Vegan chocolate panna cotta10

Posted on November 3, 2010 by ChristieGluten Free, Sweet Treats, Vegan, Vegetarian

Who thinks vegans can’t eat panna cotta? Wrong!

I’ve been experimenting lately with agar agar as a setting agent to replace gelatine.

Agar agar is derived from a form of red algae seaweed and comes in powder and flake form. It’s used extensively in Asia for both sweet and savoury recipes.

It’s a completely vegetarian/vegan alternative to gelatine which is, of course, taken from the insides of various animals skin and bones. Sorry if you didn’t want to hear that!

During my experiments I found that 1 teaspoon of agar agar powder is equivalent to 1 tablespoon of agar agar flakes and that the powder can be substituted for powdered gelatine in the same amount.

So if you can’t find agar agar in your local Asian supermarket and don’t mind eating gelatine then I’ve included the amount to use in the recipe below.

Also, agar agar sets much more quickly (and a little softer) than gelatine and can even do so at room temperature – it’s quite amazing! You’ll probably find that this recipe is set within an hour, but I specify longer because I think the final result tastes much better when thoroughly chilled.

This chocolate panna cotta recipe was specially developed using Vitasoy Chocolate Soymilk as part of my partnership with them as a soy milk ambassador. I hope you enjoy it!

Chat soon, Christie x

Vegan chocolate panna cotta recipe
serves 4

750ml chocolate flavoured soy milk (I used Vitasoy Chocolate Soymilk)
200ml coconut milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 teaspoons agar agar powder (or 2 tablespoons of agar agar flakes, or 4 teaspoons powdered gelatine)

1. Heat the soy milk and coconut milk in a saucepan over medium heat until hot, but not boiling. Take off the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.

2. Mix the agar agar powder with 2 teaspoons of cold water and stir until dissolved. Sieve the mixture to make sure there aren’t any lumps.

3. Add the agar mixture to the soy milk mixture and whisk until thoroughly combined. Pour into 1 cup capacity ramekins and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.

Looking for more vegan recipes? Check these out:

Salt & Pepper tofu w/ mushrooms
Pear crumble cake
Pomegranate granita w/ lychee & gin
Vegan vanilla sponge cake
Harissa baked eggplant
Roasted cauliflower and chickpea salad
Sweet potato and coconut soup
Organic roast beetroot w/ vegan coriander pesto
Summer greens w/ fresh tomato sauce

  • http://ooh-look.blogspot.com OohLookBel

    I love this idea of using agar agar. The panna cotta also reminds me of Foster Clark’s chocolate pudding (God forbid!) but I bet it tastes heaps better.

    • http://www.figandcherry.com Christie

      Funny you should say that Belle – Hubby said, ‘Oh yum, homemade yogo’. I was hoping for something more sophisticated… :)

      • http://www.morningcopy.com.au Dillon

        It stacks up pretty well against Yogo as you can taste another ingredient besides sugar.

  • http://souvlakiforthesoul.com Peter G @ Souvlaki For The Soul

    LOL at the yogo comment! I’ve been meaning to experiment with agar agar in ages…never got around to it. Thanks for giving us a wonderful explanation on how to use it properly. Like lost things chocolate I bet this was delicious!

  • http://www.notquitenigella.com Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    I’ve always wondered about using agar agar. My dad worked for a gelatine company so we always had heaps of it in the cupboard (and still do!) :P

  • http://www.enduringwanderlust.com Gennaro

    That looks delicious. Have never used agar agar. Interesting choice.

  • http://intolerantchef.blogspot.com/ InTolerantChef

    I’ll have to give agar agar a try, I like the idea of it setting at room temperature.

  • http://ohfortheloveoffood.wordpress.com Sarah at For the Love of Food

    Great that agar agar works so well as a gelatine substitute – I had wondered but hadn’t tried it.

  • http://www.sophiesfoodiefiles.blogspot.com Sophie

    MMMMMMM,..I made you vegan chocolate panna cotta & it was a real delight!!

    Truly tasty!! Thanks again!

  • http://girlonraw.com/blog/ GirlonRaw

    I also use Irish Moss but not sure if it’s available in Australia. It is raw and is also a seaweed. We used it plenty at raw culinary school to set ‘cheese’ cakes and tortes among other things.

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