Try this DELICIOUS and CREAMY Matcha Panna Cotta that’s VEGAN! It’s made with soy milk, kanten powder, sugar and matcha. Served on beautiful glass ramekins, they will look smashing on your holiday table.
Hello matcha lovers! I know how excited you are to see a matcha recipe and I’m happy that you clicked through to see this post. Panna cotta is Mr. JOC’s all-time favorite dessert. Okay, let me say he does have a lot of “all-time favorite” desserts, but in all seriousness, I know it will be your favorite too.
To make a healthy and lighter version of the dessert, I decided to make Matcha Vegan Panna Cotta (ヴィーガン抹茶パンナコッタ). Don’t let the fancy name fools you though. It’s actually very easy to pull off, so make this dessert today!
Make Vegan-Friendly Matcha Panna Cotta
First of all, panna cotta is a chilled cream pudding made of cream, sugar, and gelatin. As you see, there is milk (and heavy cream) and gelatin made by prolonged boiling of skin, cartilage, and bones from animals.
To make panna cotta vegan-friendly, I used Kikkoman® Pearl Organic Soymilk (unsweetened) and Japanese kanten powder.
1. Kikkoman® Pearl Organic Soymilk
For this recipe, I’m partnering up with Kikkoman® by using their Pearl Organic Soymilk, which is vegan, cholesterol-free, preservative-free, lactose-free, and lower in fat and calories than regular milk. The soymilk comes in rich, creamy 6 flavors!
My kids like the “Chocolate” flavor, but I almost always buy the “Unsweetened” version so I can use it to make savory dishes like Vegetarian Ramen and Soy Milk Hot Pot.
2. Kanten Powder
Usually, panna cotta uses gelatin to get that silky, creamy, wobbly texture. To make this dessert vegan-friendly, we use Japanese kanten.
Kanten (寒天) is a white and semi-translucent gelatinous substance obtained from algae. It is a great alternative to animal or chemical-based gelatin. Once it’s chilled the texture is on the firmer side, so we use less kanten and more liquid to re-create that gelatin-like creamy, wobbly texture.
To learn more about Kanten, I have a pantry page dedicated to Kanten where you can read more about it.
Topping Choices for Matcha Vegan Panna Cotta
You can serve this dessert as it is because the green matcha color is so beautiful already. However, I’m sharing 3 versions so you can dress up the dessert a little.
1: With Elegant Gold Leaf
Have you used gold flake (gold leaf) for your food?
Gold leaf is gold that has been hammered into thin sheets by gold beating and is often used for gilding. This edible genuine gold leaf flakes by Barnabas Blattgold (150 mg, made in the USA) can be purchased at Amazon.
Besides placing it on top of Matcha Vegan Panna Cotta, you can use it to decorate cupcakes, cocktails, entrees, chocolate, sweets, candies, confectionery, desserts, pastries, wedding cakes and more! There are lots of flakes in it and if you enjoy hosting parties or making desserts often, I think it’s fun to keep it around in the kitchen.
2: Make It More Japanese-y
For an extra Japanese touch, top your Matcha Vegan Panna Cotta with Shiratama Dango, Anko (red bean paste) and chestnut (in syrup). It’s quick to put together once you prepare the toppings ahead of time.
- Shiratama Dango recipe
- Anko (red bean paste) recipe
- Buy a jar of chestnut in syrup from Japanese grocery stores or Amazon (Turkey or French brands).
3: Fresh fruits and Chocolate Shavings
No time to buy gold leaf flakes or make it fancy with Japanese ingredients? Adorn it with fresh fruits and chocolate. Over here, I topped the panna cotta with an assortment of strawberry slices and blackberries. If you like, I think some chocolate curls or shavings will be nice too.
I hope you enjoy this creamy and delicious Matcha Vegan Panna Cotta recipe. For more matcha treats, you want to check out these Must-Try Matcha Recipes at home.
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Matcha Vegan Panna Cotta
- 1 ¼ cup soy milk (I used Kikkoman® Pearl Organic Soymilk – Unsweetened)
- 1 Tbsp matcha (green tea powder)
- 1 ⅔ cup water
- 1 tsp kanten powder (See Notes; Read more about kanten powder and measurement here)
- 7 Tbsp sugar (or ⅓ cup + 4 tsp)
- 1 Tbsp matcha (green tea powder)
- edible gold leaf flakes
- assorted berries (I used strawberries and blackberries)
- sweet red bean paste (anko)
- Homemade Shiratama Dango (Mochi Balls)
- Kuri Kanroni (Chestnuts in Heavy Syrup)
- Gather all the ingredients.
- In a small saucepan, heat soy milk over medium heat until warm to the touch. Keep a close eye on the pot and DO NOT BOIL. Turn off the heat.
- In a bowl with matcha green tea powder, add a little bit of soy milk. Now using a whisk or chasen (bamboo whisk), combine the soy milk and matcha together. Tip 1: Matcha dissolves easier when liquid is warm. Tip 2: Gradually add in the soy milk. DO NOT pour too much soy milk at once. Superfine matcha powder can easily turn into lumps and it will be harder to combine.
- Add more soy milk as you needed, until the mixture becomes a smooth paste and there are no more lumps of matcha.
- Add the matcha paste back into the soy milk in the pot. Whisk it well to combine.
- In a new pot, add water and kanten powder.
- Whisk together and bring it to a boil on medium-high heat. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and cook for 2 minutes until the powder is completely dissolved.
- Add the sugar and whisk to combine with the mixture.
- Then add the matcha soymilk into the pot. Give it another whisk until well combined, and turn off the heat.
- Prepare the glass ramekins or containers on a tray. Place the strainer over the ramekin and strain the matcha soy milk mixture. Divide the mixture evenly.
- Using a spoon, collect the small bubbles into one corner of the ramekins and scoop it all up. Chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours to set.
- To Serve, sprinkle extra matcha on top using a fine mesh strainer. For these ramekins, I placed gold flakes on top (You can buy these gold flakes on Amazon).
- For this ramekin, I sprinkled matcha and decorated with the berries.
- For the last ramekin, I placed anko (red bean paste), mochi (Shiratama Dango), and chestnut.
- Kanten powder = 1 tsp (2 g)
- Kanten stick = ½ stick (4 g)
- Kanten thread = 12 threads (4 g)