The no-cook dessert recipe is seasonal, elegant, and actually good for you.

By Beth Lipton
Updated July 20, 2016
Credit: Beth Lipton

If you love creamy, cool, pudding-type desserts, good news: This one is so healthy, you can have it for breakfast. Made with naturally low-in-sugar and high-in-fiber raspberries, coconut cream (which is full of good fat), and a touch of maple syrup, this panna cotta is indulgent and nutritious. Plus, it's a no-cook recipe, so your kitchen stays cool—​sweet.

It really is okay to eat in the morning (take a break from that same-old bowl of yogurt and fruit), but we love it most as an elegant dessert after dinner, topped with unsweetened coconut flakes, raspberries, or even a few white chocolate shavings.

Raspberry-coconut panna cotta

Serves: 4

2 5.4-oz. cans coconut cream

2½ tsp. unflavored gelatin

2 cups raspberries

¼ cup plus 1 Tbsp. maple syrup

2 tsp. vanilla extract

¼ tsp. salt

Additional berries and/or unsweetened coconut flakes, for garnish, optional

  1. Pour 1 can coconut cream into a microwave-safe bowl; whisk until smooth. Sprinkle gelatin on top; stir gently. Set aside to allow gelatin to bloom.
  2. In a blender or food processor, blend raspberries until smooth. Run through a fine-mesh sieve to remove seeds, catching puree in a bowl. Add remaining can coconut cream, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt to bowl; whisk until smooth.
  3. Place coconut-gelatin mixture in microwave; microwave on high for 15 seconds. (If gelatin has not dissolved, microwave again for 10-second intervals until it does, whisking in-between.) Pour into bowl with raspberry mixture; whisk gently until combined. (You should have about 2¾ cups raspberry mixture.)
  4. Pour into 4 small bowls or glasses and let stand until cool, then cover and refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours. Serve with additional berries and/or coconut flakes, if desired.