Homemade Marshmallows – with sugar free option

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Homemade Marshmallows? Yes, please! Fun to make and Sugar-free to boot!

I’m always trying to make healthier versions of processed foods – like Homemade Chocolate Chips, Homemade White Chocolate Chips, Taco Seasoning, Hamburger Helper, and Chocolate Frosting.

This week on Facebook, I mentioned that I ended up staying up ’til 12:30 making homemade marshmallows and gluten free graham crackers for my kids.

There was a ton of really fun and thoughtful responses, including a number of readers asking for the recipes.

Well, here is marshmallow recipe, that just happen to be sugar free!

The graham crackers weren’t quite really what we wanted, so…back to the drawing board on those :-).


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But – onto the important matter at hand – the marshmallow recipe.

Back in my eating-way-too-much-sugar days, I first made Homemade Marshmallows with my son.  What fun!  To see water, sweetener and gelatin turn into white fluffiness in a bowl and then turning into marshmallows that tasted much better than anything I’d ever bought in a bag.

The reason we made them in those days was to avoid blue food coloring.  Yes, blue food coloring is in almost every package of marshmallows.  Well, of course you could use my natural blue food coloring and add a bit to your own marshmallows if you want.

Why else might you make your own marshmallows?

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Why Make Homemade Marshmallows

Avoid food coloring (the blue food coloring is in there to make the white look brighter.  Sheesh!)
Avoid corn syrup (first of all, I want to avoid corn syrup due to almost all corn being GMO these days, but also because a lot of corn syrup has mercury in it due to the method of processing.  (source) 
Avoid Sugar – Sugar is just a huge problem, according to TONS of info on the web these days.  And if you have candida, like I do, then sugar is a complete no-no.  Many of you are eating Sucanat, coconut sugar, honey, etc.  All, in my opinion are much better than white sugar.   I plan to share more info on this soon.
Fun with kids (and even if you don’t have kids, it’s super fun for us adults too!)
– And—if you are off sugar and have ever bought sugar free marshmallows, then you’ll save a TON of money with these.  I just saw a measly 2.7 oz bag of sugar free marshmallows for $1.99.  Eek!!

You can also get adventurous and spoon your marshmallowey mixture into a plastic bag, snip off the ends and make fun shapes for holidays.

By the way, I’ve checked out a number of other recipes on the internet and a lot of them use just a 1:1 ratio of water to sweetener so it looks like that will work too.  I just didn’t try it.

Notes:

If you are on the THM eating plan, vegetable glycerine is off plan so choose a different sweetener.

Stevia is super sweet so you only need a tad.  I bought these (the links are affiliate links) scoops and use the 2nd smallest as “1 scoop”, or 1/32 of a tsp.

Yes, it’s THAT sweet!  And if you’re wondering about whether it’s OK to eat stevia or not this post should help.

Norpro Mini Measuring Spoons

This post on Stevia – What it is and how to use it should help too.

And if you do decide to use xylitol and roast these in a fire, they don’t really roast – but they do soften up.  Just enough for S’mores :-).  And if you use Sucanat, the marshmallows will of course be a brownish color.

We made these in August with some Grain Free Graham Crackers and my Homemade Chocolate / Carob Chips and made our own sugar free, grain free S’mores.  They were great!  We shared them with a special visitor from Australia.  She didn’t know what S’mores were, prior to coming to the US, but she does now :).

Grain Free Sugar Free S'mores

I’ll be sharing the grain free graham cracker recipe soon….so make sure you subscribe to my email updates so you don’t miss a post.

This past week, since the grain-free experiment is done for now in our household (too much work for mom and really no apparent results), we tried gluten free graham crackers, but they weren’t a real winner.  So it’s back to the drawing board on those.

Interested in some other Processed Food Replacements?  How about:

- Powdered Sugar / Powdered Sugar Substitute
Powdered Egg-Replacer (like Ener-G)
Homemade Taco Seasoning
Soft Pumpkin Cookies (these taste amazingly like Enjoy Life)
Homemade “Almond Joy” Bars 

Are you a S’more or marshmallow lover too?

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  1. These were so easy and came out great. I cut out heart shapes for hot chocolate. Thank you for the tutorial and the info on sugar substitution. I think I will try vegetable glycerine in the future.