Marshmallows. When summer rolls around our house my kids are begging to go outdoors and camping. And naturally with every camping trip comes the necessity of s'mores!! Since my kids transitioned to keto, I've made it my mission of carefully replace their sugary treats with delicious-tasting keto alternatives. My goal was not to dupe them, but more to educate them about real ingredients as well as show them that "good" ingredients can also taste great!
This simple marshmallow recipe brought this fluffy dessert/treat back into our lives, but alas, its roasting ability–particularly over an open fire is non-existent. If you try to roast these, the marshmallow will simple melt. I'm still working on a blend that can withstand a campfire and will brown and caramelize like a traditional marshmallow. If you cut these into small squares you can successfully add them to hot chocolate and they will melt as expected, so thats good! But they are too delicate to stand up against camp fires.
However this keto version does get an "A" for its taste and texture—key for such an iconic food item. The key to achieving the correct texture in this recipe is to pump enough air into the gelatin. This will create the air pockets in the batter and therefore the spongy/pillowy bounce we're familiar with. The best way to do this? Using a stand-mixer. You can use a hand mixer, however the power is definitely a bit more concentrated – which adds more agitation to the batter. Though agitation causes air to get in the batter, too much will actually create density – so be careful. The better alternative to a stand mixer is just to mix the mixture by hand. But be warned that you will likely be mixing for a good 10-12 minutes so prepare for an arm workout.
After you've made your marshmallows, you can eat them as is or dip them in chocolate. Or you can use them to make keto rice krispie treat! Yup you heard me right. See the recipe below!
Tools You'll Need:
4 tablespoons unflavored, grass-fed gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
1/2 cup warm/room temperature water
2/3 cup allulose sweetener
2 teaspoons Vanilla extract
1/4 cup powdered sweetener (for dusting)
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Hi! I'm Arlene – wife, mother of 3, entrepreneur and keto foodie. I love to make, share and try different, delicious keto food recipes that are easy to make and most-importantly kid-friendly. Life is hard as it is, feeding our families should be easy, fun and nutritious.