Coconut Panna Cotta With Hibiscus Syrup

by | Updated: February 11th, 2022

Panna cotta is the thick, creamy Italian dessert comparable to Latin flan or French crème brûlée. Unlike the richness of a custard dessert, panna cotta is delightfully light and versatile in flavor. Start with a creamy base of coconut milk, sweetened condensed milk and heavy cream. After heating the milk mixture, let it cool and stiffen in several small ramekins. The petite panna cottas pop out of their molds and present beautifully with a drizzle of deep red hibiscus syrup and a scattering of dried hibiscus flowers.

A Panna Cotta is Nestled in a Small Red Bowl With Red Hibiscus Syrup and Dried Hibiscus Pedals to Represent a Panna Cotta Recipe |

A Panna Cotta is Nestled in a Small Red Bowl With Red Hibiscus Syrup and Dried Hibiscus Pedals to Represent a Panna Cotta Recipe |
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Coconut Panna Cotta With Hibiscus Syrup

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings 7
Calories 146 kcal
Author Iso Rapalo


Panna Cotta Mixture

Hibiscus Simple Syrup


  1. In heavy saucepan, combine coconut milk, condensed milk and heavy cream. Add salt, vanilla and cornstarch or arrowroot. Stir together and heat to simmer.
  2. While milk mixture heats, combine gelatin with 4 Tbsp. water or milk in small bowl. Let rest 1 minute.
  3. When milk mixture comes to a simmer, remove from heat and stir in gelatin. (Note: Texture should be smooth and velvety.)
  4. Fill 6-8 ramekins or small dessert bowls with mixture and set aside to cool.
  5. To make hibiscus syrup, bring all ingredients to boil in saucepan. When mixture thickens, remove from heat.
  6. Using strainer to remove hibiscus flowers and cinnamon stick, pour syrup into storage container. Refrigerate until panna cotta is ready to serve.
  7. Using beeswax wrap or plastic wrap, cover ramekins and refrigerate 2-3 hours for soft consistency or 4-5 hours for firmer consistency.
  8. To serve, carefully remove panna cotta from ramekin, drizzle on hibiscus syrup and sprinkle with dried hibiscus flowers.

Recipe Notes

  • For a sweeter syrup, use 1/3 cup light brown sugar.
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Nutrition Facts
Coconut Panna Cotta With Hibiscus Syrup
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 146 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 95mg4%
Potassium 74mg2%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 308IU6%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 57mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Iso Rapalo

After working in book publishing, Iso developed a true passion for developing artsy, cultural-diverse foods. She’s a true believer that "Food is Culture; and Food is Art.” She specializes in developing and testing easy, diverse recipes that bring wellness and a balance of flavors to her dishes. Learn more at, where you'll find great authentic content on the YumIsoYum: The Blog. Follow her on Instagram: @iso.rapalo.