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Presenting: Vegan Marshmallow Fluff!
Now, full disclosure: this is not my original idea, but holy heck is it ever pure genius! Check out the original Facebook group where this culinary genius was discovered.
While I didn’t dream up using chickpea brine to make a vegan meringue, I did come up with this incredibly tasty recipe to make Vegan Marshmallow Fluff. My life is now complete.
This Vegan Marshmallow Fluff is better than the original and is the perfect go-to dessert topping.
Cookies? Add a dollop of Vegan Marshmallow Fluff!
Eating Ice Cream? Here, let me top that off with some Vegan Marshmallow Fluff!
Having Oatmeal for Breakfast? A sprinkle of Vegan Marshmallow Fluff will take that bowl of goodness right over the top!
I think you get the idea 😉
The coolest part about this Vegan Marshmallow Fluff is that it’s made from chickpea brine! Yup, that weird liquid that we all just happily drain off of our beautiful chickpeas. So stop wasting that liquid gold and be prepared to experience a whole new level of dessert goodness.
The cool part about chickpea brine is that it whips up just like egg whites. Vegans, rejoice! This means that all sorts of really cool things can be made from this new-found culinary treasure. My new pet project is totally going to be making Vegan Lemon Meringue Pie – YUM!
This recipe is really quite simple at the end of the day – a stand mixer is easiest, but I’m sure this could also be made up with a hand-held mixer.
Place your chickpea brine into the bowl of your stand mixer. Turn the mixer on low for about 1-2 minutes, then ramp it up to medium-high. Walk away and come back in 10 minutes. Voila! The chickpea brine will magically have turned into fluff! Be prepared to see that it has more than quadrupled in size – it’s really quite neat!
Add in the sugar, arrowroot powder and extracts and you’re good to go. Even my husband enjoyed this incredible Vegan Marshmallow Fluff and, as I’ve mentioned before, he is not a sweets guy! He was totally licking the wooden spoon after we shot the pictures for this post – it was entertaining, to say the least.
Like all of our recipes here, in addition to being naturally vegan, this recipe is also gluten-free! Hooray for being allergy friendly! 🙂
So what are you waiting for? Skip on over to your own kitchen and try out this Vegan Marshmallow Fluff for yourself! Make sure to tag your own vegan marshmallow fluff with #glutenfreeveganpantry and share your pictures on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook! Enjoy!!
After-thought: After I wrote up this post, I went back to the bowl of this fluff in my fridge with plans to try and make a true meringue. This is when I discovered the true trick to properly making this meringue/fluff: using the whisk attachment!! So, my friends, you have two options – if you wish a more dense, smooth, glossy, vegan mashmallow fluff, ideal for creating marshmallow ripple in ice creams, for example, use the regular mixing paddle attachment that you see pictured in the photos for this post or if you want a true meringue like fluff, use your whisk attachment for best results. Your mind will actually be blown by the results!!
- 1 can chickpeas, chilled
- 1 cup sugar
- 2½ tsp arrowroot powder
- 1½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1½ tsp almond extract
- Open your can of chickpeas and seperate the chickpea brine from the chickpeas. Save the chickpeas for your favourite recipe.
- Place the chilled chickpea brine into the mixing bowl of a stand mixer. Using the whisk attachment, mix on low for 2-3 minutes, then mix on high for an additional 10 minutes. Mixture will start to take on soft peaks and will have at least doubled in size.
- Slowly add the sugar, ¼ cup at a time. Allow the brine mixture to continue beating.
- Add the arrowroot powder, vanilla extract and almond extract and allow to mix for another 1-2 minutes. Mixture will be rick and creamy, taking on the texture of melted marshmallows.
- Use to top ice cream, your favourite desserts or within your favourite recipe that calls for marshmallow fluff.
I used this recipe to marshmallow buttercream frosting and it was delicious. That was the vegetarian version. I’m now trying a vegan version. It also goes good in root beer floats. Also I found that adding more arrowroot powder ups the thickness of the fluff.
Hello, can you make this with coconut sugar? Has anyone tried? I have attempted vegan meringue 4 times and everytime, it has been a fail! Sugar makes me sick so I need a refined sugar free one but have yet to find one! Thanks for any advice.
What could I use for rice crispy treats?
You can purchase vegan marshmallows that melt just like regular ones. I really like the Dandies brand ones.
catherine biermann says
what size can did you use?
I used a 540mL (19 fl oz) can
Hello! Lovely of you to post, but I am very curious as to how well this keeps after making the fluff (either runny version or dense clouds)? I’d love to whip a bunch up ahead of time, and then use as the week passes by on impromptu desserts? Thanks in advance!
Unfortunately, the fluff does start to separate after some time. That big said though, you could simply re-whip it. I wouldnt keep it in the fridge for more than 2-3 days though – just like all foods, it does have a shelf life.
I recently discovered this technique being utilized to make macaroons… do you think you could use this marshmallow fluff version to make vegan rice krispie treats? It would really depend on how it sets up. Thanks so much!
Unfortunately, I don’t think it would hold up too well for the Rice Krispie Treats. If you follow the Facebook link at the top of this post, you’ll find a whole group dedicated to Chickpea Brine or “Aquafaba” as it’s been coined. They have all sorts of neat goodies that they’ve whipped up with the fluff. Hope this helps! 🙂
Amanda @ Cookie Named Desire says
Wow, I didn’t even know vegan marshmallow fluff was possible. This recipe is great!! By the way, I love the photos, you made making marshmallow fluff look so glamorous and romantic!
You’re too sweet, Amanda! I’m totally going to call this my romance shoot from now on 😉
michelle @ Boards&knives says
Very cool! I love the addition of almond extract – my favorite!
Thanks, Michelle! It really helps to sell the marshmallow flavour!