Here are 3 Healthyish reasons to make homemade maple vanilla marshmallows that might surprise you. You are probably wondering why you would make homemade marshmallows vs. simply buying some from the store?
First, homemade marshmallows melt better and have so much more flavor than anything store-bought. They are great for s’mores over the campfire on a cool spring night. Or if you want to make rice treats the maple and vanilla flavoring gives the rice treats a nice pop of flavor. Don’t forget, you can also use your homemade maple vanilla marshmallows as a cute cake topper too!
Secondly, the marshmallow recipe calls for gelatin and gelatin is incredibly good for your gut health. In fact, gelatin absorbs water and helps keep fluid in the digestive tract promoting healthy, regular bowel movements.
The third reason is because gelatin also promotes healthy skin. Glycine and proline are two amino acids that are used by the body to produce collagen. Collagen is known to help fight signs of aging and reduce joint soreness.
And if this isn’t enough to convince you homemade maple vanilla marshmallows simply look prettier and are more fluffy than anything store-bought. So get your mixers ready and start making this tasty recipe today. Who would have thought marshmallows could be so Healthyish?
Homemade Maple, Vanilla Marshmallow Recipe:
You will need:
- 1 cup water (split in 2)
- 3 tablespoons gelatin
- 1 cup light maple syrup (or other liquid sweetener like honey)
- 2 teaspoons organic vanilla extract
- ⅛ cup organic powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil or ghee cooking spray
- Grease a loaf pan with ghee cooking spray or coconut oil.
- Combine gelatin and ½ cup cold water in a mixing bowl. Allow to sit in the bowl.
- Combine maple syrup and ½ cup cold water in a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil.
- Use a thermometer to make sure the maple syrup water mixture reaches 240°. This should take about 10-15 minutes.
- Once desired temperature is reached, slowly and carefully pour heated mixture into the gelatin and water mixture while slowly increasing the speed of the mixer.
- After about 5-8 minutes your marshmallow mixture should start to resemble marshmallow fluff. Once this happens, turn off your mixer.
- Quickly pour marshmallow mixture into your loaf pan and spread evenly. If it is hard to spread the marshmallows you can microwave the mixture for 20-25 seconds this will soften it enough to spread.
Author: Sarah Thomas-Drawbaugh
Sarah Thomas-Drawbaugh is a recipe developer, fitness junkie and owner of the Healthyish brand. She loves taking everyday eats and making them Healthyish. Sarah defines being Healthyish as a lifestyle centered around living light, fit and fun with a healthy dose of “ISH” from time to time. Sarah’s work can be seen in Healthy-ish by Bon Appetit and Bon Appetit Magazine (digital). Sarah lives in Vail, Colorado with her husband, Dan and rescue dog, Graci!