Christmas Recipe Countdown Day 7: Panna Cotta with Strawberry + Chia Jam


Welcome to my Christmas Recipe Countdown, where each day leading up to Christmas, I will be sharing recipes from some of my Friday Foodies, as well as a few from myself.

Be prepared for healthy, mouth watering recipes that will help you to cater for all your festive season parties, dinners and get togethers. Each recipe is gluten, dairy and refined sugar free.

On day 7 of my countdown, I am sharing with you my Panna Cotta with Strawberry + Chia Jam. This is another of the desserts that I created for Becomingsweet, my ecookbook that I created last year. Becomingsweet has over 50 gluten, dairy and refined sugar free desserts for you to make. This is just one of the easy to make and delicious dessert recipes that you will find in it.

The combination of vanilla and strawberry in this Panna Cotta will sure to be a winner with your guests during the festive season.


Ness xo

P.S. You can check out more Christmas recipes HERE


Panna Cotta


  •     2 teaspoons gelatin
  •     4 tablespoons water
  •     2 cups almond milk (or coconut milk)
  •     1/4 cup pure maple syrup (rice malt syrup or honey would also work)
  •     1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Strawberry + Chia Jam

  •     2 cups fresh strawberries, washed and tops removed
  •     1 tablespoon lemon juice
  •     1 tablespoon pure maple syrup (rice malt syrup or honey would also work)
  •     2 tablespoons organic chia seeds


Add water to a small bowl and sprinkle the gelatin over the top. Let it rest for at least 10 minutes to allow the gelatin to absorb the water.

In the meantime, add the almond milk, maple syrup and vanilla extract to a small saucepan on medium heat, stirring occasionally until the mixture starts to steam. Remove from heat.

Add 1/4 cup of the almond milk mixture to the gelatin and whisk until the gelatin has dissolved, making sure there are no lumps. Pour the gelatin mixture into the saucepan and stir until well combined.

Pour into ramekins (or glasses or ball mason jars) and cool to room temperature. Then cover with cling wrap (or jar lids) and place in the fridge overnight (or minimum 6 hours to set).

To make the strawberry + chia jam, add strawberries to a saucepan and heat for 5 minutes on low to soften them up. Add lemon juice and maple syrup and bring to the boil over medium heat. Boil for 15-20 minutes or until the mixture starts to thicken.

Pour into a jar or container; add the chia seeds, stirring until well combined. Refrigerate overnight (or minimum 6 hours) to allow the chia seeds to gel.

When ready to serve, top the panna cotta with the strawberry + chia jam and enjoy


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