Marshmallows are loved by many and are often considered to be a staple for things like camping trips, holidays, and of course hot chocolate. However, they are not always the best decision and the processed variety are extremely unhealthy and bad to eat on a daily basis.
One single regular marshmallow contains 4 grams of added sugar, and as you are totally aware, most of the time people do not eat one single marshmallow. Just one cup of mini marshmallows packs in a whopping 29 grams of sugar, and when you combine that number with the cocoa or dessert you are combining them with then you are setting yourself up for trouble. This equals up to about 400 added calories and exceeds the recommended daily amount of sugar by 10 grams.
Processed sugars are linked to excessive amounts of health products such as:
- Heart Disease
- High Cholesterol
- Sugar Addiction
But, there is no need to fret, you can still have your favorite treat! The following recipe gives all the flavor that you crave, without the detrimental effects to your health. Plus they are super easy to make!
- 2 Tbsp. Gelatin
- ¾ Cup Cold Water
- ¾ Cup Raw Honey
- 1/8 tsp. Salt
- 1 Tsp. Vanilla extract
- Line a loaf pan with parchment paper, and lightly grease the paper for added protection.
- Add half of your water to a medium sized bowl, and sprinkle the gelatin over the water. Set aside and allow to soften.
- In a small pot, add the honey, salt, and the other half of the water. Stir the mixture over medium heat, using a candy thermometer until you reach 240F. Remove from heat as soon as it reached the correct temperature.
- Using a hand mixture set to low, combine the syrup with the gelatin. Once it is all combined, add the vanilla and increase the speed to high. Whisk for 15-20 minutes or until it starts to resemble marshmallow fluff. Scrape into the prepared pan and leave it to set, uncovered, for 4-12 hours.
- Then cut into squares and enjoy!
You could also customize your marshmallows with things like toasted coconut, chocolate chips, or a good dusting of cocoa powder. Can you say yum!?