Homemade Marshmallows



Homemade Marshmallows
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Vegan Marshmallows

Homemade Marshmallows

  • Author: Ido Zivli
  • Active time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 1 hr 30 min
  • Category: Dessert


Are you making plans for the weekend? If they include bonfires, camping, backyard barbecues, and making s’mores, make sure you are bringing these soft and sweet vegan Homemade Marshmallows. Unlike most common store-bought marshmallows, these contain no gelatin, so no animal products are involved. Amazing!

You’ll need agar-agar powder for this recipe, which is basically vegan gelatin. Find it in the baking aisle of the supermarket, health food stores, online, or in Asian markets. Agar-agar is often called ‘Chinese gelatin’ in Asian markets, so keep an eye out for it!


  • 2 tbsp agar-agar powder (or 8 g)
  • 2 cups white sugar (or 415 g)
  • ¾ cup water (or 115 g)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup confectioner’s sugar, divided (or 32 g)
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch (or 15 g)


  1. Mix the agar-agar into ½ cup of cold water.
  2. Add the sugar and ¾ cup water to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Do not stir once the syrup begins to boil. 
  3. Heat to 238°F (114°C). If you don’t have a cooking thermometer, take a small amount of the syrup and drop it into cold water. If it forms a soft ball that flattens when removed from the water and placed on a flat surface, then the temperature is right! Remove from the heat.
  4. Add the agar-agar, then pour your syrup into a glass bowl. Let cool briefly.
  5. Beat the syrup, using an electric mixer, until thick and white. Mix in your vanilla extract, and salt, until the marshmallow mixture is combined.
  6. In a separate bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of confectioners’ sugar and 2 tablespoons of cornstarch together; spread over the bottom of a 9-inch baking pan. Pour the marshmallow mixture on top and let it sit until it gets firm, for 1 hour, at least.
  7. Cut into square marshmallows, using a wet knife. Dust with the remaining confectioners’ sugar.


If you don’t feel like cooking, check out this list of store-bought vegan marshmallows.

Make sure you check out this mouth-watering Tofu and Seitan Kebabs recipe to complete your BBQ or campfire experience!

Check out our plant-based weekly meal plan for more inspiration!

Keywords: Dessert, Marshmallow, Sweet

Homemade white and pink vegan marshmallows spilling out of a jar
Homemade Marshmallows

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