Real Marshmallow Recipe

Updated: Jun 23, 2021

Marshmallows used to be made from the marsh mallow's roots, instead of gelatin, and honoring that traditional recipe, here I have a recipe for you that's simple and natural, honoring the original recipe before industrialization came to pass...


1 cup water

1 tablespoon marshmallow root powder

1 cup honey

1 packet agar powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Powdered sugar

A pinch of salt

Cooking Utensils:

Hand mixer

8×8″ pan

Cooking Thermometer




  • Bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan.

  • Add the marshmallow root and stir with a whisk.

  • Simmer for five minutes and then place in the fridge until cool.

  • Strain the marshmallow through cheesecloth or a sieve.

  • Add enough water to equal a full cup.

  • Take half of the marshmallow mixture and place in a medium sized bowl and add the agar powder to it. Set aside.

  • Take the other half of the mixture in a small saucepan along with the honey, vanilla extract and the salt.

  • Bring all of the mix to a simmer.

  • Place the thermometer in the mixture until it reaches 240°F and then remove from heat. Using a hand mixer, begin to mix the marshmallow and agar mixture on low.

  • Slowly add the hot marshmallow and honey mixture while continuing to mix.

  • Once the two mixtures have been combined, continue to whip on high for another 5 to 10 minutes.

  • Pour the mixture onto an 8×8″ pan lined with natural parchment paper that has been oiled. Let the mixture sit for at least two hours, or until the marshmallows are fully firm.

  • Slice with a knife.

  • Roll in powdered sugar to make these less sticky, and enjoy!

These are perfect for eating, as an addition to brownies or other treats, or hot cocoa.

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