From plain marshmallows to chocolate, spiced, herbal, and peppermint, you’re going to love this ultimate collection of healthier and unique homemade marshmallow recipes.
Marshmallows are such a fun nostalgic treat!
Who doesn’t love these delicious, fluffy sweets in a cup of hot cocoa, toasted and slathered inside s’mores, or simply on their own?
And, did you know that marshmallows are so easy to make? With only 30 minutes of prep time, there's nothing intimidating about homemade marshmallows.
You just have to be patient while you let them set overnight. That’s the only hard part!
Once you make your own homemade marshmallows, you’re never going to want to buy store-bought marshmallows again.
From good old-fashioned plain marshmallows to new flavor inspiration, here's a collection of over 25 unique and flavorful homemade marshmallow recipes with a few marshmallow treats and marshmallow fluff recipes included!
Almost all of the marshmallow recipes included are Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free.
Looking for AIP, Low Carb, or sugar-free options? I've included several!
And, if sugar is not an issue for you, there are a few organic cane sugar or raw sugar-based recipes, too.
How To Make Homemade Marshmallows: The Basics
With just a few ingredients, a saucepan, and a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, you’ll be on your way to fluffy, sticky, sweet and delectable marshmallow fluff in no time! You don’t even need a candy thermometer for most recipes!
Don't have a stand mixer? Use a large mixing bowl with high sides, and a handheld mixer instead.
Do enlist some help, like your kids or grandkids, to whip up the marshmallow fluff. It takes about 15 minutes of mixing. Little kids love to watch how the marshmallow fluff will double and then triple in size.
Once your marshmallow fluff finishes, pour that beautiful, fluffy mixture into a large dish lined with parchment paper. That’s it!
Now you just need to let it set up, which usually means overnight. The next day your marshmallows will be ready for cutting and eating.
But don’t worry, you can still enjoy some of the sticky marshmallow fluff the day you make it. By all means, make sure you lick the whisk or enjoy a spoonful or two!
The next day, cut the marshmallows into mini or large squares. Enjoy them as-is, dip them in melted chocolate, add them to your hot chocolate, top them on an ice cream sundae, or wrap them up in parchment paper to give as holiday gifts.
Homemade marshmallows make the best homemade holiday gifts! Who doesn't love an exciting, childhood-favorite treat?
You probably already have most of the ingredients in your pantry to make homemade marshmallows. So, instead of buying a bag of those jet-puffed store-bought marshmallows, give homemade marshmallows a try.
Traditional Plain Marshmallow Recipes
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Use these base marshmallow recipes to make traditional or vanilla-flavored marshmallows for hot chocolate, special treats for parties, or homemade holiday gifts.
Honey Marshmallows (Paleo, Grain-free, Dairy-free) — You do not need corn syrup to make marshmallows! Honey-sweetened, with a hint of vanilla, use these easy marshmallows in homemade rice crispy treats or fudge.
Marshmallows + Hot Cocoa (Paleo, Grain-free, Dairy-free) — These delicious marshmallows are made with maple syrup and vanilla, and come with a cinnamon-spiced hot cocoa recipe.
Maple Vanilla Marshmallows (Paleo, Grain-free, Dairy-free) — These Tahitian vanilla marshmallows are maple-sweetened and puff up beautifully when toasted or roasted.
Paleo Marshmallows (Paleo, Grain-free, Dairy-free) — Make this basic marshmallow recipe with egg whites and two natural sweeteners — honey and maple syrup. The recipe includes lots of different flavor options, such as freeze-dried fruit, matcha powder, espresso powder, dried ginger or turmeric, mint, and mint chocolate chip.
Peppermint & Chocolate Dipped Marshmallow Recipes
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Chocolate Peppermint Marshmallows (Paleo, Grain-free, Dairy-free) — These chocolate-dipped marshmallows are so festive and special for the holidays! Easy to make, a fun treat to snack on, so delicious in hot chocolate, and perfect as a homemade holiday gift!
Peppermint Marshmallows (AIP, Paleo, Grain-free, Dairy-free) — These honey-sweetened marshmallows come with an easy DIY collagen hot cocoa mix that’s perfect for holiday gifts!
Chocolate Marshmallow Recipes
Nourishing Chocolate Marshmallows (Paleo, Grain-free, Dairy-free) — These easy marshmallows are unbelievably delicious! They taste like hot chocolate and s’mores without the graham crackers.
Dark Chocolate Marshmallows (Paleo, Grain-free, Dairy-free) — Naturally sweetened with honey, these delicious marshmallows are packed with lots of chocolate flavor.
Chocolate Marshmallows (Paleo, Grain-free, Dairy-free) — With just a few ingredients, these maple syrup-sweetened chocolate marshmallows made with cacao powder are so easy to make!
AIP “Chocolate” Marshmallows (AIP, Paleo, Grain-free, Dairy-free) — Looking for a delicious AIP marshmallow? These carob powder-based marshmallows are sure to be a hit!
Paleo Chocolate Marshmallows (AIP, Paleo, Grain-free, Dairy-free) — These GAPS and AIP-friendly marshmallows are made with cocoa or carob powder and naturally sweetened with honey.
Spiced Marshmallow Recipes
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Honey Sweetened Cinnamon Marshmallows (Paleo, Grain-free, Dairy-free) — These cinnamon-dusted, real food marshmallows are super easy to make, so delicious in hot chocolate, and the perfect holiday gift!
Mini Cinnamon Maple Marshmallows (Paleo, Grain-free, Dairy-free) — These mini honey- and maple syrup-sweetened marshmallows are perfect topped on a mug of hot chocolate.
Maple Cinnamon Marshmallows (Paleo, Grain-free, Dairy-free) — These healthier marshmallows with a hint of cinnamon and vanilla are naturally sweetened with honey and maple syrup.
Chai Spiced Maple Marshmallows (Paleo, Grain-free, Dairy-free) — Chai lovers, these marshmallows are for you! They’re made with chai tea, sweetened with maple syrup, and spiced with cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and clove.
Pumpkin Pie Marshmallows (Paleo, Grain-free, Dairy-free) — These delicious fall-themed marshmallows are sweetened with maple syrup and honey, and flavored with pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice.
Gingerbread Marshmallows (Paleo, Grain-free, Dairy-free) — Spiced with ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, these are the perfect marshmallows for the holidays!
Fruity and Caramel Coconut-y Marshmallow Recipes
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Real Food Strawberry Marshmallows (Gluten-free, Dairy-free) — These light pink strawberry marshmallows are so beautiful and delicate!
Fluffy Marshmallows with Coconut Sugar (Gluten-free, Dairy-free) — Sweetened with coconut sugar, organic cane sugar, and maple syrup, these airy and chewy marshmallows taste like store-bought marshmallows. Plus, a hint of maple flavor!
Salted Caramel Toasted Coconut Marshmallows (Paleo, Grain-free, Dairy-free) — Light, fluffy, and sticky, these salted caramel marshmallows are packed with coconut flavor thanks to coconut syrup, coconut extract, and toasted coconut!
Herbal Marshmallow Recipes
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Vitamin C Hibiscus Rose Hip Marshmallows (Paleo, Grain-free, Dairy-free) — These easy, super fluffy, unique marshmallows are perfectly sweet with a delicate herbal flavor. I love their pretty pink color!
AIP Honey Lavender Marshmallows (AIP, Paleo, Grain-free, Dairy-free) — Flavored with dried lavender, enjoy these lovely marshmallows in a hot cup of Earl Grey tea.
Elderflower Marshmallow Fluff (Gluten-free, Dairy-free) — Elderflower cordial gives these marshmallows a delicious floral taste!
Sugar-Free Marshmallow Recipes
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Sugar-Free Marshmallows (Paleo, Grain-free, Dairy-free) — Looking for marshmallows with no sugar and less sweetener? Give these honey- and stevia-sweetened marshmallows a try!
Low-Carb Marshmallows (Low-Carb, Grain-free, Sugar-Free) — Sweetened with xylitol and vegetable glycerine, these marshmallows are lower carb.
Marshmallow Fluff (Grain-free, Sugar-Free, Vegan) — These erythritol-sweetened marshmallows use agar agar instead of gelatin.
Marshmallow Treats & Marshmallow Fluff
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Naturally Sweetened Real Food S’mores Bars (Paleo, Grain-free) — How can you resist this special treat?! Homemade honey-sweetened marshmallows top these s’mores bars… Plus, a layer of a homemade chocolate ganache and grain-free honey cinnamon “graham cracker” cookie crust.
Grain Free “Rice” Crispy Treats (Paleo, Grain-free, Dairy-free) — Missing traditional rice crispy treats? This honey-sweetened, grain-free version made with coconut flakes is as close to the real thing as you can get. A must make!
Honey Graham Crackers, Marshmallows & S’mores (Paleo, Grain-free, Dairy-free) — This recipe comes with a Paleo graham cracker recipe and homemade honey-sweetened marshmallows made with vanilla, gelatin, and egg whites.
What are your favorite ways to use marshmallows? Do you have a favorite marshmallow flavor?
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