‘Sugar free peanut butter chocolate cup marshmallows that are actually GOOD for you!’
I was never a huge marshmallow fan per se. I may have been caught popping a few mini’s in my mouth here and partaking in the occasional campfire smore’s, but I was never one to crave a marshmallow. I could easily be near a bag of them and not think twice about eating them. I have a sweet tooth for sure, but that sweet? Never really my thing. That being said though, I certainly wouldn’t be able to pass up a HEALTHY version that was sweetened to my liking…
There is NO way in hell that you could look at these and think “Yup, those are healthy!”.
Oh, but wait…
They really really are!!!
Better yet, they are actually even LOW CARB! AND while traditional marshmallows are filled with sugar and corn syrup, my version is also 100% sugar free! Granted the peanuts and I have on this version may have some trace carbs in each serving depending on how many you use (or if you add them at all for that matter), the marshmallow itself? Virtually carb free and definitely sugar free!
What in the world?
Alrighty, so let me explain what these are made of exactly so you can immediately grab what you need to make your very own…
The base for the marshmallows themselves have only THREE ingredients (and water):
#1 Great Lakes Unflavored Gelatin
This is a WONDERFUL product for anyone and everyone to incorporate into their diets. Collagen is the most abundant protein found in our body. It’s literally found EVERYWHERE including our skin (the largest organ we have), muscles, bones, digestive system, and it’s also what holds our joints together. As we age though, the natural production of collagen in our bodies declines leaving us more susceptible to wrinkles, sagging skin, digestive problems, joint degeneration, and more. Maintaining collagen in the body as we age is crucial for optimal health.
#2 Sweet Leaf Stevia (vanilla creme)
My go to option for a no sugar, no calorie sweetener! The company offers a HUGE variety of flavors, all of which are amazing! And for those of you who despise the taste of stevia… here’s a little trick for you: add the tiniest pinch of salt to whatever you are using your stevia in. This will counteract any bitter after taste you may have. I personally love stevia and never experience a strange taste, maybe I’ve just used it for so long now I don’t notice!
There you have it. Literally THREE ingredients (and water)! Then you can flavor or top the marshmallows anyway you like. For this version, I melted down some 100% unsweetened cacao with a little bit of coconut oil and stevia. Drizzled that all over the place and sprinkled on some chopped jungle peanuts!
I could hardly believe it when I was testing these out! Total game marshmallow game changer around here. Again, regular marshmallows I could easily pass up. These though? Yeah, I could eat the whole pan and feel AMAZING from the inside out about it!
Healthy Reese’s Marshmallows
- 1 cup water
- 3 tablespoons Great Lakes Gelatin
- 40-50 drops Sweet Leaf Stevia
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 pinch salt
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate or baking cacao
- 2 teaspoons coconut oil
- 1/4 cup peanuts (roughly chopped)
|Place 1/2 cup of water, stevia, and gelatin in the bowl of a stand mixer. Begin to stir gently. Turn on to high speed and SLOWLY drizzle in remaining 1/2 cup of water, vanilla and pinch of salt. . Continue mixing on high until mixture becomes fluffy. Adjust sweetness to desired taste.|
|Line a small dish with parchment paper and add mixture. Flatten as much as possible. Cover and set in fridge for an hour.|
|For topping, melt chocolate and coconut oil in the microwave in 20 second increments until smooth. Drizzle on marshmallows and sprinkle on chopped peanuts. Cut and enjoy!|