Passion Fruit Panna Cotta

This Apple Panna Cotta is equal parts sweet and tart. This makes an easy dessert to put together and gives it a beautiful almost floral fragrance. Give this deliciously creamy no bake dessert a try!

Apple Panna Cotta Dessert

Panna Cotta is an incredibly easy dessert to make. It's also made ahead of time and chilled so it does make a great dessert for entertaining guests! To be honest, this was the first time I have made a panna cotta. I'm not quite sure how I had never got around to it before, as it is always one of the many desserts I am drawn to if I see it on the menu when we go out. I guess with so many french desserts out there, I somehow thought that it was a bit more complex and complicated to make than it really is!

But now that I can mark this off my bucket list, I couldn't help but share this unique and beautiful recipe with all of you! You can make the panna cotta and serve it as is, or once it has chilled and set, you can add some home made jello over the top to give it that extra finishing touch! Agh. Just thinking about it, has already set off my sweet tooth craving! To make it even more special, you can add some vanilla bean seeds for that extra burst of flavor, or a pinch of cinnamon for that yummy spice.

No Bake Dessert

If you've ever made a panna cotta, the hardest part is probably nailing that perfect texture. It should almost be like a milky jello. The Panna Cotta should be able to hold its shape, but also be slightly wobbly.

One thing that's so great about this dessert, is that you can make a batch and serve it in different sized cups and containers. Sometimes I'll serve this in wine glasses, and other times, I love using small party cups. This particular recipe can serve anywhere from 4 to 12 people, depending in what you'd like to serve it in. Another great idea is serving it in a trifle bowl, and then let people scoop portions out onto their plates.

Being a no-bake dessert, panna cotta makes a perfect treat for those days when you're craving something sweet, but turning on the open is too much. And since no baking is required, you can serve it in those fancy mini plastic cups which make absolutely stunning display pieces. (And makes you feel like you're eating something gourmet, haha).

How to Make Panna Cotta

  1. In a sauce pan, combine gelatin and whole milk or any milk of your choice. I used Almond Milk. Stir it and allow it to bloom for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Then, add half of the heavy cream and heat while stirring until the gelatin dissolves. Please try not to boil.
  3. Next, add the sweetener you are using and stir until it is dissolved in the warm cream.
  4. Slowly add the rest of the cold cream into the hot cream mixture stirring non stop.
  5. Add your vanilla and sour cream. I used plain Greek Yogurt. Then whisk until smooth.
  6. Add the apple juice, then pour into your serving containers right away. Add freeze-dried strawberries by pushing them in, if desired.
  7. Refrigerate for serval hours until it is set, preferably over night. Then Enjoy!
  8. Once chilled, feel free to add a layer of homemade apple jello for that beautiful finishing touch.

Prep time:
25 minutes
Cook time:
8 hours
Chill time:
Total time:
8 hours 25 minutes
4-12 Servings


  • 1/4 cup Whole Milk, or any milk of your choice
  • 2 tsp Unflavored Gelatin
  • 1 1/2 cups Heavy Whipping Cream (At Least 33% fat content)
  • 2/3 cup Sweetener, of your choice
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cups Sour Cream or Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Apple Juice


  1. In a saucepan sprinkle 1 1/2 tsp of unflavored gelatin over 1/4 cup of whole milk, stir and allow to bloom for 2-3 minutes. Then, heat gently and keep stirring until the gelatin is dissolved.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of cream and heat once again just until steaming. Do not boil.
  3. Next, add 2/3 cups sweetener and stir until the sweetener is dissolved completely.
  4. Now, slowly pour 1 cup of cold cream into the hot gelatin mixture while continuously whisking.
  5. Add 1 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla emulsion (it will have vanilla beans) and 1 cup or sour cream and whisk until the mixture is smooth. Lastly, add 2/3 cup Apple Juice. Whisk everything until it's well combined.
  6. For mini portions, use 1/4 cup measuring cup to pour the Apple Panna Cotta into mini cups. For regular portions use regular wine glasses and add 1/2 cup of panna cotta mixture into each glass.
  7. Refrigerate for several hours or until set. Preferably overnight.
  8. Once chilled, you can add home made jello over the top for that additional extra touch.
  9. This recipe should give you about 12 mini cups or 4-6 regular 1/2 cup portions.
  10. Serve and enjoy.

Recipe notes

  • If you mix cold cream and hot gelatin too fast, the gelatin might clump up into unsightly gummy chunks. If this happens, just heat the whole mixture and stir to dissolve the gelatin.
  • If you'd like to make this sugar-free, I'd recommend using something other that table sugar. If you need some sugar alternative idea, feel free to check out my sugar blog post.

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