If you are a marshmallow junkie, and who isnt, then you no doubt love gobbling up these delicious treats any chance you get. Toasting, roasting, or straight from the pack, marshmallows rock however you eat them.
Of course the major downside is that they are not at all healthy. That handful of marshmallows can rack up 29 grams of sugar, or 400 empty calories!
Health Issues Caused By Excess Sugar
Too much sugar leads easily to weight gain and obesity. High sugar foods have no nutritional value, and can cause the following:
Dental Issues (Cavities)
Elevated Cholesterol Levels
Insulin Resistance and Diabetes
Healthy Marshmallow Recipe
But check there is hope for the marshmallow junkie! You can actually create your own marshmallows using honey instead of sugar, and also make them in coconut or chocolate varieties. There still fluffy and delicious, just much healthier.
Heres what you need:
Gelatin – 1 1/2 tablespoons
Cold Water – 1/2 cup
Honey – 1/2 cup
Salt – 1/8 teaspoon
Vanilla Extract – 1/2 teaspoon
First, lightly grease a loaf pan. Cover it with parchment paper, and use enough to hang over the sides of the pan. Now grease up the parchment paper after placed.
Put 1/4 cup of water in a medium bowl. Now sprinkle the gelatin on it. Allow the gelatin to soften.
Take the honey, salt and remaining 1/4 cup of water in a small pot and while using medium heat and a candy thermometer, heat up the mixt to 240 degrees, for about 7-8 minute. You know when you are at the right temp when you take a bit of it and drop in ice water. If soft balls end up forming you are good to go and its ready!
Now use a hand mixer and put it on a low setting. Mix the hot syrup with the gelatin, and allow the hot syrup to drizzle down the side of the bowl.
Add vanilla and increase speed to high until the mixture is thick. You want it to resemble marshmallow fluff. Now scrape into the pre-lined pan and sit uncovered for 4-12 hours as this will set it. Now cut into squares, and serve it up!
Here is the coconut version: Toast 1/2 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes and sprinkle half into the bottom of your pan before pouring in the marshmallow mix. Top with the other half after.
Here is the chocolate version: Roll finished, cut marshmallows in cocoa powder.
Now be sure to share this amazing, much healthier, version of marshmallows with all your friends and family so they too can enjoy guilt-free marshmallows!