Paleo Marshmallows Recipe
So you’ve committed to living a healthier lifestyle and eating paleo. Good for you! You may, however, be grappling with how to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Fear not! There are still ways to have your sweets on paleo, although of course, you shouldn’t overdo it. Give this paleo marshmallows recipe a try!
What’s in Store-Bought Marshmallows?
I’ll bet you’re going to be really shocked by this first one: sugar. But it’s not just one form of sugar – it’s a trifecta.
Your average bag of puffy sweets contains corn syrup, sugar, and dextrose, all variations on the theme.
You’re also consuming some ingredients you’ve likely never seen before and definitely don’t want to try to pronounce.
Then there’s the standard “natural” flavoring, artificial flavoring, and dyes.
As I’m sure you know, just because a label says “natural” does not mean it’s paleo. The vast majority of foods in packages are not paleo, regardless of nice-sounding words trying to lure you in.
Walking the conversation back to marshmallows, you can be sure the ones you buy are highly processed and not paleo.
How to Make Paleo Marshmallows
So how do you reproduce these highly addictive, yet highly processed goodies in your own home? Better yet, how do you make these sugar bombs paleo?
One of the major ingredients in marshmallows beside sugar is gelatin, and that is true of these paleo marshmallows as well.
Vanilla extract, which may or may not appear in your store-bought bag, is also on the list.
The main hurdle to overcome, however, is how to sweeten the marshmallows. I opted for honey, with a touch of stevia. You can add more or less to suit your taste.
You will need to be prepared for the stickiness of this particular treat, so pull out your coconut oil and parchment paper before you begin.
You will also need an electric whisk or stand mixer for this recipe.
More Paleo Desserts
Although desserts obviously shouldn’t be a huge part of your diet, they can have a place in your life – even if you’re paleo.
You’ll just have to learn the workarounds and hacks that allow you to turn unhealthy, mega-processed junk food into better-for-you homemade indulgences.
It’s tough to do that on the fly, so here are some delectable paleo dessert recipes. You’ll find everything from whoopie pies to lemon bars.
All are suitable for your healthy paleo diet. Enjoy!
Give this paleo marshmallows recipe a try for a more delicious, more natural way to enjoy this popular treat.
- Electric whisk (or stand mixer)
- Parchment paper
- Sharp knife
- 9-by-9-inch container
- Small pot
- The marshmallow mixture is really sticky, so you’ll need to line your 9-by-9-inch container completely with parchment paper and then grease the parchment paper with coconut oil.
- Pour the 1/2 cup of cold water into a mixing bowl. Add the gelatin in by sprinkling it over the top. This process is called “blooming” and it softens the gelatin.
- While the “blooming” happens, place the other 1/2 cup of water into a small pot on the stove.
- Slowly stir in the honey making sure it mixes in well. You can add more honey if you prefer your marshmallows to be sweeter. Add in the vanilla extract and salt as well. When it just starts to boil, remove from the stove.
- Now you can use the electric whisk or stand mixer to whisk the gelatin mixture. Slowly add in the hot liquid from the small pot.
- After whisking for around 10 minutes, you should end up with a white and foamy gelatin mixture. Keep whisking!
- You’ll need to whisk for around 10 more minutes for the mixture to double in volume and become a thick white sticky cream.
- Pour this mixture quickly into the lined container and refrigerate overnight to set.
- Carefully remove the large piece of marshmallow from the container and use a sharp greased knife to cut the marshmallow into small cubes.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
- Calories: 23
- Sugar: 4 g
- Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 5 g
- Fiber: 0 g
- Protein: 2 g