Keto S'mores: A Sugar-Free Summer Classic

Warm, gooey, toasty marshmallows and melty chocolate between two crispy graham crackers… What’s not to love about a s’more?

If you enjoy a classic s’more on summer evenings (but don’t enjoy the high sugar levels or carbo overload), we have the perfect treat for you!

Read on to learn how to make delicious keto s’mores with all of the taste and none of the sugar. You’ll discover how to make your own tasty ingredients along with best keto — and vegan AND low-sugar — chocolate to use in your keto s’more. (Hint: It’s MiiRO!)

Where Did S’mores Come From?

The first time s'mores were mentioned in a cookbook was in 1927’s Trampling and Trailing with the Girl Scouts. Back then, they were called Some Mores — because they were so addictive, you were always left wanting some more!

Over time, their title was shortened to the name we all know and love: s’mores. Talk about culinary history!

Are S’mores Keto and Vegan?

Unfortunately, traditional s’mores are not vegan or keto-friendly.

The ketogenic diet — keto for short — focuses on high protein, healthy fats, low carbs, and no-sugar meals to trigger ketosis in the body. Graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate are far from the list of keto-approved foods. Each ingredient is loaded with carbs and sugar that your body might not love as much as your tastebuds do.

On the other hand, a vegan diet stays away from all animal products, from eggs to dairy to meat and beyond. Marshmallows are made with gelatin, which is made from the collagen in bone marrow. Chocolate is often made with milk products, too, to lighten the taste of cacao.

Don’t fret! With a little creativity and some homemade ingredients, you can make a delicious vegan keto s’more… and your friends and family will never know the difference.

Can I Use Store-Bought Ingredients for Vegan Keto S’mores?

A traditional s’more is an easy dessert because it uses simple (and usually store-bought) ingredients to create a seemingly perfect dessert. However, when you are making vegan keto s’mores, you may not have the same luxury of a quick trip to the store. Still, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a delicious s’more with a little prep work beforehand.

(Plus, if you stock your pantry in advance, a vegan keto s’more can be just as easy to make as its high-sugar, high-fat cousin.)

For the graham crackers and marshmallows, you will likely need to make these items yourself. There are only a few keto marshmallows on the market, and none of them are classified as vegan. Keto graham crackers are hard to come by, too. As for the chocolate, MiiRO has got you covered — but more on that later!

How Can I Make Keto Graham Crackers?

You can use this recipe from Power Hungry to make vegan, keto, paleo, and grain-free graham crackers that are even better than the classics.

These delicious morsels use flaxseed meal, almond flour, and coconut oil to make an easy-peasy DIY graham cracker the whole family will love. Plus, because there’s no gluten in this recipe, you can roll the dough as often as you want without it losing its elasticity — this makes the cutting process so much easier, trust us!

TL;DR, all you have to do is mix your ingredients together, let them thicken, and blend it all together in a dough. Once your dough has chilled for about 30 minutes (AKA, the perfect time to break for a quick episode of Friends), roll out the dough, and cut it into 2.5-inch squares. Bake these squares to perfection, then let them cool.

It’s that simple!

How Can I Make Keto Marshmallows?

For vegan keto marshmallows, Strength and Sunshine is hitting the mark — and it takes practically no time to make!

All you need to do is beat aquafaba and cream of tartar for 2 minutes, add some sweetness with vanilla extract and powdered erythritol, then mix for five more minutes. If you have a creme-brulee torch, you can even top this fluff off with a quick caramelization perfect for s’mores.

As you might’ve noticed, this recipe uses aquafaba as a gelatin substitute. (That’s the liquid in a can of chickpeas.) This oft-overlooked liquid is full of starch and proteins that allow it to be used as an egg substitute. It can also be whipped into a meringue-like texture, which is how it’s used in this recipe.

Can I Toast Keto Marshmallows?

Vegan, sugar-free marshmallows can be tricky to roast over an open flame, but these toast up just like regular marshmallows! Be careful — they’ll burn like regular marshmallows too.

If you don’t have an open flame handy to get your marshmallows nice and toasty, you can pop them in the oven and broil them for a minute or two. For a truly low-effort option, pop your assembled s’more in the microwave for 30 seconds to get it all melty.

What Should I Use for Vegan Keto Chocolate?

MiiRO chocolate is perfect for your s’mores (and your tastebuds). Our chocolate is vegan, low carb, and no sugar added. Even better than the original, you can take your s’more up a notch with our Peanut Butter Chocolate Bar. If it’s white chocolate you love, our White Chocolate Bar With Crispy Almond Pieces is for you!

Our chocolate will give you that same craveable, melty texture you want in a s’more without all the added sugars, milk products, and additives. We are passionate about bringing you vegan, keto-friendly chocolate that tastes and acts just like its less sustainable, less healthy counterparts.

How Do I Assemble My Vegan Keto S’more?

To assemble your s’more, first start with your homemade, crunchy, gluten-free graham cracker.

Next, add your chocolate layer — or chocolate peanut butter, if you’re fancy. We recommend adding your chocolate first so that it doesn’t slide off the marshmallow.

After your chocolate is in place, top it off with your fluffy toasted marshmallow. If you don't have an open flame to toast, now is a great time to pop your partial s’more in the oven. Keep a close eye on it, as your marshmallow can burn super quickly!

Finally, top it with another graham cracker. Queue your mouth watering!

All that is left to do now is take a big, satisfying bite of your vegan keto s’more!

Can I Store My Keto S’mores?

The best part about s’mores is the warm gooeyness of the marshmallow and the melting chocolate. Unfortunately, if you store them once they are made, you won’t have that same experience, and the graham crackers would likely get a bit soggy.

Since it may take a bit of time to make each of the ingredients, make a little extra of everything so you can have a s’more without the extended prep time whenever suits your fancy. Store each ingredient individually so they keep better. Then, when you are ready to enjoy a s’more, assemble your s’more in real time for optimum enjoyment.

For graham crackers, store them in an airtight container at room temperature for one week or in the fridge for two weeks. You can also freeze them for up to three months. Just don’t forget to allow time to thaw before using, about an hour.

Marshmallows can be stored in an airtight container for up to two days. We know, we know — These don’t hold up too long, but they’re so good that they will likely be gone before the first day!

Conclusion

Gone are the days of you just watching your friends enjoy s’mores, because you are focused on a vegan or keto diet. Now, you can have your s’more and eat it, too. Our s’mores recipe is vegan, low carb, no sugar added, and perfect for any day of the week.

At MiiRO, we believe that you can live a sustainable lifestyle without sacrificing the sweet treats you love. Summer without s’mores? As if!

Sources:

A brief history of the s'more, America's favorite campfire snack | Colorado State

The keto diet and its health benefits - News | UAB

Almond Flour Graham Crackers | Power Hungry

How-To Make Sugar-Free Vegan Marshmallow Fluff | Strength and Sunshine

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