Avocado Panna Cotta

Create a sophisticated ending to your dinner party meal with this beautiful, colorful and delicious Avocado Panna Cotta. The playful addition of cookie crumbs will also delight the kid in you. -Chef Richard Sandoval


Avocado Panna Cotta

Yield: 10 servings


Avocado Panna Cotta

  • 6 gelatin sheets

  • 2-1/4 cups whole milk

  • 2 cups heavy cream

  • Pinch of salt

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 large Hass Avocado (ripe, pitted, peeled & coarsely chopped) 

  • 1 vanilla bean (scraped)

  • 2 drops green food coloring 

Mixed berry salad

  • 1 lemon (juiced)

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

Cookie Crumbs

  • 2 cups peanut butter cookies or chocolate chip cookies (finely chopped or crumbled) 


  1. Soak the gelatin sheets in a large bowl with enough ice-cold water to cover them. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the milk, cream, sugar, vanilla bean and vanilla bean seeds into a medium-sized saucepan. Turn heat to medium and bring to a boil.
  3. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat.
  4. Squeeze out gelatin sheets and add them into the milk mixture. Whisk until dissolved.
  5. Strain through a fine mesh sieve into a large, clean bowl (preferably one with a spout) to remove the vanilla bean and any bits of zest or gelatin.
  6. Stir in the food coloring.
  7. Cool in an ice bath for about 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent mixture from setting, but still allowing it to thicken.
  8. In a blender or food processor, purée the avocado until smooth. Add half of the cream mixture and purée again until smooth.
  9. Add puréed avocado cream mixture to the bowl of remaining cream mixture. Whisk to combine.
  10. Pour into individual ramekins or tea/coffee cups.
  11. Refrigerate uncovered for at least 20 minutes or until set. The panna cottas will keep in the refrigerator for 3 days.

Mixed Berry Salad

  1. Place the berries, sugar and lemon juice in a small mixing bowl and toss to combine.
  2. Mix in the honey.
  3. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Cookie Crumbs

  1. Break up your favorite store-bought peanut butter or chocolate cookies (or both) into small chunks or crumbles.