Years ago I made homemade marshmallow cutouts for Easter treats. I was intrigued by the idea that I could actually produce something that resembled marshmallows at home. I made that batch of homemade marshmallows with white sugar and food coloring.
Not the healthiest option but still, I had made marshmallows!
Now, as we enter another camping season I’m have been scouring the web for not only healthy homemade marshmallows but also roastable homemade marshmallows.
The key to a marshmallow holding up to the flame is that is must be firm. The firmness comes in two ways: gelatin and mixing time.
What makes these homemade marshmallows healthier? No white sugar. Instead of using sugar I use honey. While the majority of health benefits are diminished due to boiling, local honey is still a preferred alternative to chemically processed sugar.
Quality gelatin also has health benefits so you’re not just eating processed food-like substance but actually eating real food.
4 Tbsp beef gelatin, heaping
1 Cup water, divided
1 Cup honey
1 Tsp Vanilla
Grease a 9×13 pan with coconut oil or line with parchment paper.
Mix gelatin and 1/2 cup water in a large mixing bowl and stir gently. Set aside. In a small sauce pan, combine remaining water and honey and heat until boiling. If using a thermometer the honey should reach 240-degrees. Otherwise, boil approximately 9 minutes. Stir constantly.
Once done, slowly pour honey into mixing bowl with gelatin which will be stiff. Once added, blend on high about 15 minutes until medium peaks have formed. ( A medium peak will hold form but the very tip will curl.) Add vanilla in the last few minutes of blending. This will end up a bit like Marshmallow Fluff.
Working quickly, spread the “fluff” into your greased or lined pan. Cover with towel or wrap and let sit overnight.
Once set, cut into pieces with oiled pizza butter or cleaned and well-oiled scissors. Store in an air-tight container.
Additionally, you can dust with powdered sugar before storing to keep them from sticking.
No matter if it’s healthier camping foods you’re looking for or just an alternative to store-bought marshmallows, these guys are sure to please.