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Zingy Spring Dessert

Simple Coconut Lime Panna Cotta


This year has been a great season for citrus, and we currently have more limes than we can eat (or drink, for that matter – thinking of the weekend looming and Margaritas on the horizon). We do grate the zest and freeze the juice in cubes for later, but it’s great to actually use these limes while they’re fresh.

With this in mind, I sourced a Panna Cotta recipe online and have adapted it to incorporate this zingy fruit. And for those who need to know, the dessert is Vegan and Gluten-free and it’s a very acceptable 170 calories per serving. Not bad for a dessert!

What you’ll need…


  • 400 ml can of coconut cream
  • 1 x sachet of Queen Jel-it-in
  • 3 tablespoons of genuine maple syrup (or your sweetener of choice)
  • 2 teaspoons grated lime zest and 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 1 lime’s worth)
  • 1 bay leaf (I love the flavour of bay in a creamy dessert)


  • Heavy-bottom saucepan
  • Rubber or silicone spatula
  • Measuring spoons,
  • Fine grater
  • 4 small ramekins or jelly moulds (if you wish to turn the panna cottas out, grease them lightly with a plain-tasting oil, e.g., sunflower).

How to make them…

Pour the coconut cream into a saucepan and sprinkle the Jel-it-in on top. Stir until the powder is completely dissolved, then add the bay leaf, the maple syrup, and the lime (zest and juice). Gently bring to the boil, stirring occasionally. Allow it to boil for a minute or two, then remove from the heat and allow to cool a little.


Remove the bay leaf. Pour into the four ramekins and let them cool a little more, then cover and refrigerate. I tend to leave them out of the fridge until they are quite cold, so that when I cover them, they don’t steam up inside and cause condensation on the top of the desserts, but it’s no biggie, either way.


You can serve the Panna Cotta garnished with a slice of lime – very tangy! or with whatever you like, really – chopped nuts, sliced fruit, whatever is around.

Original recipe sourced from: http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-recipe/coconut-panna-cotta/

Creamy Vegan Mushrooms

Creamy Vegan Mushrooms, served with freshly-baked and toasted Ciabata
Creamy Vegan Mushrooms, served with freshly-baked and toasted Ciabatta

Creamy Vegan Mushrooms

Makes approximately 600 grams (
4 x 150 gram portions)
Calories: 296 per serving


  • 500 gm white mushrooms (washed and cut into 1/6ths)
  • 1 small to medium-sized onion, finely chopped
  • 6 tbsp coconut oil (90 ml)
  • 1 x 160 ml can coconut cream
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbs freshly chopped marjoram or oregano
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt (or to taste)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
Mushrooms and coconut cream simmering until sauces is reduced to the desired thickness
Mushrooms and coconut cream simmering until sauce is reduced to the desired thickness


  1. Using a large pan, saute the onions in 2 tbs coconut oil until golden and transparent.  Meanwhile, finely chop the marjoram with the garlic.
  2. When the onion is ready, add the herbs & garlic to the mix and cook through.  Remove from the pan and set aside.
  3. Add the remaining 4 tbsp coconut oil to the pan.  When hot, throw in the white mushrooms and stir to evenly mix the coconut oil through.
  4. Keeping the heat medium-to-high, and stirring at intervals, cook the mushrooms until their juices are starting to ooze out, then a little more to dry some of them up.
  5. Add the herb & garlic mixture and stir through.
  6. Reduce the juices a little, then pour in the coconut cream.  Stir through.
  7. Reduce heat to medium.  Stirring regularly, simmer the mushrooms until the coconut cream has reduced to the desire thickness.  This would depend on personal taste, i.e. on how much sauce you wanted to serve up with your mushrooms.

Creamy Vegan Mushrooms is ideal for brunch, or as an addition to a main meal.  It’s yummy served with lightly toasted Ciabatta.