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Dessert Misc: Coconut Panna Cotta with Mango-Lime Coulis


Gluten Free. In this delicate dessert, coconut milk replaces dairy cream. Unlike animal-based long-chain saturated fats, coconut’s medium-chain fatty acids actually increase “good” HDL and lower “bad” LDL cholesterol; coconut is also anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and contains metabolism-boosting lauric acid. A sweet-tart mango sauce and ripe papaya slices offer anti-inflammatory vitamin C plus vibrant flavor and color.

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  • 1 14-ounce can coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon agar flakes (not powder)
  • 1 6-inch vanilla bean pod
  • 5 tablespoons honey (divided)
  • 1 cup plain Greek low-fat yogurt
  • Zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 1 (8 ounces) ripe mango (peeled and cubed)
  • Fresh papaya slices (for garnish)


Servings 5


Step 1

Lightly but completely oil five ½-cup ramekins (or use cooking spray). Whisk coconut milk into a small saucepan; stir in agar flakes. Let rest for 10 minutes.
Split vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape seeds into coconut milk. Add vanilla pod, too. Bring to a full boil (entire surface, not just edges). Reduce heat and simmer, whisking constantly, until agar is mostly dissolved, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and strain into a bowl, using a fine-mesh strainer; press lightly. Discard any solids.
Whisk 4 tablespoons honey into strained coconut milk. Add yogurt and a generous pinch of salt; whisk until smooth. Pour into prepared ramekins and chill, covered, at least 1½ hours.
In a blender, combine remaining 1 tablespoon honey, lime zest and juice, and mango; purée until smooth.
Run a knife around edge of ramekins. Invert onto serving plates. Spoon 2 tablespoons mango-lime coulis (sauce) over each. Garnish with papaya slices. Serve with remaining coulis on the side.

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