Dark chocolate pannacotta (low carb, diabetic friendly)

This decadent dessert tastes so rich and so good, I could not believe it was diabetic-friendly. But a quick test on my blood glucose meter showed me that it indeed was low in sugar and hardly caused any spike in my glucose levels - AMAZING!

I have Lisa to thank for this sweet treat - having read about me having gestational diabetes, she directed me to her blog and this recipe. This dedicated mother has been doing a ton of research into diabetes ever since her boy was diagnosed with Type 1 insulin dependant diabetes. And the good news is, she has been so successful in managing his diabetes through a low carb diet and exercise that his latest blood test result was normal again!
I had to slightly adapt Lisa's original recipe for a few reasons: 1. I'm not a fan of white chocolate, 2. I couldn't find sugar free chocolate 3. I already have agave nectar at home and was quite loving the taste of it. 4. As this is a really rich dessert, I like having the tartness of the strawberries to balance the flavours.

And here's my adapted version:

Dark chocolate panna cotta (low carb and diabetic friendly)

Ingredients

2 teaspoons of gelatine powder dissolved in 2 tablespoons of boiling water
2 cups of full fat cream
2 teaspoons agave nectar
100g raw agave dark chocolate (I used Loving Earth's), roughly chopped

Method

1. Heat the cream in small pot on the stove until very hot, but not boiling.

2. Add the chopped chocolate and agave nectar. Stir the mixture until the chocolate has completely melted.

3. Add the gelatine mixture and stir well. Pour into ramekins and let set in the fridge for a few hours.

4. To serve, partially submerge the ramekin in a body of hot water for 30-45 seconds.

5. Remove the ramekin from the water. Run a small knife around the edge of the panna cotta to loosen it from the ramekin.

6. Turn the ramekin upside down on a serving plate. Lightly tap all sides of the ramekin to dislodge the panna cotta, then slowly pull the ramekin up away from the plate. Serve with chopped fresh strawberries.

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34 Responses to Dark chocolate pannacotta (low carb, diabetic friendly)

Sam said...

Yumminess! I love making panna cotta and this is going to be an excellent variation to try!

Ice Pandora said...

I've made panna cotta today!
My first time as well c: And
it was good! I will add
chocolate next time! Xx

Kim Alston said...

looks so delicious! love chocolate & strawberries...yummm!
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Amy @ Elephant Eats said...

Mmmm, panna cotta (or any pudding or custard) is one of my favorite desserts! So glad you were able to create a recipe you could actually eat and that would satisfy your craving :) It looks so good!

Loz said...

mmm, looks divine!

Beauty Box said...

Mmmm chocolate and strawberries....yummy. You are doing so well on this low-sugar diet!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Sounds amazing. I'm low carbing it so I was so happy to see you say that. :) Thanks for sharing.

Tina Bradley said...

This looks SO delicious!!! I adore dark chocolate and strawberries! :) Hugs & joy, T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

maria said...

yummo! this looks divine! I've not baked much at all for such a long time. I need to sit and go through your recipes because there are so many I've been hoping to try! Must get my list together. if and when i try them, i'll let you know :)

cquek said...

they look yummy… wish i can have some right now

Anouka K said...

So beautifullly presented! I would love to give it a try.

Susannah said...

Gosh I'd really like to try this Dark Chocolate Pannacotta! Your friend Lisa sounds like an inspiring person! What a great Mum. Trishie I had such a hard time trying to work out a Father's Day craft for playgroup this week. I was thinking, if only Trishie was here, she'd know what to do! Have a great weekend.
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Regine Karpel said...

Yum!
I want some
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Blond Duck said...

I'm always terrified of making candy. But this looks so good!

Jane said...

looks amazing! i love how you were able to adapt as well. i always tend to follow recipes to the T - always afraid i'll mess it up :) and i love how blogs open up so many resources! such a great way to pool and share ideas!

Gloria said...

Oooh this looks absolutely delicious!

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

Panna cotta and dark chocolate are two of my favorites so this must be amazing! Yay for new low glycemic recipes.

Rowena @ rolala loves

Mary Jo @trustyourstyle said...

It looks amazing, I know it's supposed to be easy to make but always intimidates me a bit to make--I think I may have to try now :)

xo Mary Jo

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Delicious! I'm glad you were able to find a yummy desert that you could eat. It would be so hard to have to watch your sugar intake. I know it would be killer for me!

greenthumb said...

Yum, sounds good.

kissandmakeupsbeautyblog.com said...

Oh hmmm this looks absolutely yummy! :-)

Johanna said...

Your recipes are like little works of art and you photograph them so well. This looks delish...just like all the others.

Shabneez Rashid said...

it looks delicious!

I'm running a bioderma giveaway on my blog, I'd love for you to enter!

Thanks, lipglossandlace xo

OtherMix said...

I must add this;
having type 1 diabetes doesn't mean you can't have any sugar or that you must follow a low carb diet.
We need sugar too!

Otherwise, looks nice!

Arni @ Travel Gourmande said...

Panna cotta is one of my favorite, not to mention dark chocolate so I'm definitely bookmarking this.

Lisa said...

wow, this looks so good!

Julia said...

Yum!! And I love that it's low in sugar.

Feronia said...

Oh my, that looks so good!

Andrea_TheKitchenLioness said...

Trishie, although I have made many panna cottas before, I have never tried a dark chocolate version - it looks quite decadent - what a wonderful treat of a dessert!
Hope all is well with you (and baby)!
Take good care of the both of you!

Bekka said...

Oh these look lovely. I've never tried to make anything like this before, but I might give it a shot. Thanks for some much needed inspiration!

Anonymous said...

Oh wow! That looks sooo yummy! I must try!

Ariel xo

Stephanie Lula said...

Oh yummy again! Yummy always is found on your Blog :) The strawberries look perfect and all that chocolate! Have a great week. xx

Kelsey Price said...

Sounds & looks delicious! It is actually quite amazing what you can do with alternative ingredients when you start looking - you just have to adapt!

Carmen ShuGar said...

Thank you, Trish, for directing me to your diabetic-friendly recipes. I have been dying for something sweet, even if it is just a taste. This recipe looks like it will satisfy that desire. It's also nice to know I am not the only one afflicted with this condition. If I make this one, I would like to share on my blog and give you full credit with your permission, of course. You're the best!