Marshmallow Popcorn Bars: Sugar and Gluten Free Kid Holiday Treats

Marshmallow popcorn bars are a super cute and easy recipe for kids or big kids (like me)! I’ve experimented to make a version using all natural ingredients without refined sugar or gluten.

Disclaimer, I was a little naughty and added crispy m&ms into the mix…all about moderation 😉


  • 3tbsp grass fed gelatine
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • + another 2/3 cup water (room temp)
  • 2 2/3 cup granulated xylitol (this is what I’ve found gives best result but you could use a stevia/monk fruit blend)
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1tsp vanilla essence
  • 1-2tbsp freeze dried strawberry powder (you can buy freeze dried strawberries at woolies, just whiz them up in a blender) or you can use another type of freeze dried fruit
  • 2 cups popcorn (home made or from store, I used a lightly salted brand)
  • Add ins of choice like nuts and dark chocolate chips….I am naughty and added crispy M&Ms (we all have our vices)

1. Measure out all ingredients cos it’s important to work quickly here

2. Place popcorn and add ins in a bowl

3. In a separate heat proof bowl pour in the 1/2 cup cold water and mix in gelatine. Let it bloom for 10 minutes

4. While gelatine is blooming pour remaining 2/3 cup water into a saucepan along with xylitol (or sweetener of choice) and bring to boil

5. Let it boil for 2 minutes

6. Pour liquid mixture into gelatine and mix well until gelatine is completely dissolved

7. Add salt, vanilla and strawberry powder and mix in well

8. You have to whisk non stop for a good 5 minutes (at least!) or place in a blender on high speed

9. Quickly pour over popcorn before it dries and mix all in together (if gelatine mix gets to stiff you can heat it in microwave but please only in 10 seconds bursts, it’ll heat quick)

10. Spread out on lined pan, cover with tea towel and leave out to set for at least 5 hours

11. Break into bars once set



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