Sunday, October 24, 2010

Gracious Guest Post

Recently I invested an evening into Facebook catch-up. I say invest instead of waste for one simple reason - I found Tiffany at The Gracious Pantry! Full of tasty sounding/looking recipes that are easy and affordable, The Gracious Pantry quickly became a new favorite.

However, it's not the recipes that won me over. It's Tiffany's coherant and straight-forward description of clean-eating, which can be a hard dietary concept to nail down.

When I asked her to help clean up my notoriously crudy Spooky Dinner coming up on October 31, Tiffany came up with Clean Eating Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows. I'm excited to give them a try and let you all know how I use them at my halloween feast!

Without further ado, I give you Tiffany at The Gracious Pantry!



I would like to start off by saying thank you to Lindsey for giving me the
opportunity to guest post on her fabulous blog! It's an honor to share one
of my recipes with you all.

When I first started my clean eating journey, I was saddened by all the
goodies I thought I would have to give up. I actually put it off for a long
time because it just didn't seem logical to deprive myself of all the
wonderful foods this world has to offer, all in the name of losing a pound
or two.

Thankfully, I discovered very quickly that that doesn't have to be the
case! In fact, one of my main theories about clean eating, is that you
don't have to sacrifice all your favorite foods to do it. I would even
wager a guess that nearly 80-90% of all your favorite recipes can be
"cleaned up". After all, the idea is to actually enjoy healthy foods, not
survive on carrot sticks and rice crackers for years on end. Many of the
recipes I create are simply recipes that I've converted. The following
recipe is no exception. It was inspired by a recipe I found at
VolcanicNectar.com.

Enjoy!


Clean Eating Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows

Note: These are purposely made to be very strong in flavor so that they will flavor the drink they are in. If you want to eat these by themselves, cut back on the spice by about 1/2.

Naturally Sweetened Marshmallows (Makes approximately 35 marshmallows, depending on how you cut it)

Ingredients
6 tbsn water
2 packets unflavored gelatin
1 cup honey
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice (no added sugar)
Cornstarch or tapioca starch

Directions

Prep: Coat a 9x13 casserole dish with cornstarch.

Step 1 - Combine the gelatin and water in a small bowl. Place into the
microwave for about 30 seconds.

Step 2 - Next, pour the honey into a large mixing bowl. Add vanilla and
warm gelatin/water mixture.

Step 3 - Now stir in the pumpkin pie spice.

Step 4 - Blend with an electric mixer on high speed for 10-12 minutes. The
mixture should lighten in color and become very fluffy.

Step 5 - Scrape marshmallow mixture into casserole dish and smooth top so
it's level.

Step 6 - Place in fridge for 3 hours.

Step 7 - Remove from fridge and dust the top with more cornstarch. Turn
out onto a surface dusted with additional cornstarch. Slice into desired
size. Be very liberal with the cornstarch. This is sticky stuff.

Step 8 - Remove the excess cornstarch by gently shaking the marshmallows
in a fine-meshed sieve.

Step 9 - Store in a plastic bag.


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The Gracious Pantry. Recipes for Clean Living.

Blog: www.TheGraciousPantry.com
Twitter: @graciouspantry

3 comments:

  1. These look awesome! I was wondering if marshmallows could be made with a liquid sweetener such as honey! Great post, I might have to try making these!

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  2. What a delightful treat! Dump that in some hot chocolate!

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  3. Oh my gosh- those look absolutely heavenly! I've never been bold enough to try marshmallows before. I'm totally going to have to do that with my kids! Put those in some of your hot chocolate Lindsey- heaven on earth! Thanks for sharing a great new blogger with us!

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