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Panna Cotta with toppings

Kefir Panna Cotta Italian Recipe (Easy)

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Authentic Italian Panna Cotta recipe using kefir! Yes, Kefir panna cotta! Not only is this recipe silky smooth and irresistible- it is high in protein and easy to digest. This is the perfect excuse to make this sweet and healthy treat that the entire family with LOVE. I am always in the mood to make this panna cotta. It barely requires any cooking, can be made ahead, and whisks me to my Italian summer days with every delightful spoonful! Once you make this you will love to serve it to all your family and friends. Dress it up with seasonal fruit or a drizzle of honey and you feel like you are eating dessert in Italy. 

  • Total Time: 15 minutes +chilling time
  • Yield: 4 servings145798 1x


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  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon powdered unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cups Lifeway Kefir (plain)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup honey ( you can also use granulated sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt


  1. Place the water in a small bowl. Sprinkle the gelatin over water and set aside to soften.
  2. Set out 4 (6-ounce) ramekins or glasses for later use. 
  3. Place the kefir  in a medium bowl and whisk until more liquid type consistency; set aside. Place the honey, salt, and cream in a small saucepan over low heat and bring to a simmer, stirring once or twice to dissolve the sugar, about 3-4 minutes. Do not bring to a boil. 
  4. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Add the gelatin mixture and whisk to dissolve into the warm cream. Pour this mixture into the bowl of yogurt and whisk until smooth.
  5. Divide the mixture evenly among the ramekins or glasses. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.
  6.  Top with seasonal fruit (cut into small pieces), a drizzle of cinnamon and honey, or enjoy plain! 


Make ahead: The panna cotta can be made up to a day ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator.

Storage: Leftover panna cotta can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

  • Author: Elena Davis
  • Prep Time: 10 min (+4 hours chilling time)
  • Cook Time: 3 min
  • Category: Sweet/ Dessert
  • Method: Italian
  • Cuisine: Italian