Learn to make your own Paleo and GAPS friendly marshmallows with this easy recipe! Perfect for homemade rice crispy treats (or coconut crispy treats), fudge, and all your favorite desserts.
These honey sweetened marshmallows are made without corn syrup for a naturally healthy treat any time! Eat them plain, use them in hot chocolate, for s'mores, or cover them in chocolate for Christmas!
When you are trying to recreate classic Standard American Diet desserts for paleo and GAPS diets, it can be tricky. But with this honey sweetened, healthy marshmallow recipe, you will be ready for anything!
The texture and taste of the finished marshmallows is so light and perfect that you'll never go back to "regular" marshmallows again!
In fact, even when we aren't following paleo or GAPS 100%, we still prefer these because the "regular" marshmallows are just too sweet.
Paleo Honey Marshmallows - No Corn Syrup
Though it may seem a little overwhelming, these healthy honey marshmallows are one of the easiest things you will ever make!
We especially love them covered in a layer of honey sweetened dark chocolate at Christmas.
And because the honey marshmallow "batter" is less sticky than their sugar marshmallow counterparts, you can even pipe the marshmallows into molds and make chocolate covered marshmallow shapes!
We do this for several holidays throughout the year and the chocolate creates a wonderful CRUNCH on the outside of the soft marshmallow.
Add 1/2 cup cold water and gelatin to the bowl of an electric mixer.
Run the mixer for just a few seconds to make sure the gelatin is fully mixed in with the water.
Combine honey and 1/4 cup of water in a medium sauce pan.
The mix will expand quite a bit when it boils, so you want a good amount of room.
Over medium heat, bring the mix to a boil and boil for 3 minutes.
Make sure you have the whisk attachment in place, and turn the mixer onto a low speed.
Pour hot syrup at a steady rate (don't just dump it) into the mixer with the gelatin mix.
Mix on low for 2-3 minutes until it thickens enough to not splash out of the bowl on medium.
Raise the mixer speed to medium and mix until the marshmallows turn white, add vanilla and mix briefly.
Pour into a greased 9x9 pan OR greased molds.
If you want to use molds, you can add the marshmallow batter to a squeeze bottle or a piping bag (or a ziploc with a hold cut in the corner), but you will need to act quickly as these marshmallows will start to set up in about 3-5 minutes.
Make sure you have everything greased and ready to go while the mixer is beating the mix so that you can work quickly!
Note: This photo shows a 9x13 pan, but it was a double batch :-)
Uses for Homemade Paleo Honey Marshmallows
Once you have let your marshmallows set up, you can cut and use them any way you would use regular marshmallows!
We like to enjoy some in hot chocolate, on sweet potato casserole, mixed with shredded coconut for "rice" crispy treats, in old-fashioned paleo fudge, and more!
You can even cover them in chocolate for a delicious and easy treat! We use this homemade honey chocolate, but you can use whatever chocolate you prefer.
A little note about gelatin: I used to use the Knox brand gelatin for this recipe. It works ok, however, I would recommend investing in the Great Lakes brand gelatin instead.
It's from grass-fed cows, it's kosher, and it promotes healthy joints and bone strength, while having a healing affect on your whole body.
That means these marshmallows are GOOD FOR YOU... I'm just saying. That's worth it to me!
If you have a local health food store, you might also be able to find this grass-fed gelatin there, it can be hit or miss though, so Amazon is my backup!
Healthy Paleo Honey Marshmallows
- 3 tbsp Great Lakes gelatin
- 1/2 cup cold water + 1/4 cup
- 1 cup honey
- dash salt
- 2 tsp Vanilla extract (we use homemade)
- Combine gelatin and 1/2 cup of water in a mixer bowl and let bloom while cooking sugar syrup.
- Combine honey and 1/4 cup water, and salt in medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil and allow to remain and a rolling boil for 3 minutes.
- Turn mixer onto low with just the gelatin in the bowl. Pour boiling syrup over gelatin** and slowly raise the speed to high over about 4 minutes to avoid splatter.
- Add vanilla at this point and continue to beat until it is the consistency of marshmallow cream. This usually takes about 5 -10 minutes depending on the temperature of your kitchen and speed of your machine.
- Pour mix into a greased 9 x 9 pan. Allow to cool.
- After about 4 hours, use a greased pizza cutter to slice into individual marshmallows.
Paleo Marshmallows FAQ
Do you have the nutritional facts for these marshmallows?
Absolutely! Here you go! This nutritional information is based on 36 marshmallows per batch (roughly 1.3ish square inches per marshmallows).
How should I store my homemade marshmallows?
A sealed air tight container is the best way to store these homemade marshmallows, regardless of where you choose to store them.
How long do these homemade marshmallows keep?
At room temperature, these keep for about 7-10 days. In the fridge they last about 2 months.
You can also store them in the freezer for up to 1 year!