Hello my friends,
I promise this Pumpkin Coconut Panna Cotta is the last pumpkin recipe for this Fall Season. But get ready because I have lined up some of the most indulgent dessert recipes and savory dishes for December with apples, pears, flavored caramels, cherries, and more. This week my featured recipe is Pumpkin Coconut Panna Cotta with Pumpkin Spice Syrup.
Thanksgiving is in just a few days. Do you have your dinner plans ready? I never have to be ready because we get to spend Thanksgiving Dinner with Geoff’s family in Boynton Beach, Florida. Usually, we have dinner at Geoff’s mom’s house, but during the last couple of years we have been bringing the dinner celebration to Geoffrey’s 92 year old grandmother Irene at the nursing home where she is living.
So this is another year that we get to celebrate with our wonderful and sweet Irene. We get to laugh at Geoffrey’s childhood stories and troubles. Every single time we get together for a holiday dinner, Irene tells us the same story over and over, much to Geoffrey’s chagrin.
As the story goes, when Geoffrey was about 6 or 7 years old, he and his parents and brother were visiting his grandparents for Easter Sunday. After church and dinner, Geoffrey dove into his Easter basket full of candy and chocolate, and ate a huge chocolate and candy lollipop – you know, the big ones that you often find at a carnival.
Well, Geoffrey had a big sweet tooth (still does) and he ate the whole thing!! Before long his stomach started hurting and was getting nauseous. He ran to the bathroom, but was about 2 seconds too late, and all of a sudden his grandmother’s bathroom had chocolate covered wallpaper! After all these years, it seems to be the only story Grandma Irene remembers. Aren’t I lucky that my family isn’t around to tell stories about me! It’s such a lovely night!
At the same time, during this season I feel very nostalgic because my family is far away and I don’t have the opportunity to share those special moments with them. I love the Autumn and Christmas time, and I feel happy, grateful, giving and peaceful. But it’s hard too because I get home/family sick during this time. I hold onto the wonderful memories that we all created and shared together. I don’t want to get you too sentimental, but when I talk about my family I have so much emotion and so many things to say that I won’t be able to stop.
Making Pumpkin Coconut Panna Cotta
Okay, let’s take the road back to the Pumpkin Coconut Panna Cotta. This Fall inspired dessert sounds fancy and complicated to make, but it’s a quick dessert that you can throw together with just a few ingredients. Panna Cotta is creamy, smooth, light, doesn’t need to be baked, and is so easy to make at home. You will impress your friends for sure. They will think that you purchased this dessert from a restaurant.
To make this Coconut Panna Cotta recipe, first we need to dissolve some gelatin. Place a saucepan on low heat with a 1/4 cup of water and stir for a couple of minutes until the gelatin dissolves. Then set aside. For the next step we use a blender and pour in coconut milk, pumpkin puree, heavy cream, sugar, vanilla and a pinch of salt. Blend until combined. Then, add the gelatin mixture and blend until smooth. This process takes 10 minutes or less.
Strain the mixture through a colander, into a container with a spout. The spout will help pour the mixture into your dessert bowl or flute glasses. Once it’s poured into the containers you love, keep the Pumpkin Coconut Panna Cotta in the refrigerator until it sets, for about 6 hours.
Meanwhile, toast some coconut flakes in a sauté pan or in the oven until they turn lightly brown. When you are ready to serve the panna cotta, pour on some of the Pumpkin Spice Syrup and sprinkled on the toasted coconut flakes.
Honestly, I’m not a natural writer or storyteller, and sometimes it takes me a long time to write or come up with the idea for a blog post. Today I decided to finish early at my full-time job, and leave home to get inspired. I took my bike out and I rode to Pasion Del Cielo in Midtown Miami. It’s a cute, quiet and very entertaining coffee shop. I enjoyed two cafe mochas with a wonderful chocolate syrup to get into the sweet vibe for this post.
I hope you enjoy my posts and recipes, and if you do, please leave a comment to keep me inspired writing for you.
UPDATE – This recipe is part of our special compilation of “8 Sweet Pumpkin Spice Recipes you are going to want to make.” If you love pumpkin spice like we do. Check it out.
Check out my other Pumpkin Spice Syrup recipes:
- Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce
- Pumpkin Magic Cake with Pumpkin Spice Syrup Icing
- Spiced Pumpkin Pancake | Pumpkin Spice Syrup
- Pumpkin Tiramisu Cake Recipe with Pumpkin Spice Mascarpone Cream
Pumpkin Coconut Panna Cotta with Pumpkin Spice Syrup
Pumpkin Coconut Panna Cotta is a Fall inspired dessert that sounds fancy and complicated to make. It is fancy, but it's a quick dessert that you can throw together with just a few ingredients. Panna Cotta is creamy, smooth, light, doesn’t need to be baked, and is so easy to make at home. You will impress your friends for sure. They will think that you purchased this dessert from a restaurant.
- 1/4 cup water
- 2-1/2 teaSpoons unflavored gelatin
- 1-3/4 cups coconut milk - 13.5-oz can - I used Conchita Coconut Milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 1 teaSpoon Vanilla
- Pumpkin Spice Syrup
- 3/4 cup sweetened coconut flakes.
- 8 glass dessert bowl or stemless flute glasses
- In a small sauce pan on low heat, pour 1/4 cup of water and sprinkle gelatin. Stir until the gelatin dissolves, then remove it from the heat.
- In a blender add the coconut milk, pumpkin puree, heavy cream, sugar, vanilla, and a pinch of salt. Blend to combine. Then, add the gelatin mixture and blend until smooth.
- Strain mixture through a colander.
- Pour into dessert bowl or stemless flute glasses. Chill for a least 6 hours.
- Toast the coconut flakes in a saute pan or the oven until they turn lightly brown.TIP: Oven Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Adjust the rack to the center.Spread the coconut flakes evenly in a baking sheet.Keep your eyes on it because will turn brown very quickly.
- After the panna cotta sets and you are ready to serve, pour some Pumpkin Spice Syrup on top and sprinkle the toasted coconut flakes.
Serving Size 6-oz
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 21 g
Trans Fat 17.1 g
Cholesterol 20.6 mg
Sodium 54.6 mg
Total Carbohydrates 18.7 g
Dietary Fiber 2.2 g
Sugars 14.6 g
Protein 2.8 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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