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Vegan Peeps

Vegan peeps made from vegan marshmallows and coated in colored sugar.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American, vegan
Keyword vegan marshmallow peeps, vegan peeps
Prep Time 9 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Drying Time 2 hours
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 20 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup aquafaba (the liquid from a can of chickpeas)
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 2 tbsp vanilla
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 tbps agar agar powder (not flakes)
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup colored sugar (1 cup sugar and a few drops of food coloring)
  • 1 tsp chocolate chips (any vegan variety)

Instructions

Get your sugar and piping bag ready:

  1. Fill the bottom of a small cookie sheet or tray with colored sugar and set aside.
  2. Have a piping bag ready with a large round tip assembled and ready to go!

Make your fluffy aquafaba:

  1. Put the aquafaba in a mixing bowl with the cream of tartar and mix on high for 6 minutes until very fluffy.
  2. Add some vanilla extract and whip for 3 more minutes until it is white again and it forms very stiff peaks.In a small saucepan, combine water and agar agar and bring to a boil.

Make your agar agar syrup:

  1. Boil the water and agar agar for 3 minutes stirring frequently.
  2. Add sugar and boil for another 3 minutes stirring constantly over medium-low heat. (Be careful not to cook it too hot or you will burn or caramelize the sugar).

Mix everything together:

  1. Turn off the heat and add the hot sugar mixture into the beaten aquafaba.  
  2. Add this mixture slowly while beating aquafaba with a mixer set to low for about 30 seconds.  This will turn the fluffy white mixture a little shiny.

Piping your peeps:

  1. Quickly transfer it to a piping bag with a large round tip.
  2. Pipe out your peeps directly onto the colored sugar. (Do this as fast as possible since the marshmallow will set once it cools).
  3. Sprinkle the tops and sides of your peeps with colored sugar.
  4. Melt chocolate chips in a very small bowl in the microwave for 1 minute and use a toothpick to stir the chocolate and dot eyes onto your peeps.
  5. You can eat them immediately or let them sit out in the air overnight to dry out a little more. (After 24 hours, store in the fridge).

Recipe Notes

Tips for making perfect vegan peeps every time:

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Peeps
Amount Per Serving (1 marshmallow)
Calories 20
% Daily Value*
Sodium 1mg 0%
Potassium 10mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Sugars 4g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.