Vegan Marshmallow Bites

marshmallow bites

A while ago I saw a facebook update from my favourite store here in Dresden. They had vegan marshmallows in stock. I was very exited because vegan marshmallows are not available here unless you order them online. And I was exited although I don’t really care for marshmallows. In Germany they are sold as Mäusespeck (mouse bacon) and I guess kids eat them. But that’s all they ever do. There is no culture of roasting them at the fireplace or eating them with hot chocolate here. I never cared for them because on their own they are just too sweet and sticky for me. And still I was exited because it’s great that these can be veganised, too.


A couple of days later P. brought a box home and they have been sitting in the fridge for a couple of days until I was able to decide what to do with them. I found a recipe online for chocolate, coconut, and almond bars that looked exactly like what I was looking for and was easy to veganise. I toasted some almonds and coconut flakes in a pan and set them aside. I chopped up a chocolate bar. I figured out what to use in place of the cereal the recipe called for. And then my inexperience with marshmallows came in the way. The recipe said to melt the marshmallows in a microwave. Ok, but we don’t own a microwave. So I added a tablespoon of coconut oil to a pot and tried to melt the marshmallows in the pot. After a couple of minutes the marshmallows still hadn’t melted fully, but the mass was super sticky and really hard to handle. At the same time F. distracted me so I just dumped all the ingredients into the pot and started stirring to combine them. I transferred it to pan and started pressing it in there only to realise I had forgotten to add the cereal. Ah, well.

So this recipe didn’t turn out as intended but these chewy little chocolate coconut bites are delicious!


Vegan Marshmallow Bites (makes 15)

100 g (3.5 oz) vegan marshmallows
1 tablespoon refined coconut oil
80 g (3/4 cup plus 1 2/3 tablespoons) shredded coconut
50 g slivered almonds (1/2 cup)
60 g dark chocolate, chopped (2.1 oz)

Line a small baking dish with parchment paper. (20 x 13 cm) Add coconut and almonds to a pan and toast for a couple of minutes, or until the nuts are just about to brown a little bit. Stir often. Set aside.

Place coconut oil and marshmallows in a pan. Melt the marshmallows, stirring constantly. This will take a while and probably the marshmallows won’t melt super evenly. (Or melt them in a microwave, following the directions from the original recipe.) Once the marshmallows have melted, add the remaining ingredients and stir well. Press into the pan and let cool for about an hour. Cut into 15 squares.

10 thoughts on “Vegan Marshmallow Bites

  1. Mouse bacon!

    I had s’mores for the first time ever (delicious!) over the winter at family holidays, and my omni family couldn’t tell the difference between them and their omni marshmallows. I bought another package of vegan marshmallows that have been languishing in my pantry as I don’t have a fire pit/fire place/&c. I think I know just what to do with them now!

  2. It is really great, when you make a recipe and then forget some thing. And it turns out to be really great with out that ingredient. yumyum

  3. Mouse bacon!! I’ve only ever managed to bake with marshmallows once because I love them so much that if I buy a pack I just eat them all immediately.

  4. Oh man I looove marshmallows. They were the last non vegetarian thing I stopped eating, and the years between giving them up and the invention of decent vegan marshmallows were rough. I pretty much cried with overwhelming joy to be reunited with them.

  5. I’ve had interesting times getting different brands of vegan marshmallows to melt well. I think even the best o’ them melt into a kind of sticky mess rather than an easy to work with goo. I usually do krispie treats when I melt them and they tend to turn out ok though.

  6. Oh man fantastic! They look like blondies in the top picture but it’s almonds and coconut I see, not flour? Amazing. And what is it about vegan marshmallows that they are just so much better than regular? They are so much thicker and denser, I LOVE it.

  7. Mouse bacon?! I’m totally going to start calling marshmallows that. I got super-excited recently when our Whole Foods finally started selling Dandies. We always had to order them too.

  8. I have managed to buy vegan marshmallows only once or twice but it was very exciting – I sometimes dream of recreating the marshmallows burnt on a bonfire like in my youth but bonfires are even more rare than vegan marshmallows in my life – glad these worked out – hope you have lots of fun with them

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