sugar-free low calorie homemade chocolate marshmallows

by purelytwins

How to make sugar-free, low-calorie homemade chocolate marshmallows.


Did you know one of our most popular recipes is our sugar-free marshmallows that we shared back in Feb 2013, although it seems like yesterday we created them 😉

Today we are excited to present you a new obsession –> chocolate marshmallows! We have a feeling it will become a favorite in your house too.

A low-calorie snack recipe for low-sugar chocolate marshmallows

Come make chocolate marshmallows with us!

Click here to watch on youtube.

We know you might be wondering, why gelatin?  What is so great about it? A common question we get is, why do we use it? We thought we would quickly share some health benefits of incorporating it into your life.

Why should you eat gelatin?

  • helps with muscle growth
  • helps metabolism
  • keeps fluid in the digestive track which helps with bowel movements
  • contains amino acids important in helping to prevent the weakness and degeneration of cartilage in joints
  • if you eat animal protein you need adequate glycine to balance out the methionine from meat, and you’ll get that from gelatin
  • helps restore a healthy mucosal lining in the stomach
  • improves your skin – it has glycine and proline, two amino acids that are used in the production of collagen
  • a cost-effective way to get more protein in your diet
  • and can help you sleep better

The brand of gelatin we buy is the red can of Great Lakes off Amazon (no affiliation) It’s the red can not the green one! You can buy it off Amazon, that’s what we do! We should get it on auto shipment!  Haha!


How to make healthy chocolate marshmallows that are low in sugar. Paleo-friendly.


We love finding ways to eat more chocolate. Not that we need a reason to eat it.  Haha! It’s a requirement in the Purely Twins’ diet 😉

But now we have a more low calorie treat when we need a chocolate fix. Plus, we really like marshmallows. Even though we say it’s a low calorie treat we aren’t promoting you to eat low calorie treats that you see in the stores (as they are full of other, not-so-good ingredients). These marshmallows are just low calorie because they are made from just gelatin and some cocoa powder. That of course is if you use stevia to sweeten them and not maple syrup or honey.

What about you? Do you love chocolate?

How do you get your fix?


Low sugar chocolate marshmallows (gluten-free, paleo)

A healthy snack that is low calorie and made from a few ingredients. Low sugar chocolate marshmallows. Gluten-free. Paleo snack.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: serves 1 -2 1x


  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons red can gelatin
  • 3 tablespoons raw cacao
  • a few drops stevia (or 2-3 tablespoon maple syrup or honey)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)


  1. Place the 3 tbsp gelatin into the bowl of a stand mixer along with 1/2 cup water.
  2. Mix together. Let sit for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Have the whisk attachment standing by. **you could use a hand mixer for this
  4. Next step heat up 1/2 cup water over medium high heat in small saucepan.
  5. Begin to heat the water. Add in raw cacao powder.
  6. Whisk in water.
  7. Once the water reaches just about boil temperature immediately remove from the heat.
  8. Turn the mixer on low speed and, while running, slowly pour the hot water down the side of the bowl into the gelatin mixture.
  9. Once you have added all of the water, add in vanilla extract and liquid stevia if desired, and increase the speed to medium-high.
  10. Beat at medium-high for 1-2 minutes then increase speed to high.
  11. Continue to whip until the mixture becomes slightly thick, approximately 8-10 minutes.
  12. While the mixture is whipping prepare the pans as follows:
  13. We used a bread loaf pan. You can use anything you like. Lightly grease your pan with some coconut oil (which is what we do). You could put down wax paper instead if you wanted.
  14. Once your marshmallow mixture is starting to look like it has some body to it (almost forming peaks), pour the mixture into the prepared pan, using a spatula for spreading.
  15. Allow the marshmallows to sit uncovered for a few hours.
  16. Once marshmallows have set for a few hours you can start to cut into desired shapes using a sharp knife.
  17. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

A quick and healthy snack you can enjoy anytime!

Note these marshmallows don’t have a long shelf life. We recommend eating them within 1-2 days. We happily enjoy the whole batch in one day!


Do you like marshmallows?

What is your favorite way to eat gelatin?

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Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine January 20, 2015 - 8:50 am

I need to make my own sugar-free marshmallows! But I’d keep it vegan…..I have agar powder….I need to start experimenting!

Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed January 20, 2015 - 1:45 pm

Thanks for suggesting a gelatin source, I’ve always been unsure. These look great. I pinned them for a post Whole30 treat!

purelytwins January 20, 2015 - 2:36 pm

thanks Amber!

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 20, 2015 - 5:09 pm

I was just thinking this morning bout what a difference gelatin has made for me. Loved your vanilla marshmallows and will definitely be making these too! Pinned. 🙂

purelytwins January 20, 2015 - 9:16 pm

thanks Laura!

Elisabetta January 21, 2015 - 4:58 am

Hi twins, warm greetings from Italy!!! any reason for preferring red can gelatin? Red and green seem to have the same health benefits (at least on their label) thanks for your great work!

purelytwins January 21, 2015 - 9:19 am

Great question the green can doesn’t bind, it dissolves into liquid. So it is great for adding into juices and things that you don’t want to get thick. The red can is what you need for making marshmallows and things. And you are right they have the same benefits.

purelytwins January 21, 2015 - 9:19 am

oh and can we come visit you in Italy 😉

sophie January 21, 2015 - 10:21 am

1.Place the 3 tbsp gelatin into the bowl of a stand mixer along with 1/2 cup water.
2.Mix together. Let sit for 5-10 minutes.
3.Have the whisk attachment standing by. **you could use a hand mixer for this
4.Next step heat up 1/2 cup water over medium high heat in small saucepan.
5.Begin to heat the water. Add in raw cacao powder.
6.Whisk in water.
7.Once the water reaches just about boil temperature immediately remove from the heat.
8.Turn the mixer on low speed and, while running, slowly pour the hot water down the side of the bowl into the gelatin mixture.

These directions are confusing.

Question: #5 whisk in what water? (you’ve already put 1/2 cup of water into bowl of standing mixer with the gelatin and you’re already heating up 1/2 cup of water with the cacao in a small saucepan)

purelytwins January 21, 2015 - 11:02 am

Step five is whisking in the cacao powder into the water you are heating up. Have you watched the video? It might help to see it happen 🙂

Rachel September 14, 2015 - 2:33 pm

Love all your recipes! Do you think I could make this with my blendtec?


purelytwins September 14, 2015 - 5:02 pm

Glad you enjoyed the recipes. We recommend you use a hand beater if you do not have a mixer. Blender will not work.

Sheri December 29, 2015 - 1:33 pm

Can these marshmallows be toasted in the fire like store bought?

purelytwins December 29, 2015 - 7:18 pm

we haven’t tested that out yet

Shirl August 7, 2022 - 2:31 pm

Instead of cacao can I use unsweetened cocoa powder I’m on a fixed income and try to find less money ingredients and am a diabetic I have diabetes 2 but am insulin dependent and have problems keeping it under control


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