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Marshmallows are so nostalgic.

You mention the word and most people instantly think of hot chocolate or a delicious summertime treat. Can you guess what I’m talking about? S’mores!!!

It’s that time of year. Summer has arrived, school is out, people head to the beach and many set off on camping adventures. With those fun summer plans ahead, you must fit making homemade marshmallows into your to-do list. Campfires and bonfires at the beach are not complete without a good ole s’mores.

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Making marshmallows from scratch is pretty simple too! Most people assume homemade marshmallows are super hard to make … but they’re not.

I have been making marshmallows for many years now and I always look forward to it. I love to make all kinds for my family … strawberry flavored, chocolate dipped, cinnamon, lemon, and peppermint. It’s so fun! I get so much joy from making these sweet little mounds of deliciousness. My family doesn’t complain either.

I use grass-fed beef gelatin in these marshmallows. I also use honey instead of the typical corn syrup. Have you read the ingredients on the mainstream packaged marshmallows? “Corn Syrup, Modified Corn Starch, Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate {a whipping aid}, Artificial Flavor and Artificial Color {Blue 1}” … no, thank you. I’ll stick to honey-sweetened, so much healthier than the store-bought kind! They’re GAPS and Paleo-friendly too!

If you’re avoiding processed foods, no worries … you don’t have to miss out on the classic summertime favorite – gooey marshmallows + melted chocolate + crispy graham crackers. So go ahead, make some homemade marshmallows and indulge! Life is too short not to enjoy the little things.

P.S. I use this recipe for paleo cinnamon toast crunch as graham crackers. Instead of cutting them into small pieces, I cut them into larger, graham cracker size pieces. They are DELISH!

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When it comes to gelatin, you don’t want any old gelatin off the supermarket shelves. You want to look for 100% grass-fed gelatin from healthy animals. Just like other animal products, quality is important.

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Vital Proteins offers two types of gelatin. The green top (Collagen Protein) is what you need for this recipe and for recipes where you are making gummies, “jello”, etc. The blue top (Collagen Peptides) is cold water soluble and does not thicken or gel like gelatin does. Both are very nutritious, but can’t be used interchangeably. You can order their own products via their own site here or on Amazon here.


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How to Make Homemade Marshmallows :: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Refined Sugar Free

Yield: Approx. 25 marshmallows
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Additional Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 33 minutes

Making marshmallows from scratch is pretty simple too! Most people assume homemade marshmallows are super hard to make, but they're really not.



  1. Line an 8x8 {or larger} pan with unbleached parchment paper in both directions {so you can easily lift up the marshmallows when they are set}.
  2. In a small bowl, add arrowroot starch. Use 2 tablespoons to evenly distribute over the bottom of the pan. Set aside.
  3. Assemble your standing mixer with the mixing bowl and whisk attachment. Add 1/2 cup filtered water to the mixing bowl, then sprinkle the gelatin over the water. Let this sit as you make the honey mixture.
  4. In a medium-size sauce pan {with high edges} add 1/2 cup filtered water, honey, vanilla and sea salt. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium high heat {if using a candy thermometer, place in the honey mixture}. Stir constantly as the mixture will start to bubble and get foamy the hotter it gets - stirring keeps it from overflowing. Simmer until it reaches 240 degrees. If you don't have a candy thermometer, this will take about 8 minutes. Remove from heat.
  5. With the mixer on low, SLOWLY and carefully drizzle the hot honey mixture in a thin continuous stream down the side of the bowl. This should take about 2 minutes, that gives you an idea of how slow you need to pour it. ***Remember the honey mixture is extremely hot, so use caution.***
  6. Turn the mixer to high and continue beating until the mixture becomes thick, glossy and has increased in volume, about 15 minutes.
  7. Turn off the mixer and transfer marshmallow fluff to the lined pan. Use a spatula to evenly distribute and smooth the top.
  8. Dust the top of the marshmallow fluff with the remaining arrowroot starch.
  9. Let the marshmallows sit at room temperature to set for at least 8 hours, best overnight.
  10. When marshmallows are set, remove by lifting the parchment paper flaps. Set on a flat surface or large cutting board {the marshmallows should still be on the parchment paper}. Carefully remove the parchment paper from the sides of the marshmallows {it should release easily, just do it slowly}. Use a large chef's knife to cut the marshmallows into desired size. *** See NOTES below for cutting ideas. ***


Yield: Makes about 25 {1 inch} marshmallows ... I cut the rustic edges off first and cut those strips into mini marshmallows, making about 30-40 mini marshmallows. You can also grease the knife with coconut oil for easier cutting, but I usually forget and don't have any trouble cutting them.

I do not recommend using wildflower honey. It becomes too overpowering and you won't be able to taste the traditional vanilla flavor. I prefer to use lighter-colored honey like clover.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 25 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 30Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 0g

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