Recipes & DIY

Mango Panna Cotta

Whenever I want to throw together a dessert, I prioritize two things: ease and healthy ingredients. That’s where this Mango Panna Cotta comes into play. In just 15 minutes, I have this delicious, impressive dessert all prepped and ready to go!

The best part? It contains only four ingredients—all of which are natural, plant-based foods. That means there’s no guilt and no fuss. How perfect is that?

So, what makes this Mango Panna Cotta such a great and healthy dessert option? Aside from being quick and delicious, this impressive Italian-inspired creation features mangoes, which are known for their incredible health benefits.

First, mango has been used as a natural remedy for many ailments for more than 4,000 years. In fact, mangoes are known to help treat everything from asthma to throat infections to hiccups! [1] They even aid in treating diarrhea and abscesses due to their anti-microbial effects. [2] Shocking, right?

Another great ingredient in this Mango Panna Cotta is raw honey. Not only is honey rich in antioxidants, but it’s also known for its anti-microbial properties. In fact, according to one study, honey was show to be effective in fighting 12 different strains of bacteria! [3]

Finally, this panna cotta also contains coconut milk and agar agar powder. Now, you may recall that coconut milk contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which have been shown to support healthy weight management, blood sugar levels, heart health, and your brain. [4]

But have you heard of agar agar powder? It’s a powder made from red sea algae that’s a natural vegetarian alternative to gelatin. But being animal-free isn’t its only benefit. It’s also high in fiber and contains calcium, manganese, folate, and iron. [5]

If you’re going to eat dessert, why not make it work for you by making sure it’s full of health-promoting nutrients? That’s exactly what this rich, decadent Mango Panna Cotta does!

So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get this dessert prepped and in the refrigerator!

  

Mango Panna Cotta

Time: 15 minutes (+ 2 hours for chilling)

Serves: 6

 

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Ingredients

1¼ cup mango, cubed and divided

1 tablespoon raw honey

2 cups unsweetened full-fat coconut milk

2 teaspoons natural agar agar powder

 

Directions

1. In a food processor or high-speed blender, puree 1 cup of the mango cubes and honey until completely smooth.

Mango panna cotta - Dr. Pingel

2. In a small saucepan, combine the mango puree, coconut milk, and agar agar powder. Whisk to combine and bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium and continue to boil for 2-3 minutes, whisking often.

Mango panna cotta - Dr. Pingel

3. Divide the mixture between 6 ramekins or small serving glasses. Transfer to the refrigerator for 2 hours, or until chilled.

4. Before serving, top with the remaining fresh mango cubes.

Mango panna cotta - Dr. Pingel

 

Tips:

  • Fresh, frozen, or canned mango all work well for this recipe. If using frozen, thaw completely first. If using canned, choose a brand with no sugar added.
  • Maple syrup or coconut sugar are both great substitutes for honey.
  • You may use 2 tablespoons agar agar flakes in place of 2 teaspoons of agar agar powder.

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