Panna Cotta With Agar Agar (Healthy, Sugar Free)

This healthy golden milk turmeric panna cotta with agar agar is a light and creamy dessert, perfect for any time of year. It’s made without cream, yogurt and sugar to make a nourishing allergy friendly version of the classic Italian dessert that the whole family can enjoy. It’s gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, vegan and paleo, with an autoimmune protocol option.

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Benefits Of This Recipe

  • Healthy. Panna cotta is typically made with cream and refined sugar, with even dairy free versions being made with coconut milk, which some people are sensitive and intolerant to. This recipe replaces cream with tiger nut milk, a naturally sweet plant based milk, preventing any sugar needing to be added. The panna cotta is flavoured with golden milk spices which have powerful anti inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.  
  • Gluten free, dairy free & allergy friendly. This recipe is made without cream, yogurt and coconut using an allergy friendly plant based milk alternative as a substitute which maintains the same light and creamy texture. 
  • Quick and easy. It takes just 15 minutes to make following 3 easy steps before leaving the dessert to set. 


  • Agar agar powder (UK Link/US Link). A vegan alternative to gelatin, which helps the panna cotta set.
  • Turmeric powder (UK Link/US Link). It contains curcurmin, which reduces inflammation and has strong anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties (1).
  • Ceylon cinnamon powder (UK Link/US Link). Balances blood sugar levels and has powerful anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties (2). Ceylon cinnamon is higher quality than regular cassia and has a sweeter flavour (3).
  • Ground cardamom (UK Link/US Link). Can reduce inflammation, improve blood circulation, aid digestion and fight bacteria (4). Omit for autoimmune protocol (AIP).
  • Ground ginger (UK Link/US Link). Aids digestion and has powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties, helping to boost the immune system (5).
  • Ground black pepper (UK Link/US Link). Enhances the absorption of curcurmin by 2,000% (6). Omit for autoimmune protocol (AIP).
  • Tiger nut milk. Contrary to what the name suggests, tiger nuts are a root vegetable not a nut. Tiger nut milk is an allergy free plant based milk alternative. It’s used instead of cream or coconut for the base of the panna cotta.

Please see the recipe card at the bottom of the post for the full ingredients list.

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How To Make Panna Cotta – Step By Step Instructions

  • Bring the liquid to a boil over a medium heat, whisking constantly. When bubbles are covering the whole of the top surface, boil for 2 minutes over a medium heat, whisking constantly.
  • Leave to cool completely at room temperature. Then, transfer to the fridge for 1-2 hours or until set. Remove from the fridge and serve with toppings of choice – tiger nut flakes or chopped fruit.
step by step process for making panna cotta



Panna Cotta can be stored in a glass ramekin in the fridge for up to 2 days. When you want to eat it, simply remove it from the fridge and serve with toppings.


The Panna Cottas can be frozen in freezer safe glass ramekins for up to 2 months. Ensure you cover the top tightly with beeswax wrap before storing to prevent freezer burns and label the ramekin with the date you freeze it so you know when to use it by. For any toppings, it’s best to avoid freezing them and only adding them when defrosted and ready to serve.

To defrost, transfer the Panna Cotta to the fridge for at least 12 hours, or overnight, until completely thawed. To ensure the Panna Cotta defrosts evenly and minimise the risk of it splitting and the texture spoiling, do not thaw at room temperature. Once thawed, add toppings of choice and serve.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you make Panna Cotta with almond milk?

Yes, tiger nut milk can be replaced with any plant based milk alternative, like almond milk. However, as tiger nut milk has a natural sweetness, you may need to add a natural refined sugar free sweetener, such as sweet freedom syrup if using a substitute.

Can you freeze Panna Cotta to set it?

No, it’s best to leave the Panna Cotta to cool at room temperature and then leave it to set in the fridge. Setting the Panna Cotta in the freezer causes it to set unevenly, with the outside setting quicker than the inside, which can negatively affect the texture. Once set completely in the fridge, the Panna Cotta can be transferred to the freezer to be stored if you’re not planning on eating it within 2 days.

Diet Requirements

This agar agar panna cotta is:-

  • Gluten free
  • Dairy free
  • Lactose free
  • Wheat free
  • Soy free
  • Egg free
  • Nut free
  • Grain free
  • Oil free
  • Refined sugar free
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Paleo
  • Autoimmune protocol AIP friendly (if omit ground cardamom and black pepper)

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turmeric Panna Cotta served in ramekin

Panna Cotta With Agar Agar (Healthy, Sugar Free)

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: Lucy
This healthy homemade golden milk turmeric panna cotta is a light and creamy dessert the whole family will love. It’s made without cream, yogurt and sugar to make a nourishing allergy friendly version of the classic dessert.
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Links. Above links are for US readers. Links for UK readers – agar agar powder, turmeric powder, ceylon cinnamon powder, ground cardamom, ground ginger, ground black pepper, small saucepanmeasuring jug, measuring cups & spoons, whisk, glass ramekins.
Storage. The Panna Cotta can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 days or the freezer for up to 2 months. Ensure you cover the top tightly with beeswax wrap before storingTo defrost, transfer the Panna Cotta from the freezer to the fridge for 12 hours, or overnight, until completely thawed. 
Nutrition. Nutrition information is an estimate provided by an online calculator and is only intended for reference only.


Serving: 1panna cotta | Calories: 17kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 101mg | Potassium: 27mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 1mg
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