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Hot Chocolate and Marshmallows (Oh and Greens, Too!)

 

How is it possible that these things go together? Well, they don’t, but I wanted to give you a fun recipe that will also be a DIY gift idea then I looked at the Produce share and it reminded me of one of my CSA shares I got once in California. Greens, Greens and more GREENS! Since most greens are interchangeable, here’s one of the posts from my blog that gives you my most basic and tasty way to make greens as well as other ways to use them. (Subscribe while you are there to get all the recipes I post since they are many times different from what I post here on the ROCK blog.)

Now back to the fun recipe, I am about to share a recipe that will not only rock your world but will rock your kids’ worlds - Marshmallows made from healthy ingredients. Factor in my super easy, awesome homemade hot chocolate and you are about to become a Kitchen Rock Star! And take it one step further by making this all into a gift using my instructions below.

I took the marshmallow recipe directly from Katie at Wellness Mama so I’m going to just give you the link rather than reprinting (and if you don’t already follow her…you should just sign up now…great info!!) but I wanted to show you the steps in photos since it’s sort of like candy making and seeing it come together will definitely help you. She offers several other variations including making the probiotic marshmallows by add a few capsules of your favorite probiotics, such as Prescript Assist. The other small change is that I rolled the finished marshmallows in tapioca flour to keep them from sticking together.

Though there are a few steps to making the marshmallows, there are only three ingredients besides water – honey, Vital Proteins grass-fed gelatin and vanilla extract.

Step by Step Instructions

It seems like a lot of steps. Most of them are the method for cutting marshmallows. One time making these and it will come naturally.

Step One

Combine ½ cup water with 4 tbsp gelatin in a large bowl; if using a stand mixer combine it in there. (I admittedly forgot to photo this actual first step.)

Step Two

Combine 1 cup honey with another ½ cup water in a medium saucepan.

Step Three

Let it come to a boil and boil continually for 8 minutes. If you have a candy thermometer this works much better since there is no guess work. You will be looking for 240 degrees.

Step Four

With your mixer running on low (or with a hand mixer in your non-dominant hand), slowly drizzle the honey mixture into the gelatin. (Photo is bad, but you can at least see the stream of honey going in…) When all of it has been added, increase speed to medium until the mixture is the consistency of thick cream.

Step Five

Increase speed to high and beat for about 15 minutes or until gentle peaks form. It will be the consistency of thick meringue. Add the vanilla (that’s the brown liquid in photo.) and beat again for a couple of seconds until incorporated.

Step Six 

Spread into a parchment lined pan and smooth-ish (it will still be slightly puffy and not completely smooth on top) with a spatula. Let sit at room temperature for at least 4 hours before proceeding. Don’t get antsy and try to go on without waiting at least 4 hours…I did the first time with bad results!

Step Seven

After they have sat for at least 4 hours, using the parchment paper, transfer to a cutting board to shape into marshmallows.

Step Eight

Cut off ½” of all four sides and save to make mini marshmallows.

Step Nine

Cut remaining slab into 1” strips and then cut the ½” edges into mini marshmallows. Set the minis aside until you get to Step Ten.

Step Ten

Cut strips into 1” squares (mine were more like rectangles)

Step Eleven

(Optional but keeps them a little more separate)

Roll in Tapioca Starch (or toasted coconut or cocoa powder or cinnamon…many options!)

Store at room temperature for at least a week (unless you use probiotics then the time is much shorter)

Serve in this delicious Paleo Hot Chocolate or eat by themselves!

Easy (and Healthy) Hot Chocolate

If you happened to get ahold of some Amy’s Drinking Chocolate (and still have it on hand) you can certainly prepare that according to directions but once that’s run out or if you don’t have it on hand, here’s a version that is almost as easy as those not-so-great packets. To make this into a gift, mix together the dry ingredients (using coconut sugar as sweetener) for 4 or more servings and place in a jar. Add a bag of marshmallows and tie with a ribbon card that contains the Gift Instructions below.

Per Serving:

2 tbsp cocoa powder

2 tbsp maple syrup, honey or coconut sugar*

1 scoop collagen or collagen creamer

6 oz Raw Milk or your alternative milk of choice (I used almond)

½ tsp vanilla extract

Homemade marshmallows


Stir the cocoa powder, liquid sweetener of choice (If using coconut sugar, read on), collagen and vanilla together. Heat milk until just steaming then stir into the cocoa mixture until combined. Top with as many marshmallows as desired. (I limited it to two for the photo, but of course added more once I put the camera down!)

 

*Coconut Sugar Directions:

Stir together cocoa powder, coconut sugar, collagen and vanilla. Add a couple of tablespoons of heated milk to create a paste. Add remaining milk and stir until combined. Top with marshmallows.

 

Gift Instructions:

Stir 5 tbsp of mix together with ½ tsp vanilla extract. Add a couple of tablespoons of heated milk to create a paste. Add remaining milk and stir until combined. Top with as many marshmallows as you want!

 

 

 

 

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