Yogurt Panna Cotta with Grand Marnier

Yogurt Panna Cotta with Grand Marnier

Hello Friday!  I thought that in honor of the weekend (and also due to my inability to really focus on writing anything of major substance yet) that I would do a  giveaway!  Everyone loves a giveaway, especially when it involves some type of food, so this should be a great way to head into the weekend.

If you are a regular reader of Bunkycooks, you will probably know that I had ankle surgery this past Monday.  It’s been a long and foggy headed week.  I am feeling marginally “of sound mind”…just enough to be able to write this post and share a recipe to go along with it.

Sitting around eating bon bons is not all that it’s cracked up to be…ask my dog!

The Chobani yogurt people sent me a nice sampling of their Greek yogurt several weeks ago.  They had invited me to meet them at their Chomobile, while it was in Atlanta, but I was out of town (Bummer, dude!), so I was able to play with some of the different types of yogurts at home instead. :)  I like the idea of including more yogurt in our diet because we are always looking for ways to eat lighter and healthier foods.

According to their website, they have some guy by the name of Mustafa at their farm in Upstate New York.  He is the Master Yogurt Maker.  Isn’t that the name of the lion in The Lion King? I told you I wasn’t totally coherent…just my brain wandering again …and that’s a scary thought with my pain med allotment circumstances this week!

So anyway, I have been enjoying their fruit flavored Greek yogurt since I first discovered it in the grocery stores (I particularly like the wonderfully tart, pomegranate flavor), but I had not tried the plain yogurt to use in any recipes, so I was excited to get to work on that!

I find Greek yogurt to be more satisfying as a meal or a snack than regular yogurt because of its rich consistency.  I like the smoothness of the Chobani yogurt (no lumpy stuff, even when the fruit gets mixed in) and there are fewer grams of sugar, which is always important.  It also has twice the protein of regular yogurt and offers some other great benefits as well.  If you are concerned about your foods (as I am), and want to know what is in them and where they come from, you might want to compare labels on yogurt next time you are making a purchase.

I had substituted regular whole milk yogurt in the past for sour cream and had okay results, but the Greek yogurt has such a nice consistency in even their non-fat version, I thought I would try it to update a few recipes.  I knew the smoothness and tartness of the Greek yogurt would make it a better substitute for sour cream.

These two ingredients are about to make a really lovely dessert!

I made several main dishes that were very successful substituting Chobani Greek Yogurt for the sour cream, however, I decided to share a dessert recipe, since we all seem to love desserts more than main dishes!

This dessert was inspired by an older recipe at Gourmet that was nice, but I thought could be kicked up a few notches!. I love the flavor of the Grand Marnier with the oranges and the tartness of the yogurt. A little bit of booze is always a nice addition to dessert. It’s hard to go wrong with a liquored up dessert, wouldn’t you say?! This is a delicious, low-fat dessert that is elegant enough to serve to company.

The first time I prepared the recipe, I unmolded it like a panna cotta.  The second time I made it and served it in the dessert glass. Either presentation is lovely, so it’s a matter of personal preference which you choose to do.  If you are in a hurry and make several of these for a dinner party, serving it right from the glass would certainly be simpler at the end of a meal.

You can serve this as a traditional panna cotta, if you prefer.

Now for the important stuff – the giveaway!

Chobani has offered to give two of Bunkycooks’ readers six coupons each for their Chobani yogurt.  There are many wonderful flavors to choose from, so it might be a toughie trying to decide what to get if you win. :)

Here is how you enter:


Leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite flavor of yogurt is!

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Here are four additional ways that you can enter.

1. Follow @bunkycooks on Twitter. Leave a comment here indicating that you are now a follower. If you are already a follower, you can leave a comment saying you are.

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*** Please be sure to leave separate comments as they are easier to count! Thanks!

The more times you leave a comment, the more chances you have to win! That would be 5 chances total (but, who’s counting?!). I will be using random.org to pick the winner.

This giveaway ends at 5 pm EST on Friday, November 19th.

I will notify the winner by email. Please get back to me with your mailing address within 48 hours. These coupons will be mailed to the winners directly from Chobani.

Chobani is only available to purchase in the U.S., so regretfully, this contest is only open to residents of the U.S. I apologize to my friends elsewhere.

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this recipe and good luck with the giveaway!


This recipe makes one serving, so you will need to adjust the ingredients accordingly, for your desired number of servings.


Yogurt Panna Cotta with Grand Marnier

Serves One


1/2 cup non-fat Greek yogurt (I used Chobani)
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons water
1/2 teaspoon unflavored gelatin (from 1 envelope)
Pinch ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
1 navel orange
1 tablespoon orange liquor (I used Grand Marnier)
3/4 teaspoon mild honey (I used the Spring honey from Green Goddess Farms)


Dishes to use: 1-cup ramekin (4 inches across and about 2 inches deep) - if you are going to unmold the dessert, like a panna cotta) or a glass dessert dish

Whisk together yogurt, sugar, vanilla and orange zest in a small bowl until sugar is dissolved. Put water in a very small saucepan and tilt pan so that water is on one side, then sprinkle gelatin and cardamom evenly over water. Let stand one minute to soften. Heat mixture over low heat, stirring, until gelatin is dissolved, about thirty seconds. Whisk hot gelatin into yogurt until combined well. * Do this step quickly so the gelatin does not have time to set up. Pour yogurt into ramekin or dessert glass and chill, covered, until set, about one and a half hours.

While yogurt mixture is chilling, cut peel and white pith away from orange with a sharp knife. Working over a small bowl, cut segments free from membranes from the orange, letting segments fall into bowl, then squeeze one tablespoon of juice from the rest of the orange and, if necessary, from membranes. (You should have about one tablespoon of orange juice.)

Bring orange juice, Grand Marnier and honey to a simmer in cleaned very small saucepan, stirring, then simmer until reduced to about one tablespoon, about one minute. Pour syrup over segments in the bowl, gently stirring to coat. Cool to room temperature, about ten minutes.

If unmolding - Run a thin knife around edge of ramekin to loosen panna cotta, then dip ramekin into a bowl of hot water thirty seconds and invert pudding onto a plate. Spoon syrup over panna cotta and arrange orange segments around sides.

You can also serve the panna cotta in a dessert glass and pour some of the syrup over the top and arrange several orange slices on top of the dessert.

* Disclaimer – Bunkycooks receives no compensation for the use or endorsement of Chobani Greek yogurt. We support the products that we use and love.

60 Responses to “Yogurt Panna Cotta with Grand Marnier”

  1. 1

    Jan — November 12, 2010 @ 3:52 pm

    My favorite flavor is vanilla

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    Jan — November 12, 2010 @ 3:53 pm

    I’m an email subscriber

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    Marie — November 12, 2010 @ 5:46 pm

    Love the recipe AND the pedicure! Hope you are feeling better soon.

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    Jessica — November 12, 2010 @ 6:11 pm

    This looks like a great recipe. Maybe it will entice my friends to eat something I make for them in less of a rush if I tell them there is liquor in it. haha

    Feel better soon!

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    Kristina @ spabettie — November 12, 2010 @ 6:13 pm

    my favorite chobani flavor is pomegranate or blueberry! YUM !

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    Denise@There's a Newf in My Soup! — November 12, 2010 @ 6:22 pm

    Favorite yogurt this week would be….Pomegranate, as well as favorite ice cream, liqueur, margarita, garnish, and vinaigrette!

    • bunkycooks replied: — November 12th, 2010 @ 6:50 pm

      LOL! Good choice! Did you notice what my favorite yogurt flavor is? Pomegranate!

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    Charlene — November 12, 2010 @ 7:53 pm

    I love the Honey!

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    Charlene — November 12, 2010 @ 7:53 pm

    I am also a subscriber!

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    MaryAnn WI — November 12, 2010 @ 8:08 pm

    I lovelovelovelove peach! And as soon as I hit “submit” I’m off to Facebook to become a fan. :)

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    Jennifurla — November 12, 2010 @ 8:14 pm

    My favorite is plain, I like to drizzle honey on it

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    redkathy — November 12, 2010 @ 9:02 pm

    Never mind my favorite yogurt flavor, I hope your feeling better PDQ!

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    Emily N. — November 12, 2010 @ 11:22 pm

    I like mixed berry or strawberry.

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    Deeba @ PAB — November 12, 2010 @ 11:49 pm

    I love yogurt everything…all flavours, and peach and black cherry the best! I think yogurt is the coolest thing discovered, and most versatile too. Love the panna cotta you made BC. Hope your surgery went off well, and you get back on your feet soon! Hugs to you…

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    Cristina @ TeenieCakes — November 13, 2010 @ 12:05 am

    Hey Gwen…I’m glad you have to take it easy so that you’re on the mend, but I do hope you’re feeling much better. On another note – fantastic giveaway…I luv Chobani! Discovered their yogurt in the summer and now we purchase it by the case at Costco. I haven’t seen the Pomegranate flavor…but I guess from what I’ve tasted so far, the strawberry.

    I’m gonna enter as many times as possible…I wanna win! 😉

    Have a good weekend and thx for great giveaway. 😉

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    Cristina @ TeenieCakes — November 13, 2010 @ 12:07 am

    I’ve tweeted twice :)

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    Cristina @ TeenieCakes — November 13, 2010 @ 12:07 am

    But of course…I’m already a fan on Facebook!

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    Cristina @ TeenieCakes — November 13, 2010 @ 12:10 am

    You’ve been in my Pageflakes reader (however having serious issues w/Pageflakes these days). I think I’ve exhausted all my opportunities now.

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    Cristina, from Buenos Aires to Paris — November 13, 2010 @ 2:40 am

    Now here you have me…I ‘m not only an addict to Greek yoghurt (though I had to quit bec’ it does add weight on you! shhh don’t tell the sponsors) but also an addict to Grand Marnier (this also adds pounds on you but there, I’m not ready to quit ;D ), so this is great!! You look so chic with your leg in a cast!! Hope to see you running soon!
    All the best,

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    Kulsum@JourneyKitchen — November 13, 2010 @ 3:10 am

    I can’t participate but I couldn’t help but leave a comment. I recently made Lemon pannacotta with lavender cream.. with yogurt and really loved it. You have used my fav spice cardamom in this one with those zetsy flavors I’m sure it would have been a hit! Hope you are getting better after the surgery.

    Best wishes :)

  20. 20

    rebecca — November 13, 2010 @ 8:27 am

    wow this dessert looks amazing and love the snap of you recovering with the mac and doggie looking on :-)

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    Jen Ro — November 13, 2010 @ 8:35 am

    All of us at my house love Chobani Yogurt. About a year ago, I converted my youngest over to it from the sugary kids brands and he goes for it big time. I love the pomegranate but enjoy them all thanks to the availability at Costco. Looking forward to trying the new flavors!

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    Evan@sweets — November 13, 2010 @ 8:58 am

    Dibs probably make the fact that you can’t walk very well right now a litttle bit better :) And you still managed to post a lovely panna cotta! This is one dish I’ve never tried.. maybe its about time I do!

  23. 23

    Jackie Watson — November 13, 2010 @ 9:23 am

    I follow you on twitter!

  24. 24

    Jackie Watson — November 13, 2010 @ 9:24 am

    Like you on FB!

  25. 25

    Jackie Watson — November 13, 2010 @ 9:27 am

    I tweeted the giveaway!


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    Chef Dennis — November 13, 2010 @ 9:58 am


    I hope your feeling better, that is one big cast!!! I do love greek yogurt, although I must admit I need to have some fat in it, unless I use it for cooking. I have been using greek yogurt instead of sour cream and heavy cream in some recipes and it has worked great!! I’m kind of boring with flavors, just give me strawberry, or mixed berry…
    Your panna cotta was such a stroke of genius, I am going to have to try it soon!!

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    Kristina @ spabettie — November 13, 2010 @ 7:17 pm

    I am already a fan of you on facebook… I also “liked” you from my spabettie blog facebook page :)

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    Monet — November 14, 2010 @ 12:56 am

    You sweet woman! I’ve been thinking about you and your recovery everyday. I’m hoping that you continue to improve. I love chobani Greek Yogurt (and I prefer the plain!). Your panna cotta is so inspired, my friend. Just beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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    Drick — November 14, 2010 @ 10:14 am

    bon-bons for recovery? do what works Gwen … I have just begun using chobani myself and find it a versatile substitute in recipes. Plain is the only one I have purchased as I’ve used it like a creama sub…

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    Priscilla - She's Cookin' — November 14, 2010 @ 1:15 pm

    I’ve enjoyed Greek yogurt but haven’t tried Chobani. I love the simplicity of the dessert and, yes, a bit of booze is always a great addition! Don’t know which is my favorite yet :)

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    Priscilla - She's Cookin' — November 14, 2010 @ 1:16 pm

    I follow you on Twitter :)

  32. 32

    Priscilla - She's Cookin' — November 14, 2010 @ 1:19 pm

    I like you on FB, too! Hope you’re feeling better and will be able to get up and around soon.
    P.S. you should enter my giveaway (drawing on Wed. eve)

  33. 33

    Amy — November 14, 2010 @ 2:04 pm

    I usually buy plain because it’s versatile and contains no added sugar, but I also love the pomegranate and pineapple…

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    Jamie — November 16, 2010 @ 8:10 am

    Just another fabulous recipe! We tend not to eat yogurt except for 0% fat yogurt and I usually cook and bake with 0% fat fromage frais. But this panna cotta is so stunning I’d break down and buy that yogurt. As far as yogurts do go me loves the red fruit kind- cherry or blackberry. No strawberry, thank you very much. And now I eat vanilla. MMMM. Love the pic of you lying on the sofa! xo

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    Kristina @ spabettie — November 17, 2010 @ 12:41 am

    I already follow you on twitter – via @spabettie :)

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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — November 17, 2010 @ 12:27 pm

    Holy cow! Greek yogurt panna cotta? That’s brilliant! Though, I have to admit, I’d use the full fat kind… because that’s the kind of guy I am :-)

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    Lauren — November 17, 2010 @ 4:02 pm

    I love blueberry yogurt :)

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    Lauren — November 17, 2010 @ 4:03 pm

    I’m a Facebook fan :)

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    Lauren — November 17, 2010 @ 4:04 pm

    Following you on Twitter :) @goofyfrito

  40. 40

    Lauren — November 17, 2010 @ 4:06 pm

    I subscribed on Google Reader :)

  41. 41

    Lauren — November 17, 2010 @ 4:07 pm

    Tweeted it :) @goofyfrito

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    Kristina @ spabettie — November 18, 2010 @ 11:11 am

    I subscribe to you in my g reader :)

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    Kim — November 18, 2010 @ 6:44 pm

    Hi Gwen! Swinging by to check in – I hope you’re feeling MUCH better now. For the record, my favorite yogurt is plain ol’ vanilla. :-)


  44. 44

    Kim — November 18, 2010 @ 6:44 pm

    I follow you on Twitter…

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    Kim — November 18, 2010 @ 6:45 pm

    Facebook fan, too…

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    Kim — November 18, 2010 @ 6:45 pm

    And of course! you’re on my RSS feed. It’s how I stay organized. :-)


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    Kristina @ spabettie — November 19, 2010 @ 1:53 am

    I tweeted !! 11-18 @ 9:53 :)

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    Jenn M. — November 19, 2010 @ 12:34 pm

    My favorite yogurt flavor is the Chobani pomegranate.

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    Jenn M. — November 19, 2010 @ 12:37 pm

    I subscribed by email.

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    Joyce @friendsdriftinn — November 20, 2010 @ 11:21 am

    I like plain yogurt. I use it for alot of greek inspired salads. During Thanksgving try adding some yogurt to mashed potatoes instead of sour cream. YUM Plus, plain yogurt is a fun addition to some baked goods.

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    Candy — November 20, 2010 @ 3:50 pm

    Love, love Chobani! Only yogurt I eat any more.

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    Candy — November 20, 2010 @ 3:53 pm

    Oops, favorite flavor is pineapple & am following you on twitter!

  53. 53

    Candy — November 20, 2010 @ 3:57 pm

    Tweeted your contest!

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    Candy — November 20, 2010 @ 3:59 pm

    Now a facebook fan!

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    Candy — November 20, 2010 @ 4:00 pm

    You’re now in my Google reader!

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    Nicole — November 20, 2010 @ 4:37 pm

    My favorite flavor is strawberry-with chocolate granola!

  57. 57

    Nicole — November 20, 2010 @ 4:38 pm

    I also now follow you on Twitter and Liked you on Facebook!

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    Kris Wiechman — March 13, 2011 @ 10:33 am

    My favorite flavor is blueberry. Mmmmm…soooo good! 😀

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    aanrechtblad — June 21, 2015 @ 10:14 am

    Wonderful post. I appreciate your attention to this subject and I learned a good deal.

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