Coconut panna cotta

I spend a lot of time looking for Weight Watchers-friendly recipes, but I often draw the line at desserts. After all, that’s why I’m a believer in Weight Watchers, I have whatever I want, but smaller portions. After all, what is a dessert without butter and sugar? Fruit for dessert? Blasphemy! Sorbet? Blyach.

Still, the recipe for Skinnytaste’s panna cotta caught my eye the other day and I was compelled to immediately buy the ingredients to try my hand at making it. The recipe I’ve linked to is the vanilla panna cotta version whereas I made Skinnytaste’s coconut version instead. But it’s not so different.

Substitutions: Instead of the milk, I used 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk beverage. Instead of the cream, I used 2 cups canned light coconut milk. Also, 1/4 cup honey in place of the sugar. I skipped the lime zest suggestion entirely and topped my panna cotta with raspberries instead of strawberries. The other recipe called for 2 teaspoons of gelatin powder but I can’t help thinking 3.5 teaspoons would have been better as my panna cotta verged on the side of coconut pudding instead of coconut panna cotta and there was no chance it would have held the shape if I tried to plate it.

Would I make this again? Maybe with more gelatin powder as I suggested above. But to be honest I’ll probably make it with the cream and vanilla bean or extract instead next time.

Grade: Four stars out of five. It was really light and refreshing and gave me my sweet tooth fix without making me feel guilty. (Only 2 WW Points Plus per serving, score!)