White Chocolate Coconut Panna Cotta

white chocoate panna cotta

Do you guys watch Game of Thrones? The season premiere last night was awesome. I’ve been a huge fan over the last few seasons, and I always wonder: do I want a direwolf or a dragon as a pet? I’m leaning towards direwolf, because I think maybe they’re more trainable? Of course that’s only if we live in a fictional world. In real life, I want a german shepherd or a doberman.

Also in real life: sometimes if I’m eating out with friends, I can’t decide between two desserts so I coerce my friends to order the other one so I can try both. Most of the time I end up finishing both. This White Chocolate Coconut Panna Cotta is a delicious result of one of those can’t-decide moments.

I’ve been wanting to make a no bake white chocolate treat for a few weeks, even thinking of butchering the traditional chocolate brigadeiro and making a white chocolate version, but I’ve also been wanting to make something with coconut milk. So I combined both cravings into one dessert instead.

coconut panna cotta

I’ve never actually made panna cotta before because I always thought it has an intimidating multi-step process that might involve water baths or something, but I couldn’t be more wrong. Making panna cotta is super easy! The ease can be attributed to gelatin (and yes, this time I remembered to buy plain jello). It really is just a matter of letting the gelatin bloom, and mixing it with your choice of dairy. I chose coconut milk but traditional panna cotta is made with milk and cream.

It’s also easy to customize to your own taste and diet. It’s already gluten-free but if you also want to make it dairy free, just omit the white chocolate. If you want to make it vegan, leave out the white chocolate and replace the gelatin with agar-agar or another vegan substitute (I only very recently found out that gelatin is made from animal product…). If you want a more tropical flavor, try stirring in lime zest at the end.

Then you can top your panna cotta with whatever you prefer: white chocolate shavings, toasted coconut, berry jam, chocolate sauce, pineapple puree. I topped mine with toasted coconut and fresh mango cubes because I particularly like white chocolate and mango together and also because mango and coconut are a match made in tropical heaven.

Or you can just leave it plain. I ate one of the the jars plain after just chilling for an hour (instead of the recommended two) because I was very hungry and impatient.

coconut white chocolate panna cotta

I really loved how this panna cotta turned out. It was so creamy with just the right amount of sweetness. The crunchy toasted coconut on top and the sweet mango cubes were a nice complement to the smooth texture. Most panna cotta desserts I’ve had at restaurants were turned out onto a plate, but these little jars are so cute I couldn’t resist using them as serving vessels. Besides I did not want to attempt to unmold these, in case I end up with another kitchen fail. But I probably would still eat it.

Yield: serves 5

White Chocolate Coconut Panna Cotta


1 can (13.5 oz) coconut milk
1 envelope (1/2 oz) unflavored gelatin
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes, toasted
1/2 cup fresh mango cubes


  1. Pour the coconut milk into a medium saucepan and whisk until smooth (the cream often separates from the water, so just whisk it until you no longer see lumps). Sprinkle gelatin over the top and let it rest for 5 minutes.
  2. Set the saucepan over low heat and let the milk warm up, then add in the sugar and white chocolate chips. Whisk constantly until sugar granules and chocolate are dissolved and the mixture is smooth and just below a simmer. Do not let it boil!
  3. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and salt. Pour into a jars or ramekins. I ended up with about five 4-oz servings. Chill in fridge for at least two hours before serving.
  4. For the toasted coconut: heat a small skillet over medium heat, add coconut flakes. Cook, stirring frequently, until flakes are golden brown or done to your liking.
  5. Top panna cotta with toasted coconut flakes and fresh mango cubes before serving.

If you guys are wondering where I got these little jars, they’re actually Trader’s Point Creamery yogurt jars which I buy from from Whole Foods. You may also remember them from a couple other recipes I’ve made (both of these are also no bake!)

mini goat cheese cheesecakeMini No Bake Goat Cheese Cheesecake with Roasted Cherries

healthy chocoalte avocado puddingChocolate Coconut Avocado Pudding

panna cotta

What flavor combo would you like in a panna cotta? And do you guys also watch Silicon Valley after Game of Thrones on HBO? I’ve pushed back my Sunday night bedtime because of these two shows…


29 Responses to “White Chocolate Coconut Panna Cotta”

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    Sues posted April 13, 2015 at 9:33 am

    I would DEFINITELY order this out at a restaurant! It’s beautiful!!

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      Bianca Garcia posted April 13, 2015 at 10:00 am

      Thanks Sues! It does seem like an impressive dessert, which is great because it’s so easy to whip up!

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    Sharon posted April 13, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Can’t we have both a dire wolf and dragon? :D

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      Bianca Garcia posted April 13, 2015 at 10:00 am

      I want Ghost and the dragons when they were babies haha

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    Meghan posted April 13, 2015 at 10:12 am

    I love the coconut and mango together!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert posted April 13, 2015 at 11:59 am

    I am a push-over for anything in a jar! Love the white chocolate and mango is a personal favorite. We’ve never watched Game of Thrones but hear great things about it!

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      Bianca Garcia posted April 15, 2015 at 3:49 pm

      Tanks Tricia! I am totally craving mango slices right now – and a GoT marathon ;)

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    Ashley posted April 13, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    I love that fresh mango on top – gorgeous! These sound awesome!

    My husband kept talking about Game of Thrones – he was all excited about the premiere! Me, I’ve never seen it :)

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      Bianca Garcia posted April 15, 2015 at 3:49 pm

      Thanks girl! GoT is so good, you should give it a shot ;)

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    yummychunklet posted April 14, 2015 at 8:53 am

    What a tasty looking dessert!

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    grace posted April 14, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    i would totally prefer a direwolf–much more cuddly. :)
    i’ve never made panna cotta, but when i do, i can’t think of a combination more appealing than coconut and white chocolate!!

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    Monica posted April 16, 2015 at 10:50 am

    I love an individual, pretty, dessert like this that I can hoard all to myself and even customize the topping. That said, I do love eating out with others who I can share bites with – particularly when it comes to dessert! Love the presentation here and the layers – I’d definitely go for those mangoes.

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      Bianca Garcia posted April 16, 2015 at 3:15 pm

      Hi Monica! Yes, there is a time for cute individual desserts and a time for big plates to share. But either way, I think you and I both agree that there is always time and room for dessert ;)

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    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor posted April 16, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    I don’t watch Game of Thrones, but I do want one of these little panna cotta’s! The addition of the white chocolate and mango is perfect!

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      Bianca Garcia posted April 16, 2015 at 3:15 pm

      Thanks Ashley! Mango is so good chilled so it was really perfect :)

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie posted April 16, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    I’ve never had nor made panna cotta but it sure looks good! I’ve also never read/watched game of thrones but have been told I need to. Too many things to keep track of.

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      Bianca Garcia posted April 16, 2015 at 3:16 pm

      Haha I know. Too many desserts, too many TV shows. That’s my life ;)

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    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella posted April 16, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    I don’t watch GOT but only because hubby ruined it for me when we tried watching it! I am however totally into this dessert Bianca! :D

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    Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog posted April 16, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    Loooove panna cotta, but I have never made it at home, totally need to try this! Also, Game of Thrones is totally a fave over here, so I’m right there with you watching along!

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    Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake posted April 17, 2015 at 12:01 am

    Mango and coconut are matches made in heaven. Your panna cotta is seriously tempting me right now…

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    Tandy | Lavender and Lime posted April 17, 2015 at 1:36 am

    Oh my, I so want one of these right now! But, I will have to settle for breakfast instead :)

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    Jess @ whatjessicabakednext posted April 17, 2015 at 6:12 am

    I love panna cotta! These look delicious – I really need to make these!

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    Barbara posted April 17, 2015 at 6:47 am

    Panna cotta is a favorite around my house. So many flavors you can use and so many toppings. I’ve never made a coconut one though…it must taste divine. Your photos are great and very tempting!

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    Rachel @ Bakerita posted April 17, 2015 at 11:34 am

    This looks so good!! I’m a white chocolate and coconut addict, but I’ve never tried making panna cotta! This makes me want to give it a go.

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    Jacquee | I Sugar Coat It! posted April 18, 2015 at 9:04 am

    This sounds delightful. I love panna cotta!

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    Joanne posted April 19, 2015 at 7:50 am

    I’ve been meaning to give panna cotta a go, but it just hasn’t happened yet. This is just the inspiration I needed!

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    Chris @ Shared Appetite posted April 23, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Whoa this looks SO elegant! Absolutely stunning. Panna Cotta is sooooo good!!! #drooling

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