This Vanilla Yogurt Panna Cotta with Warm Berry Sauce has all the creamy rich flavor that you expect from the traditional version, but is healthy enough to serve for breakfast, snack or light dessert.
One of the things I love most about food blogging, other than the food, is the opportunities I have to try new products that I might never have known about or thought to try. I will admit that some of them I haven’t been thrilled with and those have never made it to the blog to be shared with all of you. When I share a new product or introduce you to a brand it’s one that I’ve taken time to do some research on and have truly enjoyed trying out and plan to continue using in the future. That is exactly what can be said for Vital Proteins and their beef gelatin that I used to make this Vanilla Yogurt Panna Cotta with Warm Berry Sauce.
Beef gelatin? Yeah I know, it doesn’t exactly sound appetizing or like something you want to eat. But, I bet you like Jello and marshmallow and those gummy, chewy fruit snacks. Well they all use gelatin, otherwise they’d never get that bouncy jiggle or gummy gelled texture that we expect. Vital Proteins gelatin is a 100% pasture-raised beef gelatin and is a great way to get collagen back into your diet. On top of the beef gelatin they also offer collagen peptides which I’ll use in a different recipe later this month.
Over the years food processing has removed collagen from our foods which is unfortunate because it’s such a healthy protein. Collagen has been shown to promote healthy skin, hair and nails, support joint and bone health, and help increase athletic performance. Of course increasing athletic performance caught my eye above everything else. Long distance running gives your muscles a beating so it’s important to give them the repair they need. Supplementing the proteins lost during endurance activities with collagen peptides may help protect connective tissues and support healthy joint maintenance therefore helping to reduce the risk of injury. It’s definitely something I plan to incorporate into my routine as I want to keep running as long as possible.
Now that you know a little about the benefits of collagen let’s talk about this Vanilla Yogurt Panna Cotta with Warm Berry Sauce. Panna cotta is something that is usually made for dessert, but I wanted to make one that could be eaten for breakfast. To make it breakfast acceptable I replaced the cream, whole milk and sugar with Greek yogurt, low-fat milk and honey. I love replacing sugar with honey when I can, especially in breakfast items. There is a generous amount of vanilla in the panna cotta which is definitely not a bad thing if you love the flavor like I do.
To finish off the breakfast or brunch treat, I topped the vanilla yogurt with a warm berry sauce sweetened again with honey and used a little bit of mint for freshness. The panna cotta can be un-molded like I have done or you can simply serve it in the bowls that you let it set up in and top it with the warm berry sauce. Either way it makes for a beautiful, creamy, protein filled breakfast!
Thanks to Vital Proteins for sponsoring this post. As always all opinions are my own.