Vegan Lucky Charms

Vegan Lucky Charms

Reporting back with another vegan meringue development: you can make vegan Lucky Charms out of a can of freakin’ chickpeas and it’s blowing my mind.

When I made Lemon Meringue Pie and a test batch of meringue cookies over the weekend, my first thought was, “oh shit, this tastes like Lucky Charms marshmallows!” I waited about a day before trying it out. Set aside an afternoon for this recipe because we are making hundreds of little hearts, stars, horseshoes, clovers, blue moons, pots of gold, rainbows, and red balloons by hand.
Vegan Lucky Charms

Homemade Lucky Charms marshmallows

Lucky Charms marshmallows color reference

You should have red, yellow, blue, purple, and green meringue to make the following marshmallows:
1. Hearts (red)
2. Red balloons (red)
3. Red rainbow stripe (red)
4. Stars (yellow)
5. Pots of gold (yellow)
6. Yellow rainbow stripe (yellow)
7. Blue moons (blue)
8. Blue rainbow stripe (blue)
9. Horseshoes (purple)
10. Clovers (green)

Get the recipe:

Vegan Lucky Charms
 
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Homemade vegan Lucky Charms cereal using aquafaba to make Lucky Charms marshmallows
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Vegan, Vegetarian, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free, American
Serves: 1 large box of cereal
Ingredients
  • Box of sugary Cheerios-type cereal
  • 1/3 cup aquafaba (liquid from can of chickpeas)
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon agar powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
  • Food coloring: red, blue, yellow
Instructions
  1. Combine the chickpea liquid and cream of tartar in a stand mixer equipped with a balloon whisk attachment and whip until it starts to thicken.
  2. Mix together the sugar and agar powder.
  3. Gradually add the sugar/agar mixture and the vanilla, and continue whipping until thick, about 8 minutes.
  4. Line 3-4 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  5. Grab 3 small bowls and spoons and divide up the meringue mixture into the bowls. Using food coloring, make red, blue, and yellow meringue.
  6. Grab 2 more small bowls, then using some of the red and blue meringue, mix some purple meringue. Then using blue and yellow, make some green.
  7. Preheat oven to 200°F.
  8. Fill 5 small piping bags or ziptop bags (cut off the tip) with each color of meringue.
  9. Using Lucky Charms for reference, pipe your tiny marshmallows onto the prepared cookie sheet.
  10. How many marshmallows does this make? A lot. Depending on the size of your marshmallows and the spacing between them, you might fill up 2-4 full cookie sheets.
  11. Bake/dehydrate the marshmallows for 1 hour.
  12. Turn off the oven and leave the marshmallows in the oven until they return to room temperature.
  13. Finally, mix with cereal, and eat with your non-dairy milk of choice!

Making Meringue

If you’re new to making vegan meringue, here’s a video that shows how the bean liquid will whip up:

Vegan Lucky Charms marshmallows

The verdict?

I ended up using whole oat-y cereal, so the feedback I got was, “this tastes like childhood, but with fiber!

Vegan Lucky Charms recipe

These marshmallows are lighter and more airy than original Lucky Charms marshmallows, but they hold up just fine in a bowl of cereal and milk. Feel free to play around with the recipe, then report back if you can make the marshmallows any denser. Maybe a mixture of that technique plus more agar powder or a different kind of gum would alter the results.

I accidentally made my rainbow colors in the wrong order because Lucky Charms doesn’t understand how rainbows work and uses blue on the outer stripe.

Vegan Lucky Charms cereal
If you want to go into even more detail, you can mix orange and a darker green to add detail to the pots of gold and make clover hats. But let’s get real: we’re making these marshmallows by hand without the help of a cereal factory, so it’s okay if your clovers are all one color.

Vegan Lucky Charms recipe and Lucky Charms marshmallows

I would tell you that they’re magically delicious, but I don’t want a cease and desist letter from General Mills.

How to make homemade Lucky Charms

The aftermath:

How to make homemade Vegan Lucky Charms

Finally, go make some Lucky Charms!

I did not invent the chickpea meringue, or Lucky Charms (duh.) Thank you to Goose Wohlt and Révolution végétale for the inspiration!

Kelly Peloza is the blogger and photographer at Seitan Beats Your Meat, and the author of two vegan cookbooks: The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur, and Cheers to Vegan Sweets.

She lives in Chicago and runs a photography business called Kelly Peloza Photo.

39 Comment

  1. This is amazzziinng!

  2. I want these. *goggle eyes*

  3. I must have these!

  4. Awesome! I am going to try this soon. Vegan meringue marshies + cheerios = balanced breakfast, right? Haha. 🙂

  5. holy shit, kelly. that’s all i’ve got for you: holy shit.

  6. This is too adorable! Love <3

  7. I’m so excited to try this! I have memories of sneaking handfuls of marshmallows out of the box as a kid and then getting told off when the box was nothing but boring flavourless cereal.

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  10. I want to try the recipe, may I know if you have used powder / gel colors because members from the facebook meringue group have mentioned that sometimes meringue tends to deflate upon adding colors.

    1. seitanbeatsyourmeat says: Reply

      I used Wilton gel colors, but had no problems with the meringue deflating. I did have trouble with yellow food coloring when making macarons, but regular meringues have held up well!

  11. Ahhhh!!!!!!! These. Are. SO CUTE!!!!

  12. What temp do you dehydrate at for how long (still an hour)?

    1. You mean using a dehydrator instead of an oven? Since the temperature of a dehydrator is lower than 200°F, they would probably take longer than an hour.

  13. Is there any replacer for agar? My husband is allergic 🙁

    1. The agar is meant to behave like gelatin, so my best guess would be guar or xanthan gum.

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  16. Please add me to your email list. (Website button is not working.) Thank you.

    1. Thanks for bringing that to my attention! I checked it out and it looks like when you click “Subscribe”, the text field appears at the top left of your browser. You can type it in from there.

      That’s not supposed to happen, so I’m going to look into fixing it. Thank you!

    2. Hi Kimberly,

      New update: I changed up the layout and the subscribe feature is now working correctly, so you can use it to sign up. I would be able to do it, but I don’t know your email address. 🙂

      -Kelly

  17. Hi Kelly,

    I made these and shared the recipe in a few Facebook groups I’m in, we loved them!
    Thanks for sharing this fun recipe!

    Lacey

    1. Thanks, Lacey! I saw your post in the Vegan Meringue group and they look great. 🙂

    2. Do you mind if I share the recipe on my blog, with credit given to you?

      1. Just a link to the original post would be great!

        1. Absolutely!! 🙂

          Thanks again!

  18. Is cream of tartar crucial to the recipe?!

    1. Yes, an acid is important to set the meringue. You could also use lemon juice or something else acidic.

  19. WOAH. WOAHHHH. WOAHHHHHHHHHHHH… This is amazing.
    I have only good things to say about these delicious-looking and wayyyy healthier than the original Lucky Charms! Great job!!!

    https://peanutbutterandle.wordpress.com

  20. Maybe you won’t get the right shapes but how about a play doh extruder? Lol

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  22. What kind of agar powder do you use?

    1. I think there’s only one kind? Any agar powder will work fine.

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  25. …I love you. @_@

    1. seitanbeatsyourmeat says: Reply

      💕💕💕!

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