Chocolate-Almond Panna Cotta – Low Carb (3 Net Grams) Low Glycemic


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Chocolate-Almond Panna Cotta

What is Panna Cotta?

This Chocolate-Almond Panna Cotta will rock your tastebuds. Every delicious¬†bite of this chocolate decadence will make you swoon as it slides off your spoon, sweeps across your tongue and sends your head spinning into a cloud of joyful bliss. For the benefit of those who are wondering what Panna Cotta is. It is a dessert made using¬†plain gelatin that’s been added to milk or cream. It is then chilled and allowed to set-up into something that resembles a baked¬†custard. This definitely¬†has the¬†remarkable richness and depth of flavor I look for¬†in a dessert.

I am no stranger when it comes to desserts and sweets. I work in the food and beverage industry and have enjoyed some of the¬†best tasting desserts in places I’ve worked. As I said before this¬†wasn’t my first time doing low carb¬†and this time I was determined to do it differently. This was so I’d be less likely to gain the weight back by applying new strategies that would satisfy this¬†incessant urge I have for sweets.¬† This¬†in turn led to me¬†becoming actively involved in coming up with these delicious solutions¬†to satisfy that¬†urge for good.

Jello Reinterpreted

In the beginning Jello was what I was utilizing to satisfy my desire for something sweet. It was something that was easily accessible, budget friendly and something that I could prepare daily. The biggest plus for me though was that it was very quick and easy to make. After a few months though, it settled into that category of being mundane and I wanted something more.  Something richly satisfying with a melt in your mouth texture.

My first encounter with Panna Cotta was at a local restaurant that offered them for dessert. Their version was called a butterscotch budino. A combination of sweet and salty that I have tried to recreate numerous times, but ultimately had to dismiss. It was just too time consuming to make it a feasible option when I wanted something delicious and satisfying with no fuss.

This is my version of this classic dessert. It comes in at 3 net grams of carbs plain with whipped cream or if you are in the OWL phase¬†at 5.7¬†if you¬†garnish with 3 medium, thinly sliced strawberries. Just¬†another delicious example¬†demonstrating that¬†low carb never has to be dull and boring unless you let it be. Here’s to changing the way you live low carb, from my kitchen to yours, happy low carbing. Mike

 

 

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Chocolate-Almond Panna Cotta
This Chocolate-Almond Panna Cotta will rock your tastebuds. Every delicious bite of this chocolate decadence will make you swoon as it slides off your spoon, sweeps across your tongue and sends your head spinning into a cloud of joyful bliss.
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Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 5 Minutes
Passive Time 4.5 Hours
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Ingredients
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 5 Minutes
Passive Time 4.5 Hours
Servings
Individual Servings
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. If you are going to unmold the panna cotta like the one shown, lightly spray your molds or ramekins with a cooking spray. I use a coconut oil cooking spray. Then transfer your cups on to a small cookie sheet.
  2. Place your cream and almond milk into a pan. Sprinkle with the gelatin and let stand about 1 minute to thicken. Add the rest of your ingredients except for the almond extract and stir well with a wire whisk over medium heat until you have a evenly colored consistency.
    Image: Ingredients for Chocolate-Almond Panna Cotta in a Saucepan
  3. Keep stiring until the cream just starts to bubble around the edges and then remove from the heat and stir in your almond extract.
  4. Using a ladle or measuring cup evenly divide the warm chocolate gelatin into your molds. It will be a little under half a cup for each. cover them with plastic wrap.
    Image: Chocolate-Almond Panna Cotta in molds
  5. Set them in the fridge and let them chill 4 hours or overnight. Unmold and garnish as desired.
    Image: Chocolate-Almond Panna Cotta
Recipe Notes

*If you choose not to add the cocoa powder it will reduce the carb count to 2 net grams.

**This is a recipe that begs to be played with. Try different flavor extracts and essential oils to give your panna cotta the personality you want it to have. The sky is the limit. Have fun with it.

***If you opt to unmold gently pull the edges of the panna cotta from the dish to release. You can also quickly dip them in hot water bath to help them along. Just keep in mind that if you use this method do not let it linger for more than a few seconds or the custard will begin to melt and make a mess on your plate. Then just invert it and tap very firmly on to your serving plate to remove and then garnish as desired.

Nutrition Facts - Calculated Using My Fitness Pal
Servings 5.0

Calories 161, Fat 17g, Cholesterol 64mg, Sodium 49mg, Total Carbs 4g, Fiber 1g, Sugars 1 g, Protein 2g,      Net Carbs 3g

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Mike

Mike is a proud UCLA Bruin and low carb recipe enthusiast. He resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico with his dog Bella. Together they are living the Dream.

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