Healthy Marshmallow Recipe

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Healthy Homemade Marshmallow Recipe- Can even add probiotics- these are healthy and kids love them

Candy and sugary desserts are not a food that is eaten very often by my family (my husband doesn’t have much a sweet tooth and we attempt to avoid sugar as much as possible for the kids). But occasionally when the children are craving sweets, or if we’ll be out somewhere that candy and other junk food is around, I try to find a healthier alternative for them. This healthy, homemade marshmallow recipe came about because of that need.

The kids actually got the idea for a marshmallow recipe from a cooking show they watched, and since I was not going to use the corn syrup and sugar that the TV recipe suggested, the healthy marshmallow experimenting began.

Healthy Marshmallows?

I have several qualifications if I’m going to serve sweets to my kids:

  1. All of the ingredients have to come from healthy sources and not be chemically made in any way
  2. It should have some health boosting properties (like Gelatin or probiotics, etc.)
  3. It needs taste good!

With these qualifications in mind, I started experimenting. I had a few failed marshmallow batches that luckily still tasted good and could be used as a marshmallow cream, but I finally found a marshmallow recipe that I was happy with (and so were the kids!).

My favorite part about this this recipe is that it contains all GAPS friendly ingredients, so even my son who we are working on reversing a dairy allergy in can have them. The gelatin and optional probiotics are gut soothing and supportive of skin, hair and nail growth!

UPDATE: I recently figured out how to add Marshmallow Root to these marshmallows. This not only makes them more authentic, but marshmallow root is very soothing for sore throats and congestion so the combination of this with probiotics can help give an immune boost! Marshmallow Root can also be made into a hot tea or cool infusion that is soothing during illness. Many herbalists also recommend Marshmallow Root for UTIs, heartburn, and indigestion for its soothing properties.

If you want to try a different healthy marshmallow version, my matcha marshmallow recipe is another delicious one that the kids will love.

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Healthy Marshmallow Recipe
 
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This is a healthy marshmallow recipe made with honey instead of sugar. You can even add probiotics for added health benefits!
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Recipe type: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
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Instructions
  1. Optional Step: Combine 1 cup of warm water with the 1 tablespoon of Marshmallow Root and let sit for 5 minutes (or as long as overnight in the fridge), Stir well and strain. Make sure that the liquid makes a whole cup.
  2. Pour ½ cup of water(marshmallow mix if you used it) into the metal bowl or mixer bowl and add the gelatin. Whisk slightly to incorporate and let sit.
  3. Pour the other ½ cup of water and the 1 cup of honey into the small saucepan.
  4. Slowly bring the water and honey mixture to a boil. If you have a kitchen thermometer, you want it to reach at least 240 degrees. If not, just keep boiling, stirring constantly for 8 minutes.
  5. Slowly start pouring the honey/water mixture into the bowl with the gelatin mix (which will be hardened by now).
  6. Turn on the mixer or hand mixer and keep on medium as the honey mixture is added.
  7. When add honey mix is added, turn the mixer to high and blend with the mixer for another 10-15 minutes or until it forms a stiff cream the consistency of marshmallow cream (it should form gentle peaks).
  8. Add the probiotics and any flavor ingredients for the last 2 minutes of mixing (except cocoa powder which can be added to the honey mix in the saucepan).
  9. Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish with coconut oil, or line with parchment paper, leaving some on the sides to be able to pull up.
  10. When marshmallows are whipped, pour into the lined/greased dish and smooth evenly.
  11. Let sit at least 4 hours (overnight is better).
  12. Flip on to a cutting board and cut with a well oiled pizza cutter or knife.
  13. Store in an airtight container.
Notes
Do NOT store in the fridge as they will melt. Store in an airtight container at room temperature. The probiotics will decrease the shelf life to 3-4 days. Without the probiotics, these will last 2-3 weeks on the counter.

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  1. Wonderful! My kids were begging me for marshmallows at the store the other day. We will definitely make these soon. I made some years ago, but they were the typical unhealthy version. Very impressed with this recipe! Thanks so much for sharing! I love it!

  2. do they roast liek regular marshmallows?

    • If they are hardened enough, but if they are still soft, they can fall off a roasting stick…

      • How do you store marshmallow root and for how long?

        • I have been looking for this type of recipe for so long and i finally found it!thanks wellness mama!

      • Can I add more marshmallow root? How does that effect the overall texture, I was thinking of making a sort of antacid marshmallow for my sister in law Bc she’s not super keen on tea.

  3. my recipe is almost identical to this but I never thought of putting probiotics in them, what a great idea! Thanks!

  4. adding mint and dipping in dark chocolate…. peppermint patty anyone??

    • Yes, please! 🙂

    • YUM!!! That sounds delicious! I might do that… 🙂

    • Did you add mint and how did it turn out?

    • Oh My goodness – did you make your peppermint patty recipe???
      Please please tell us how it turned out? That was totally genius.
      I read your comment and said OH MY GOD so loud that my husband is still making fun of me.
      I’m salivating!

      • Lol!!!! Just imagined the scene hahaha

  5. I need to try this as a way to get probiotic into my son’s system. He’s a VERY picky eater, and I have a hard time getting him to try new things. Maybe he’ll try these though. Thanks so much.

    • My kids can be very picky too. It’s like every highly processed and sugary thing out there is all they want. Another good way to give your child probotics is in their drinks. I can’t get my sons to eat chewables so I buy the powder that you keep in the fridge (which they carry at my local health food stores) and mix it in their favorite drink. Some stores have ones especially for kids but if not the adult probotics usually have age dosing and you’d cut the dose in half from 1 teaspoon to a 1/2 a teaspoon most likely.

      • I use Flora-Balance from O’Donnell Formulas— it has absolutely NO taste. I love it.

  6. I love that this has healing ingredients like gelatin and probiotics! How creative! Plus it’s GAPS and egg free? I think I will be trying these this afternoon!

  7. Sounds awesome!!! Definitely gonna try this!

  8. I’m curious how you’re trying to reverse your son’s milk allergy? With the full GAPS diet? I am waiting for my GAPS diet book to arrive and hopefully will be able to do this with my son as I think he has dairy and wheat sensitivities. I definitely know he has severe egg allergy.

    • How old is your son, by the way? Mine is just now 12 months and I’m thinking it will be easier to do this diet with him now while he’s younger as opposed to waiting…

    • With the GAPS intro and full GAPS. It has been an amazing transformation, even in his mental/emotional development as he was a preemie and was struggling to hit a couple of milestones until GAPS>

  9. Sort of disappointed … was hoping it actually had real marshmellow root or something in it. But still a better alternative to the regular ones 🙂

    • One of the ingredients IS marshmallow root…

      • However, John wrote their comment almost a year before you did, and that addition is listed as an update.

  10. Made a batch of these today and also a double-batch of your homemade jello. So my question is – what else do you use the gelatin for? I purchased two containers of it on amazon, and not sure what else I can use it for. Would love your suggestions.

    • I actually dissolve a teaspoon a day in hot tea… great for skin, hair, nails. It also is great for thickening sauces, or making pudding…

      • Good for kids too? How much? Thanks!

          • I use it as part of my cure tooth decay diet. I put some in 1yo’s blended soup for nutrients. Leftovers went in fridge. The next day I pulled it out for lunch and it was soup jello! (Duh.) It was so much easier to feed than liquid soup! I put it in all kinds of homemade baby food now.

      • I know what gelatin is made from. No thank you.

        • Yes, from animal bones. That’s why it has so many health benefits. Making broth from bones is so nutritional and would help feed families when they didn’t have many options. Humans have been living off of animals for thousands of years!

          • Just because bone broth has so much nutrients, doesnt mean the collagen from the bones (gelatin) is going to carry all those nutrients also.

          • Humans have been using bones to get nutrients for thousands of years. They would put the bones in a pot over a fire and use the broth for days when they didn’t have meat. It would provide them with the nutrients they needed. That is why this method is still used today. Just curious, but why do you believe this not to be true?

          • Im not disputing the health benefits of bone broth, only pointing out that gelatin by itself isnt going to contain all the same good stuff thats in bone broth, like iron and such.

            “Although gelatin is 98-99% protein by dry weight, it has less nutritional value than many other complete protein sources. Gelatin is unusually high in the non-essential amino acids glycine and proline (i.e., those produced by the human body), while lacking certain essential amino acids (i.e., those not produced by the human body).” <-wikipedia

          • I see what you mean. I don’t plan to use this as a complete protein source or even for its nutrients, especially for making marshmallows and fruit snacks. I will give my kids bone broth if I want to achieve that. The fact that it’s healthy and not something like corn syrup is why I think so highly of it and enjoy using it in recipes like this.

          • Not to mention that gelatin is great for joints, bones, healing, etc. Much better than zero nutritional value corn syrup, that’s for sure.

      • what tea infuser do you use?

        • Mine always end up wet on the bottom why would that be?

      • It is also excellent for older people to rebuild cartilage and strengthen joints.

    • I add it to soups, and mugs of bone broth at breakfast. My husband adds it to his smoothies/post workout protein drinks.

  11. Can you share one of your “failures”? I am looking for an alternative to marshmallow fluff. My son loves sunflower butter and fluff sandwiches.

    • Just reduce the amount of gelatin to make it thinner and more fluff like. I think around 2 tbsp of gelatin was when I got the fluff consistency.

      • OOOhhhh! This fluff would be like traditional 7 minute icing or what is also called boiled icing! I think that would be great to put on a cake but is AIP Paleo friendly. Super exciting!!

  12. I have successfully made marshmallows for a while now, using similar recipes, however recently they’ve started separating…I was surprised to read your comment about putting them in the fridge makes them melt – surely it should make them too hard? Could putting in the fridge cause the separation I’m experiencing?

    • It could… it has something to do with the moisture, not the temp I think.

      • Wellness Mama-just saw this post. I know it’s an older one. But I wanted to comment-made your marshmallows almost a year ago and froze what we didn’t eat. (No kids here! Empty nesters!)
        A year later there are still some in there and they’re fine! I pulled one out and tried it the other day. They’re cut and on wax paper in a freezer zip bag with most of the air pushed out. I didn’t use probiotics and if you did they probably wouldn’t be active anymore but the marshmallow is great!

  13. These look incredible! Can’t wait to try them!

  14. My daughter & I made these today, and the taste is great! When I tried spreading it in the glass dish, it was a big fluff ball that wouldn’t spread. It’s just a gelatinous mass. Do you think I mixed it too long? That’s what I’m thinking. Oh well, we’re still going to enjoy our ugly marshmallow ball!!!

    • Probably mixed a little too long… If you just leave it there until it sets, you should still be able to cut it in to squares…

      • Do you think using this for rice crispy treats would work? Has any one tried this yet?

    • Same thing happened to me and I only mixed for 6 minutes, so next time I think I might do what looks like soft peaks to me.

  15. I loooove that you added probiotics to marshmallows. Genius! Any chance you could recreate something like this? http://www.braintoniq.com/braintoniq/ I know I can make tea with some of the herbs, and I could use honey to sweeten, but I don’t know how to get the powdered stuff to work in a drink. I guess just put it in and shake it up a lot? I have a very picky teenager. We do have a SodaStream so I can use that to carbonate it.

    • I’ll play with it and see but I’m sure there is a way to do it without the agave or the need for a can..

      • Oh, that would be soooo super if you had a chance to figure it out!

  16. Can these be used to make rice crispy treats?

    • Yes, but I’d stir in the other ingredients at the end of the mixing process for the marshmallows before the set instead of re-melting them like the traditional recipe…

      • Hi, I love these Marshmallows! I tried to make the rice treats and they turned out very soggy. Do you have a recipe for this? Many Thanks~!

        • I’ve made rice crispy treats several times with this recipe. The treats will get soggy if you skip the remelting step. I don’t know why this is, but remelting seems to be necessary for decent treats. At least for me.
          I just use a standard rice crispy treat recipe, nothing fancy.

  17. I made a recipe similar to your recipe. The honey flavor was very intense. Do your marshmallows taste similar to the store brand?

    • Try another type of honey.

      Honey has a large variety of flavors, depending on what flower the bees have frequented.
      Typically the color will give an idea of the intensity of flavor..
      Some honeys are nearly clear, only a slight color.. They tend to be very sweet with very little flavor…
      And some honeys are as dark as molasses, with very strong flavors.

      • Can you use Raw Honey? The honey we buy is almost solid in 32 oz glass jars from the farmer, and if you want it liquid you need to melt it.

        Do you know if the quality of marshmallows is affected by the raw honey?

          • Hi Katie,

            It’s a grate recipe, my concern, though, is honey boiling aspect. As far as I know honey becomes poisoness when being boiled. It only hold 40 degrees Celsius.
            I wish there was some articles that prove other, for I know a lot of tasty recipes with boiled honey 🙁 May be you would know some?!

            Thank you for your precious time working on this grate blog!
            Anya

        • You can use raw honey but boiling it kills all the nutrients in the honey. I am wondering if I can make this recipe without boiling the honey and just boiling the water.

          • I have tried this. I have also tried reducing the amount of honey for marshmallows that weren’t so sweet. Neither of those things worked: I ended up with a syrup that never got fluffy.

  18. Can you use stevia instead of honey?

    • I do in almost all recipes, but it won’t work in this one, since the natural sugars in the honey are needed to create the fluffy texture…

  19. Could you do this with the same amount of pure maple syrup instead of honey? It is the only sweetener we can use due to allergies. We have tons of raw local honey and can’t use it. 🙂

    • I haven’t tried it but have heard from others that it can work… let me know how it goes if you try it!

    • I have made this recipe with a combination of raw honey and pure maple syrup. It worked well, but I think I had to mix it a bit longer than the recipe called for. But the marshmallows turned out yummy and my girls are more than happy to have 1-2 healthy marshmallows each day. How many marshmallows should one consume daily to see the benefits of the gelatin?

  20. What kind of probiotics did you use? Do you use great lakes gelatin or something else? What if I wanted to use my own gelatin from a broth or something? (because it’s hard to find organic gelatin, much less grass-fed).

    • I use Great Lakes… I’ve never tried with homemade Geltain, so not sure about that…

  21. Hey Wellness Mama I’m new to your blog and I love it! It’s right up my alley! Can you explain why gelatin is considered a health boosting property? Thanks!

  22. We made these today and they came out perfect!

    Can it be made “raw” by not boiling the water/honey mixture? Is the boiling to kill bacteria or required to get the marshmallow-y texture?

    Thanks for sharing!

  23. If you let the marshmallow root sit overnight cold water it will be more slippery and you’ll get more health benefits. A few plants like cold water soaks marshmallow is one. I can’t wait to try this! Your blog is amazing thanks for all your hard work

    • yes, i just read this: Making a decoction (a heated extraction) maximizes the starch extracted from the root; thus I prefer to make a cold infusion, which maximizes the mucilage.

  24. I am so excited to give these a try!! I’d love to use coconut sugar since it is lower in fructose than honey. Have you tried this before? And if so, did you need to adjust the amount of sweetener and/or water?
    Thank you so much!

  25. I made these over the weekend using honey and some concentrated pineapple juice I made and they came out pretty good. The pineapple juice had been cooked so it disabled the papain. I wonder if I might have overdone the mixing because they are very airy. I’m just getting into natural foods so I also used regular store-bought gelatine and that may have affected the texture. My hubby called it “marshmallow tofu” LOL!

  26. Hi! Do you use the actual root or powdered Marshmallow? I’m not sure which to order. Thank you! Debbie

      • If you get the root do you have to grind it or something? I’ve never worked with it before! Thank you.

        • You don’t have to grind it, you just steep it and strain it anyway…

  27. I meant to order marshmallow root, but I accidentally got the powder instead. How can I use this in the recipe?

    • You can make the liquid by adding the powder to hot water and letting it cool just like with the root, and then just make sure to strain really well….

  28. I have a container of the Great Lakes Gelatin Collagen Hydrolysate (in the green canister), it’s the one that is supposed to dissolve in hot or cold liquids. Will this work for this recipe or do u think I need to get the regular gelatin?

    • I don’t think it will work as this one specifically does not gel and is easy to mix in…

      • That’s what I thought, Thanks 🙂

  29. I want to find a recipe that doesnt have gelatin. Being a vegetarian i can not eat it.

  30. Hi Katie! Loved listening to you on the Real Food Con Summit! It certainly inspired me to visit your site and try some of your recipes–especially the child oriented ones. So, my daughter and I attempted this yummy recipe yesterday. I followed your directions and things looked good, but on checking them this morning, they have melted:(. Where did I go wrong? A few things that may help that I have considered: we live in the mountains, my mixer is ancient, I loosely sat a lid on the top before bed? Thanks!

  31. I have powder probiotics, what measurement would be equivalent to 4 caspsules? I’m thinking 2 tsp?
    Thanks!

  32. Hi Katie,
    Is it possible to make these with agar agar flakes instead of gelatin? My daughters birthday is coming up this weekend and I want to make some healthy sweet treats, as she typically doesn’t have any i want to make an exception on her special day.
    Many thanks,

    Sabrina

  33. Hi, this recipe looks amazing. However, I am vegan and was wondering if there is a healthy alternative to grass-fed gelatin. Thank You.

  34. Could you suggest an alternative to Gelatin?

  35. Also you can add 1-2 tsp of matcha powder (finely ground green tea) for green tea marshmallows!!!

    • Good idea! Thanks!

  36. Thanks! I have been looking everywhere for a marshmallow recipe that uses actual marshmallow root, so I was happy to find this. I’d still like to find a recipe that uses only marshmallow root sometime, just out of curiosity for what the “original” was like.

  37. When I was at work today we were talking about all the awful things we liked to eat as kids. One of the things that came up were Viva Puff cookies. (I don’t know if they are a Canadian thing or not, but they are a cookie with a dab of jam, a marshmallow on top and then dipped in chocolate.) Anyways, I was challenged to try to make a healthy version of this cookie. I am going to try out your marshmallow recipe and see how I can go from there. Wish me luck!!! The people at my work are not on the same page as I am–yet!!!!

    Thanks for posting. 🙂

  38. I used half honey and half maple syrup. I too was worried about the overpowering honey flavor. Turns out I could still really taste the honey. Which is not bad but not really a marshmallow flavor. But when they were all done setting up I sprinkle them with a mixture of arrowroot powder cinnamon and salt. It seemed to neutralize the honey flavor. I also had a gelatinous clump of goo instead of flat marshmallows. So I made some cookie cutter shapes and then used the rest of the globs for organic rice krispie treats. You can re heat the marshmallows it does
    work fine. Thank you Wellness Mama for the recipe! 🙂

  39. Ugh! I have Marshallow Extract. Do you know how much of this I would use?

  40. Do you think you could substitute the gelatin with agar powder and the honey with either agave or pure maple syrup to make these vegan? I have been looking for a good vegan marshmallow recipe but they all seem to involved for the time I am willing to put into them. Hah. This recipe looks really simple and I was just curious. I might have to try those alterations and see if they work. Hmmm 🙂

  41. I was reading your recipe and I noticed you are heating the honey to a very high temp. I’m very interested in using honey as an alternative in most of everything that I make. Though in some cases it is very difficult to do this. Once raw honey (the beneficial honey) is heated to above boiling, it literally loses all nutritional value, I’ve actually heard in the case of Ayurveda, it is believed that honey heated over 60 degrees Celsius (140 degrees Fahrenheit) creates “ama”. Ama is a condition of mucus that is brought on by inflammation and toxicity. Regardless, once honey is heated it is no different from regular sugar. Since you seem to be into the less sugar intake diet, I figured I would let you know. Lately, I’ve been heating honey under 100 degrees C to test at what temps honey is no longer nutritional. To do this, just heat the honey – once you have reached a specified temp. remove the honey from the heat and let it sit until it crystallizes ( you must do this with RAW honey); this can take weeks, months, or even years (my raw honey generally crystallizes in a month or two). If it does not crystalize the honey is no longer nutritionally beneficial. There are a lot of no bake honey treats, which I enjoy snacking on, available! If you truly want to eat healthy sweets, try not heating the honey to such high temps. By the way, I’m really excited to try your marshmallow recipe out (I live to eat s’mores)! I hope I can figure out how I can make it without heating the honey to such a high temp.

    • It’s true, if you are going to heat raw honey, you might as well use sugar, as you have killed all the beneficial enzymes and it is no longer healthy.

      The whole point of eating raw honey is that it is unheated!

  42. Just made these, but they are turning soupy already! Can anyone help?! Don’t want to waste it.

    • No, we can’t, because you gave nothing to work with. You need to give us more information. What did you do? Did you follow the recipe to a T? I made them, following the directions exactly as explained (setting timers and such to be exact) and they came out fluffy, delicious marshmallows.

      And if all else fails just eat them with a spoon. They won’t taste any different, just won’t be fluffy.

  43. i only mixed the end product for about 5min and it was too thick to spread out nicely would u think just mixing enough at the end just to blend it all so then it can be spread out good?

  44. I made these this weekend to send with my 2.5-year-old son for his first camping trip with dad and the boys. 🙂 Not only did he love them, but so did uncles, grandpa, and cousin! My husband raved about them! I stuck the leftovers in the freezer, and they’ve kept their shape perfectly! Thank you for this fabulous recipe, Katie!!!

  45. Can you taste the probiotics in the marshmallows?

  46. Do you use Marshmallow Root or Marshmallow Root Powder??

  47. I just made these and the recipe worked perfectly. I let them set up for about an hour before cutting them (I found kitchen shears worked better than a knife for cutting, since I don’t have a pizza cutter) I tossed them in arrowroot starch so they don’t stick together. I also didn’t have enough honey, so I used maple syrup to get the rest of the 1 cup of sweetener. They are a little maple-y but very tasty. However, I find them to be VERY sweet. Much sweeter than even store-bought marshmallows. Maybe it’s because my tastes have changed and I’m more sensitive to sweet flavors now, but I was shocked at how sweet they were. Any ideas on how to make them less sweet? I think a lot of the water evaporated while the honey mixture came up to 240 degrees.

  48. Just made these and they were delicious! I used half honey, half maple syrup and it worked great. I think next time I’ll mix it less than ten minutes because I had trouble spreading it in my pan and it doesn’t look too pretty. I also used them for peanut butter rice crispy treats and melted after I was done mixing (I was afraid to stop halfway through and not be able to start it back up) and that also worked out great. Thanks so much for the recipe! My family will be picking at these for a while 🙂

  49. I LOVE THIS!! You have amazing values. It is so important to teach the younger generation the important of natural and healthy foods instead of allowing them to eat chemicals and processed garbage. Thank you for the recipe!!!

  50. Does the Marshmallow root add to the taste in this recipe, it says optional so Im guessing not. I don’t have this on hand.

  51. Should I use marshmallow root, marshmallow root powder, or marshmallow root extract? Do they all have the same benefit, or does one desaulve better into the jello?I’ve never used it before so not sure what one to buy. Thanks!

  52. I’m curious, you say “grass-fed gelatin” and give a link, but the container in the link does not say anything about grass-fed. Usually they are really keen to promote that. Have you done research into this particular brand and know that it is grass-fed?
    Thank you for your wonderful site! We have used it for so many things, and shared it with our friends. 🙂

  53. Katie- you said in this article you are trying to reverse a milk allergy? Can you share with me how you are trying to accomplish this? Thanks so much

  54. Made these today with a raw honey that gave them a lovely faint caramel color; also used vanilla bean (use 1/2 the amt of vanilla called for when using ground beans). I mixed mine a bit too long but I used a reusable parchment paper on top of them and spread with my hands to press them out

  55. Is marshmallow root safe to consume during pregnancy? Sorry if this is a repeat question!

  56. Hi Katie,
    I was curious does not honey become poison when boiled? I’ve read that it could be raised only to 40 C. It is my internal “sadness” 🙂 I’m always looking for a healthier way instead of sugar in recipes but honey seems even worse when boiled.
    Thank you.

  57. Hi Katie,

    Is marshmallow root safe to use when pregnant? Thanks!

    • I’ve taken it while pregnant, but you should check with your Dr. or midwife before making a decision.

  58. Great recipe. But instead of prebiotics, can I add cod liver oil instead? and add some organic juice for flavor? I need it so that my 22 month LO with cavities will consume cod liver oil, and she likes marshmallows. I am planning to put into practice your advice in naturally healing her cavities. Put she’s just a picky eater. I hope you can help me on this one. Thanks.

    • You could try it… but it might not taste great. Let us know if you try it!

  59. Hi. I’m always looking for healthier alternatives to feed my grandchildren, and marshmallows are one sweet treat I never buy because, well, you know all the reasons. Thank you for this recipe. So glad to find it! Pinning.

    Don’t know if you’re aware, but all of the links have gone south a bit–their code is showing! Do please let me know when you fix them, as I would like to share this recipe on a couple of sites I play around with.

  60. I just made this recipe. I doubled it, took out the honey and replaced 1 cup with maple syrup (real maple syrup) and then added just half cup of rapadora. They are good. As I poured it into my pan I moved the bowl to cover the pan and they spread themselves a little and immediately started getting hard. No need to spread with spatula. Thanks for the recipe!

    • What is rapadora?

  61. I made these this morning with the marshmallow root. I also used 1/2 tsp of both almond and vanilla extract. These were an immediate hit with my 2 boys and my sceptical husband. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Delish with health benefits, exactly what moms need.

  62. Is marshmallow root an acceptable substitution for the root in this recipe?

  63. All I’ve got to say is WOW! These turned out wonderful, delicious! Waay better than my old recipe (corn syrup kind) and I don’t feel guilty licking the beater after! I was short 1/4 cup of honey so I used the rest maple syrup an still was good! Thank you so much!!

  64. Don’t believe Great Lakes gelatin is grass fed (although they probably would like you to believe it is).

  65. I cannot wait to try this recipe! I have been searching EVERYWHERE for marshmallows that are full of sugar and other junk. I have been looking at all different types of healthier options (I’m new to making things homemade, organic, nonGMO, etc but I’m learning!) We’re getting ready to take a vacation to Disney World and I’m terrified of being stuck with my family and forced to eat and follow with their unhealthy lifestyles. I am working so hard on finding natural, organic, whole yummy foods for myself and my son. I come to your page everyday (I’ve even got my husband checking out your recipes!) as well as the coconut mama.

  66. Just wondering if I could use only 1/2 the honey? I have tried another recipe similar that had a whole cup of sweetener and it was to sweet for us. Would it turn out the same? Or would I need to decrease something else? Thank you, excited to try this… Love using the marshmallow infusion.

  67. Great recipe! But, do you know that if you heat a honey(more than 40 C) it will become toxic?

  68. So I just made a second batch of this, trying maple syrup instead of honey. Spectacular if tasty disaster. The volume was much less than with the honey, and it set extremely quickly. By the time I went and grabbed the 8×8 baking dish (I had noticed with the 9×13, that it didn’t quite fill, so opted for a smaller pan) the marshmellow was already too set to pour into the dish. And when for shits and giggles I scraped it out, it didn’t even cover half of it. It tastes perfectly fine but I would suggest sticking with the honey.

  69. Oh dear, I tried the recipe and the result is very liquid. I’m so disappointed because I did it exactly according to the instrucitons. The only difference is that I use Gelatine granulates instead of powder (I can’t get Gelatine in powder form in Switzerland) First step went sort of well; Gelatine and water mixed to a foam (didn’t get hard at all). But then when adding the water/honey everything became liquid even after long mixing. Please what shall I do differently ? Thanks for any help

  70. Does anyone have any healthy hot chocolate recipes to go with these marshmallows??

  71. Hi there. I am going to attempt to make fondant with this. I’m an organic baker and store bought fondant or homemade is made with marshmallows and powdered sugar. However I cannot find organic marshmallows anywhere so I’m going to try this since the marshmallows have to be microwaved down to a sticky mess, this should work too. My question is, how many oz does this make?

    • Did you try making fondant? Did it work?

  72. Great recipe, but I’m concerned about heating honey and even boiling it. You’re basically bringing it over pasteurization t. And as I know it’s really bad for honey, so why not to use maple syrup instead. This one won’t heart to be heated as it’s how maple syrup is made.

  73. I love this recipe and have made it several times before but has anyone tried using just organic sugar or something other than honey? I find that the honey flavor is too strong and it gets expensive using a cup of honey for this if I make multiple batches.Thanks!!

  74. We tried making a different recipe, but they turned out way too soft and squishy. Do these hold up pretty well? Do you think it would work with other liquid sugars like maple syrup or agave? I’ll definitely try this one out.

  75. Could you use milk kefir as the probiotic in these? I am not sure what heating does to its qualities, but thought you could add it with the water and honey.

  76. Does anyone know if these can be piped out into Peeps shapes? I’ve seen Peep recipes that use marshmallow recipes. Just wondering if that would work

  77. How do you know when they’ve gone bad?

  78. when heating the honey is the above in C or F – i got mine up to 107C and it was almost bubbling over 😉 thinking should do it in a bigger pot and made me wonder was the 240 C or F – thankyou sahara

  79. great recipe – wondering if you have any tips for getting it into the pan smoothly before the gelatin sets ? i might of overwhipped it? once i stopped whipping it basically set not giving much time to smoothly place it in the pan. and its sooo sticky – is that normal? i hope my girl likes 😉 thankyou

  80. How many of these marshmallows should you eat a day to consume enough gelatin to reap it’s many healthful benefits?

  81. How do you store marshmallow root and for how long?

  82. Recipe fail.
    Followed instructions to the letter. Used Great Lakes gelatin and a KitchenAid Pro for 15 minutes.

    Resulting product resembles the tenacious mucous of a circa 1800s Tuberculosis patient, and it smells like walking through the sweaty bullpen of an on-the-hoof animal, while drinking hot cocoa.

    Fail, Wellness Mama. Double Fail.

    • Not sure what went wrong, and I am sorry it didn’t work, but despite the recipe fail, this is a total description WIN. Seriously, you made me laugh (hopefully with you). I’ll have to see if I can recreate your results and see what happened so I help you!

      • Lol! I think we’ll try again, and just shorten the mixing time. Maybe by half? I kept watching for gentle peaks, but that never seemed to happen.

        Does anyone else’s gelatin reek to the highest heavens?

  83. I miss s’mores SO much, does these react like normal marshmallows in a Bon fire?

  84. I made these today with the kids and they turned out wonderful! I will definitely make them again. I also only used 4 ingredients gelatin, water, honey, and vanilla.

  85. How many calories are in each? How about sugar? These sound like just what I need for my diet to have a healthy sweet treat, but I need to know calories so I can keep track. Thanks! 🙂

  86. Made this with the marshmallow powder I used from opening up some capsules. The texture & color are spot on. Unfortunately all I can taste is an overwhelming honey flavor. Did I do something wrong? How can I get it to taste like marshmallow?

    • Unfortunately it takes on the flavour of whatever sweetener you use (honey or maple syrup) I think maybe trying sugar? But if you do that you could use a different recipe too.

  87. I made these today and they turned out perfect! My kids love them. My only concern is the heating honey issue-I’ve seen several comments on this post about how honey is toxic when heated (and nutritional value is lost) but you didn’t respond to any of them which makes me wonder. I’ve found conflicting answers when I try to research myself. Katie, could you PLEASE respond? I don’t feel good feeding anymore to my kids until I can get a straight answer. Thank you!

    • I have not seen any definitive reason that honey would be harmful when heated to that temperature

    • Erin. Not only is Mama correct, but did you know that all regular honey sold on store shelves at big grocery stores is all pasteurized? It’s all been exposed to very high heat. It kills all bacteria, good and bad.
      However the reason we enjoy raw unpasteurized honey is to enjoy the benefits of the good bacteria in it.
      You can also use maple syrup if you don’t want to use honey, however it’s far from toxic. I’ve also made this recipe with my niece with honey. Perfectly safe.

      • Thank you for responding Katie! And thank you Lisa B. for all the info! That eases my mind. It’s just strange that everywhere I looked it up, people were saying stuff about it causing “Ama” or something about it not being digested properly and it gradually building up over time. But that makes sense about the pasteurized stuff. I do prefer the raw local honey.

        • You’re welcome.
          Also in case you weren’t aware, honey whether pasteurized or not is NOT ok for babies under 2 due to their immature and developing immune systems.

  88. I would love to try these! Buuuuuut, I can’t invest $46 in beef gelatin right now. What would you recommend for a less expensive substitute?

    Thanks!

  89. Hi! I love the taste of these, but mine are sticky! They are firm but squishy and very, very sticky. No way can they be put in a container. Why is this? I double checked and I have all ingredients correct. My house is between 83-87 degrees Fahrenheit. Is that too warm? We don’t have AC. I’m hoping you’ll tell me it’s something else, something I can fix. 🙂
    Thank you! I love your recipes!

    • Yes, it might be too warm in your house. Maybe you could try separating them from each other placing them on a divided cookie sheet, covering with sheeting, and putting them in the coolest place in your home, like a pantry. That might help…

  90. I have tried to make rice krispy treats with these twice. One time I used an organic krisp rice cereal and the next time I got brand name Rice Krispy’s. Both times the rice cereal was soggy the next day.

    Do you have any advice on how to make rice crispies with these marshmallows so they don’t get soft? I’d love to be able to give them to my kids as a treat!

    They really like the marshmallows alone as well! They are a family favorite 🙂

  91. Hi,
    Sorry to be a spoil sport but I am an Ayurvedic Practitioner and according to Ayurveda (ancient holistic medical system from India) you should never heat honey beyond about 110 degrees F as it produces toxins which will cause skin problems.

    Maybe another sweetener.

  92. I’ve made these a few times now and they have been a hit. I am one of those rare people who cannot tolerate probiotics. However I went looking for a healthy marshmallow recipe after adding plain whey protein to my hot chocolate. It reminded me of marshmallow flavor.

    So, I add whey protein to give my marshmallows an extra boost. My son has flavored whey so I made some chocolate marshmallows for him with his chocolate whey. Delish!

    My main challenge is working with the “batter” as it wants to solidify so quickly. I was trying to make cute little round ones with a specialty ice cube tray.

    How would one make marshmallow cream spread? How much would you reduce gelatin and/or cooking time? I think it might make terrific “frosting” for a cake.

    My husband has honey bees so we have the honey to make these! Thank you!

  93. I love these! I think I’m storing mine wrong though as they get moldy in less than a week in a glass container with plastic cover without probiotics.
    Guess we just need to eat them faster. Any suggestions? Thanks

  94. I actually stumbled across this when researching whether or not probiotics can be killed by ingesting marshmallow root. It’s been my understanding that this herb contains some antibacterial properties. Have you found this to be a problem or suspected that the probiotics in your recipe were not working optimally?

  95. If you want to keep your honey “raw” You can heat half the water and gelatin to dissolve the gelatin, then add that to the honey and other half of water, mixing while adding…. It turns out just the same, without damaging your precious, expensive raw honey. I was so glad to find your recipe, because other wise I might never have tried homemade marshmallows. But after the first batch I did some experimenting and just had to share it with you. But you do HAVE to dissolve the gelatin, or it’s grainy and won’t set.

    • Awesome! I want to try making it without super heating the honey, but wasn’t sure if the sugars had to get that hot for the recipe to turn out. Thanks much! I’m going to make it with marshmallow root this weekend : – )

  96. I made this yesterday with my boys and it turned out great! My question is can you dehydrate the marshmallows to make them crispy? My boys have a trail mix they really like called “S’mores” and I was thinking I could make it at home, for less, and healthier if I could get the marshmallows the way they like them in this mix.

    Thinking of making these with a little beet powder to turn them pink/red and cutting them with a heart shaped cookie cutter for Valentine’s Day treats for my son’s preschool class.

    Thanks!

    • I’ve never tried, but it is a great idea! Please let us know if you try it!

  97. Highly recommend this recipe. I used vanilla and unsweetened cacao. I used a hand mixer. A bit tedious, but it finally peaked just like it was supposed to. It’s still firming up in the sheet pan, but licking the bowl and the beaters – – yum yum yum. thank you Wellness Mama! I appreciate all that you share!

  98. I’m going to try this! I love s’mores!! I eat them every night as my little treat but I feel bad because they aren’t healthy! Looking forward to giving this a try. Question about adding probiotics: is the mix cooled when they are added? I know heat can kill probiotics correct?

  99. Yay! I finally got around to making these! Because honey is expensive where I am and panela is not, I made “miel de panela”, a sugar syrup made from pure sugar with all th the good minerals, and used that. So yummy!

  100. I make these using organic maple syrup ( no probiotics as we’re all on different ones, and no marshmallow root either ) they work every time and we toast them over the fire no problems! Great recipe!

  101. Has anyone tried putting these in a mold of any kind? Thinking about Easter.

    • I got a Peeps mold from a Hobby store last year (I think it was Michael’s) and I had a little trouble getting them to form right. I think the whipped mixture being less whipped is better than more as it will fill the mold better (10 min vs 15 min), the mold being coated in oil, and using a piping bag (which I haven’t tried yet, but I want to).

      I did have some turn out before, so I think I will try it again this year with the piping bag

  102. I tried a heart shaped candy mold generously greased with coconut oil and it was a fail.

    I am sticking with cut squares. My only other thought is that you could try adding one more Tbsp. of gelatin than the recipe calls for to make them a bit firmer or perhaps use a small cookie cutter for shapes after it firms up.

  103. Is there any way to make these and the gummies with my left over gelatin from bone broths? Its fresh and melts at room temp

      • Thanks! I tried it, it tastes totally fine, like a marshmallow actually. But it doesn’t have the consistency of a real marshmallow, it stayed liquid. In the fridge it firmed up a bit but its still liquid. I’m wondering what I can do with it now. I was thinking of maybe mixing it with melted cacoa and peanut butter?

  104. I made the marshmellow recipe and it got super thick and turned into a ball and did not get peaks i am not sure what i did wrong.

    Thank You

  105. I made marshmallows without boiling the honey. The honey stayed raw and full of nutrients. I put one cup of raw honey in my stand mixer along with 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence. I added 3 tablespoons of Great Lakes Gelatin to 1 cup of filtered water in a Pirex jug, then gently heated to dissolve. I started whipping the honey and vanilla essence on maximum speed whilst I was dissolving the gelatin. I then poured the dissolved gelatin into the mixer, as it was mixing slowly, then cranked it up for about 10 minutes until stiff white peaks formed. My son isn’t a big fan of the texture of desiccated coconut, so I used coconut flour to line the parchment paper, spread the marshmallow mixture out as normal and put it in the fridge to set. I also stored it in an airtight glass container in the fridge for a couple of weeks until we (mainly I) had eaten it all. It was delish! You can also add a tablespoon of carob or cacao as you are whipping it all together.

  106. Had a craving for a marshmallow type treat since I had a taste of some good quality halva that had marshmallow root extract in it. Great recipe. I like how you keep it simple with quality ingredients. I found way too many online that are adding things like potato starch, corn syrup etc. I’m going to have some fun with this recipe, thank you.

  107. Ugh. I used the dissolving kind of gelatin, and now my beautiful marshmallows are also dissolving in the dish. I should have read more carefully.

  108. HI Ive just tried the marshmallow recipe and it didn’t get to peaks, It just stayed runny. I did it in the vitamix and blended high for over 10 mins and stayed liquid. I wondered if you had any thoughts as to where i went wrong. thank you, vicki

  109. I’d be interested to know about the “fails” that turned out like marshmallow cream. I make Amish peanut butter & it requires a lot of marshmallow cream. I’d love to make it a little healthier.

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