Family Recipe: Panna Cotta - That Loves your guts!

The good news about this coconut panna cotta is that it comes packed with health benefits that support your entire body, and you can happily make it a regular part of your diet. The star of this dish is gelatin, a fabulous amino acid that promotes healthy gut function.

We now know for sure that the gut is the epicentre of our health – piles of research are all pointing in this direction. The gut is not only the place we absorb important nutrients and eliminate waste, but 80% of our immunity is also housed there. An unhealthy gut has been linked to everything from mental health, autoimmune issues, obesity, high cholesterol, allergies, diabetes and cardiovascular issues.

The digestive environment governs the health of all other systems and when it is compromised, you will start to feel and see it in your body.

For all these reasons, I’d encourage you to get into the kitchen and give this dessert a go – your body will thank you.

Ingredients

2 cups coconut milk (I use Coco Quench coconut milk)
1 can of organic coconut cream
1 tablespoon gelatin (I use Nutra Organics)
1/3 cup coconut sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup seasonal fruit

Method

1. Pour two cups of coconut milk into a medium saucepan and sprinkle evenly with the gelatin. Let the milk sit for five to ten minutes to allow the gelatin to soften.

2. Heat the milk and gelatin over medium heat, stirring constantly, until gelatin is dissolved and milk begins to steam. Stir the coconut cream and coconut nectar into the warm milk and whisk until all the ingredients are dissolved.

3. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Let the mixture cool for 10 minutes.

4. Divide the coconut milk mixture evenly among six glasses.

5.Cover panna cottas tightly with plastic wrap, making sure the plastic wrap does not touch the cream's surface. Refrigerate for about five hours, until cold and set. Serve with seasonal fruit.

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