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.
I have several qualifications if I’m going to serve sweets to my kids:
- All of the ingredients have to come from healthy sources and not be chemically made in any way
- It should have some health boosting properties (like Gelatin or probiotics, etc.)
- 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.
Healthy Marshmallow Recipe
This is a healthy marshmallow recipe made with honey instead of sugar. You can even add probiotics for added health benefits!
- 4 tablespoons of pasture-raised gelatin powder (we use the one with the green lid from here)
- 1 cup of water
- 1 Tablespoon of Marshmallow Root (optional)
- 1 cup of honey (I use Tropical Traditions brand)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla or other flavor optionals (mint extract, lemon, cocoa powder, etc)
- Optional: 4 capsules of probiotics. I use this brand. Shelf stable recommended
- Equipment: A small sauce pan, plus a hand mixer & a metal bowl- or a kitchen aid mixer if you have one
- 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.
- Pour 1/2 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.
- Pour the other 1/2 cup of water and the 1 cup of honey into the small saucepan.
- 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.
- Slowly start pouring the honey/water mixture into the bowl with the gelatin mix (which will be hardened by now).
- Turn on the mixer or hand mixer and keep on medium as the honey mixture is added.
- 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).
- 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).
- 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.
- When marshmallows are whipped, pour into the lined/greased dish and smooth evenly.
- Let sit at least 4 hours (overnight is better).
- Flip on to a cutting board and cut with a well oiled pizza cutter or knife.
- Store in an airtight container.
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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Have you ever made a dessert like this? Will you try these? What flavors would you add? Share below!