Healthy S’mores

Healthy S'mores

It’s campfire season here in our neck of the woods, and what’s a campfire without s’mores?

Unfortunately most marshmallows, graham crackers and a certain popular brand of chocolate bar land squarely in the category of processed junk.

Not to worry, you can make your own!  Homemade marshmallows have been on my must-try list for some time now, and this fall I finally took the plunge.

Oh my word, these marshmallows are amazing!  With a simple process and only a few ingredients, you can make your own healthy version of this must-have ingredient for s’mores.

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Thanks to a last-minute missing ingredient in my kitchen just before a large social event we were preparing to host, I had to ditch my usual graham cracker recipe and search for one that employed ingredients I had on hand.

The last minute switch was a bit chaotic at the time, but it turned out to be a blessing in disguise: these graham crackers are so good.

Don’t forget the chocolate!  Listed below is my favorite high quality brand of dark chocolate.

I’m not normally a huge fan of marshmallows or graham crackers or even s’mores.  But these Healthy S’mores–oh my goodness.  They’re pretty awesome.

Even without toasting the marshmallows, the combination is a winner.

Healthy S’mores

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1. Homemade Marshmallows

I love this recipe from The Urban Poser.  It works for Paleo, GAPS & SCD diets, and calls for only five ingredients: water, gelatin, honey, vanilla and salt.

I don’t have a candy thermometer, and I mixed my marshmallow sauce with an electric egg beater.

If you have a stand mixer, the process–which is very similar to making Healthy Gummy Treatswill be that much easier.

If you want to get fancy, you can add fun coatings like crushed nuts, cocoa powder, shredded coconut, etc.

What a great gift idea, right?  Homemade marshmallows with fancy coatings.

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2. Homemade Gluten-Free Graham Crackers

I started with this recipe from Grain Changer, and adapted it a bit according to what I had on hand.

Instead of brown sugar, I used coconut sugar.  And instead of butter, I added coconut oil.

Tip: definitely double the batch!  You won’t be sorry.

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3. Dark Chocolate Bars

My favorite “healthy” dark chocolate bar is Green & Black’s Organic 85% Dark Cacao Bar. Read more about it here.

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Didn’t Mr. Native Texan pick out nice rocks for our new campfire ring?

4. Roasting Sticks

After years of scrounging around for long sturdy twigs and improvised wire coat hangers, we finally acquired these telescoping roasting sticks.  We really like them!  They’re color-coded and come in a handy zippered pouch for storage.

Here’s to healthier treats around the campfire this year.  Happy roasting!

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Kathleen Henderson

Kathleen Henderson

Let's get real! I’m Kathleen Henderson, your Natural Living Mentor. I’m on a mission to help families see the joy in real food, while finding natural remedies and creating a nontoxic home. Learn more about my story >>

2 Comments

  1. Avatar Liz Lane on 11/12/2015 at 1:37 pm

    Great post-I love this idea! Is coconut sugar ok when you are trying to avoid sugar? Thanks! Liz in PA

    • Kathleen Kathleen on 11/17/2015 at 12:12 pm

      Liz–I guess it depends on your reason for avoiding sugar. Coconut sugar reportedly has a lower glycemic index than sugar, and it’s less processed and contains more nutrients, but it’s still a sweetener. I keep it on hand for special occasions. 🙂

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