Homemade Vanilla Bean Coffee Marshmallows


Winter has officially hit Texas with complete disregard of the fact that I wear shorts pretty often. Well I did, I’ve been forced to change my habits because of the exceedingly “cool” weather. It’s odd to walk outside on a nice Texas day only to be chilled to the bone with an windy ice blast to the face and bare legs. Yesterday it was actually colder here than in New York so I’m not just being a wimp about it.


Along with the sudden onset of winter comes the time to garnish the house with all things winter and holiday related whether it’s Christmas, Hannukah, or Kwanza, I don’t discriminate. A warm fire roaring in the fire place, sweet spiced scents drifted around the house, maniacal laughter from your family members. We recently put up our Christmas tree, or Holiday tree as my school would call it, which was ultimately my signaling that it was in fact time to be in that blissful “spirit” regardless of whether it’s a monday or not. Because yes, Mondays don’t exist during the holidays.

Honey-Measured-Slim-PalateI talk often with my family members, girlfriend, and friends about how much I’m going to enjoy sitting back on the winter break drinking a steaming cup of velvety and rich hot chocolate. First off, that’s a ridiculous thing for me to say because I don’t really drink hot chocolate very often at all. Though I might since I just got some Eating Evolved’s new hot chocolate in the mail.  A few friends of mine always mentioned marshmallows though, which kind of made me feel like my hot chocolate was less of a beverage due to that.

Well I say no more piteous and marshmallow-less hot chocolates for this guy. I found a way to make them myself with mainly gelatin and a mixture of honey and maple syrup rather than an excessive amount of sugar and corn syrup. As much as I would like to take credit for figuring this out entirely myself, I have to say that I used Jenni’s from the The Urban Poser plain Marshmallow recipe as a reference to create my own.


It really doesn’t get much better than a refined sugar free, honey/maple sweetened, fluffy marshmallow flavored with fresh vanilla bean and coffee to get me going. And even though it’s not necessary for myself it happens to be dairy free and egg free for those of you with intolerances out there. You can also put these fluffy off-color white masses of pleasure into your hot chocolate and turn it into a vanilla bean mocha hot chocolate. I totally planned that, yep.


I’m not trying to sway any of your possible marshmallow rituals, I’m merely saying that you can instantly make a hot chocolate twice as seductive with the addition of these. Or just stuff them  too many of them in your mouth and play the game chubby bunny. Actually on second thought please don’t do that, turns out there has been at least 2 deaths from it, and even if you do survive I doubt your body with thank you.


5.0 from 2 reviews
Vanilla Bean Coffee Marshmallows
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Adapted from The Urban Poser's Rustic Marshmallows. This is much easier than it looks I promise. You'll have your very own refined sugar free, egg free, dairy free, marshmallows in no time.
  • 2½ tablespoons unflavored gelatin (If you're looking for grass-fed gelatin I use this brand which is grass-fed)
  • ½ cup cold brewed coffee (you can also use chilled regular coffee but the coffee flavor will be slightly less pronounced)
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • pinch of salt
  • coconut oil for greasing
  • arrowroot starch for coating
  1. Grease an 8x8 baking dish with coconut oil and line it in both directions with parchment paper. Grease the parchment paper and dust a layer of arrowroot powder on the bottom of it to prevent the marshmallow from sticking.
  2. In a standing mixer add unflavored gelatin and pour in cold brewed coffee. Give it a stir with a fork to make sure it's well mixed. Leave it in the bowl to let the gelatin bloom. The gelatin will bloom as you make your syrup for the marshmallows. WIth a sharp knife slice the vanilla bean in half lengthwise. Gently scrape the vanilla beans from the inside of the pod and place them into the mixer with the blooming gelatin.
  3. In a small/medium saucepan add the water, honey, maple syrup, and salt. Place it over medium heat and bring it to a boil then attach a candy thermometer to the side of the pot and into the liquid making sure it doesn't touch the bottom. Boil it breaking any bubbles with a fork that may get too high in the pot, just make sure not to stir the liquid itself when doing this. (if your syrup begins to bubble uncontrollably high, slowly lower your burner temperature to keep it level but try to avoid going all the way to low). Once your thermometer registers 235-240 degrees or soft ball stage fahrenheit turn off the burner and take it off the heat immediately.
  4. With the whisk attachment on, turn your stand mixer on to slow/medium. Pour your syrup down the side of the standing mixer bowl in a slow and steady stream, making sure not to pour it directly in the center of the bowl. Once all of the syrup has been poured in let it mix for 10-20 seconds to assure that the gelatin bloom is well incorporated and mixxed with the syrup.
  5. Increase the speed of the mixer to high and mix for 7-8 minutes or until the mixture has the consistency of marshmallow cream and has turned white.
  6. Immediately transfer the marshmallow by scraping it out with a scraper into the prepared 8x8 baking dish (you really have to work fast here as it can begin to set very quickly). Even it out with the scraper and lightly sift some arrowroot starch over the whole top of it. Cover it with parchment paper and let it set for at least 4 hours and up to overnight. I let mine go overnight.
  7. Cut them into pieces with a large sharp knife and dust/toss them with some more arrowroot powder to prevent them from sticking to each other. Enjoy!
Note About Cold Brewed Coffee: Some of you may not know what cold brewed coffee is but I assure you that there are many grocery stores that now carry it. My favorite brand that I use is Chameleon Cold Brew. Cold Brew Coffee is stronger than regular coffee so it works well in a recipe with minimal liquid added. You can substitute chilled coffee in the same amount but the flavor of coffee will be less pronounced.
Note About the Vanilla Bean: You can get vanilla beans at almost any grocery store or buy them online and I don't recommend skipping it at all. If you absolutely cannot find it anywhere and don't want to order it online you can substitute 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and simply add it to the marshmallow cream after it has thickened to a marshmallow cream consistency and let it whisk 10-20 more seconds to incorporate it. LIke I said though I don't recommend it as the flavor will be a bit different in comparison to fresh vanilla bean.

Related Links:

Hot Chocolate (an oldie but a goodie)

How to Scrape  A Vanilla Bean – CHOW

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  1. Wendy says

    Last year I tried making my own marshmallows with a recipe similar to this. To save some time I attempted to used Vanilla Bean Paste and the entire batch seized up into a gooey, unspreadable blob. Unsure of what had happened, I tried again and got the same result. On my third attempt, I omitted the VBP and used only vanilla extract, since I didn’t have an actual vanilla bean on hand. This finally got me the delicious, fluffy ‘mallows I was after.

    I can only assume that there is something in the VBP that does not play well with the gelatin.

    • Slim Palate says

      Well mine didn’t seize up into a gooey, unspreadable blob and I think it’s likely yours did because of the paste or because you did something wrong. Adding a little bit of vanilla bean is not going to cause something like this to seize up. If you have ever dealt with a fresh vanilla bean they only yield about 1/2 teaspoon maximum of dry vanilla beans from 1 pod, that makes a negligible effect on texture and mass of substance in a recipe, so I highly doubt that it could be the vanilla bean. If you try using fresh I’m 99 percent sure it will work just fine. Otherwise you’re doing something wrong at some point in the recipe like overheating the syrup or not pouring it slow enough.

  2. Laura says

    Thank you so much for this! I love marshmallows and have made many a batch, but this is the first recipe I have seen without corn syrup. Can’t wait to try these :)

  3. says

    The pictures are absolutly stunning!!!! And dang it, I wish I could have coffee. I’m crying right now. Oh well Ben will have to eat the for me.

  4. Matti says

    These are absolutely delicious in hot chocolate. They melt and create a creamy marshmallow foam over the top of the liquid. Definitely going to want some more of these ASAP.

  5. Tamaryn says

    I am new and quite intimitated by cooking and Paleo but really want to do it as I am on a mission to loose weight.

    You are an inspiration and a total delight! I love this recipe I look forward reading and trying them all.


    • Slim Palate says

      Just equal parts water and you should be good. So you would total at 1 cup of water instead. Good luck!

  6. Christa says

    Have you tried roasting these marshmallows? Are they roastable? I’m guessing not but just wondering. Thanks!

  7. Christine says

    What does the “soft ball stage” mean? (Don’t have a sugar thermometer)
    How much water do I have to cook out of the syrup? Could you tell something more about the consistency?

    • Slim Palate says

      Soft ball stage is the temperature that was listed in the recipe. It must be at that temperature in order for the syrup to be correctly heated. I’m afraid you do need a candy thermometer in order to do this recipe. Sorry about that!

      • Christine says

        Well, I did succeed anyway. (Obviously, one can make them without a candy thermometer). But it would be helpful for others without a candy thermometer to read in your recipe about the consistency of the syrup, to judge by sight when is the right moment to take it off the heat.

        • Slim Palate says

          Did you dip it in cold water to check for soft ball stage? That is an exchangeable method but most people don’t like to go through that trouble.

  8. Kim says

    I was excited to try these marshmallows after having them pinned for quite some time. I finally tried them and all went well (took a really long time to get to soft ball stage, though, which I suspect has something to do with the mixture of honey and maple syrup, which likely has a different collective water percentage than pure sugar, or corn syrup, for that matter), except for the part when I quickly poured/spread the marshmallow cream into the baking dish. I did it super quick and got it in before it all set, or so I thought, but I could not get the top to be smooth, no matter what I did. Of course, the more I tried, the more time elapsed, and the more set it became, thus negating my efforts. What do you recommend in order to get the top to set smoothly? (I even tried gently and not so gently banging/tapping the bottom of the pan on the counter–to no avail). Thanks.

    • Slim Palate says

      The top should’ve been smoothed out by the last part of the recipe where you dust the top with starch and then place the parchment paper on top and smooth it out. That should have been enough to keep it somewhat smooth. If that wasn’t enough then your marshmallow may have set a little to much. Sometimes they set faster than other times, you really do have to work very quickly. I hope they still turned out alright!


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