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Make Healthy Marshmallows At Home!

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One Year Ago Today . . .

I stumbled into my kitchen after napping in the cul-de-sac one street over and tried to make marshmallow peeps. Thank goodness I accidentally deleted the photos I took because otherwise I’d feel obligated to show them to you.

This Easter, I decided to simplify things and decorate Jenny’s homemade marshmallows with naturally dyed coconut flakes. They turned out beautifully, don’t you think??


If you’d like to make a batch this week, here’s how:

From Jenny’s Original Marshmallow Recipe (Guest Post)

Homemade Marshmallows


* You can also reduce the amount of vanilla by half and add a different extract for flavoring: peppermint, orange, lemon, etc.



Grease an 8×8(or larger) pan and line with parchment paper in both directions.  Leave some length to use as handles when removing your finished marshmallows.

In your mixer bowl, add the gelatin with 1/2 cup of water

While the gelatin is softening, pour the other 1/2 cup of water in a sauce pan along with the honey, vanilla and the salt. Turn the burner to a medium high heat, bringing the mixture to a boil. Place a candy thermometer in the sauce pan and continue to boil the mixture until it reaches 240 degrees (the soft ball stage). This will take approx. 7-8 min. Immediately remove from the sauce pan from the heat.

Turn your standing mixer to low/med. Slowly pour the honey mixture into the bowl combining it with the softened gelatin. Turn the mixer to high and continue beating the mixtures until it becomes thick like marshmallow creme (about 10 min).

Note from Heather: If you want to add natural food dye at the very last stage of mixing the marshmallow batter to tint them, go for it! I used red to create light pink.

Turn off the mixer and transfer the marshmallow creme to the prepared pan. Remember, if using a coating, add it to the bottom of the pan first before transferring the marshmallow creme. Smooth the top (add more coating if using one). Pat to smooth again.

If you are not using a coating then lightly grease your hands with oil and pat smooth. This will keep it from sticking to your fingers. Alternatively you can press it down with parchment paper, leaving it there till the marshmallows are completely set.

To Add More Color

  1. While you’re waiting for the marshmallow to set, add a few drops of natural food coloring to a bowl of finely shredded coconut flakes and mix thoroughly. Keep adding dye until the flakes reach the color intensity you like. (I created three different bowls with varying color intensity). After the marshmallows have set, cut them up and roll them in the coconut.  If you’re feeling adventurous you might try tinting the coconut with beet juice and then drying them in the dehydrator before using.
  2. When the marshmallows are set, remove the parchment paper and cut into squares. Enjoy!




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67 Responses to Make Healthy Marshmallows At Home!

  1. Abby says:

    Those look yummy and much better than those gross store bought peeps! Thanks for posting :) Happy Easter to you and your family :) (I’m a newbie here and I LOVE this blog!)

    • Rebecca says:

      Heather can you tell me what -besides flavoring- the difference is between the green can of gelatin and the red can ?

      • Amanda @ Mommypotamus Support says:

        Rebecca, The green can is cold water soluble for use in cold beverages or recipes. That’s the other main difference I can find.

  2. Those look fun! I hope to make Marshmallows tomorrow as both my GAPS family and my egg and gluten intolerant sister and niece can have them. One of my favorite is cherry limeade that uses cherry juice concentrate and lime juice. They turn out so pretty and pink. I wanted to do colored marshmallows (blueberry juice, cherry concentrate, and lemon with a tiny bit of tumeric) but I could not think of a green one. So, I decided to just make keep them white/vanilla and save the money of buying those things.

  3. Rhiannon says:

    I just made these and how on earth did you make them so neat and such clean edges? mine didn’t come out so pretty….My daughter loves them though~

    • Heather says:

      Rhiannon, I actually wasn’t planning on taking pics at all so I just dumped them in an oval baking dish that was lined with parchment paper. After they set I cut away the edges (and ate them) until I had a square and worked from there :)

  4. I just chose this as my favorite post for your Camera Giveaway. I am excited, my daughter (who cooks more than I do) saw the pic, and she is eager to make it for us. She is also eager to inherit my current camera, if I win this, lol!

  5. Oh, and she and my 15 year old daughter are making good use of your DIY Organic Beauty ebook. They’ve made the *best* lip balm from your recipe!

  6. Melissa says:

    They look beautiful!!! What did you use for the natural food coloring? Thanks!

  7. Kathleen says:

    These look SO GOOD! Can’t wait to make them and share with my daughter and son-in-law–I want to prove to them that goodies can actually be good for them :) Thank you!

  8. jtquilty says:

    Where do i find the video??!!

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  11. Umi says:

    looks great! thx for sharing :)

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  13. So excited! I LOVE marshmallows, and my kids love making them with me – but although we don’t use corn syrup, it’s still an incredible amount of sugar. Now we can use our local honey, and make them a bit more often!

  14. Samantha says:

    How long do these keep for? Do I need to store it int he fridge? Thanks!

  15. Dorothy says:

    I’ve made these a couple of times with your recipe (thank you so much) and my family loves to eat it with a spoon while it is still cream before I transfer it to the pan. I was wondering if there is a way to keep it a cream or to make marshmallow cream that you can use to spread over brownies or something and doesn’t turn solid?

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  17. Elena says:

    Thank you for this recipe, – I am really looking forward to trying it. I have made some gelatin and homemade coconut milk combinations for the kids in the past… just these two ingredients make really yummy, already plenty sweet desserts with a good load of gelatin to nourish any tummy! I never thought of marshmallows!!! What a neat idea! I am wondering if these marshmallows can be toasted over an open fire… Will this recipe work for that?

  18. kate says:

    How well does this work to make rice cripy treats or used as a substitute for marshmallow cream (like in fudge)?

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  20. Jennifer says:

    I can not find the grass fed beef gelatin and dont want to spend that much to order. Since these would just be for a work function and I dont eat tmen, can I use the other brand I see in the store and if so I know they come in packets, would it be the same amount? Please help

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  22. Mira says:

    I’m so sad :( the last 3 times I’ve tried making them it didn’t turn to creme:(

    I followed the directions EXACTLY but have no idea why it’s not working!

    • Mira says:

      actually: could I have let the gelatin “soak” too long? I got busy with something else for a while so by the time I poured the honey/water mixture in the gelatin was a little dry…

  23. Jenn says:

    Can anyone tell me how long these take to set? Thanks! So far the fluff tastes amazing!

  24. Kristen says:

    I want to make these as a gift to give to others (with your hot chocolate recipe… yum!), but I want to make sure to tell them how to store them and for how long. Can you tell me? Thanks!

  25. Tia says:

    Please pardon my ignorance, is this a no egg whitemarshmallow recipe?
    I am presuming so? But thought I would double check….

  26. Grandma Shelley says:

    These look great and are probably tasty, but was looking for a vegan recipe of some sort to by-pass the ‘junk’ in Easter Baskets for my grands which is great idea. Anyone have such available. Thanks loads and may God continue to bless you and yours.

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  28. Maria Sireci says:

    Hi MommyP,

    I made these and they came out but seem to be quite a sugar rush. I’m looking for some yummy way to add fat to this and lower the sugar spike. So far dipping it in chocolate is the only suggestion I’ve garnered. Any other ideas?


  29. Kailyn says:

    I just made these and blended freeze dried cranberries into the coconut to make the PRETTIEST Magenta pink all natural! SUPER yummy too! I bet you could use freeze dried mango for orange, blueberrys for blue etc. flavor boost and fun colors! also blending the coconut made it seem less like coconut which I think my kids prefer :)

  30. Kristen Cosgrove George via FB says:

    Heating honey is toxic to the body. Any suggestions for an alternate?

  31. Amanda Sukowaty via FB says:

    Really? I make my own tea adding honey and peppermint oil to hot water.

  32. Jen Bradshaw Iler via FB says:

    I use maple syrup. I don’t care for the taste of honey, especially in “treats”. (make sure you have REAL maple syrup – a lot of it, like honey, is counterfeit.)

  33. Kristen Cosgrove George – Thanks for your comment! I have heard that before, but personally I am unconvinced. It is my understanding that HMF – the compound that is created by heating – is found in higher quantities in molasses, which is not considered toxic by most.

    Though I prefer to consume honey in it’s raw form so that the beneficial enzymes are present, I personally am not too worried about the occasional treat. Of course if you’d prefer not to use it I totally support that! I’m unsure of an appropriate substitute for this recipe, though. :(

  34. Kristen Cosgrove George via FB says:

    I study Ayurveda and it’s stated to be toxic when heated. It’s ok for warm tea (not really hot), but other than that should be consumed at room temperature. Mixing equal amounts of ghee and honey is also toxic, but 3:1 ratio is ok :)

  35. Oooh you could use a cookie cutter in different shapes! Thanks for the post!

  36. Christy Mattingly via FB says:

    Something else you can use instead of natural food coloring is freeze-dried strawberries or other fruit. Just put them in your blender and whirl until it’s fine powder. Of course, that gives you flavored marshmallows too. :)

  37. Ayris Jasmine Bagjas via FB says:

    Linda Chryle

  38. Deanna Pyle via FB says:

    I made these yesterday using the recipe on her (Urban Poser) website. I got distracted and inadvertently over heated the honey/syrup/water mixture. The result was they set too quickly so I didn’t get clean shapes. However, the texture seemed very similar to the commercial peeps…a bonus I guess! The flavor was great…certainly worth making again.

    Kristen, the recipe on Urban Poser’s page (at least the one I read) says to use honey or maple syrup or a mix of the two.

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  40. cool but I will be even honeyless for 10 days – no triggers

  41. Brittany Bryja via FB says:

    Doing these today… can’t wait!

  42. Becky Wilson via FB says:

    Cathy Duncan, I may have to borrow your peeps pan to make these!

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  44. Lexie says:

    making these for a friend’s shower to serve with fondue! how many people do you think one recipe serves/how many marshmallows does it make?


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  46. Nikki says:

    I would love to make these for special occasions! Is there any way to make these using Agar Agar maybe instead of the gelatin? I am severely allergic to beef in any form. Thanks so much!

  47. Maria says:

    Has anyone tried the ultimate test of making s’mores with them? How do they hold up? Some home made marshmallows just melt off the stick. I’d like them to brown like the ‘other’ kind.

  48. Tabi says:

    So I followed the recipe but my marshmallows separated…and I have a white layer and a rich amber layer underneath. Do you know what I did wrong?? :(

    • Heather says:

      It sounds like the gelatin and honey separated from each other. Unfortunately, I have no idea why that would have happened if the mixture was whipped until fluffy.:(

  49. Stephanie says:

    Mine seem to be more gelatiney than fluffy! What did I do wrong?

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