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Panna cotta is the perfect no-bake, gluten-free and light-as-air summer dessert you’ve been overlooking. The variations and recipe spins on the classic Italian panna cotta are seemingly endless, too. 

Whoever thought gelatinous cream and sugar could taste so good? Well…the Italians, but now we’re getting a little too technical. All we really care about is how much we enjoy this gorgeous molded no-bake dessert and its ability to anchor any flavor or fruit. In this case, the flavors of summer. And summer sure tastes sweet, don’t it?

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The emphasis really should go “easy as panna cotta” (not pie) as all you need for this fab gluten-free dessert is heavy cream, sugar, gelatin, vanilla (or another flavoring), and just a little patience (for setting). The process is a lot easier than you think, that we can guarantee. From there you can take your panna cotta recipe almost anywhere your heart or farmer’s market leads. Whether you’re partial to fresh seasonal berries, dark, milk or white chocolate, lavender or coconut, there’s a panna cotta recipe for every personality and preference.

We’ve rounded up ten of the most beautiful (and scrumptious) panna cotta recipes we could find. Scroll down to check them out and pick your favorite to make at home.

Uni Panna Cotta

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This panna cotta recipe features sea urchin roe, shiso (a mint-like herb), ginger, plum vinegar for a Japanese-inspired take on the dessert. Get our Uni Panna Cotta recipe.

Coconut Panna Cotta

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If you’ve got a lovely bunch of coconuts (all sitting in a row, perhaps), crack ’em open and use them for this tropical panna cotta recipe. Top with fresh figs for an even sweeter indulgence. Get our Coconut Panna Cotta recipe.

Lemon Panna Cotta with Orange Juice Mousse


Tart lemon is the perfect complement to a rich orange mousse in this unique citrus panna cotta. When it comes to “sweet and sour,” chicken isn’t the only thing that tastes delicious. Get the Lemon Panna Cotta with Orange Mousse recipe.

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Blueberry and Lilac Syrup Panna Cotta


We’re almost too intimidated to eat the beautiful purple domes on this stunning panna cotta. Just look at that shiny blueberry glaze — it belongs in a museum. Or in our mouths. (We’re still confused). Get the Blueberry and Lilac Panna Cotta recipe.

Strawberry Panna Cotta


Strawberry may come in third when it comes to popular ice cream flavors, but it reigns supreme with panna cotta. Perhaps it’s the drool-worthy strawberry cream flavor profile. Perhaps it’s the pretty pink color. Perhaps it’s all of the above. Get the Strawberry Panna Cotta recipe.

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Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Panna Cotta


If you’re longing for the ocean, why not sprinkle a little bit of it on your panna cotta? In salt form, of course, which always pairs well with rich dark chocolate. Get the Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Panna Cotta recipe.

Mango Panna Cotta


Mango orange is the color of summer. And since we’re not ready for summer to be over, we’ll take mango orange everything, please. Especially this sweet panna cotta. Get the Mango Panna Cotta recipe.

Honey Panna Cotta


Your dinner guests won’t stop buzzing about this honey gelee with spun sugar. It may look intricate, but it’s a lot easier to prepare than you think. Get the Honey Panna Cotta recipe.

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Lavender Panna Cotta


If the thought of consuming a flower concerns you, relax. It’s lavender. Get the Lavender Panna Cotta recipe.

Matcha Panna Cotta


If you’re riding high on the crest of the Matcha craze well then let us introduce you to a perfect pairing of matcha green tea and panna cotta creaminess. Get the Matcha Panna Cotta recipe.

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Joey is a NYC-based writer/editor, TV/radio personality, editor-at-large for Chowhound, author of "Basic Bitchen" (Aug. 4, preorder now!), and host of "Dish This." His work has been featured in outlets like Food & Wine, People, InStyle, Travel+Leisure, and BuzzFeed. Prior to a career in editorial, he served as the lead publicist for hit TLC shows like "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," "My Strange Addiction," and "My Crazy Obsession." In his spare time, he enjoys volleyball, visiting the beaches of Naples, Fla. (his hometown), worshipping Beyoncé, eating sour candy, writing depressing poetry, interior design, and perfecting his stand-up comedy routine. He's also been struck by lightning—quite the shocking experience.
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