Ah, marshmallows, a longtime family favorite that’s eaten (inhaled?) during camping trips, on Thanksgivings, and pretty much whenever people crave sweet, sugary foods. Although they’re unquestionably delicious, marshmallows are far from healthy: they’re packed with sugar and empty calories that not only add inches to your waistline, but actually promote inflammation.
In fact, one small marshmallow contains 4 g of sugar, but since no one is stopping at one, it’s good to know that a single cup of marshmallows contains a whopping 29 g of sugar. And studies show that consuming excess amounts of added sugar leads to various health problems, including:
- Insulin resistance
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Poor oral health
- Heart disease
- Brain diseases.
It’s pretty clear that in order to avoid a wide array of health issues, we need to avoid eating excessive amounts of added sugar. However, that doesn’t mean that our diets need to become tasteless and boring – in fact, you can avoid added sugar and still have your delicious desserts!
Healthy Low-Cal Marshmallows Recipe
This simple, low in calories recipe is a perfect example of how you can prepare your sweet snacks – there is no added white sugar and there are no overly processed ingredients. Instead, these marshmallows are packed with healthy, nutritious ingredients:
- 1 ½ TBS grass-fed gelatin
- ½ cup (or less) raw honey
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cold water
- A pinch of salt.
- Grease a pan and line with parchment paper for easy removal.
- Put ¼ of water in a bowl and sprinkle the gelatin on top. Now let that sit.
- Put honey, salt and the rest of the water in a small pot, combine the ingredients together and turn on the heat. Bring the mixture to 240 degrees and then immediately remove from heat once you get it to the right temperature.
- Now take your hand mixer, turn the speed on low, and start mixing the gelatin mixture, slowly adding the hot syrup you just removed from heat. Once it’s all combined, add the vanilla extract and turn the hand mixer’s speed on high, beating the mixture for 10-15 minutes, or until you get a fluffy, thick consistency.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and leave it uncovered for 6-12 hours to dry (you can just leave it overnight). Finally, cut the marshmallows into squares and serve.
Tip: if you’d like some chocolaty taste to your marshmallows, just sprinkle some unsweetened cocoa powder on top. Similarly, if you want a coconut-y flavor, sprinkle unsweetened coconut flakes.