Did you know that commercially-made marshmallows contain animal products? They contain gelatin-- an animal protein derived from the ligaments, tendons, skin, and bones of an animal-- that give marshmallows that characteristic jiggle. The good news is that we can recreate this consistency with vegan products and the same delicious taste. Whether you like to slow roast them over a fire or eat them as a quick treat, this out-of-the-box recipe from The Hidden Veggies is sure to delight.
- 1/2 cup aquafaba (the liquid from a can of chickpeas)
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 2 tablespoons vanilla
- 2/3 cup water
- 1 tablespoon agar agar powder (not flakes)
- 1 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar for dusting
Get your mold ready
- Dust the bottom of an 8"x 8" pan with powdered sugar and set aside.
Make your fluffy aquafaba
- Put the aquafaba in a mixing bowl with the cream of tartar and mix on high for 6 minutes until very fluffy.
- Add some vanilla extract and whip for 3 more minutes until it is white again and it forms very stiff peaks. (You need to whip the aquafaba for a total of at least 9 minutes.)
Make your agar agar syrup
- In a small saucepan, combine water and agar agar and bring to a boil.
- Boil the water and agar agar for 3 minutes stirring frequently.
- Add sugar and boil for another 3 minutes stirring constantly over medium-low heat. (Be careful not to cook it too hot or you will burn or caramelize the sugar.)
Mix everything together
- Turn off the heat and add the hot sugar mixture into the beaten aquafaba.
- Add this mixture slowly while beating aquafaba with a mixer set to low for about 30 seconds. This will turn the fluffy white mixture a little shiny.
- Quickly pour it into the pan that has been dusted with powdered sugar.
Cooling and drying your marshmallows
- Dust the top of the marshmallows with powdered sugar and let sit and cool for at least an hour.
- Cut into 1" squares and dust all sides with powdered sugar.
- Turn your oven to 150°F (66°C). Once it reaches that temperature, turn it off and set your cubed marshmallows in the warm oven for about an hour to dry out a little.