Bag of mountain rose herbs marshmallow root next to a coffee cup filled with hot chocolate with 2 squares of homemade marshmallow

You need to try this homemade marshmallows recipe. They were surprisingly easy to make and turned out so good. These also have real marshmallow roots which marshmallows were originally made with, and how they got their name.

Marshmallow root has so many amazing health benefits. It's definitely a shame that they got phased out through the years but with this recipe you’ll be able to see how marshmallows were originally made with a twist to be made vegan! 


Bag of mountain rose herbs marshmallow root


The process of making this recipe is actually very interesting and used ingredients I would have never expected. In normal marshmallows the fluff is made out of meringue but since these are vegan we’re using aquafaba which is the liquid of a can of chickpeas. It sounds weird but whipping it produces a similar effect to meringue and it also has a very neutral taste so it absorbs whatever flavor you add to it. 

To start off this recipe dust a large baking pan with powdered sugar. This will help with sticking. 

Next we make the fluff. I used one cup of aquafaba which was equal to one can of strained liquid. Add that to a stand mixer, along with 1/2  teaspoon marshmallow root powder and ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar. Allow that to mix on the highest speed for ten minutes. Add in 4 tablespoons (not a typo) vanilla extract around the 6 minute mark.  


Mixer bowl of whipped marshmallow


I then made the syrup which was 1 ⅓ cup water, 2 ¼ cups sugar and 2 tablespoons agar agar. Let that boil on the stove just until the sugar has dissolved, stirring the entire time. 


Pot of brown syrup


Then add the syrup to the fluff in the mixer on low speed and pour in very slowly. Beat for about 1 minute 

Transfer the mixture to the baking pan and dust the top with powdered sugar. 


Two baking pans of marshmallow


Let cool and set for at least an hour but the longer the better, preferably overnight.

Once those have set, cut them into cubes and use in hot cocoa, in deserts or just by themselves!  



  • A couple tablespoons powdered sugar, for dusting 
  • 1 cup aquafaba 
  • ½ teaspoon marshmallow root powder 
  • ¼  teaspoon cream of tartar 
  • 4 tablespoons vanilla extract 
  • 1 ⅓ cup water 
  • 2 ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons agar agar 


  • Dust baking pan with powdered sugar

  • Whip aquafaba, cream of tartar, and marshmallow root powder on the highest speed for 10 minutes

  • Add in vanilla around the 6 minute mark

  • Make the syrup, add water sugar and agar agar into a pot and boil until the sugar is dissolved

  • Add the syrup the a meringue mixture pouring very slowly and beat for 1 minute on low speed

  • Pour the entire mixture into the baking pan and dust the top with powdered sugar

  • Let set for at least an hour 


    This recipe is so perfect for the holidays and surprisingly easy to make! The actual marshmallow root got phased out of marshmallows over the years which is such a shame because of all of its amazing health benefits. I highly recommend trying this, it was fun to make and tasted so good. 

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