5 Healthy Marshmallow Recipes

I must confess: when it comes to food I can resist almost anything except marshmallows. I love their soft, sweet, marshmallow-y goodness. But most packaged varieties contain excessive amounts of sugar and are full of junk ingredients like preservatives and, surprisingly, colors–even in many white marshmallows. So I scoured the web to round up healthier homemade options.

I found recipes that claimed to be healthier but were still full of unhealthy ingredients. Some contained corn starch or corn syrup, both of which are typically derived from genetically-modified corn. Others contained soy protein isolate which also tends to be from genetically-modified soy and, as with most protein isolates, typically contain the nerve toxin, monosodium glutamate (MSG).

At one time marshmallows were named for their primary herbal ingredient:  marshmallow root, which has been traditionally used (and scientifically-proven, multiple studies in The Scientific Validation of Herbal Medicine) to improve gastrointestinal complaints, asthma, bronchitis, urinary tract pain and inflammation, and many other health problems.  Obviously today’s packaged (and most homemade) marshmallows offer none of these health benefits and may actually be harmful to health thanks to their suspect ingredients.

But here are five of the healthier marshmallow recipes I found, including ones that contain REAL marshmallow root:

Rich in Real Soothing Marshmallow Root

Herbalist Yarrow Willard, ClH, shared his recipe for marshmallows made with plentiful amounts of lung-, GI-, and urinary-tract healing marshmallow root powder. This dairy-free, corn-free, soy-free recipe contains eggs.

Probiotic-Rich Marshmallows

Probiotic-rich marshmallows?  Seriously. Wellness Mama offers this corn-free, non-vegan (it contains gelatin) recipe that is rich in health-promoting probiotics.

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cinnamon Marshmallows

While the recipe from Texanerin Baking calls for corn starch, it offers the arrowroot or potato starch option instead. The marshmallows are untraditional looking with their dusting of cinnamon powder, but offer the delicious taste and nutritional benefits of cinnamon (blood sugar balancing, antibacterial effects). Substitute arrowroot for the corn starch and you’ll have a corn-free, dairy-free, gluten-free recipe for marshmallows. Contains gelatin so it is not suitable for vegan diets.

Honey-Sweetened Rustic Marshmallows

Again, not a vegan option due to the gelatin and honey, these honey-sweetened marshmallows are gluten-free, dairy-free, corn-free, and egg-free, making them a good option for non-vegans with many food sensitivities. The site also shares detailed instructions and troubleshooting tips to help you make perfect marshmallows.

Vegan Marshmallows

While this vegan recipe contains corn syrup, it is free of animal products like gelatin.

 

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128 comments

Kate R.
Kate R.1 years ago

I don't eat enough marshmallows to make the slightest difference to me health, nor should anyone else.

Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe1 years ago

Some of these recipes sound really good. Now, I just need to find some Marshmallow Root Powder!

Heidi Aubrey
Heidi Aubrey1 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Tanya Selth
Tanya Selth1 years ago

thanks. Im going to try the Rich in real soothing marshmallow one but Im going to see how using xylitol goes instead of sugar (if this works it would actually then be a healthy recipe).

Panchali Yapa
Panchali Yapa1 years ago

Thank you

KAREN G.

Thank you for sharing

Ruth Ann W.
Ruth Ann W.1 years ago

A friend makes marshmallows. Will share this with her. Cancer comments aside, these look good.

d h
David H.1 years ago

Cancer cells love marshmallows,too. All that yummy immune suppressing,opiate mimicker white sugar, modified GMO corn syrup, and Fankensweetener gluctose fructose, tobacco humectant DEG gelatin,(known to cause Asthma, ADDHD, and Chinese Shaky Disease), dusted with Type 2 Diabetes causing GMO gluten flour or GMO corn flour, preserved with embalming fluid ingredients, like SP, umm umm. Marshmallow root is a specific medicinal herb. And as any degreed clinical herbalist will verify, medicinal herbs are not to be used as gobble down food. Here toss in some of this yummy ampicillin, and some chocolatey EXLAX ..... A MONSANTO treat for the whole family.

d h
David H.1 years ago

Cancer cells love marshmallows,too. All that yummy immune suppressing,opiate mimicker white sugar, modified GMO corn syrup, and gluctose fructose, dusted with gluten flour or GMO corn flour, preserved with embalming fluid ingredients, umm umm. Marshmallow root is a specific medicinal herb. And any dgreed clinical herbalist will verify, medicinal herbs are not to be used as gobble down food. Here toss in some of this yummy ampicillin, and some chocolatey EXLAX .....

Julie Connors
Past Member 1 years ago

love marshmellows