Photo: Annabelle Breakey
Serves 8

Time: 35 minutes, plus at least 4 1/2 hours to chill. Panna cotta means "cooked cream," and true to its name, our classic vanilla version of this recipe weighed in with nearly 20 grams of fat per serving. This svelte chocolate variation has a grown-up tang and tastes indulgent--yet has only 4 grams of fat.

How to Make It

Step 1

In a small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup milk. Let stand 1 minute, then stir and let stand about 10 more minutes for gelatin to soften.

Step 2

In a medium saucepan, whisk remaining 1 1/2 cups milk, the sugar, semisweet chocolate, and cocoa over medium-high heat until steaming, about 3 minutes. Add gelatin mixture and whisk gently until it dissolves, 2 to 3 minutes. Let cool 15 minutes.

Step 3

In a large bowl, whisk yogurt with vanilla until smooth. Pour and stir chocolate mixture through a fine strainer into yogurt, then whisk mixtures together.

Step 4

Oil 8 ramekins (2/3 cup size). Divide yogurt mixture among ramekins. Chill, covered, until set, 4 1/2 hours and up to 2 days.

Step 5

Run a small metal spatula between panna cottas and sides of ramekins to loosen. Immerse ramekins 1 at a time to just below rim in hot water until edges of dessert soften, 20 to 30 seconds; lift out and dry bottom of ramekin. Invert a small plate over each. Hold plate and ramekin together and give a firm shake to release panna cotta, easing it out gently with the spatula if needed.

Step 6

Scatter chocolate shavings over desserts if you like.

Step 7

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Ratings & Reviews

ebelle's Review

June 23, 2013
Very good. Made half recipe with 1/3 cup sugar and 3/4 cup yogurt. Served in ramekins, and when make again will probably chill in larger bowl/dish and spoon into serving bowls.

noelle71's Review

April 20, 2013

Veezwordz's Review

February 24, 2013

Cookingnskiing's Review

May 14, 2012
Fabulous. I tweaked it quite a lot: made a chocolate crumb crust, used dark 70% cocoa chocolate, used whole milk, 2 t. strong coffee and topped it with whipped cream and chocolate curls. My company loved it and never knew it was pretty low cal! The tangy panna cotta was wonderful against the sweet crust and topping. This is a keeper.

ZoeGracie's Review

November 17, 2011
I made this for some friends and overall it was a hit. They liked the slight tangy quality and also appreciated that it's not laden with fat and sugar.I followed the recipe closely, but left off the shavings. However, next time I would make a point to include the chocolate shavings to make it a little more decadent. I would also make it the night before so that it sets overnight. I found the flavors to be better the next day and the texture more firm. I recommend this recipe and would make it again for company.

SaraBusse's Review

February 14, 2010
The only change I made was using full-fat Greek yogurt. I appreciated the tang, but my sweet side definitely wanted it to taste more decadent. I think next time I would make it with vanilla yogurt and possibly add some coffee liquor to strenghten the chocolate flavor. But it's definitely worth trying again.