Chocolate-Baileys Yogurt Panna Cotta is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day! Creamy, chocolatey, and topped with a luscious Baileys whipped cream!
It seems only right that since I’ve been sharing St. Patrick’s Day themed recipes all week that we end the week with one more. There’s really no better way to celebrate the weekend than with chocolate, especially when it’s spiked with a little Baileys Irish Cream…Oh yeah! Today I made you Chocolate-Baileys Yogurt Panna Cotta and it is the most chocolatey, creamy bite of heaven that has made it’s way into my mouth in a long time!
Baileys is my St. Patrick’s Day go to ingredient. I love that creamy, boozy, espresso flavor it has and March is probably the only month that I can justify adding it to my coffee. In case you didn’t know, chocolate and espresso or coffee pair perfectly together. The espresso deepens the flavor of the chocolate and if you love chocolate the addition of espresso will take your love of chocolate to a whole new level! The Barefoot Contessa taught me that years ago, I love her!
Panna cotta. What exactly is it? Well, it’s a cold Italian custard. This was my first time making panna cotta and it was quite possibly one of the smoothest and creamiest desserts that I have ever eaten. Typically the custard uses heavy cream and whole milk, but I went the healthier route and made mine with non fat Greek yogurt, shocker I know.
So actually we could almost justify eating this for breakfast. I mean come on, Greek yogurt, dark chocolate, sounds pretty healthy to me! Easter is coming and that means brunch….I know, I know, one holiday at a time.
The other wonderful part about this dessert/breakfast is how easy it is to make. It does require being refrigerated overnight so that it can set up properly, but it only takes about 15 minutes to actually make the panna cotta.
Once the panna cotta had set up, I topped it with a dollop of whipped cream which I of course had to add some Baileys too, because St. Patrick’s Day and all.
If Baileys or booze isn’t your thing feel free to omit it and add a little more vanilla extract or coffee extract instead. I think I have officially prepared you with enough recipes to make your St. Patrick’s Day feasting a success and these Chocolate-Baileys Yogurt Panna Cottas are the perfect way to start or end the day!
Chocolate-Baileys Yogurt Panna Cotta
Delicious dark chocolate panna cotta spiked with Baileys Irish Cream and lightened up with Greek yogurt!
Chocolate-Baileys Yogurt Panna Cotta
- 1 cup low fat milk
- 1 teaspoon powdered unflavored gelatin
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 ounce chopped dark chocolate
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened dark cocoa powder
- 3/4 cup+ 2 tablespoons plain non fat Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon Baileys Irish Cream
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Baileys Whipped Cream
- 1/4 cup whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon Baileys Irish Cream
- Spray 4-6 ounce ramekins with cooking spray and set aside.
- Pour 1/4 cup of the milk into a small bowl and sprinkle the powdered gelatin over it. Let it stand for one minute, then stir it and let it stand about another 10 minutes until the gelatin softens.
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the remaining milk, sugar, chopped dark chocolate, and cocoa powder. Bring the mixture to a simmer then add in the gelatin mixture and whisk it together for about 2-3 minutes until the gelatin dissolves.
- Cool the mixture completely before whisking in the Greek yogurt, Baileys, and vanilla. Pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer then evenly pour the mixture into each of the 4 ramekins. Cover the ramekins with plastic wrap and refrigerate them overnight.
- Just before serving, whisk together the whipping cream and Baileys until soft peaks form then top each panna cotta with a dollop of the whipped cream.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 244Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 55mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 1gSugar: 27gProtein: 10g
More St. Patrick’s Day Desserts
Pistachio Green Tea Cupcakes with Matcha Cream Cheese Frosting
Fudgy Chocolate Kahlua Cookies with Baileys Buttercream
Pistachio Pudding Rice Krispie Treats
Is there a non alcoholic substitute for the Bailey’s? I would usually just omit it, but it looks to be an important part of the flavor profile.
Hi Bri! As far as a non alcoholic substitute you could look for a Baileys flavored coffee creamer or use coffee extract. If you use coffee extract I would start with a 1/2 teaspoon in the panna cotta then taste it. If you want a stronger coffee flavor add another 1/2 teaspoon. If you can’t find either of these just stick with vanilla extract and use a teaspoon.
Lokness @ The Missing Lokness says
What a beautiful dessert! I wish I can dig in right now. Love your use of yogurt in panna cotta. Pinning for sure!
Thanks so much! I loved using yogurt in them!
Jillian Peecher says
Yum!! These little Panna Cotta’s look so delish, I can’t wait to try them! I appreciate that you have included a healthy version… We have loving the Barefoot Contessa in common, Danae. She ROCKS!Can’t wait to try some of your recipies.
Thanks so much!
~ Jill P.
Thanks so much Jillian! Ina is definitely one of the best, gotta love her!
Cyndi @ My Kitchen Craze says
This looks delicious! I’ve never made Panna Cotta either but that needs to change. I love how cute these are too. Going on my easter menu asap! Pinned. Have a great weekend!! ;)
Kim @ Our Fresh Kitchen says
Oh my YUM!!! I love the twist on Irish for St. Paddy’s day :)
Justine | Cooking and Beer says
Ahhhhh. I LOVE panna cotta. This is such a fun St. Patty’s Day spin, Danae! Yum!
Thanks Justine! Panna cotta is the best and Baileys makes it even better!
I’ve been wanting to make a healthier panna cotta for a while. Yours looks absolutely perfect. I cannot wait to give yours a try.
Thanks Christie! It’s so rich and decadent tasting you’d never suspect it was healthier!