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. We transform this light Italian dessert into one of our favorites pumpkin desserts.
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Hello my friends,
This Pumpkin Coconut Panna Cotta is one of our favorite pumpkin recipe desserts, and we make it every Fall Season. I love making panna cottas because they are super easy to make, and with a few ingredients you can make a light, creamy, and silky dessert in no time.
Throughout the years, we have updated this recipe with different toppings and syrups. So far, our favorite is just a simple drizzle of cinnamon-infused maple syrup and unsweetened toasted coconut flakes.
Pumpkin Coconut Panna Cotta is a Perfect Holiday Dessert
During pumpkin season we have the holidays of Halloween and Thanksgiving. Do you have standard dinner plans frojm Thanksgiving? 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.
How to Make 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 ¼ cup of water and stir for a couple of minutes until the gelatin dissolves, then set it aside. The rest of the whole process takes less then 10 minutes to prepare.
- In a blender, pour in coconut milk, heavy cream, and maple syrup.
- Then add the vanilla paste, a pinch of salt, and the gelatin mixture.
- Finally, add the pumpkin puree, and blend until smooth.
- 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. And, place in the refrigerator a least for 6 hours.
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Meanwhile, toast some coconut flakes in a sauté pan or in the oven until they turn light brown. When you are ready to serve the panna cotta, pour on some Organic Cinnamon Stick Infused Vermont Maple Syrup (which is ) and sprinkle on the toasted coconut flakes. You can also drizzle on some Cinnamon Goat's Milk Caramel Sauce, also available in our shop.
Celebrate Pumpkin Season with more Pumpkin Recipes
This Pumpkin Coconut Panna Cotta recipe is now part of our special compilation of "8 Sweet Pumpkin Recipes you are going to want to make." If you love pumpkin spice like we do. Check it out. Here are also some other pumpkin recipes that we know you will love:
- Pumpkin Bread Pudding
- Pumpkin Bread with Brown Butter, Hazelnuts & Dates
- Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins | Starbucks Copycat Recipe
- Pumpkin Magic Cake
- Spiced Pumpkin Pancakes
- Pumpkin Tiramisu Cake with Mascarpone Cream
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 are inspired to make them. Did you make this or another recipe? Tag @Spoonabilities on Instagram or add a comment or photo on Pinterest, so we can find you! And we love to hear from you in the comment section below.
Happy Pumpkin Season!
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Pumpkin Coconut Panna Cotta with Cinnamon Maple Syrup
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 8 1x
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.
- ¼ cup water
- 2-½ teaspoons unflavored gelatin
- 1-¾ cups coconut milk - I use Aroy-D Pure Coconut Cream
- 1-½ cups heavy cream
- 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
- ½ cup Pure Organic Vermont Maple Syrup which you can buy in our online shop
- Pinch of Pure Sea Salt from Messolonghi which you can buy in our online shop
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Serving & Garnish:
- Organic Cinnamon Stick Infused Vermont Maple Syrup which you can buy in our online shop
- ½ cup Unsweetened coconut flakes.
- 8 glass dessert bowl or stemless flute glasses
- Heat: In a small sauce pan on low heat, pour ¼ cup of water and sprinkle gelatin. Stir until the gelatin dissolves, then remove it from the heat.
- Blend: In a blender add the coconut milk, pumpkin puree, heavy cream, maple syrup, 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 sauté 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.
- Garnish: After the panna cotta sets and you are ready to serve, pour some Cinnamon Maple Syrup on top and sprinkle the toasted coconut flakes.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Refrigeration
- Cuisine: Italian
- Serving Size: 6-oz
- Calories: 261
- Sugar: 14.6 g
- Sodium: 54.6 mg
- Fat: 21 g
- Trans Fat: 17.1 g
- Carbohydrates: 18.7 g
- Fiber: 2.2 g
- Protein: 2.8 g
- Cholesterol: 20.6 mg
Keywords: pumpkin dessert, panna cotta, Italian dessert, pumpkin recipe, pumpkin puree, fall dessert, easy dessert, fall recipe, coconut cream
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Wow this sounds fabulously delish! The perfect fall-inspired dessert!
Geoffrey @ Spoonabilities
Thanks Liz. Happy to hear you like it. Let us know if you get a chance to make it.
So flavorful and actually easy to make too!! The Vermont maple syrup is to die for!
Geoffrey @ Spoonabilities
We LOVE that Vermont syrup Tawnie. You can't go wrong pouring some on everything LOL.
Thanks for the step by step tutorial! This recipe looks so great and I will definitely try it soon
Geoffrey @ Spoonabilities
Glad to hear you're going to try this panna cotta recipe. You'll love it Abi.
I do love panna cotta, it's such a great easy dessert and this sounds like a tasty variation. Love the sound of maple syrup in there too!
Geoffrey @ Spoonabilities
Thanks Caroline. Agreed.. panna cotta is such a sophisticated sounding name, but it's such an easy dessert to make.
This looks so delicious and yummy! My daughter is going to love this recipe! I can't wait to make this!
Geoffrey @ Spoonabilities
We can't wait to hear what your daughter says about this panna cotta. Let us know.
I’ve never made Panna Cotta before but this recipe has inspired me to do so!
Thank you Sapana for saying that. We are glad you are inspired to make and try panna cotta!
What a delicious dessert; looking forward to enjoying this all season long! Yum!
Thanks Beth. Yep, you can make this all season long. Have fun with it.
OMG! It seems I am getting ready for our fall entertaining party! This pumpkin coconut panna cotta sounds yummy. It is just all right for our guests to spoil:)
Yes Irina, it is the perfect dessert for a dinner party. Light and elegant, and they will think you went to a lot of trouble to make it.
This pumpkin coconut panna cotta has me getting all the fall foodie feels! Simple and delicious, can't wait to make it.
Yes, pumpkin season is here, at least in our opinion (and Starbuck's). Enjoy!
????? ?????... oh my! I can't believe how many different types of it I've already tried but I just can't stop enjoying new tastes and techniques when making this amazing dessert. Your recipe looks amazing - ? ?? ???? ???? ?? ??? ?? :-)
So glad we give you another flavor to try Elaine. Do give the recipe a go and let us know what you think
Amy | The Cook Report
I love making panna cotta and this new recipe combo sounds great
Thanks Amy! Give it a try and let us know what you think.
Lots of my favorite flavors in one dessert. It would be great for Thanksgiving. Pinning for later.
Hi, Ellen, This dessert is delightful. This is one of the desserts that you can make ahead a time for your Thanksgiving dinner
Vicky @ Avocado Pesto
Sounds like a wonderful Thanksgiving that you have ever year and wow 92 years old! This dessert sounds absolutely divine! YUM! I love panna cotta!
Thank you, Vicky, for stopping by and for your lovely comment. I'm a huge fan of panna cotta after I made this recipe.
I've never actually made Panna Cotta before but this gorgeous looking recipe has inspired me to do so! Thanks for the upload :)
Hi Chris, This was my first time making Panna Cotta and now is one of my favorite desserts. It's very light, creamy and custardy. Let us know if you get to make it.
That is a really good tip particularly to those fresh to the blogosphere.
Short but very precise info… Thank you for sharing this one.
A must read article!
Thank you for stopping by and for your comment!
Holidays, family and food are all indelible parts of our heritage and what a wonderful job you have done here, Carlos, in bringing them all together with this incredible fall dessert. Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful post!
Thanks Dan for your very nice comment. Carlos puts a lot of effort into the recipes, writing and pictures. I will definitely make sure he sees your comment. Have a very happy holiday season
I love coconut and I love pumpkin...this looks and sounds like the most perfect dessert! Can't wait to try!!
Please do try it Sarah. You won't be sorry
Lisa | Garlic & Zest
I love your presentation of these panna cottas -- so often they're just in a ramekin, but in these fun flutes -- they're very festive!
Thanks Lisa! We are always looking for new displays. You would not believe the number of dishes we have here
I love the flavours of this season too. And so nice to see them used in a more elegant dessert rather than the usual pie - I mean I do like pumpkin pie but this looks way more interesting!
Yes Kavey, so elegant, and, so easy too.
Oh my goodness what a decadent dessert. Love the combination of flavors, it looks absolutely amazing!
Thanks Debra! We were amazed at how easy it is to make too!