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Honey Sweetened Cinnamon Marshmallows (actual meals, paleo)

Homemade Honey Sweetened Cinnamon Marshmallows are delicious and so easy to make! Don’t be intimidated, these honey sweetened marshmallows are simple and only take about 30 minutes to prep. Eat them as is or top them on hot chocolate!

THIS HEALTHY MARSHMALLOW RECIPE IS SO SIMPLE AND EASY, PLUS IT’S SO MUCH HEALTHIER THAN STORE-BOUGHT MARSHMALLOWS.

When I was a little girl, my beautiful, southern grandma would make me hot chocolate with marshmallows every morning when I was visiting her. It was such a special treat!

My love for marshmallows started at a young age – and every time I have them now, it brings me back to those fond childhood memories.

When the cooler months set in and the holiday season starts, I really look forward to making marshmallows with my children.

Two bowls full of homemade marshmallows, sitting next to cinnamon sticks, a honey dipper with honey, two small jars and more homemade marshmallows sitting on a cutting board.

We make all kinds of homemade flavored marshmallows year-round (like chocolate marshmallows, herbal marshmallows , peppermint marshmallows, strawberry marshmallows and more!), but we have a special tradition of making honey sweetened cinnamon marshmallows for the holidays.

We love to top them on sweet potato casserole, float them in hot chocolate, eat them by the handful and set them out on Christmas Eve for Santa Claus as a treat!

A mug full of hot chocolate topped with homemade marshmallows, sitting next to two bowls full of homemade marshmallows, next to cinnamon sticks, a honey dipper with honey, and more homemade marshmallows sitting on a cutting board.

UNIQUE MARSHMALLOWS MAKE GREAT GIFTS

Homemade marshmallows are so special and unique – they make people smile and everyone loves them!

This gourmet marshmallow recipe has a festive touch with the dusting of the cinnamon, adding a wonderful flavor. 

These honey marshmallows are definitely made to be shared with loved ones or people in your community.

Make a big batch of these easy homemade marshmallows for you and yours, then share some of the honey cinnamon marshmallows as gifts!

Two bowls full of homemade marshmallows, sitting next to cinnamon sticks, a honey dipper with honey, one small jar and more homemade marshmallows sitting on a cutting board.

One festive and rustic way to share these cinnamon marshmallows  is wrapped up in crinkled up unbleached parchment paper. Just rip off a sheet of parchment paper, crumple it up in your hands, then open it up, flatten it, add the honey marshmallows, wrap them up and tie a pretty ribbon or some twine around it like a little gift. You can even add a little label or card if your heart desires. 

Everyone always seems excited when they get a little package full of homemade marshmallows!

A mug full of hot chocolate topped with homemade marshmallows, sitting next to two bowls full of homemade marshmallows, next to cinnamon sticks, a honey dipper with honey, one small jar and more homemade marshmallows sitting on a cutting board.

HOMEMADE MARSHMALLOWS WITHOUT CORN SYRUP

Marshmallows are a nostalgic food and I love that about them. However, the common brand that I grew up with in the ‘80s does not fit the ingredient standard of REAL FOOD.

Do you know what the common ingredients are in mainstream brand marshmallows? 

CORN SYRUP, SUGAR, MODIFIED CORNSTARCH, DEXTROSE, WATER, CONTAINS LESS THAN 2% OF GELATIN, TETRASODIUM PYROPHOSPHATE (WHIPPING AID), NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, BLUE 1

Our bodies don’t know what to do with most of those ingredients. Because of those ingredients, these mainstream marshmallows get a very low rating on the EWG’s Food Scores. 

Homemade marshmallows to the rescue!

Two bowls full of homemade marshmallows, sitting next to cinnamon sticks, two small jars and more homemade marshmallows sitting on a cutting board.

HOW TO MAKE HEALTHY MARSHMALLOWS

These Paleo marshmallows are so easy to make! All you need to make these simple, honey sweetened cinnamon marshmallows are REAL FOOD ingredients – water, grass-fed gelatin, honey, real vanilla extract and a pinch of sea salt. For an extra special touch, only arrowroot powder and ground cinnamon is needed for dusting these homemade honey vanilla marshmallows.

Photo of recipe ingredients with a jar full of water, a bowl full of honey, a bowl full off arrowroot powder, a small bowl full of ground cinnamon, a small bowl full of vanilla extract, a small bowl of gelatin and a small bowl of salt.
Start by getting your “storage” pan ready – you can either use an 8×8 square baking pan (for taller marshmallows, makes about 25 squares) or a 9×13 rectangle baking pan (for slightly smaller marshmallows, makes about 50 squares). Then line the pan with unbleached parchment paper (cut to fit in both directions if you’re using a square 8×8 dish), so you can easily lift up the marshmallows when they are set.

In a small bowl, combine the ground cinnamon and arrowroot starch, then stir to combine. Use half of the mixture to evenly distribute over the bottom of the lined pan, then set aside the rest of the cinnamon-arrowroot mixture for later.

USE QUALITY GRASS-FED GELATIN

I only recommend using a quality pesticide-free grass-fed gelatin for homemade marshmallows because quality does matter. This is the only grass-fed gelatin that I use because of their sourcing, their contaminant free, no glyphosate guarantee and their proof of purity.

The gelatin also adds a nutrient-dense boost of protein as well. For 10% OFF, enter NOURISH10 at checkout.

A mixing bowl with water a powdered gelatin proofing.

BLOOM THE GELATIN

Assemble your standing mixer with the mixing bowl and whisk attachment. If you don’t have a standing mixer, that’s okay, just use a high-edge, large mixing bowl and a handheld mixer. 

Next add ½ cup of filtered water to the mixing bowl, then sprinkle the gelatin over the water. Let this sit as you make the honey mixture. This resting time is known as “blooming” the gelatin.

COOK THE HONEY WATER MIXTURE

In a medium-size saucepan with high edges, add a ½ cup of filtered water, the honey, vanilla extract and sea salt. If you’re using a candy thermometer, place it in the honey mixture. If you’re not using a candy thermometer, make sure to set a timer for 8 minutes once the mixture starts to boil.

Over medium-high heat, bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce to medium heat to keep it simmering (it needs to stay simmering the entire time). 

Stir constantly as the mixture will start to bubble and get foamy the hotter it gets (stirring keeps it from overflowing). Allow the mixture to simmer until it reaches 240 degrees F (this will take about 8 minutes if you’re not using a candy thermometer), then immediately remove from the heat.

MAKE THE MARSHMALLOW FLUFF

If using a standing mixer, turn the mixer on low speed, then slowly and very carefully drizzle the hot honey mixture in a thin continuous stream down the side of the bowl. This should take about 2 minutes – that gives you an idea of how slow you need to pour it. Please remember that the honey mixture is extremely hot, so use caution while doing this.

Next, turn the mixer to high and continue whisking until the mixture becomes thick, glossy and has increased in volume – about 15 minutes.

If you’re not using a stand mixer, follow the same directions above except start with your handheld mixer on low speed. Once you have added the honey mixture, increase your mixer to high speed. Your arm might get tired, so if you have a helper in the house, by all means, take turns mixing – it’s not necessary though.

Once the mixture has turned into marshmallow fluff, turn the mixer off and transfer the marshmallow fluff to the lined pan. Use a spatula to evenly distribute and smooth the top. When you’re done, make sure to lick the spatula!

After the marshmallow fluff is distributed in the pan, evenly sprinkle the top of the marshmallow fluff with the remaining cinnamon-arrowroot mixture.

LET THE MARSHMALLOWS REST

Now the marshmallows need to sit and rest at room temperature for at least 8 hours, or best overnight.

When the marshmallows are set, remove them by lifting the parchment paper flaps, then set them on a flat surface or large cutting board (the marshmallows should still be on the parchment paper). 

Carefully and slowly peel away and remove the parchment paper from the sides of the marshmallows.

A mug full of hot chocolate topped with homemade marshmallows, sitting next to two bowls full of homemade marshmallows, next to cinnamon sticks, a honey dipper with honey, one small jar and more homemade marshmallows sitting on a cutting board.

HOW TO CUT MARSHMALLOWS

Use a large chef’s knife to cut the marshmallows into desired size. If you’d like, you can cut off the more “rustic” edges first and cut those thinner strips into mini marshmallows. This usually makes about 30-40 mini marshmallows. Then grab a large mixing bowl and set aside.

Once the marshmallows are cut, take the remaining cinnamon-arrowroot powder mixture that’s left on the parchment paper and dump it in the mixing bowl that you set aside.

Using clean hands, add some cut marshmallows to the mixing bowl, grabbing only a handful at a time, then toss them around to dust them with the cinnamon-arrowroot powder mixture.

This helps keep all of the marshmallow edges less sticky and more “dusty” like the typical packaged marshmallows.

Two bowls full of homemade marshmallows, sitting next to cinnamon sticks, a honey dipper with honey, and more homemade marshmallows sitting on a cutting board.

HOW TO TOAST HOMEMADE MARSHMALLOWS FOR S’MORES

If you want to enjoy an extra special treat, try toasting homemade marshmallows!

Place individual homemade marshmallows on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, leaving about 2 inches between each marshmallow. Then turn the broiler on low in your oven.

Put the baking sheet with marshmallows under the broiler on a middle oven rack or oven rack that is not closest to the top. With the oven door cracked, toast the marshmallows until the tops are lightly golden brown and toasted. 

Two bowls full of homemade marshmallows, sitting next to cinnamon sticks, a honey dipper with honey, two small jars and more homemade marshmallows sitting on a cutting board.

DO NOT WALK AWAY FROM THE MARSHMALLOWS while they are under the broiler or they will melt quickly and burn. Now you can enjoy them as is or make homemade s’mores by placing the toasted marshmallows on top of chocolate and graham crackers.

A mug full of hot chocolate topped with homemade marshmallows, sitting next to two bowls full of homemade marshmallows, next to cinnamon sticks, a honey dipper with honey, one small jar and more homemade marshmallows sitting on a cutting board.

RECIPE FAQS: TIPS FOR HOMEMADE HONEY SWEETENED CINNAMON MARSHMALLOWS SUCCESS

  • What is the best type of honey to use in this healthy marshmallow recipe? I only recommend using a mild, light-colored, quality honey for this recipe. Honey flavors like orange blossom honey, clover honey, thistle honey or alfalfa honey are known to be the most mild in flavor. This is my favorite raw honey – I love their orange blossom and “original” honey. I also love using this raw honey, it’s easy to find online as well as at grocery stores like Sprouts Farmers Market.
  • How many marshmallows will this recipe make? The finished marshmallow yield is going to vary. If you cut off the uneven, rustic edges first and cut those thinner edge strips into mini marshmallows, those strips will make about 30-40 mini marshmallows. If you use an 8×8 square baking pan, it will make about 25 squares and if you use a 9×13 rectangle baking pan, it will make about 50 squares.
  • What is the best way to store homemade marshmallows? Keep the cinnamon-arrowroot covered marshmallows in an airtight container dusted and coated with a little extra arrowroot powder or powdered sugar (the extra powder is especially important if you plan on storing them for weeks). If kept in a dry place at room temperature, homemade marshmallows usually keep for about 3 weeks. For the best flavor and texture, enjoy the marshmallows within 1 week.

Two bowls full of homemade marshmallows, sitting next to cinnamon sticks, a honey dipper with honey, one small jar and more homemade marshmallows sitting on a cutting board.

IF YOU LIKE THIS HOMEMADE HONEY SWEETENED CINNAMON MARSHMALLOWS RECIPE, YOU MAY ALSO LIKE THESE GLUTEN-FREE WINTER-INSPIRED RECIPES FROM RECIPES TO NOURISH:

A mug full of hot chocolate topped with homemade marshmallows, sitting next to two bowls full of homemade marshmallows, next to cinnamon sticks, a honey dipper with honey, one small jar and more homemade marshmallows sitting on a cutting board.

Honey Sweetened Cinnamon Marshmallows

A mug full of hot chocolate topped with homemade marshmallows, sitting next to two bowls full of homemade marshmallows, next to cinnamon sticks, a honey dipper with honey, one small jar and more homemade marshmallows sitting on a cutting board.

Yield:
25 marshmallows

Prep Time:
35 minutes

Cook Time:
8 minutes

Inactive Time:
2 days 6 hours

Total Time:
2 days 6 hours 43 minutes

Homemade Honey Sweetened Cinnamon Marshmallows are delicious and so easy to make! Don’t be intimidated, these honey sweetened marshmallows are simple and only take about 30 minutes to prep. Eat them as is or top them on hot chocolate!

Instructions

  1. Get your “storage” pan ready – you can either use an 8×8 square baking pan or a 9×13 rectangle baking pan. Then line the pan with unbleached parchment paper (cut to fit in both directions if you’re using a square 8×8 dish), so you can easily lift up the marshmallows when they are set.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the ground cinnamon and arrowroot starch, then stir to combine. Use half of the mixture to evenly distribute over the bottom of the lined pan, then set aside the rest of the cinnamon-arrowroot mixture for later.
  3. Assemble your standing mixer with the mixing bowl and whisk attachment. If you don’t have a standing mixer, that’s okay, just use a high-edge, large mixing bowl and a handheld mixer.
  4. Next add ½ cup of filtered water to the mixing bowl, then sprinkle the gelatin over the water. Let this sit as you make the honey mixture. This resting time is known as “blooming” the gelatin.
  5. In a medium-size saucepan with high edges, add a ½ cup of filtered water, the honey, vanilla extract and sea salt. If you’re using a candy thermometer, place it in the honey mixture. If you’re not using a candy thermometer, make sure to set a timer for 8 minutes once the mixture starts to boil.
  6. Over medium-high heat, bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce to medium heat to keep it simmering (it needs to stay simmering the entire time). Stir constantly as the mixture will start to bubble and get foamy the hotter it gets (stirring keeps it from overflowing). Allow the mixture to simmer until it reaches 240 degrees F (this will take about 8 minutes if you’re not using a candy thermometer), then immediately remove from the heat.
  7. If using a standing mixer, turn the mixer on low speed, then slowly and very carefully drizzle the hot honey mixture in a thin continuous stream down the side of the bowl. This should take about 2 minutes – that gives you an idea of how slow you need to pour it. Please remember that the honey mixture is extremely hot, so use caution while doing this.
  8. Next, turn the mixer to high and continue whisking until the mixture becomes thick, glossy and has increased in volume – about 15 minutes. If you’re not using a stand mixer, follow the same directions above except start with your handheld mixer on low speed. Once you have added the honey mixture, increase your mixer to high speed. Your arm might get tired, so if you have a helper in the house, by all means, take turns mixing – it’s not necessary though.
  9. Once the mixture has turned into marshmallow fluff, turn the mixer off and transfer the marshmallow fluff to the lined pan. Use a spatula to evenly distribute and smooth the top. When you’re done, make sure to lick the spatula!
  10. After the marshmallow fluff is distributed in the pan, evenly sprinkle the top of the marshmallow fluff with the remaining cinnamon-arrowroot mixture.
  11. Now the marshmallows need to sit and rest at room temperature for at least 8 hours, or best overnight.
  12. When the marshmallows are set, remove them by lifting the parchment paper flaps, then set them on a flat surface or large cutting board (the marshmallows should still be on the parchment paper). Carefully and slowly peel away and remove the parchment paper from the sides of the marshmallows.
  13. Use a large chef’s knife to cut the marshmallows into desired size. If you’d like, you can cut off the more “rustic” edges first and cut those thinner strips into mini marshmallows. This usually makes about 30-40 mini marshmallows. Then grab a large mixing bowl and set aside.
  14. Once the marshmallows are cut, take the remaining cinnamon-arrowroot powder mixture that’s left on the parchment paper and dump it in the mixing bowl that you set aside. Using clean hands, add some cut marshmallows to the mixing bowl, grabbing only a handful at a time, then toss them around to dust them with the cinnamon-arrowroot powder mixture. This helps keep all of the marshmallow edges less sticky and more “dusty” like the typical packaged marshmallows.
  15. Enjoy the marshmallows as in or topped on hot chocolate!

Notes

YOU WILL NEED: 8×8 or 9×13 Pan, Unbleached Parchment Paper, Standing Mixer with Mixing Bowl and Whisk Attachment, Candy Thermometer (optional), Spatula, Quality Chef’s Knife, Measuring Cups & Spoons

YIELD: If you use an 8×8 square baking pan, it will make about 25 squares and if you use a 9×13 rectangle baking pan, it will make about 50 squares. If you cut off the uneven, rustic edges first and cut those thinner edge strips into mini marshmallows, those strips will make about 30-40 mini marshmallows

GELATIN: I only use this pesticide-free grass-fed gelatin because of their sourcing, their contaminant free, no glyphosate guarantee and their proof of purity. It adds a nutrient-dense boost of protein as well. For 10% OFF, enter NOURISH10 at checkout.

STORAGE: Keep in a dry place at room temperature, stored in an airtight container dusted and coated with a little extra arrowroot powder or powdered sugar for up to 3 weeks.

See Recipe FAQS in the post for more tips.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield: 25
Serving Size: 1

Amount Per Serving:
Calories: 66Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 27mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 0gSugar: 16gProtein: 1g

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