contemplated if it would be possible to replace the erythritol-based powdered sweetener with caramel-flavored monk fruit.
I didn’t waste any time but whipped up a batch of Keto Strawberry Panna Cotta sweetened entirely with caramel-flavored monk fruit drops. Well, since I have only a little experience of monk fruit in desserts — and zero experience of caramel-flavored monk fruit, the amount I used to sweeten the panna cotta experiment was only a good guestimate.
After waiting for a few hours to let the panna cotta set, I was ready to taste my new experiment. My guestimation of the sweetener turned out to be quite good, but the dessert could have been a tad sweeter. I had used 25 drops, however, I was pretty sure the sweetness would be ideal with 30 drops of caramel-flavored monk fruit.
Indeed, the recipe turned out just perfect (to my mouth!) with 30 drops caramel-flavored monk fruit drops, and the texture was sturdy but not too stiff with 1 1/2 teaspoons gelatin powder. The rich creaminess, fruity strawberry, and decadent caramel are just an unbeatable combination!
Here’s the recipe for you to enjoy (feel free to adjust the sweetness to your liking!):
- 1 1/2 cups = 360 ml heavy cream
- 1/4 cup = 60 ml pureed organic strawberries (fresh or frozen and defrosted)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons (5 grams) gelatin powder
- 30 drops (or to taste) caramel-flavored monk fruit drops
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder
1. Place the gelatin and 1/4 cup (60 ml) of cream in a small cup. Set aside and let bloom while you do further preparations.
2. Place the rest of the cream (1 1/4 cup = 300 ml), strawberry puree, and the sweetener in a saucepan.
3. Bring to a boil, all the time stirring.
4. When the mixture starts boiling, remove the saucepan immediately from the heat.
5. Stir the gelatin mixture in the hot cream and strawberry mixture until the gelatin is completely dissolved.
6. Pour the hot mixture into 4-6 dessert bowls, ramekins, or glasses and refrigerate at least for 6 hours.
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|Per serving if 4 servings in total
Tips for variations
You can certainly omit all caramel-flavored ingredients and use other flavorings instead. There is a wide variety of flavored stevias and monk fruit drops that lend natural and wonderful flavor without carbs and calories. Get wild and experiment!
That said, vanilla powder is not absolutely necessary, but in my opinion, it’s an essential part of panna cotta, providing those attractive tiny black spots that indicate you are up to something delicious with real vanilla.
For a dairy-free option, you can use coconut cream instead of dairy cream.
I was happy to do many recipe experiments this week. I came up with a Keto Mud Cake in a Mug recipe for Ketokamu, using this recipe as a base.
I got hooked to mug cakes and also developed a recipe for a keto runebergintorttu in a mug that I posted to our Ketokamu followers. We celebrated Runeberg Day yesterday for J.L. Runeberg, the national poet of Finland. Runebergintorttus are an essential part of Runeberg Day celebrations.
And naturally, I made one batch of Keto Strawberry Panna Cotta using our Ketokamu sweetener and decorated it with crushed chocolate-covered strawberries. I will post the recipe for Valentine’s Day (and I will certainly make more recipes as well since I came up with so many ideas!).
I have developed quite many recipes for the Minä Olen magazine (I’ve done that a lot), and I received the latest number with my recipes in it. I hope people like them. (At least I had very delicious moments when developing the recipes!).