Dairy-Free Panna Cotta

Dairy-Free Vanilla Toasted Almond Panna Cotta is a no-bake creamy Italian dessert flavored to taste like our favorite Good Humor Vanilla Toasted Almond ice cream bar. Only it is a panna cotta and it’s dairy-free!  Yum!

Vanilla Toasted Almond Panna Cotta… (the back story)

Vanilla Toasted Almond Panna Cotta is a silky, creamy, and delicious treat! Similar to the toasted almond ice cream bar I would stand in line for when that familiar Good Humor truck came by.

I remember our summers growing up and playing outside with all the kids on the block and hearing that distinctive chime coming from down the street. 

It was the sound every kid was all too familiar with and it was a part of our summers!

The one truck’s melody everyone recognized, and it was the Good Humor Truck!  Kids would come out running from their homes to wave the truck to stop.  It was a big treat for kids back in the day.

No Bake Dairy-Free Panna Cotta by 2sistersrecipes.com

So, I tried to recreate that same flavor in a dessert and make it healthier – no dairy.

Instead of making this dreamy panna cotta dessert with heavy cream, I decided to make it with a non-dairy coconut creamer.

I remember making a Dairy-Free Pistachio Ice Cream a few years back using a coconut creamer – without the heavy cream and an ice cream machine and it turned out great.

I wanted to use the same coconut creamer to see if I can get the same consistency and taste as using heavy cream. 

After one taste, I knew it was a hit! Besides, no one realized it was made using coconut creamer.


No Bake Dairy-Free Panna Cotta by 2sistersrecipes.com

How To Make Dairy-Free Panna Cotta?

For this recipe, you will need the following 6 ingredients. Then follow the easy directions in our recipe card on the bottom.

Ingredients Needed (with links) for Vanilla Toasted Almond Panna Cotta:

Options for serving…

  • Panna Cotta can be served with fresh berries on top or on the side.
  • I opted for some “toasted” shredded coconut. Shredded coconut is easily toasted in a skillet on the stovetop for about a minute , then sprinkled on top and around the sides, as the garnish.

I made this Vanilla Toasted Almond Panna Cotta over the weekend and brought it to a friend’s dinner party for dessert (and for a taste test).

Successfully, it received a welcoming thumbs up from everyone!

Panna cotta is super easy to prepare.  It makes an elegant dessert for guests and can be whipped up a few hours before they arrive.


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No Bake Dairy-Free Vanilla & Toasted Almond Panna Cotta by 2sistersrecipes.com

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Yield: 4 serving

No Bake Dairy-Free Vanilla Toasted Almond Panna Cotta

No Bake, Dairy-Free,Vanilla Toasted Almond Panna Cotta by 2sistersrecipes.com

Dairy-Free Vanilla Toasted Almond Panna Cotta is a no-bake, creamy Italian dessert flavored to taste like our favorite Good Humor Toasted Almond ice cream bar; only this one is dairy-free! Yum!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 2 cups (1 pint) coconut creamer (I used Trader Joes)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. pure almond extract
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 packet of unflavored gelatin
  • 2 Tbsp. organic shredded coconut


  1. Pour 2 cups of coconut creamer into a small pot and over medium-low heat. Add the vanilla, almond extract, and sugar.
  2. Whisk until the sugar is completely dissolved and the creamer is heated through. Do not bring it to a boil. Remove from heat and add in the unflavored gelatin and whisk continuously until the gelatin is melted and completely blended. Allow it to cool for 5 minutes.
  3. Divide the mixture among four (4-ounce) glasses, dessert cups, or decorative molds. Cover and refrigerate for at least four hours or overnight before serving.
  4. Just before serving, in a small skillet add the shredded coconut, and on low heat warm the coconut until fragrant and turns golden color. Turn off the heat and set it aside. Toasting the coconut can also be done in advance and stored in a small container until ready to use.
  5. When ready to serve panna cotta, fill a small bowl with warm water, about 1 inch. Dip the glasses into the warm water for a few seconds and run the tip of a knife around the edge to loosen the panna cotta. Invert each one onto a dessert plate or platter and garnish with a sprinkle of toasted coconut, and serve immediately.
  6. Serves 4

Nutrition Information:


4 servings

Serving Size:

1 serving

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 189Total Fat: .8gCarbohydrates: 33.6gFiber: .2gProtein: .1g

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