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Lavender panna cotta is an impressive dessert that is easier to make than you think.

three glass containers of lavender panna cotta on a dark surface

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As I approach my 100th post on this blog, I figured I really should make something with lavender in it. I mean hello, it’s right in my blog’s name. I was pleased when I browsed Olivenation’s site and saw that they had culinary lavender available as it’s not something I’ve seen in my regular grocery stores.

It took me a couple of attempts to get this recipe right. The first time was tasty, but the lavender flavor wasn’t coming through strong enough, so I went back to the drawing board. This time = success.

You’ve probably noticed that this blog’s focus isn’t usually on desserts. That’s because I’m no baker. I didn’t realize panna cotta was so easy to make. Let’s just say that if I can get it right, anyone can.

You may also like my Lavender Lemonade Popsicles.

close-up of lavender panna cotta with a spoon

I decided to use Greek yogurt in this recipe. I love the way it tastes, and I like the bit of tanginess it adds to the dessert. Vanilla makes the dessert even more fragrant and rich tasting.

You can put panna cotta into molds and then take them out and plate them, but I found that to be a bit of a pain.

It’s much easier to put them into nice looking containers and just eat them out of there with a spoon. Many people use stemless wine glasses for their panna cotta.

close-up of glass container of lavender panna cotta and a spoon

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Questions? Feel free to ask!

Lavender panna cotta is an impressive dessert that is easier to make than you think.
4.50 from 2 votes

Lavender Panna Cotta

Panna cotta infused with lavender.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Chill time: 3 hours
Total: 3 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 6 (varies depending on container size)


  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon gelatin
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy/whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt (I used 2% fat)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoons lavender water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Food coloring (optional)

Lavender water:

  • 1 tablespoon culinary lavender
  • 2 tablespoons water


  • Prepare the lavender water by adding 2 tablespoons boiling water to the lavender. Let steep for 15 minutes and then use a fine sieve (or even a paper tea filer) to strain it. You should be left with 2 teaspoons of liquid. Set lavender water aside.
  • Add gelatin and water to a small bowl to soften the powder. Set aside.
  • Add cream and sugar to a small saucepan on medium heat. Heat until the cream starts to bubble around the edges (about 5 minutes, it shouldn't be boiling). Whisk until sugar dissolves.
  • Remove from heat and whisk in the gelatin mixture until it's dissolved.
  • Whisk in the yogurt, salt, lavender water, vanilla, and optional food coloring (6 drops blue, 6 drops red).
  • Pour into glasses or molds. Chill for at least 3 hours. If you're going to chill it overnight, cover each container.


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  1. Joleen @ Joleen Cuisine says:

    Beautiful!! Lovely recipe and as always, the photography is amazing! šŸ™‚ So perfect for the spring, too.

    1. Natasha says:

      Thanks Joleen! ?

    1. Natasha says:

      Thanks Julie!! Let me know if you end up making it šŸ™‚

  2. Amber says:

    Not gonna lie; I’m kinda losing my mind over this recipe! It’s so beautiful, I love lavender, and it’s a dessert.. It matches everything I love about food haha. Lovely post. I cannot wait to try this. When I make it, I’ll be sure to share it to my social media and tag you!

    1. Natasha says:

      Thank you Amber!! I’m glad it struck a chord with you šŸ˜‰ I hope it works out and you enjoy it!

  3. Isabel says:

    I also love cooking with lavender! Such a delicate taste that can bring miracles (or disasters if not careful haha) in your kitchen!

    1. Natasha says:

      Agreed šŸ™‚ thanks Isabel!!

  4. nicole ( says:

    Gorgeous, just gorgeous!!

    1. Natasha says:

      Thank you Nicole!!

  5. Allie | In This Kitchen says:

    Eep, they’re gorgeous! Lavender is just dreamy. I was also really excited when I found out you can use greek yogurt in panna cotta, I love it.

    1. Natasha says:

      Thanks so much, Allie!!

  6. Amber-Lee says:

    Lavender is my spirit animal and this recipe is everything. Thank you so much for sharing! xo

    1. Natasha says:

      Aww, thank you!!

  7. Dawn @ Girl Heart Food says:

    I right there with ya…so much easier to leave in a pretty dish than to try and get it out of there. The only reasonable way to get panna cotta out of a dish is to insert spoon and put in mouth, lol. These look so creamy and pretty! Love the use of Greek yogurt. I’ve never baked with lavender before, but I bet it’s delicious!

    1. Natasha says:

      Insert spoon and put in mouth haha I like it. Thanks Dawn šŸ™‚

  8. Vivian | stayaliveandcooking says:

    I looove panna cotta but have never had any with lavender! Love the idea šŸ™‚ Will pin this for later, I definitely have to try this! So cool, imagine serving this after a dinner.

    1. Natasha says:

      Thanks Vivian!

  9. Amy l worthyoursalt says:

    gosh, the colors!! so beautiful, and panna cotta with the fragrance of lavender sounds dreamy. This would be perfect to make for a dinner party.

    1. Natasha says:

      Thank you Amy šŸ™‚