Easy Creamy Vanilla Panna Cotta (Gluten Free)


Want an easy gluten-free dessert? These egg-free Easy Creamy Vanilla Panna Cotta (Gluten Free) are yummy!

Perfect for a no-fuss dessert for a dinner party

I love easy desserts when company is coming! I usually have lots of other tasks and eliminating a labor intensive dessert is one I can easily let go of. You can make these in the morning or early afternoon then set to cool before refrigerating for 4-6 hours. You can even make them the night before you want to serve.

Both gluten-free and egg free

This perfect dessert is both gluten free and egg free! You could even try a dairy free version, but I would use a thicker creamy version of non-dairy milk to make sure you get a creamy result.

I haven’t tested it yet with non-dairy options, but it is on my to-do list!

How to serve?

Mold them in panna cotta molds to invert and serve when chilled, or you can also just serve these in ramekins or nice small glassware. You don’t need much, because they do contain a lot of cream!

I currently don’ have molds for these, but have used a metal small bowl that worked well. Here is one style, Tescoma 630591.00 Panna Cotta Mold, Set of 4 Cups with Lid plastic mold set available on Amazon, which looks fairly straight forward. you can also just use small plastic or metal bowls that taper.

I think the best presentation I’ve seen is from a restaurant in Scotland. They used a dark granite slab to invert the panna cotta onto a drizzle of chocolate and berry compote, with raspberry pieces on top and a small amount of chocolate sauce. It was actually my gluten free birthday dessert at the St. Columba Hotel in Iona, Scotland! I felt so special to enjoy dessert on my birthday!

I was served both wonderful food and desserts at the St. Columba Hotel, and everything I was served was gluten-free!
The island of Iona is charming ~ the St. Columba Hotel
Make this as simple or as elaborate as you like

Decorate the tops with some fresh fruit or some chocolate (dark chocolate for me) shavings, or a little dark chocolate sauce or caramel sauce. You can pair almost anything with this soft vanilla flavor and creaminess.

Easy Creamy Vanilla Panna Cotta (Gluten Free)
We love these Panna Cotta (Gluten Free) topped with Driscoll’s Berries Organic Raspberries!
A few more notes on panna cotta

Chill them for 4-6 hours or overnight so they are nice and cold.

Panna cotta is often made completely free of gluten. It may be a great choice if you are out for dinner and you find it listed on the menu! Always ask your server if it their panna cotta is gluten free.

Once you’ve mastered panna cotta, you can mix up the flavors. I have a Pumpkin Spice one coming to you very soon, but also I’m going to try a lemon version soon.

Easy Creamy Vanilla Panna Cotta (Gluten Free)

Panna Cotta is a perfect gluten-free dessert, but you can serve it to all your guests and they might just feel like they are in Italy!
Servings 5 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes


  • 1 medium saucepan


  • ¼ cup cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • cups milk
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla or vanilla paste gf
  • teaspoons unflavored gelatin
  • 2 tbsp water
  • Fresh raspberries, strawberries, pomegranate arils, and dark chocolate (gluten free) shavings to decorate


  • In a saucepan, over medium heat combine the sugars, milk, cream, and the pinch of salt.
  • Heat, stirring often until just beginning to boil. Add the vanilla paste or vanilla. Set burner to low heat.
  • Sprinkle the gelatin over the water in a ramekin or measure. Stir to dissolve the gelatin completely.
  • Stir the gelatin mixture into the milk mixture over medium low heat. Strain into a small bowl. Cool for 30 minutes.
  • Pour into ramekins or glassware ** and cool completely on the counter.
  • Refrigerate for 5-6 hours or overnight. Remove from the refrigerator just prior to serving. Decorate with berries and chocolate and serve.
    ** You can also pour the warm mixture into metal or plastic molds. Refrigerate for the requires time. Then set in a dish of cold water for 10-15 seconds before inverting each unto a serving plate or granite slab, which is quite pretty. 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: no-bake dessert, panna cotta, vanilla

Want to try another Panna Cotta flavor? We also love Creamy Lemon Curd Panna Cotta!

Easy Creamy Vanilla Panna Cotta (Gluten Free) is yummy!

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Easy Creamy Vanilla Panna Cotta (Gluten Free)
Easy Creamy Vanilla Panna Cotta (Gluten Free)
Easy Creamy Vanilla Panna Cotta (Gluten Free)

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