As a young child, was there any food more fun than marshmallows?
I mean, come on!
You could squish them, eat them as is, roast them, and even manipulate them into a sticky, gooey mess before devouring them off of your fingers.
On top of all that, it was easy to imagine if you were able to pile them high enough, it would feel nothing short of jumping into a fluffy bed of clouds.
See what I mean? FUN!
Whether it’s due to the cold winter weather, the festive holiday season, or camping with the family under the sparkling nighttime stars - marshmallows are just as synonymous with feeling cozy as, well…a cup full of hot cocoa.
What’s not to enjoy?
Unfortunately, the marshmallows you grew up enjoying most likely contained more than just a few less than desirable ingredients.
My guess is if you were to grab a bag of your favorite marshmallows from your childhood, the list of ingredients would look something like this…
Corn Syrup, Sugar, Modified Cornstarch, Dextrose, Water, Contains Less Than 2% of Gelatin, Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate (Whipping Aid), Natural and Artificial Flavor, and Blue 1.
Ah, no thank you!
Not good for us. Not good for our kids.
But before you get discouraged thinking here’s yet another food to add to your list of “banned foods,” just know - I’ve totally got you covered.
How to make Homemade Marshmallows
Making homemade marshmallows is surprisingly simple.
A little time. A few ingredients. And you have a healthier version of this sweet treat that you can feel a little better about when giving to your kiddos.
Shhh…I won’t tell anyone if you want to pop one in your mouth as well ;)
1 cup filtered water (divided into half cups)
4 tablespoons grass fed beef gelatin
1 cup honey
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup arrowroot powder (omit if following GAPS or SCD)
Coconut oil in grease parchment paper
* Note: Honey should never be given to a child under 12 months old.