DIY Healthy Gourmet Marshmallows

Gourmet Marshmallows

As a real foodie, sometimes you have to let some ‘food’ from your former life go. I am happy to report that

THIS is not one of those times!

All together now: marshmallows! marshmallows! marshmallows! YAY! These little soft, squishy, melt in your mouth chunks of heaven make great additions to your homemade hot chocolate as well as yummy gifts. 

DIY Healthy Marshmallows - 3 ways
Whichever way you choose, these fluffy morsels of heaven will make your day...maybe even your life!
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  1. 1 cup of water (divided into halves)
  2. 1 cup honey
  3. 3 tbsp of gelatin (I use this one)
  4. Candy thermometer
  5. Optional (depending on which adventure you choose)
  6. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  7. 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  8. 1 tsp of powdered red food coloring
  9. toasted coconut
  10. arrowroot powder
  11. melted dark chocolate
  1. Pour 1/2 cup of water into your mixer bowl (with whisk attachment attached) with 3 tbsp of gelatin. Leave to absorb without stirring.
  2. Meanwhile secure candy thermometer to medium pot and pour in the other 1/2 cup of water and honey. Stir over med-high heat.
  3. Stop stirring and leave until temperature reaches 230'F. This may take longer than you imagine. *Do not allow temperature to surpass 230'*
  4. Once temperature has been reached turn mixer on low and slowly pour hot liquid into gelatin mixture. Gradually increase to high speed and allow to mix for approximately 10-12 minutes.
  5. After that amount of time it will form stiff peaks. *It is during this mixing stage that you can add flavor extract, coloring of choice.
  6. While mixer is whipping up fluffy goodness, line a 9x11 baking dish with parchment paper and sprinkle your choice of either toasted coconut or arrowroot on bottom (be generous).
  7. Once stiff peaks have formed in mixer bowl, use a spatula and methodically scrape the fluff into the baking dish.
  8. Working quickly, sprinkle your choice of topping (same as bottom) onto top so that you can flatten the fluff into a uniform thickness without it sticking to your fingers.
  9. Once complete, place into refrigerator for 3-4 hours to set.
  10. Once time has elapsed, lift marshmallow out of pan using parchment paper and using a large, sharp knife, cut to desired shapes. You may have to roll the cut sides into extra arrowroot or coconut to prevent stickiness.
  11. If you have chosen to dip into melted chocolate (great choice btw!): melt desired amount of dark chocolate in a double boiler. Dip half of marshmallow into chocolate and allow to set on parchment paper lined dish. Sprinkle with sprinkles, coconut...whatever!
Adapted from The Urban Poser
Adapted from The Urban Poser
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DIY Gourmet Marshmallows




This fluffiness is also shared with:  A Life in Balance , Homegrown and Healthy, Our 4 Kiddos, Real Food Forager, Kelly the Kitchen Kop, Miz Helen’s Country Cottage, Domesblissity, Food Renegade, Not Your Ordinary Recipes







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  • Christi

    What a good idea! Those look so good… Plus, I never thought there could be healthy marshmallows! I saw your post on *Mostly* Homemade Mondays.

  • BB

    OMG! These are amazing and did not even feel guilty eating them. I am definatley going to make these for my daughters classmates. The only trouble is deciding which flavour to make. I made 2 different types. First the vanilla ones with chocolate drizzle and the second was peppermint flavour and coated them with coconut (which was first coated with your DIY coloring to give it a pinkish tint). Thanks for the amazing recipe.

    • eatplaylovemore

      Wow BB, those look delish! Maybe you have food blogging in your future ;-)

  • BB

    These are the ones I made with chocolate drizzle. They tasted as delicious as they look!

  • Miz Helen

    Wish I had one of these beautiful gourmet marshmallows for my hot chocolate, yummy!

    Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week!
    Miz Helen

  • Jacqueline Le Stage

    I’ve been deprived of Marshmallows since finding about the perils of corn syrup. I thought I just had to suck it up but not any more! These are outstanding! The kids couldn’t believe that I was serving something like this, even when I told them they are healthy! NExt time I will add the chocolate dip/drizzle.

  • Jodi

    I love these! Amazing! Made the peppermint ones and cut them small for hot chocolate. mmmmmm

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  • Laura Ponder

    Can you roast these to make s’mores?

    • eatplaylovemore

      Hi Laura! You absolutely can roast these for smores. Because they don’t have the junk of store bought marshmallows however, they take WAY less time to soften up. Keep an eye on them and they’ll be great! -Libby

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  • Kerry Brough

    My family & I LOVE every bit of squishy goodness in these marshmallows so much!!! Thx Libby for a surprisingly easy recipe that takes no time to make!

    • eatplaylovemore

      Thank you so much for your continuous kind words Kerry. I’m happy you are all enjoying them! -Libby

  • Kerry Brough

    My family & I LOVE every bit of squishy goodness in these marshmallows so much!!! Thx Libby for a surprisingly easy recipe that takes no time to make!

    • eatplaylovemore

      Thank you so much for your continuous kind words Kerry. I’m happy you are all enjoying them! -Libby

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