Marshmallows are a family’s favorite thing. It is impossible to go on a camping trip without them, or have a hot cup of cocoa with no marshmallows, make your desserts or Thanskgiving classics without these sugary and squishy things, but believe it or not they are bad for you. Even though they contain no fat, they have huge amounts of refined sugar inside them.
Can you believe it ? 4 grams of refined sugar is contained in a marshmallow, and we believe no one ever has only one marshmallow. For example, marshmallows on top of hot chocolate or a desert recipe of marshmallows, contains an amazing 29 grams of refined sugar. Consuming either one or another, you are consuming 400 empty calories, also you go above the recommended daily dose for sugar by 10 grams. Which is not quite a little.
According to studies, diets that contained a lot of refined sugar, came out to be very bad for our brain, and caused negative effects, like memory ability and declined neuro plasticity. Also if your diet includes eating foods rich with refined sugar, you leave less room in your body for fruits, vegetables and grains.
Refined sugar also known as sucrose and the high fructose corn syrup, are both directly bonded to long term diseases and health problems. Technically, eating too much refined sugar or sucrose, is directly connected to the following diseases:
- Food addictions
- Several cancers, including pancreatic cancer
- Heart disease
- Diabetes and insulin resistance
Healthy Marshmallow Recipe
Replace the regular marshmallows with these ones, that are homemade and have the same taste and are also fluffy and sweetened by honey, but they don’t provide any of the diseases. And the best thing about these homemade marshmallows are that they come in two flavors, chocolate and coconut, based on how you want to make them. When you see this recipe and try them, you will ask yourself why were you even buying marshmallows. But don’t ever forget and be very aware, that the sugar in foods like fruit or honey, is also sugar so be careful how you eat these, don’t make them your daily snack.
- 1/8 a teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 cup of honey
- 1/2 cup of cold water
- 1/2 a teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 and 1/2 a tablespoon of grass-fed gelatin
- Slightly grease your pan, than cover it with parchment paper. After that you can grease the parchment paper.
- A 1/4 cup of water, add it in a larger bowl, then add the gelatin or sprinkle it in the water a little bit, let it to soften for a while.
- In a smaller cup put the salt, honey, and the water. Heat them on medium heat. Try using the candy thermometer to see the temperature in the cup, the perfect temperature for this mix is 240 degrees. If you can’t tell the temperature, with a teaspoon take from the mixture, and see if it is hardened enough to be like a candy as it should be. Anyway you should leave the mixture on heat for about 7 or 8 minutes. After that remove it from heat right away.
- Then you should mix the gelatin with the syrup, try while mixing it with a hand mixer, to be on low power, and add the hot syrup gently falling on the walls of the bowl. As you have added this, sprinkle the vanilla inside too, and also increase the speed of the mixer. Mix until the mixture becomes fluffy and thick, until it becomes to look like a marshmallow. Put the mixture in the prepared pan with the paper, put it inside and let it dry for 4 to 12 hours. Cut it in squares, and it is best to be left overnight to dry.
Cocoa Version: Do the same process but in the end, roll the marshmallow cubes in the cocoa powder.
Coconut Version: Add 1/2 cup of coconut unsweetened flakes into the mixture. By that we mean to sprinkle one half on the bottom of the pan, on the paper, and the other half, sprinkle it between the cuts of the marshmallows, they will be wonderful.
Enjoy these natural marshmallows, share it with your friends!
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