Sweet Basil Panna Cotta with Blueberries (Low Carb and Gluten Free)

V3T9WJC38T8R – I was a popular girl this summer, at least in one sense. I was invited to do not one, not two, not even three, but FIVE guest posts for fellow bloggers. I have to say, I am immensely flattered. After all, I do have something of a specialty blog and my recipes aren’t to everyone’s taste. But I’ve made a lot of good blogging friends over the past year, and I am so happy people felt like they could call on me when they needed coverage while on vacation. And I fully intend to do the same when I head out on vacation in October. Plus it’s a really fun way to read and discover new blogs.

This latest guest post is for a blogger I adore, Kate from Diethood. Don’t be fooled by the name of her blog, her recipes are anything but diet-friendly! In fact, I believe Kate’s tagline is “Not a diet-food food blog”. It’s a tongue-in-cheek reference to the idea that people are always saying that their diet will start tomorrow, because tomorrow never really comes now, does it? Despite all the wonderful non-diet recipes on her blog, Kate tells me that she does eat fairly low carb. So I decided to come up with a recipe that could be made either way, with sugar and carbs, or with sweeteners and low carb.

I’d been meaning to try Panna Cotta for a while, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. And all the basil growing in my yard this summer got me thinking how lovely it would be as a flavour for panna cotta. And so it was! But I won’t tell you any more here. You’re going to have to head on over to Diethood for the details and the recipe. Make sure you do, because you’ll love Kate’s blog if you’ve never read it before. And if, like me, you have so much basil in your yard you hardly know what to do with it, you’ll love this recipe.

Sweet Basil Panna Cotta on Diethood.

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  1. Kathy - Panini Happy says:

    I love the idea of a blueberry and basil combo…this sounds wonderful, Carolyn!

  2. Katrina {In Katrina's Kitchen} says:

    woot woot! Headed over ;)

  3. Gorgeous, going to check it out!

  4. spontaneous-euphoria says:

    wonderful colors! love the pictures

  5. Looks beautiful! Buzzed you!

  6. Janice @ A Healthful Gluten-Free Life says:

    I saw a picture of this on foodgawker earlier, and then I found it again on my Foodbuzz inbox. I think this is sign that I should give this recipe a try! :)

  7. Katherine Martinelli says:

    This is simply beautiful. Great photos!!! And the recipe looks divine – hard to believe it's low carb!!

  8. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. says:

    looks so wonderful and fresh!

  9. Parsley Sage says:

    Can't wait to check it out! Looks amazing :)

  10. Emily @ A Cambridge Story says:

    This is gorgeous! I am drooling…

  11. I can't get enough of basil/fruit pairings…love the flavors here. Going over now…

  12. SweetSugarBelle says:

    Panna cotta ia about my all time favorite dessert! Bravo!!! Stumbled!

  13. SweetSugarBelle says:

    Panna cotta is about my favorite dessert in the world! This sounds amazing! Stumbled.

  14. The Mom Chef says:

    Well, I'd head over to Kate's place no matter what, but this gives me more reason to go there! The two of you teamed up is a match made in heaven. I love it.

  15. Beloved Green says:

    You are pretty darn popular to be doing all that guest blogging. Way to rock those recipes out!

  16. wow, woah, WOAH! look at your new blog! Me encanta! (I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) Congrats! And LOVELY panna cotta! I'm a HUGE fan of pairing herbs and fruit! HUGS!

  17. Cassie @ Bake Your Day says:

    Awesome guest post Carolyn! I love basil in desserts!

  18. Your panna cotta came out so pretty – love the idea of basil and blueberries!

  19. Oh, such a yummy selection for your guest post! Truly a beautiful dessert, too~

  20. Lynn @ I'll Have What She's Having says:

    I love basil in desserts, it's such an interesting flavour. I'm heading over to Diethood now for your panna cotta recipe!

  21. Very well done Carolyn! Your panna cotta looks incredible and sounds heavenly. I will check your guest post!

  22. I just love how infused basil into this gorgeous panna cotta! Such a perfect dessert for this time of year.

  23. Foodness Gracious says:

    Looks great and perfect consistency to boot!
    Thanks for sharing..

  24. I'm off to go check out the post, but I already know I'll love it. Panna cottas are such dainty desserts…never fail to impress!

  25. The Café Sucré Farine says:

    So pretty and it sounds delish!

  26. Baker Street says:

    Such Perfection! Heading over right now..


    Just read it! What a sublime idea. :)

  28. Butrcreamblondi says:

    Beautiful dessert! Heading over to check it out now!

  29. Farmgirl Gourmet says:

    Beautiful! And I bet it was delicious!

  30. Did I miss a site refresh? Looks lovely!

  31. Cookin' Canuck says:

    What a beautiful dessert, Carolyn. I'm heading over to Kate's blog right now.

  32. Claire @ The Realistic Nutritionist says:

    Sounds amazing!!

  33. Roxana GreenGirl says:

    oh, I love the idea of blubbery combined with basil. Your panna cotta looks great!
    Congrats on so many guest posts!
    Let me know if you need my help while you're on vacation

  34. I had never made panna cotta before a Daring Baker challenge. Once I made it I was hooked. Your panna cotta looks beautiful!

  35. Absolutely beautiful! I love blueberries so much I have to buy an extra basket in case I plan on making something with them.

    Congratulations on Guest Posting…Truly, it's like guesting on TV shows.

  36. Fresh and Foodie says:


  37. Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} says:

    Gorgeous dessert!!! What beautiful pictures!

  38. Congrats on the Top 9 today!

  39. Very beautiful – looks delectable! Have a great week, Carolyn.

  40. chopinandmysaucepan says:

    i'm on a low carb diet and this panna cotta looks so moist and beautiful! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  41. marla {family fresh cooking} says:

    I love Diethood blog too. Basil in desserts is an extra special treat!!

  42. Helene Dsouza says:

    Interessting combination, pana cotta and basil. I am a total panna cotta fan, this would make my day. ;)

  43. Heather Jacobsen says:

    so sorry about the meringues. they look beautiful though. :) i remember the panna cotta and thought it looked awesome. last year this time, I probably would have made it! but unfortunately i've developed a dairy allergy since then, so i have to avert my eyes whenever i see things like heavy cream. :( i hope someone will enjoy it for me on my behalf.

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