Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

Avoid this recipe if you are lactose intolerant.

This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


"Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving, make every day a holiday and celebrate just living!"
-Amanda Bradley, Poet

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Panna cotta is Italian for cooked cream and often served at the holidays. It is a tradition throughout other Mediterranean countries as well. The nutmeg gives this recipe a warm, holiday feel.


Holiday Panna Cotta with Chocolate Cranberry Sauce

Servings: 6 | Serving size: 1 panna cotta with 2 tablespoons sauce

Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

This recipe can easily be multiplied and the panna cottas will keep well for a few days in the refrigerator.

Holiday Panna Cotta with Chocolate Cranberry Sauce from Dr. Gourmet


  • 2 Tbsp warm water
  • 1 1/2 tsp unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups low-fat buttermilk
  • 2 Tbsp Granulated Stevia
  • 1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 ounce dark chocolate

Place the 2 tablespoons warm water in a small dish and sprinkle the gelatin over the top. Set aside.

Place the milk, sugar, honey, lemon zest, vanilla extract and nutmeg in a non-reactive sauce pan over medium heat. Bring to a low boil and reduce to a simmer for about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool.

As it is cooling stir in the gelatin until well blended.

When the milk mixture is tepid add the buttermilk and Splenda and whisk.

Line 6 small ramekins with plastic wrap. Divide the milk mixture between the 6 lined ramekins. Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.

While the milk mixture is cooling place the cranberries in a non-reactive sauce pan with the water. Bring the mixture to a boil and reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer for about an hour until there is only about 1/4 cup of liquid left.

Remove from the heat and let cool. After about 10 minutes, add the chocolate by just dropping the bar in the pan on top of the cranberry mixture. After another 10 minutes the chocolate should be softened and you can blend it into the cranberry mixture.

Serve the panna cotta by placing a plate on top of the ramekin. Invert the plate and the dessert will pop out of the ramekin. Gently peel off the plastic wrap. Top with two tablespoons sauce.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1 panna cotta with 2 tablespoons sauce

Servings: 6

Amount Per Serving

Calories 153 Calories from Fat 28
  % Daily Value
Total Fat 3g 5%
    Saturated Fat 2g 9%
    Monounsaturated Fat 1g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 112mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 27g 9%
    Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
    Sugars 25g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 16% Iron 2%
Vitamin K 1 mcg Potassium 226 mg
Magnesium 24 mg