Creamy Blueberry Chia Panna Cotta: A Delightful Treat
Indulge in the velvety elegance of a delightful dessert that combines the goodness of blueberries with the health benefits of chia seeds. This creamy Blueberry Chia Panna Cotta is a perfect fusion of flavors and textures that will satisfy your sweet tooth while offering a touch of nutritional goodness.
Ingredients: 1 cup blueberries, 2 tbsp honey (adjust to taste), 1 tsp lemon juice, 2 tbsp chia seeds, 1 ½ cups heavy cream, ½ cup milk, Fresh mint leaves (for garnish)
Blueberry Compote: In a saucepan, combine the fresh blueberries, honey, and lemon juice.
Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the blueberries break down and release their juices. This takes about 5-7 minutes. Once the mixture has thickened slightly, remove from heat and allow it to cool.
Chia Seed Mixture: In a bowl, combine chia seeds, milk, and vanilla extract. Mix well.
Let the mixture sit for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until it thickens to a gel-like consistency.
Panna Cotta Base: In a small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over ¼ cup of cold heavy cream. Allow it to bloom for about 5 minutes.
In a saucepan, heat the remaining heavy cream over low heat until it's warm (not boiling).
Add the bloomed gelatin mixture to the warm cream, stirring until the gelatin is completely dissolved.
Combining the Elements: Gently fold the chia seed mixture into the panna cotta base, ensuring even distribution.
Pour the mixture into serving glasses, filling each glass about halfway.
Allow the mixture to set in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or until firm.
Assembling: Once the panna cotta has set, spoon a layer of blueberry compote onto each glass. Return the glasses to the refrigerator for an additional 30 minutes to allow the compote to set slightly.
Garnish and Serve: Before serving, garnish each panna cotta with a few fresh blueberries and a sprig of mint. Serve chilled and enjoy the delightful combination of flavors and textures.
Creamy Blueberry Chia Panna Cotta is a treat that balances indulgence with nutrition. The rich creaminess of the panna cotta contrasts beautifully with the burst of sweet-tart blueberries and the satisfying crunch of chia seeds. This dessert not only delights the taste buds but also provides a dose of antioxidants and healthy fats. It's a simple yet elegant dessert that's perfect for any occasion.