Individual Chocolate "Panna Cottas"

Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 20 mins

These creamy gelatins are made with reduced-fat cream cheese and skim milk in place of the traditional heavy cream -- but with a bit of semisweet chocolate, they still taste decadent.


  • 1 ½ teaspoons unflavored gelatin

  • 1 ½ cups fat-free (skim) milk

  • 3 tablespoons sugar

  • 3 ounces semisweet chocolate, broken into pieces

  • 3 ounces reduced-fat bar cream cheese, room temperature

  • Pinch salt

  • Reduced-fat sour cream, for serving (optional)


  1. In a small saucepan, sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup cold milk. Let stand until gelatin softens, about 5 minutes. Cook over low, stirring until gelatin has dissolved (it will feel smooth when rubbed between fingers), about 3 minutes. Add sugar; stir until dissolved. Add remaining cup of milk; cook over low until warm (do not boil), about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

  2. Place chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl; heat on high in 20-second increments, stirring between each, until melted. Add cream cheese to chocolate; using a rubber spatula, stir until uniform in color. Pour cup gelatin mixture into chocolate mixture; stir until smooth. Gradually add remaining gelatin mixture, then salt, stirring until smooth. Divide among 4 small glasses; refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours. Serve topped with sour cream, if desired.

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