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Keto Saffron & Rose Panna Cotta

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Panna cotta is an easy Italian dessert that is made with cream and gut-healing gelatin. The basic recipe is flavored with vanilla and sweetener but you can use other ingredients such as berries, lemon, cinnamon or even cacao powder.

I gave the traditional panna cotta recipe a Persian twist by using safforn, rose water and cardamom. These automatic flavors worked really well and this keto panna cotta even more delicious!

So here's my keto version of Saffron Panna Cotta, a deliciously creamy high-fat treat that will impress your guests!

How To Make Nut-Free and Dairy-Free Keto Panna Cotta

A easy to make this fat bomb both dairy-free and nut-free. If you can't eat nuts, you can swap the almond milk for Poppy Seed Milk and/or coconut milk. To make the panna cotta dairy-free, swap the cream for coconut cream. Simple!

Hands-on Overall

Serving size about 1/2 cup

Allergy information for Keto Saffron & Rose Panna Cotta

✔  Gluten free
✔  Dairy free
✔  Egg free
✔  Nut free
✔  Nightshade free
✔  Pork free
✔  Avocado free
✔  Coconut free
✔  Fish free
✔  Shellfish free


  • Recipe can be made dairy-free or coconut-free.

Nutritional values (per serving, about 1/2 cup)

Net carbs2.2 grams
Protein2.8 grams
Fat19.5 grams
Calories200 kcal
Calories from carbs 4%, protein 6%, fat 90%
Total carbs2.4 gramsFiber0.2 gramsSugars1.9 gramsSaturated fat12.1 gramsSodium44 mg(2% RDA)Magnesium9 mg(2% RDA)Potassium104 mg(5% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 6 servings)

  • 1/4 tsp dried saffron
  • 3-4 ice cubes
  • 1 tbsp gelatin powder (11 g/ 0.4 oz)
  • 1/4 cup water (60 ml/ 2 fl oz)
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream (300 ml/ 10 fl oz)
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (240 ml/ 8 fl oz)
  • 1/3 cup Erythritol or Swerve (67 g/ 2.4 oz)
  • 2 tbsp rose water (30 ml)
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp sugar-free vanilla extract
  • Optional: slivered pistachios and whipped cream for topping


  1. To make the saffron water, put the saffron in a small bowl or cup. Add ice cubes (crushed ice is best) and leave to infuse for about ten minutes or until the ice has completely melted. The gradual melting of the ice will bring out the color and aroma of saffron.
    Keto Saffron & Rose Panna Cotta
  2. In a small bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over 1/4 cup (60 ml) of cold water and let stand for about 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the heavy cream, almond milk and sweetener in a small saucepan. Heat up over a medium heat, stirring until sweetener is fully dissolved.
  4. Remove the saucepan from the heat add the vanilla extract, cardamom, rose water, saffron water and gelatin. Whisk together gelatin and cream mixture until thoroughly incorporated.
    Keto Saffron & Rose Panna Cotta
  5. Pour into individual serving glasses (about 1/2 cup/ 120 ml) and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until set.
  6. Store in the fridge for up to 4 days. Optionally, top with whipped cream and slivered pistachio nuts, and decorate with dried rose petals. Keto Saffron & Rose Panna Cotta
  7. Tip: You can make 2 layers of panna cotta: The first layer flavored with vanilla, and the second layer flavoured with saffron, rose water and cardamom. To make the vanilla layer, divide the mixture between the glasses. Let cool to room temperature, then place them in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or until the panna cotta starts to set. Keto Saffron & Rose Panna Cotta
  8. Add another layer of saffron, cardamom and rose water infused panna cotta. Keto Saffron & Rose Panna Cotta
  9. Once you add the second layer, place in the fridge for 2 hours, or until filly set. Keto Saffron & Rose Panna Cotta

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, about 1/2 cup)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Saffron, dried, spices
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Ice cubes
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Gelatin powder, thickening agent, unsweetened
0 g1.6 g0 g6 kcal
Water, still
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Cream, heavy whipping, pouring, full-fat (30-40% fat)
1.3 g1 g19 g183 kcal
Almond milk natural (unsweetened)
0.2 g0.2 g0.5 g6 kcal
Erythritol (natural low-carb sweetener)
0.6 g0 g0 g2 kcal
Rose water
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Cardamom powder, spices
0.1 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Vanilla extract, sugar-free, alcohol-based
0 g0 g0 g2 kcal
Total per serving, about 1/2 cup
2.2 g2.8 g19.5 g200 kcal

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Leili Malakooti
Graphic designer and Creative Foodie

Leili Malakooti

Leili is a Graphic designer and Creative Foodie! She is passionate about recipe development, food photography and food styling.

Leili is Persian and her creations are inspired by the rich, delicious and healthy recipes from her culture and birth country, Iran. She dropped 100 lbs eating keto and has been in ketosis for almost 4 years.

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Comments (2)

Can I replace erythritol with  the same amount of xylitol in this recipe? Also just wanted to check that I can use dried saffron as I don't have saffron powder. Thanks!

Hi Lucy, if you use xylitol, start with 1/4 cup only as it's sweeter than erythritol. Yes, whole saffron can be used - we actually used whole saffron so I'll clarify that in the ingredients.