Peeps, Peeps, Peeps, they are everywhere, this time of the year. Neon pink; yellow, green purple and orange peeps lining the shelves of every store. The D-Man’s eyes lit up when he saw Chocolate Covered Peeps, but I just couldn’t bring myself to buy these little marshmallow birds for my son – gluten free or not. My son and I reviewed the ingredients and he put the package back on the display; high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, artificial flavors, carnuba wax, and pork based gelatin, not terribly appealing.
I told the D-Man that we would make a healthier version of Peeps at home, and he pleaded for me to dip them in chocolate. All went well until we got to the stage of dipping our marshmallow bunnies into the chocolate…it was a disaster! Something about the combination of dipping real marshmallow into hot chocolate just didn’t work and my bunnies lost their tails and ears (very sad). What was left of my chocolate covered Peeps was less than attractive, so I cut the remaining marshmallow into cubes and dusted them with cocoa. Today we’ll just add a little beet juice to our marshmallow, and pull out our cookie cutters to make a healthier version of Peeps sans the chocolate coating. Since I prefer to not use refined sugar I decided to try the recipe created by Jenni from Urban Poser. She provided this recipe as a guest blog for Heather at The Mommypotamus, it was spectacular! The D-Man enjoyed the marshmallows dusted with cocoa and my husband who is not a marshmallow fan also enjoyed a cube or two. To see the original recipe and post follow the link: http://www.mommypotamus.com/homemade-marshmallow-recipe-gaps-paleo-scd/.
To make the Peeps simply cut shapes with your favorite cookie cutters when the marshmallow sets.
Wishing all of you a wonderful and safe holiday!
Living Gluten and Grain Free