How to Make Marshmallows Recipe Without Gelatin
Okay, so it’s almost the cookout season. I already have my Skittles frappe ready, as you may have already read in one of my previous posts.
I automatically get assigned to taking care of desserts and drinks, and since the recipe for the drinks is ready, I only had to take care of the dessert.
I need the main dessert, but of course, what’s a cookout without smores? It’s a non-negotiable. A constant to every cookout.
But the thing is, I have vegan and gluten intolerant friends that can’t have regular smores. For several gatherings, I found it a bit sad that somebody can’t enjoy food the way we do because of some restrictions.
So I decided to make marshmallows they can indulge in so we can all dig in and enjoy the same food without thinking of allergies and other constraints.
This is a marshmallow recipe without gelatin that is easy to make and tastes just like the regular ones. And you know what, you won’t even notice the difference!
It gives me happiness when people enjoy the food I serve, and I’d gladly make these gelatin-free marshmallows for my beloved friends.
Why Marshmallows Are Not Vegan
Vegans and vegetarians steer clear from marshmallows because of the fact that the seemingly fluffy little pillows contain gelatin, which is an animal protein.
To be more specific, gelatin is derived from animals’ ligaments, tendons, skins, and bones. From pigs and cows, to be exact. These parts are boiled to extract the collagen.
To be honest, if I’m vegan or vegetarian, it might sound a little too gross to think about. But I’m not, so eating a small bag of mini marshmallows is not a problem at all.
However, as a good host should be, I’m trying to be sensitive enough to cater to the preferences of my guests. So if I’m going to serve something, I should make sure they will enjoy what they eat or that they can eat what I serve. I’m sure you know what picture I’m trying to paint here.
Now, I know that there are vegan marshmallows in the stores. Trader Joe’s and Dandies are the brands I usually hear about. But for someone like me who doesn’t live in a large city, these are not readily available in my area.
So the next best thing for me is to make my own gelatin-free marshmallows, which I’m very happy to do.
The question is, what can I use instead of gelatin? Read on.
Gelatin Replacement in Vegan Marshmallows
There’s actually another ingredient we can use that works just the same as gelatin – and it’s plant-based!
Have you ever heard of agar powder? Agar is something that comes from seaweed. See? It’s not animal-based, and I know my vegan friends will be so happy.
Agar, just like gelatin, has no flavor, no smell, and it doesn’t have a color. They are so similar, you’d think they’re the same. Except that they’re not. Based on the source, that is.
Another slight difference that they have is that agar is more firm than gelatin when it sets. For me, it’s beneficial in a way that it can hold its shape more when I need it to.
There’s so much we can make using agar, but today, I’ll show you my how to make marshmallows recipe without gelatin.Print