SFG S’MORES… 3 ways for a better Marshmallow

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SFG smores 3 waysDear Diary,

Now that summer is around the corner, I keep thinking about warm nights at the beach, a camp fire, and the perfect summer treat…   S’MORES! What else!?   S’mores are naturally so easy to make– I mean all you need is a graham cracker, chocolate bar, marshmallow and a fire… but while the prep may be simple, the ingredients are not.  For example did you know marshmallows contain gelatin– aka animal fat?!  Yeah, no thanks… Here at SFG Diary we’ve been talking a lot about processed foods lately… yes, we may be addicts, but we’re trying to quit our unhealthy ways.  So why I may not be able to cut out processed foods completely, I thought I’d try to make s’mores a little healthier.

My adventures in s’more making started out simple enough… no stranger to making healthier graham cracker crusts and dark chocolate ganaches, this part of the recipe was easy!

Here’s what you do:

graham cracker crust for SFG smores

For the Graham cracker crust, combine about 1 cup of almonds, 2 teaspoons of coconut oil and 4 dates together in a food processor. Then place a pan of the mixture in the freezer to tighten.

grinded graham cracker for SFG smores

For the chocolate bar: melt dark chocolate chips (the no sugar added kind) in a bowl over a pot of boiling water.  Add in a few tablespoons of almond milk and blend until smooth.

With chocolate and graham cracker crossed off my list… I thought the hard part was over with, but I was oh, so wrong. The Marshmallows were my biggest challenge.

For this post I decided to try marshmallows in three different ways…

First, I attempted to make my own.  Bad idea… I was surprised to not only find that homemade vegan marshmallow recipes existed, but also that the recipes weren’t so complicated!  Or so I thought.   One great recipe I found was by inhabitots.com.

Ingredients: 2.5 tablespoons of agar
1/4 cup & 2 tablespoons of water
2 teaspooons of organic vanilla
1.5 cups of organic sugar
1/2 cup & 2 tablespoons of organic corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon of salt
powdered sugar

 I tried to remix this recipe by only using natural zero calorie sweetener, instead of sugar, and a homemade simple syrup instead of corn syrup.  This was the result:

MARSHMALLOW MELTDOWN SFG

GOO… pure goo.  I know, not very pretty, but part of cooking/baking is experimenting.  So while this attempt was not successful, I tried again…  My next marshmallow recipe consisted of:

Ingredients: 4 tablespoons of agar
1/4 cup tablespoons of water
1 tablespoon of organic vanilla
1.5 cups of organic sugar
1/2 cup & 2 tablespoons of organic simple syrup (half water/half natural zero calorie sweetener)
1/4 teaspoon of salt
powdered natural sweetener

And looked like this:

marshmallows take-2 for SFG smores

Better?  Yes, but the marshmallow consistency still just wasn’t there!  However, the taste was delicious!  For those of you interested in perfecting this recipe for yourself, here’s what you do:  first the agar must be soaked in water for about 10 minutes.  While it dissolves, boil the simple syrup, sugar, vanilla & water together.  Then add the agar slowly into the mixture and start beating with a whisk!  If you don’t have a mixer, be prepared that your arms will get tired!!!  Do this for about 15 minutes and then sit in a pan (dashed with powdered sugar) to cool.  It should look like smooth, tough peaks (similar to meringues)… OR, it could end up looking like mine… not firm and bubbly! haha.  Either way, it’s yummy.

homemade marshmallow for SFG smores

Since homemade marshmallows were an epic fail, my next attempt for healthier marshmallows were store bought vegan marshmallows.  This is a great option for those of us eating s’mores on the go! … or those of you who think I was crazy to try and make it myself :).    You can find some great options at whole foods or at any health food market!

vegan marshmallow SFG smores

Lastly, I decided I wanted to put a new spin on s’mores… so I decided to forget about the marshmallow all together & make a homemade meringue to top my s’more instead.  Why meringues?  They’re pretty, delicious and extremely simple.  Here’s what you do:

beat together 2 egg whites & a cup of powdered sugar until there are tough peaks (about 10 minutes)

meringue for SFG smores

next… bake in the oven on parchment paper for about 20 minutes on a low 300 degree heat

baked meringue for SFG smores

While meringues do toughen up– they’re super gooey when you first remove them from the oven, so no need to wait to eat that s’more!

SO DECADANT & EASY!

meringue smores SFG

I think I’ll have another… :)

meringue smores SFG 2

Enjoy SFG’s :)… whichever way you eat it!

 

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