Low-Carb Panna Cotta (YUM!)

Well, as some of you may know, Carlo and I started eating low-carb as of 7/21/08 and we’re still going strong. Between the support we have for each other and from others online, we’ve been able to stick to it without cheating. There have been a lot of positive changes in overall health, and not just our waistlines.

So what about food? Do we miss bread? Well actually we don’t miss bread. We’ve come across many great variations and substitutions that there’s been no need to eat it.

One of those has come in the form of a panna cotta. I found a very easy and tasty recipe for it which allows you to adjust the flavors however you want. The recipe comes from a website called Linda’s Low-Carb Recipes. Members of an online support group for low-carb dieters following Atkins really back her site and found it to be really helpful.

Back to the Panna Cotta. The prep time for this is so quick, because you heat the cream with some flavored syrup in the microwave while the gelatin sets with some more syrup. Then all you have to do is stir the gelatin into the hot cream mixture, before pouring it all into serving dishes or ramekins.

When using the syrups, I like to do a combination of them. For instance, I first made this with 3 tablespoons of French Vanilla sugar-free syrup and 1/2 cup of Coconut sugar-free syrup. Just the other day, I used 3 tablespoons of Coconut with 1/2 cup of German Chocolate Cake-flavored sugar-free syrup. My next try will be with Strawberry and Chocolate. I cannot wait, because so far it’s been so good!

Side note: DaVinci is a very good brand of sugar-free syrup. They have an amazing variety and also sell sauces too. Check out their website at http://www.davincigourmet.com/

Another plus about this recipe is that it’s about 2.5g per serving. Now, this stuff can be addictive. So be warned to keep your will and portion control in check. Otherwise, you’d eat the entire batch in one sitting, though this is something I have not done (GO ME!)

So here’s the recipe. Try it. You’ll like it!

PANNA COTTA VARIATION
Source: Linda’s Low-Carb Recipes

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 3 tablespoons sugar free syrup, such as Da Vinci or Torani, any flavor
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar free syrup, such as Da Vinci or Torani, any flavor

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a small bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over 3 tablespoons syrup; let stand 5 minutes to soften.
  2. Bring the cream and 1/2 cup syrup to a boil on medium heat or microwave on HIGH for about 6 minutes or so, watching closely.
  3. Remove from the heat; add the gelatin mixture; stir until the gelatin is completely melted.
  4. Pour into 6 individual dessert cups or medium bowl.
  5. Cover the surface with plastic wrap to prevent skin from forming, if desired.
  6. Chill at least 3 hours or until set.

Makes 6 servings. Do not freeze.

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