|Healthy Vanilla Marshmallows|
I have crossed a cooking threshold. I successfully used a candy thermometer!!!! (pats back). No, seriously. I've avoided eye contact with said thermometer since culinary school, while it has patiently waited for me to muster some candy-making courage. The concept of candy-making has seemed intimidating, and for any of you that know me, boiling sugar and quick movements has disaster written all over it.
As much as I didn't want to become a cautionary tale, my desire for a healthier marshmallow eventually trumped my fear. Cooler temperature and bonfires began calling s'mores to the forefront of my mind, and I found myself obsessing over a DIY version of this squishy treat. A quick net searched turned up THIS amazing marshmallow recipe by the Wellness Mama, but I wanted to use maple syrup instead of honey for a more authentic flavor.
Y'all. These are REALLY easy to make. Granted, you need some specific gear. And the concept is a little strange—I don't generally crave beef collagen when my sweet-tooth strikes. In fact, the mixture itself smells a little funky as its coming together, so know that in advance!
But the result is OH.SO. worth it! Any bizarre smells or minor flesh-wounds incurred disappear when you bite into one of these sweet, perfectly pillowy little clouds. In addition, you receive the amazing nutritional benefits from grass-fed collagen. High quality collagen/gelatin has been shown to help with everything from wrinkles and cellulite to arthritis and digestion. HERE is a great article on the myriad benefits.
Halloween is around the corner, and I can't think of a more fun weekend activity than making your own healthy marshmallows, then sandwiching them between some great dark chocolate and homemade graham crackers such as THESE!
What Did LL Use?!
Great Lakes Unflavored Beef Gelatin (I also use this in smoothies, whisked into oatmeal or soups for added protein)