This sugar free marshmallow fluff is absolutely amazing! Try it on low carb ice cream or tortilla chips!
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When I first started low-carbing I was informed by many people that I would lose my sweet tooth. Well, I’m still waiting! Making sweet treats on a low carb diet means sweeteners – and there are SO many to choose from! So I was excited to get the opportunity to try a sweetener called Tagatose, from Sensato. Here are the facts:
- All natural sweetener
- Use cup for cup, same as sugar
- Derived from dairy (Lactose is concentrated from whey, separated into Glucose and Galactose, and the Galactose is converted into Tagatose)
- Taste and texture similar to sugar
- Browns like sugar
- Dissolves like sugar
- No unpleasant aftertaste
I did a quick taste test – and there is definitely no aftertaste! There are many recipes that I could make using Tagatose (especially baking ones, because it will brown like sugar), but I decided to REALLY put it to the test, and make some marshmallow fluff – but a version that used sweetener. I had no idea if it would react the same way as regular sugar – and I was in for a very pleasant surprise – because it turned out really well!
Add the tagatose, more water, sugar free honey and vanilla extract to a saucepan (this was the first time that I’d tried sugar free honey – the flavor is pretty good and it definitely has a honey texture!) Bring to a rolling boil and use a candy thermometer to check that the temperature is at least 238F.
Start the stand mixer and gradually pour the hot syrup over the gelatin. Keep beating to let the mixture cool down. Speed up the stand mixer and beat until the gorgeous white marshmallow fluff has formed – this takes about 10 minutes but it is definitely worth it!
Oh and a quick note about storage – I’ve tried keeping the “fluff” at room temperature and in the fridge, but it DOES tend to crystallize either way. But the solution is simple – just scoop out what you need into a bowl, and microwave it for just a few seconds at 50% power – and the soft texture will return!
Please note: Like any sugar alcohol, Tagatose may have a laxative effect with excessive consumption.
Now, I don’t want you to ignore the warning above. If you think this is a delicious marshmallow fluff recipe, you’d be right. But if you want to sit and eat the whole bowlful with a spoon – this isn’t for you! Moderation is rather essential with this recipe, unless you are one of those lucky people that don’t suffer from excess sugar alcohols! So here’s how you can use it:
- A spoonful over low carb ice cream (like HaloTop, shown below)
- One of the classic uses for marshmallow fluff is Fluffernutter – where it is mixed with peanut butter. Now I’m not a fan of peanuts, but I bet you can come up with some low carb way of combining these two ingredients!
- Frosting for cookies or cupcakes – it would be amazing over my low carb Double Chocolate Muffins!
- Mix it with some low carb hazelnut chocolate spread and spread it on homemade low carb tortilla chips
- And let’s not forget – just eating it with a spoon! MAN this stuff tastes good!
Now, the observant ones among you may have noticed that I haven’t mentioned the carb count of Tagatose yet. This is for a good reason, because they are actually quite tricky to work out. Let me explain. Tagatose is unusual in that while it is a sugar, the body treats it as a sugar alcohol (or polyol). It is only partly digested and the remainder is treated as a fiber by the body. But exactly how much is treated like a fiber is hard to calculate.
Officially, the carb count is listed as 4g per teaspoon, with 0g fiber, which is pretty much the same as regular sugar. If you don’t include sugar alcohols when you count carbs (opinions vary on this) then you can consider Tagatose to be zero net effective carbohydrates. If you *do* count them, your job is harder. The makers of Tagatose say that they err on the safe side with the nutrition label and don’t list a fiber count, because they cannot be specific and don’t want to be misleading.
SO. If you make this recipe, it very roughly makes 12 servings of about 2 tablespoons each. IF you count the carbs in Tagatose completely, you’re looking at 8.5g net carbs per serving (which is 1.5g less than commercially bought Marshmallow Fluff, but I appreciate that it is still high). If you don’t count *any* carbs from the Tagatose, the count is only 0.5g net carbs per serving. In reality it’s somewhere between the two.
If you’re just looking for a sugar free recipe and are not bothered about carb counts, you can ignore all the last bit. 🙂Sugar Free Marshmallow Fluff #sugarfree #marshmallow Click To Tweet
Adapted from this recipe.