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
Box of sugary Cheerio-type cereal
1/3 cup (half of 15 ounce can) chickpea liquid
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
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 (here’s a video for reference).
Mix together the sugar and agar powder. Gradually add the sugar/agar mixture and the vanilla, and continue whipping until thick, about 8 minutes.
Line 3-4 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Grab 3 small bowls and spoons and divide up the meringue mixture into the bowls. Using food coloring, make red, blue, and yellow meringue.
Grab 2 more small bowls. Using some of the red and blue meringue, mix some purple meringue. Using blue and yellow, make some green.
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)
Mix purple and green out of your colors
9. Horseshoes (purple)
10. Clovers (green)
Preheat oven to 200°F.
Fill 5 small piping bags or ziptop bags (cut off the tip) with each color of meringue. Using Lucky Charms for reference, pipe your tiny marshmallows onto the prepared cookie sheet. 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.
Bake/dehydrate the marshmallows for 1 hour. Turn off the oven and leave the marshmallows in the oven until they return to room temperature.
Mix with cereal, and eat with your non-dairy milk of choice! I ended up grabbing some whole oat-y cereal, so the feedback I got was, “this tastes like childhood, but with fiber!”
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 and report back if you can make the marshmallows any denser. One method I heard was reducing the chickpea liquid by boiling out the water. Perhaps 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.
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.
I would tell you that they’re magically delicious, but I don’t want a cease and desist letter from General Mills.
Go make some Lucky Charms!