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Happy Holidays everyone! December is one of my favorite times of the year, especially this year! Over on my YouTube channel I’ve been expressing my childlike excitement for the new Star Wars movie, while here on my blog I’ve been celebrating the beauty of the holiday season. Earlier this month I shared some gluten free cookies inspired by my mom, while this weekend’s Last Minute Holiday Recipes #SundaySupper is inspired by holidays with my grandparents. I’ve had the pleasure of co-hosting this weekend’s Sunday Supper with Wendy of Wholistic Woman, be sure to go visit her site! When I was a kid, my grandmother would make some amazing hot cocoa that we’d NEVER drink in front of the fireplace (because drinks and food were never allowed over carpet, for very good reason). After going to college and discovering the addictive magic of coffee, I’d wake up on Christmas morning and start my morning with my grandparents in their kitchen. We’d drink morning coffee together while doing the puzzles in the newspaper and just spending time together around the kitchen table.


During the winter I always have homemade marshmallows in the house for coffee and hot cocoa, so this last minute holiday recipe is a gluten free coffee mocha. I always get nervous about gluten sneaking its way into store bought drinks, so I prefer to make any flavored coffees at home. For the same reason, I prefer to make marshmallows with agave rather than corn syrup. The marshmallows in this recipe take a day to rest, so if you don’t have a day to make prepared marshmallows, you can substitute with pre-made marshmallow. However, if you do have time to make marshmallow, you can use holiday cookie cutters to make seasonal marshmallows for your mocha!

Be sure to join us this evening for a #SundaySupper chat at 7pm ET for last minute holiday recipes, and be sure to check out all of these recipes!




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Gluten Free Holiday Mocha #SundaySupper

Gluten Free Holiday Mocha #SundaySupper


  • Marshmallow Ingredients
  • 3 packets of gelatin (unflavored)
  • 1 cup of ice cold water
  • 1 cup light agave
  • 1 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup room temperature water
  • 2 tbsp gluten free vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • Mocha Ingredients
  • 4 tbsp coffee grounds
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • splash of half and half (or almond milk to make it dairy-free)


  1. Marshmallow Instructions
  2. Line a baking pan with aluminum foil and fill with a layer of powdered sugar. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the ice cold water and gelatin. Set aside.
  4. In a tall saucepan, combine the 1/3 cup water, agave, and sugar. Place a candy thermometer into the pot, and cook over medium heat until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  5. Increase the heat to high, and constantly stir until the sugar is 240F. (Be super careful with hot sugar. You do not want it to touch your skin).
  6. Remove the sugar from heat, then add it to the gelatin. Using a mixer, mix the sugar on high speed for 12 minutes. Beat int the vanilla extract. Spread the marshmallow into the pan, and cover the top with a layer of powdered sugar. Let the marshmallow rest for 4-6 hrs and then cut into desired shapes.
  7. Mocha Instructions
  8. Prepare the coffee as desired.
  9. In a small cup, mix the sugar and cocoa. Split evenly into two cups.
  10. Pour the coffee into the two cups, and add splash of half and half.
  11. Top with the seasonal marshmallows.
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  1. Renee says:

    What a great idea to use agave when making marshmallows. And to make you own hot chocolate type drinks. I imagine sometimes they do sneak in gluten in those store-bought mixes.

  2. Cynthia L says:

    What great memories. I was just telling my partner how we were never allowed to eat anywhere other than the kitchen! Perhaps that is why I eat in every room of the house now! I have never tried to make homemade marshmallows, but would like to give it a try.

  3. Monica says:

    Homemade marshmallows are amazing! Like anything else once you try the homemade the store bought ones go out the window. I love the cookie cutter shapes. That is so clever! Mocha is one of my very favorite things and I bet I’ll look really good if I serve your recipe to my guests. Thanks for hosting us & Have a wonderful holiday!

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