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The Happy, Healthy (and Paleo) Marshmallow


Jan 29, 2015 gluten free recipes (pls note that all raw/vegan recipes are GF- these are predominantly cooked recipes) , , , , , , 1 Comment

How I got into making marshmallows is a long story, the short version of which is that I got some gnarly food poisoning over the holidays that left my stomach in a major state of disrepair.  As I’ve spent the last month since trying to rebuild my insides, I’ve been craving gelatin like mad.  I’m not someone who tends to eat many animal products (though I cook them regularly for clients), so the craving has been super weird for me.  I’ve made and consumed gallon upon gallon of bone broth and I’ve plowed through over a lb of grass fed gelatin.  In the search for foods that contain as much gelatin as possible, I came across marshmallows.  Yes, those gloopy gloppy sugary childhood chunks of sin that most of have not eaten in MANY a year.  They can be re-vamped into a healthy treat, they are freaking delicious, and I’m placing bets that once bone broth hits critical mass and the general public becomes aware of its endless health benefits, gelatin based derivatives like marshmallows are going to be huge.

I didn’t invent a paleo recipe for marshmallows; thankfully the internet was already full of them, and they ‘re all comprised of water, either honey or maple syrup (you can find recipes for stevia but they just don’t hold up well), gelatin, and maybe some vanilla.  Not much of a vanilla girl, I set forth straight away to  the land of better and more interesting flavors.  On this ride I’ve made cinnamon maple, salted bourbon butterscotch, and now the best of all: cara cara orange and Levity red asparagus root extract.  Not only are these crazy yummy, they are also full of feel good chemicals to create a joyful mindset.  I used some sweet orange essential oil to up the orange flavor and health benefits, as orange oil is good for everything from mood to digestion.  Longevity Power Levity is something I’ve spoken at length about: it tastes like caramel and it feels like magic.  Together these ingredients combine to create a delectable dessert that is as good for your gut health as it is your mental health.

All the recipes I’ve found for paleo marshmallows proclaim repeatedly, “These are so easy to make!!!” so I am going to be the first honest human to tell you, these guys are a pain in the butt.  They are messy to make, messy to clean up, and messy to cut, they take about a half hour, and timing for each step is critical.  They’re just damn good tasting enough to be worth the effort.


Cara Cara Orange & Levity Marshmallows

If cara cara oranges aren’t available near you, or it isn’t winter when you’re reading this, regular oranges will work fine.  If you prefer all maple syrup or all honey, that’s fine too.  If you’re familiar with paleo marshmallow recipes, you’ll notice that mine is a 50% increase over the standard.  One reason is because this quantity fits perfectly into a 9×13 pan, and another is that if you are going to go through this effort, you should have as much to show for it as possible.

1/2 cup boiling water
juice of one cara cara orange, approximately 1/4 cup
1/3 cup grass fed gelatin powder
2 tbls Levity powder
zest of one orange
pinch of salt
4 drops sweet orange essential oil (organic, therapeutic grade only!)

Pour boiling water over remaining ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer and stir well. Gelatin will lump up, which is ok. Leave to soften as you work on the next step, and return every few minutes to stir gently and help gelatin break down.  If after you’ve completed the below syrup making you still have any gelatin chunks that can’t be smushed down, just remove them.

3/4 cup water
3/4 cup honey
3/4 cup maple syrup

Combine in a saucepan over medium heat and boil until soft ball stage, 240 degrees. Do not stir. As bubbles arise, poke them down with a fork.

Once you have soft ball stage syrup, remove from heat and begin pouring over ingredients in mixing bowl in a slow stream with mixer on low. Once combined thoroughly, move mixer up to high and beat until mixture looks like marshmallow fluff, 8-10 minutes.

Grease a 9×13 baking sheet with coconut oil, and if desired, coat with a dusty powder such as arrowroot, corn starch, cinnamon, or cocoa powder, and/or additional orange zest. Pour marshmallow fluff into pan and refrigerate until firm and ready to cut, 3-4 hours.


Getting High… via Vegan Paleo Mocha Chip Ice Cream


Aug 12, 2014 gluten free recipes (pls note that all raw/vegan recipes are GF- these are predominantly cooked recipes) , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

Some people are content to see the world exactly as they view it through their eyes and call it a day, every day.  Other people yearn for more: brighter colors, deeper feelings, cosmic connection.  I’ve always been the latter, and even as a small child I did things to get “high,” like push on my eyeballs with my fingers because it made me see flashes of pretty colors.  I have multiple memories of my mother scolding at me to stop that,  it can hurt your eyes.  It became a late-at-night (read: after 8 pm bedtime) pleasure, pretty much until I was old enough to smoke pot and moved on to that instead.  My college years were spent seeing A LOT OF PRETTY COLORS on a regular basis, and in the many years since my UC Santa Cruz haze, aka since “growing up” (while remaining a rainbow haired tattooed girl in DIY torn up tank tops), I’ve transitioned to finding euphoria in everything from farmers markets to herbal tonics.

Just because tonic herbs are legal, doesn’t mean they can’t get you crazy blissed out.  Beyond that, of course, are their myriad health benefits, which include everything from reversing gray hair (thank you, he shou wu!!) to helping your body better adapt to stress.  The only real issue I ever had with herbal tonics is the fact that though they are best absorbed eaten as a food rather than taken as a pill, they tend to taste pretty nasty.  Enter Longevity Power, purveyors of outrageously effective– and delightfully palatable– premium quality herbs.

When I first tried LP’s “Levity,” which is an extract of red asparagus root (not related to normal asparagus, the veggie), I seriously felt like I was back in Santa Cruz partying like the type of rock star I am way too old to make my body be these days.  It tastes like caramel, and it feels like ecstasy.  And it totally helps your body adapt to stress, to boot.  Add to that their Epic Reishi, which has an espresso flavor and provides support for your immune system, liver, and nervous system, and what do you get?  Well, if you’re a culinary creative, you get ICE CREAM.  Killer joyful mocha ice cream that is crazy good for you, being made predominantly of avocado and sweet potato, and is both vegan AND paleo, in addition to low glycemic.  It is also super easy to make, the most difficult aspect of it being the do-ahead roasted sweet potato, and no one will know it isn’t full of dairy, soy, or anything processed at all.  Because ice cream, like everything else, deserves to make you feel really, really good inside.


Magic Mocha Chip Ice Cream

1 small roasted sweet potato (any color)
1 avocado
1 1/2 cups coconut milk or other thick milk
1/4 cup raw cacao powder or cocoa powder
2 tbls coconut nectar, or honey if not vegan
3 tbls Levity
1 1/2 tsp Epic Reishi
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp chocolate extract
3/4 tsp salt
stevia to taste: I like Sweet Drops toffee and use 2 droppers full

Blend all ingredients in a high powered blender until smooth. If you don’t have a high powered blender like a Vitamix, add additional milk as needed.
This is awesome eaten straight from the blender as a pudding, especially if you add a couple tbls of coconut oil before blending. But if you want to persevere and take it a step further to the land of frozen summer happiness, just chill the mixture until cold (about 1/2 an hour in the fridge, presuming your roasted sweet potato was cooled off) and then process in an ice cream maker.
Add 1/2 cup cacao nibs or chocolate chips, or some of each, at the very end, and freeze until firm.
Serve with a sprinkle of extra reishi on top and subsequently confound your friends and loved ones when you give them some then let them in on the fact that the tastiest mocha ice cream they’ve ever had has not a drop of dairy, soy, or coffee in it. Whole foods and superfoods take the cake– hell, they take the whole dessert– every time.