No Bake, Dairy-Free, Vanilla Toasted Almond Panna Cotta. This classic panna cotta is a creamy Italian dessert flavored to taste like our favorite Good Humor Vanilla Toasted Almond ice cream bar; only this one is dairy-free! Yum!
I can 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 every one recognized, the Good Humor Truck! Kids would come out running from their homes to wave the truck to stop. It was a big treat for kid’s back in the day.
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 truck was nearby.
I tried to recreate that same treat, only in a more healthy and adult way.
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 without 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 if I used heavy cream. After one taste, I knew it was a hit, and no one realized it was made using a coconut creamer.
Panna Cotta is usually served with fresh berries on top or on the side, but I quickly toasted some shredded coconut on stove top for about a minute and used it as the garnish.
I made this Vanilla Toasted Almond Panna Cotta over the weekend and brought it to a friends dinner party for dessert (and for a taste test). Thankfully, it received a welcoming thumbs up by everyone!
Panna cotta is super easy to prepare. It makes an elegant dessert to serve guests and can be whipped up a few hours before they arrive.
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Ingredients Needed (with links) for Vanilla Toasted Almond Panna Cotta:
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
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