Coconut panna cotta with fresh passionfruit

Coconut panna cotta with fresh passionfruit

Coconut panna cotta with fresh passionfruit 1000 667 Chrissy Freer

Coconut panna cotta with fresh passionfruit

Prep time: 10 minutes plus chilling time
Cooking time: 20 mins
Serves: 2
For a dairy free version of these sweet pana cotta’s you can swap the milk with unsweetened coconut milk and cream with canned coconut cream.
chrissy freer byron bay nutritionist panna cotta


  • 50g shredded coconut
  • ⅔ cup (160ml) milk
  • ⅔ cup (160ml) thin cream or coconut cream
  • 1 tbs caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1 small or ½ large gelatine leaf

Passionfruit syrup

  • 1 tbs honey
  • ⅓ cup (80ml) fresh passionfruit pulp
  • 2 tbs water


1. Preheat oven to 180°C or 160°C fan forced, spread coconut out on a baking tray and toast, for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until golden. Remove and set ¼ of the toasted coconut aside.

2. Place remaining coconut, milk, cream, sugar and vanilla in a small saucepan and slowly bring to a simmer over a low heat. Remove from heat and set aside to infuse for 10 minutes. Strain, pressing on the coconut mixture to extract the cream, then discard coconut.

3. Soak gelatine in a small bowl of cold water until softened. Return cream mixture to a clean saucepan and bring to a simmer. Add gelatine, whisk until dissolved. Divide mixture between 2 x 125ml (½ cup) dariole moulds. Place on a small try, cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for at least 6 hours or until set.

4. To make the passionfruit syrup, place all ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to the boil over a low heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Simmer for 3-4 minutes or until syrupy. Set aside to cool.

5. To serve, dip base of mould into hot water for 1-2 seconds, then carefully invert onto serving plates. Spoon some of the passionfruit syrup around the panna cotta. Garnish with reserved toasted coconut.