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Sugar Free Peeps

By February 16, 2015April 11th, 2023Dairy Free, Desserts, Nut Free


Sugar Free Peeps

Vegetable glycerin is something you may have never heard of but is an important ingredient in Sugar Free Peeps. It tastes sweet but it is not metabolized as sugar in the body and does not cause a rise in blood sugar. It is often used as a sweetener in foods marketed to diabetics. The reason you need it to make these marshmallows is because vegetable glycerin has a moisture-attracting property. The same way that adding glycerin to a lotion helps keeps your skin stay plump and soft, adding glycerin to foods, such as these marshmallows, helps them stay soft and chewy. Click HERE to find it on sale. 


I have been so excited to share this new sweetener information with all of you but I was waiting for not only myself to test my blood sugar with it, I wanted feedback from other diabetics; both Type 1 and Type 2 for feedback on if they have ANY rise when using this new sweetener called Allulose. And the results are in… Allulose does not increase blood sugar at all! Yahoo!

Here is a screen shot of a Type 1 diabetic testing it (thanks RD!)!

Allulose is an all natural sweetener (not an artificial sweetener) and the brand All-u-lose has a few products that are awesome! The sugar-free honey is to die for! The sugar-free Maple syrup is also super tasty on it’s own!

If you despise the aftertaste or cooling effect of erythritol you are going to love Allulose! It tastes just like sugar. It also caramelizes and melts like sugar!

Click HERE to find it online!


Sugar Free Peeps

Sugar Free Marshmallow

Maria Emmerich
Servings 16 servings


  • 2 TBS Further Food gelatin
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 1/2 cup Natural Sweetener
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup allulose or vegetable glycerine
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp almond extract


  • Add gelatin to cold water and let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile in sauce pan, stir all sweeteners and hot water.
  • Heat the sweeteners on high until 245 degrees F (soft ball stage).
  • Gradually add the hot mixture to the gelatin mixture, stirring constantly. Then slowly add the vanilla and almond extract while stirring.
  • Use a Kitchen Aid mixture to beat on high until stiff peaks form. It will look like beaten egg whites.
  • Pour in lightly greased 8" square pan, or for thinner marshmallows, use a larger pan or add to piping bag and make desired shapes. Allow marshmallows to set (about an hour) and cut into desired size.
  • Coat with desired coating (SMORE marshmallows; use healthified graham crackers and dark chocolate mixture, dip top of marshmallow in chocolate and then dip into crushed graham crackers) Or dust with cocoa powder.
  • For peeps, use natural yellow food coloring to color granulated swerve and dip the piped marshmallow shapes of chicks and bunnies in the swerve to coat.
  • HINT: if marshmallow is mixed to much and hardens or hardens as you are working, just warm up the marshmallow mix a bit and it will be usable. It works just like real marshmallows! Store in airtight container.


Traditional Marshmallow = 159 calories, 0.1g fat, 0.9g protein, 41g carbs
"Healthified" Marshmallow = 32 calories, 0.1g fat, 0.9g protein, 5g carbs (from sugar alcohol) so 0 effective carbs


 Maria-I am loving your blog posts and stories from people who are sharing their various successes with you! I just got your three cookbooks in one and looking forward to trying the Chicken Parmesan tonightYour book is way bigger than I ever expected and full of loads of important information to eat keto adapted. Thank you for sharing your stories with us. Thanks! Sherra

Click HERE to get your copy! Thanks so much for your love and support!

Sugar Free Peeps


Testimony of the Day

Phone Client Update: “Maria, The digestive craziness is over and I’ve lost 4lbs in the past week.  I also tested ketones this morning & am @ 1.0—very exciting :)” SR 

If you want to get started on a path to health and healing, click HERE. You will not regret it!

Sugar Free Peeps

Maria Emmerich

Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".


  • Amanda Reed says:

    Absolutely amazing. I’m so excited! I cannot wait to bless my kids with healthy Easter treats this year!! Vegetable glycerine is in my amazon basket.

  • Jillian McCreight says:

    I can’t wait to make these! Would an erythritol/stevia blend work instead of Swerve?( I don’t have any Swerve)

  • I can see myself make hot chocolate with this, thanks Maria!

  • Appletree says:

    Hi Maria,

    Apologies, off topic but have you heard of Policosanol and its effect lowering LDL and increasing HDL and please may I ask your opinion on it? I’ve seen a few studies but they seem quite short term.

  • Donna says:

    Hi Maria,

    I just bought your 3-1 cookbook and my 13 year old immediately snatched it from me, claiming it as his own! He goes through it daily to make new recipes!

    I’ve been at the same weight since last August after losing 90 pounds doing ketogenic. I have cut dairy, take almost all of the supplements you suggest in Secrets to a healthy metabolism, never cheat with eating, am even going a step beyond and doing Christa Orecchio’s Candida cleanse, but still the scale will not budge. I eat extra coconut manna or coconut oil at every meal, stick to only one serving of protein per meal, never eat carbs…I’m confused and frustrated. I still have 35 pounds to lose, but this stubborn muffin top belly fat will not go away! I’m doing a parasite cleanse and then a liver cleanse next. Aside from exercising to death…I have a very bad back…broke it a couple of years ago and now it won’t stay aligned due to the break and arthritis and degenerative discs…I don’t know what more I can do!,

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      It is hard to say for sure without knowing just what you are eating and the macros (and total calories). There could be a parasite holding you back. Hard to say without more data. 🙂

      • Donna says:

        Thank you for your reply. I’m hoping after the three different cleanses I’m doing, I will notice a difference. I eat around 1800 calories…20 grams of carbs, 80 grams of protein or less, the rest in fats about 130 grams I think. I’ll have to start logging in everything I eat to be sure. I stopped doing that because I know what I can eat now. My meals are very basic since my life is very hectic. Eggs for breakfast…with added fat…a handful of nuts and a couple tablespoons of coconut manna for a quick lunch on the go, or sometimes a chicken salad with homemade ranch dressing (just a can of coconut milk with spices blended in)…and chicken or ground beef for dinner with broccoli or cauliflower. That would be a typical day. None of your baked goods because I can’t even have erythritol on the candida cleanse, no dairy, no vinegar, no mushrooms… No lots of things. I drink lots of water to get down all of the supplements I’m taking. I said before that if I never reach my goal weight, I will be ok being a size 14. If it weren’t for the muffin top, I think I look good and I feel great! I guess I may have to be ok with it. I started at a size 24 and 3x tops, so now that I can shop in the misses section I’m thrilled. Even bought dresses again for the first time in 12 years!

        • Maria Emmerich says:

          Are the 20g carbs net? I would guess they are with the broccoli, cauliflower. Make sure to count total carbs and try to stay below 20g a day. Also, if you are fully keto adapted and don’t have any leptin resistance issues (feel full most of the day) you could try intermittent fasting (eating 2 meals in a 6 hour window and nothing outside that). That can help get weight moving. 🙂

  • Donna says:

    Leptin…sleep..that could be my problem…I get up at 5:30 am and go non stop until 11pm! I get to sleep in until 6:30 on Sunday, but that is it…not enough sleep! That’s going to be a problem. I Often don’t get home until after 9:30 pm. And I will do IF too. Thanks again!

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      Not getting enough sleep will definitely increase your hunger. You have to try to get at least 8 hours! 🙂

  • Lauren says:

    Could you omit the vegetable glycerine?

  • missy says:

    Made these yesterday and are so good! Could these be modified to marshmallow fluff somehow?

  • Michelle says:

    Can these marshmallows be stored on the counter? And how long to they keep for? I am making my Easter treats for next weekend and I just want to know how close to the date to make them. Thank you.
    I’ve already made healthified Reese eggs and rolos chocolates. Just lemon truffles and peeps left. I am also modifying a old family recipe for Easter eggs so it will actually be a fat bomb instead of just tons of sugar and carbs.

  • Sherrie says:

    I read the instructions 3 times, and I don’t see when you added the vegetable glycerin? Can you help me?

  • Rachel says:

    Food grade glycerine is the same as vegetable glycerine, right?

  • Jane says:

    Maria, I’m sorry but I’m confused as to WHICH vegetable sweetener you actually used out of the ones provided on your shopping link above?

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