Panna cotta is my all-time favorite dessert. However, this traditional Italian dessert, which literally translates to "cooked cream" is not so great for sensitive foodies looking for gluten and dairy free recipes.
This simple vegan panna cotta is quick and easy, and a great allergy-free dessert the whole family can enjoy. I love the combination of coconut and mango. There's a mango pudding I love when I go and eat Yum Cha at Shark Finn in Melbourne. It's delicious. But, their version is made of condensed milk. This vegan incantation is much healthier, and is gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, egg-free, nut-free and refined sugar-free.
Just a note about the agar: if you've never used it before, agar is made from seaweed and is a great vegan alternative to gelatin. Typically, the acidity and enzymes in mangoes and some other fruits compromises the gelling power of the agar, but heating the mixture neutralizes this issue. Agar is sold in flakes and powder, and the powder is so much easier to work with. The flakes can be hard to dissolve.
I love to top this dessert with fresh mango pieces and toasted coconut chips. Enjoy!