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Heart shaped mocha panna cotta garnished with raspberries and blueberries

Mocha Panna Cotta

It is a creamy, no bake Italian dessert prepared with cream , gelatin and sugar. Mocha flavor comes from chocolate and instant coffee.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Refrigerate 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 332kcal
Author Usha Rao


  • Ramekins or small straight edged pans or bowls
  • Sauce Pan


  • ¾ cup Cream I use half & half
  • ¾ cup Milk I use 2% milk
  • 50 grams Dark Chocolate grated I used unsweetened bitter chocolate
  • 1 tbsp. Instant Coffee Powder
  • 4 tbsp. Brown Sugar I used 5 tbsp. white sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp. Gelatin or 1 envelope of unflavored gelatin


  • Grate or cut chocolate into small pieces.
  • Take gelatin in a bowl and pour some cold or warm water, just enough to soak the gelatin.
  • Heat milk and cream (half & half) in a pan.
  • When milk comes to a boil, reduce the heat to medium – medium low, add instant coffee & chocolate, and mix until chocolate melts.
  • Add sugar and gelatin and mix well. Taste the mixture and add sugar if needed.
  • Remove from fire, cool the mixture, strain it and pour it into small containers. I used 2 ramekins and 2 heart shaped mini cake pans.
  • Cover the pans and the ramekins with a saran wrap and refrigerate until set. It should set in at least an hour or two but I usually keep it for 4 hours.
  • Serve the panna cotta as it is in the ramekins or flip it over onto a plate. I tried flipping the panna cotta from the ramekins, which is sometimes challenging. However, it is a lot easier with the straight edge pans or heart shaped pans. With a knife or with the butter spreader, slightly run it around the pan to loosen the pannacotta. Place a plate on the pan and flip it over.
  • Serve the mocha panna cotta as it is or with some berries of one’s choice.


  • Cream - I use half and half to cut back on calories. Use creamy if you want indulge
  • Milk - Use whole milk for a thick pudding but 2% milk also works fine.
  • Flavor - Substitute chocolate and instant coffee with your favorite flavor. Vanilla, and chocolate are the two flavors I tried.


Calories: 332kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 48mg | Potassium: 334mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 735IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 2mg