Blueberry Panna Cotta with Blueberry Chia Pudding

Start with blueberry panna cotta, top it with a blueberry and chia seed pudding, and finish it with a pile of fresh blueberries for a blueberry trifecta. If you haven't had chia seeds yet, here's a delicious way to give them a try. They add crunchy pops of texture to this creamy dessert, and they're good for you, too.

Active Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
8 hrs 40 mins


Blueberry Panna Cotta

  • 2 cups cold heavy cream, divided

  • 2 ½ teaspoons powdered gelatin (1/4-ounce packet)

  • 2 cups (10 ounces) blueberries 

  • .6666 cup granulated sugar

  • Pinch of salt 

Blueberry Chia Pudding

  • 2 cups blueberries, plus more for serving 

  • .3333 cup granulated sugar

  • ¼ cup water

  • Pinch of salt

  • .24 cup chia seeds 

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges, for squeezing over (optional)


Make the Blueberry Panna Cotta

  1. Pour 1/4 cup of the cream into a small bowl. Carefully sprinkle gelatin over the entire surface of the cream, then whisk to blend. Let stand for 10 minutes to hydrate the gelatin.

  2. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, combine the blueberries and granulated sugar with a pinch of salt. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally and lightly smashing some of the berries in the beginning to release some of their juices, until blueberries are wrinkly and have created a deeply colored sauce, about 20 minutes. Turn off burner. Stir in the remaining 1 3/4 cups cream and turn the heat to medium-low; bring just to a simmer, making sure to stir constantly to avoid scorching the cream. Turn off the heat and add the gelatin mixture. Stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved.

  3. Divide the mixture among six 8-ounce dessert bowls (preferably clear glass) or glasses. Cover and refrigerate until firm, at least 8 hours or overnight.

Make the Blueberry Chia Pudding

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the 2 cups blueberries, the sugar, and 1/4 cup water. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until blueberries burst and come to a boil, about 15 minutes. Stir in a pinch of salt; remove from heat. Stir in the chia seeds and lemon juice.

  2. Pour the chia seed pudding into a medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate, stirring occasionally during the first 30 minutes to evenly distribute the chia seeds, until the pudding is thickened, 2 hours or overnight.

  3. Serve each panna cotta topped with a generous dollop of blueberry chia pudding and garnish with more blueberries. Squeeze lemon wedges over and enjoy!

    Dessert glasses of blueberry panna cotta with blueberry chia pudding
    Photo by Antonis Achilleos / Prop Styling by Christina Daley / Food Styling by Ali Ramee
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