I love dessert especially, rich creamy desserts. Add fruit and I simply cannot pass it up. Can I enjoy this level of decadence and still support my body?
When we are listening to our body sometimes we have to give up certain things like gluten, dairy and refined sugar, for awhile to heal. Even though we may want to indulge, the repercussions of ignoring our body aren’t worth it.
When I was in Sri Lanka this past winter I experienced a lot of pain in my ankles. I wasn’t happy about it. The food I was eating caused inflammation. I concluded my body was having a hard time digesting the rice and lentils I was eating regularly. It is the main food in Sri Lanka.
Since my return it has been my intention step up the healing of my digestive system. Right now I am midway through a 10 week gut-healing program. This is my life, (maybe I will have another life at another time), but this is the only life I get to experience right now and I want it to be as wonderful as possible. I don’t want to walk around with a bloated belly, achey joints or brain fog.
I believe everything happening in my body is there for me, not against me. My body is my guide. My digestive issues are showing me the way to open up to more love, peace and happiness for myself and others.
It may sound a little crazy but this has been my experience so far. The challenges I have had with my body have lead me to discover amazing things about myself and the world.
While doing this gut healing program there are a lot of restrictions. I don’t like feeling deprived and I was craving something sweet and delicious. From that craving I created this creamy raspberry panna cotta. Instead of having a dreary day, I got to play around in the kitchen and create something within the guidelines of the program.
This Raspberry Panna Cotta is yummy, it’s magical. It’s rich, creamy and sweet but you can indulge in it guilt-free. The almond milk blended with the sweet raspberries create a rich tasting dessert that is not only delicious but contains all the gut healing properties of gelatin too.
To make it even better I blended fresh raspberries with a little bit of maple syrup to create a Raspberry Coulis.
A creamy magical dessert with the healing power of gelatin.
- 2 teaspoons grass fed gelatin
- 2 cups almond milk divided (recipe for homemade)
- 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey divided
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- coconut oil for greasing the ramekins
- 1 cup fresh raspberries
- 2 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
- Pour 1 cup almond milk into a medium saucepan and sprinkle evenly with the gelatin. Let the milk sit for 5-10 minutes to allow the gelatin to soften.
- Heat the milk and gelatin over medium heat, stirring constantly, until gelatin is dissolved and milk begins to steam, but not boil.
- Blend 1 cup of the raspberries with the remaining 1 cup of almond milk and honey.
- Pour through a strainer to remove seeds.
- Stir into the warm milk and whisk until all the ingredients are dissolved.
- Stir in the lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla
- Lightly grease 4 individual ramekins or cups.
- Pour the mixture into these and cover tightly with plastic wrap, making sure the plastic does not touch the almond milk’s surface.
- Chill in the refrigerator for 4 -5 hours until cold and set.
- Make the Raspberry Coulis.
- When the coconut panna cotta is firm and you are ready to serve it, dip the cup or ramekin in hot water before turning out onto 4 serving plates.
- Drizzle a few teaspoons of raspberry coulis on top and around the plate. Top with a few fresh raspberries and serve with extra raspberry coulis on the side.
- Alternately pour the panna cotta into serving cups to chill. When ready instead of unmolding it, leave it in the cups and top with raspberry coulis.
- Reserve 8 raspberries and place the remaining berries and honey in blender. Puree until smooth.
- Pour through a strainer, to catch the seeds. Use the back of a spoon to press as much of the puree through as possible.
- Set the raspberry coulis aside.
Even though it only takes 20 minutes to prepare, it needs 4-5 hours to chill.
Replace almond milk with coconut milk if you prefer.
- Category: Dessert
- Cuisine: Paleo, Gluten Free, Healthy
Enjoy this rich and satisfying dessert all summer long. If you are vegan it can be made with 2 teaspoons agar agar instead of gelatin but you may have to play around with the amount as I haven’t tried it.
Please leave a comment below letting me know how you like this dessert and if it works in your health program.