Your kids will love these sugar-free marshmallows

Posted on Jul 2nd, 2018

Satisfy your family’s sweet tooth with this quick and easy recipe. By Margie Els-Burger

Sugar-free marshmallows

These sugar-free marshmallows are super quick and easy to make and your kids will love them.

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*Makes 10


  • 2 tbsp granulated gelatin
  • ½ cup cold water
  • 1½ cups xylitol
  • ½ cup hot water
  • 1 tbsp vanilla essence


  1. Line a 21cm square tin with baking paper. Combine the gelatin and cold water and set aside for five minutes.
  2. Heat the xylitol and hot water in a small saucepan, stirring until dissolved. Bring to a boil, without stirring, for five minutes. Remove from the heat, add the gelatin and stir until dissolved. Add the vanilla essence. Cool to room temperature.
  3. With an electric mixer, beat the mixture on high for about seven minutes, until it forms stiff peaks. Spoon in to the prepared tin, spread evenly and press a piece of baking paper on top to prevent it drying out. Allow to set overnight.
  4. Cut into squares with a wet knife and roll in coatings, if you like.
  5. Store in an airtight container.


  • Coat the marshmallows in cocoa powder, toasted desiccated coconut or ground nuts, arrowroot flour or cornflour.
  • Beat in a few drops of pink food colouring and replace the vanilla with strawberry essence.
  • Beat in a few drops of green food colouring and replace the vanilla with mint essence.
  • Set the marshmallows in a 27 x 40cm tray and cut into shapes with cookie cutters.

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