Vegan Peeps Recipe


I’m starting off my first recipe for Vegan MoFo with a big ol’ batch of Peeps!

In my opinion there is no reason why being a vegan should deter you from enjoying the foods you once loved. That is my philosophy anyway. There are always creative ways to maneuver around the guidelines in order to find rules to break (and have Peeps to be made)…especially when they are in ghost form, perfect for Halloween to come…


Vegan Peeps
Cook time
Total time
Serves: 40
  • 1 packet Naturals Dessert Jel, unflavored (link to buy: I get mine at Whole Foods
  • ⅓ c. cold water, plus ¼ c. water
  • 1 c. sugar
  1. 1. Follow the link below from Martha to make the base.
  2. 2. I used a Ziploc baggie to fill up my marshmallow cream. Cut a ½″ slit into the corner. Pipe immediately!
  3. 3. On a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, sprinkle with sugar to keep from sticking to the bottom.
  4. 4. Start with a 2″ body base. Moving clockwise, shape your ghosts from the bottom up by squeezing the baggie full of marshmallow cream.
  5. 5. Finish with a dusting of sugar if you like and dot with an edible marker for eyes.
  6. 6. Allow to set for 20-30 minutes.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 774 Carbohydrates: 200g Sugar: 200g Sodium: 8mg

Here is what your base should look like after the 8-10 minutes of mixing {yes! 8-10 minutes–that is not an exaggeration in the instructions…






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  1. Jessica says:

    Hi Cara,
    I just gave these a go earlier (really to use the marshmallow in another recipe) but I wasn’t able to get them quite right. Could you please link to the exact recipe you used? Also, I used the veggie gelatin you recommended and when I opened it, it was compacted in its package instead of thin and powdery like a regular gelatin. Was it the same for you? I’d really appreciate the help. Thanks!!

  2. Who doesn’t love Peeps…and vegan to boot!!! Just shared on FB…just in time for Easter…just use a colored sugar!!! Thanks for this adorable recipe!!!

  3. These are so cute.

  4. I used the whole pack of vegan gelatin, 3 ounces. Was that too much? It didn’t fluff up.

  5. Hi Cara,
    this is such a great recipe, the peeps are adorable. Sadly, I tried to make them a few minutes ago and it didn’t work :( I’m not sure what the problem was. I live in germany so I used Agartine, which is a mixture of maltodextrin and 20% agar-agar. One package can be used for 500 ml (about 2 cups) of water or other liquid, that should be ok, right? The instruction said it has to cook in the liquid for about 2 minutes to get hard, so I put it in the saucepan after the sugar was completely dissolved. But then I mixed it for almost 20 minutes (only with an electric mixer, because I don’t have a kitchen machine, and it didn’t get the stiffness it needed, it just got a bit more viscous. Do you have any idea what the problem could have been?

    Thanks in advance for your help :)

  6. These are majorly cute. The fact that these are vegan is FREAKING GREAT! I always want to make marshmallowy things, but I don’t eat gelatin (WHY WOULD YOU ITS SO AWFUL!?). I am just so blown away by plant-based inventions like naturals dessert jel. i might just buy some now.

  7. Oh my, how cute are these?


  9. These are so, so cool! I had no idea making Peeps was so easy. Nice work!

  10. SO CUTE. omg.

  11. So easy and so adorable!!

  12. OMG, those are the cutest things ever! :-)

  13. Jason Valentine says:

    Can the Naturals Dessert Gel be used as a gelatine substitute in harder gummy like candies? And how well does it work with honey?

    • Hi Jason, You can use the Gel as a gelatin substitute, absolutely, so I see no reason why it wouldn’t work for gummy like candies :) Test it out and let me know! Even if that doesn’t work (which I’m positive it would) you can try agar too.

  14. adorable little guys. love ’em!

  15. Awwww soooo cuteh!

  16. ARE YOU KIDDING ME RIGHT NOW??? Peeps are/were/forever will be my favorite Easter candy. And I know this is a Halloween post, but I’ve been vegan for so long that the last time I bought Peeps they were only available around Easter. I’m making these like…tonight.

  17. I’ve never been one of those folks who are so passionate about peeps, but these are so dang cute, I think I might have to make them!

  18. So cute!!!

  19. Soo cute!

  20. Mmm yummy! I can’t seem to find this on a uk site to order though, I wonder if vegi-gel would work…

    • Hi Jessie, Sounds like a very similar product–definitely see if they are interchangeable. And if not, if you have agar powder available you can always use that too.

  21. cuties indeed. how fun! these would be such a big hit at halloween

  22. Niiiiice! I love Halloween over here!

  23. These are too cute, I will definately make these for the little people in my world.

  24. Oh, how I miss peeps! I cannot wait to try these! How adorable too! I have a feeling that these taste better than the original!

    • I will say that they don’t taste as stale as the original… Try them, Amanda–they are so easy (especially if you have a stand-up mixer)

  25. YES! Can’t wait to make these for my little guy for Halloween!

  26. Cutie Patootie. The peeps are cute too 😉


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