Whether or not you’re a fan of actually eating s’mores, there’s nothing more festive than sitting around the bonfire toasting marshmallows, chatting, laughing at that one guy who likes to set his marshmallow on fire and the other who spends 35 minutes perfectly toasting it to golden brown perfection, seeing kids’ big chocolately smiles and sticky fingers, enjoying the firefly-filled evening.
Now does anyone eat s’mores when they’re looking for a healthy, wholesome snack? No. But after a few months of overly-sugary mallows, chocolate, and refined wheat crackers, you might be looking for a way to change up your s’more game, whether it’s because you’re looking for healthier s’mores or just a toasted graham sandwich with a little more…je ne sais quoi. Here are 5 healthier s’mores options to suit the whole crew at your next camping trip or backyard bonfire.
For the S’mores Purist
We guarantee you’ll have at least one person who insists that a s’more must include the classic marshmallow, chocolate, and graham to be a true s’more. They are entitled to their (wrong) opinion, but there’s still a way to make the classic s’more healthier. Starting from the outside, shoot for a graham cracker with more whole grains and less refined sugar, or make your own Paleo graham crackers. Go for a dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa to get some antioxidant bang for your bite. If you feel ambitious, make your own marshmallows with less refined sugar (see below).
For the Nut Butter Obsessed
We all have that friend who eats nut butter straight out the jar or pouch (we are that friend amiright?). They’re about to be your bff. Squeeze some almond, peanut, or sunflower butter straight onto the cracker, and layer it up with one or more of these:
- A marshmallow of your choosing (obvi)
- Cut a lengthwise slit in a banana with the peel still on, and stuff it with dark chocolate chips. Wrap it in foil and bake it over the fire, then unwrap and cut it up
- Apple slices (raw or roasted) and cinnamon
- Any fruit for that matter
For the Trendsetter
MYOM. Make your own mallows. Have y’all noticed how trendy homemade marshmallows are in the food blogger scene these days? Try making them yourself with a healthier recipe with grass fed gelatin and honey for sweetener, then try adding fun ingredients like hibiscus, berries, maca, tumeric, or whatever you have in your cupboard or fridge.
For the Mallow-Opposed
If you’re looking for a way to skip the marshmallow (or have a vegetarian or vegan in the crew who doesn’t eat gelatin), toast some fruit to go with your graham and chocolate! You may need a grill-type grate unless you choose fruits that can go on a stick. May we suggest fresh peaches, cantaloupe, or pineapple?
For the Graham-Opposed
If you’re into healthier s’mores but not convinced graham crackers are necessary or even a cracker at all, there are healthy alternatives. If you like sweet/salty combos, try replacing the graham with a seed or whole grainy cracker (just choose the biggest version you can find). If you’re more on the sweet/sweet combo side, use circular apple slices in place of crackers and smoosh your toppings in the center.
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