Years ago in college, Thursday was better known as Thirsty Thursday, when we'd all head to the local watering hole where the drinks were cheap and the music was loud. Well, times have a-changed, and last Thursday found me sitting in my favorite pink pajamas at 10pm, whipping some gooey gelatin mixture (by hand, I might add) with a weird egg spatula because it was the closest thing I could find in our rental to a whisk. My arm just about fell off, but other than that, these came out incredible! I likely won't be making them often just due to the fact that they're nearly all honey, but they make for a quick snack after workouts and a good dessert.
Gelatin, in case you're wondering, is apparently really good for joints, hair, skin, nails, and for recovery from sports-related injuries. I was interested in making the marshmallows to just get more gelatin into my system to alleviate some joint pain that had crept back up.
I called around town, and I was able to buy Vital Proteins collagen, which they say is easier on digestion than the gelatin. I guess the reason gelatin is so effective is due to the collagen content, so the collagen is really the important bit here.
Ingredients for Homemade marshmallows
-3T collagen powder
-1T vanilla extract
-1 cup whole pecans (then chop them)
-1 cup water
Directions for Homemade Marshmallows
Spread the chopped pecans on a baking pan lined with parchment paper and set aside. Put 1/2c water in a mixing bowl with the collagen powder and set it aside for ten minutes. Then, take the other 1/2c water and honey, and put it in a saucepan over high heat with a cover. Bring it to a boil and then let it boil for at least 15 minutes, or until it's "soft ball" stage. Using a whisk (if you want your arm to fall off), or an electric mixer, slowly add the honey and water to the collagen/water mixture. As you mix, add in the vanilla and cinnamon. Once it reaches the melted marshmallow consistency, spread it on the baking pan. Use wet hands to smooth it out and let it sit overnight. The next morning, cut the marshmallows (scissors work really well) to your desired size and eat!
PS- More healthy dessert recipes.