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Vegan panna cotta with coconut milk and cardamom

Vegan panna cotta with coconut milk and cardamom

A plant-based panna cotta recipe made using coconut milk and agar agar. Serve this vegan panna cotta as a fantastic end to a dinner, its cardamom and coconut flavour will make even non-vegans fall in love!

Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian, Italian
Keyword cardamom panna cotta, plant-based dessert, vegan panna cotta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 380 kcal
Author Eva | Electric Blue Food


  • 250 ml coconut milk 13% fat
  • 40 g sugar
  • 10 cardamom pods
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp agar-agar flakes
  • 2 tsp ground pistachios optional, for decoration


  1. Seed the cardamom pods and discard the shells.

  2. In a small saucepan combine the coconut milk, cardamom seeds, sugar and vanilla extract and set on medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar.

  3. When the sugar has dissolved, sprinkle the agar-agar flakes all over the surface of the coconut milk mixture. Set the heat on medium-high and let cook without stirring until it starts boiling. The agar-agar flakes will stay on the surface and not sink.

  4. When the milk starts boiling lower the heat to medium and stir. Simmer for about 10-15 minutes, until the agar-agar flakes dissolve and the mixture slightly thickens, stirring from time to time.

  5. Remove from the heat and divide mixture between 2 serving moulds. Pour the mixture through a mesh sieve in order to retain cardamom seeds and agar-agar leftovers.

  6. Let slightly cool, then transfer to the fridge to set. This panna cotta requires about 2 hours of cooling time to harden.

  7. As a serving suggestion, flip panna cotta out of moulds and onto serving plates and decorate with ground pistachios.

Recipe Notes

If using ground cardamom, sub the 10 pods for 1/3 tsp of the ground version of the spice.

Nutrition Facts
Vegan panna cotta with coconut milk and cardamom
Amount Per Serving
Calories 380 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 24g150%
Sodium 21mg1%
Potassium 436mg12%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 76mg8%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.