Kefir Panna Cotta Recipe | Dessert Recipes | PBS Food

Kefir Panna Cotta is probiotic-filled for a healthier breakfast or dessert option. (Recipe Credit: Adrianna Adarme of Fresh Tastes)



  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk, divided
  • 2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups kefir (I used 1% whole fat) 
  • For Topping: 
  • Granola
  • Honey


  1. In a medium bowl, pour in 1/4 cup milk and stir in the gelatin powder. Set aside for 15 minutes, allowing the gelatin to bloom.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, mix together the vanilla bean caviar and sugar. Mix the two with your hands, vigorously, until the vanilla bean caviar is thoroughly distributed throughout the sugar. Pour in the remaining 1 1/4 cup milk and salt. Heat over medium-low heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved, about 3-5 minutes. Turn off the heat.
  3. Pour the gelatin/milk mixture into the saucepan with the milk/sugar mixture and stir until smooth, about 1 minute. Transfer to a large measuring cup (it's easier to pour later on) and allow to sit for 5 minutes, just so it cools slightly. Whisk in the kefir and mix until combined.
  4. Divide the panna cotta between ramekins. (I filled 4 ramekins, but if you use smaller ones, you can get enough for six.) Transfer the panna cotta to the fridge and chill until firm, at least three hours. To serve, top with a handful of granola and a drizzle of honey.
Presented by: