Boost your immunity and feed your hard-working gut with these Homemade Elderberry Gummies.
I remember absolutely loving gummy bears as a kid. I would choose those artificially brightly colored candies over a chocolate bar any day. And when I was a full-blown sugar addict in high school (I didn’t know I was a sugar addict then), I thought that eating a whole bag was completely normal. After all, they were low in fat and I played a lot of volleyball right? No harm done. Well, yes, actually, a lot of harm done … which I didn’t realize until I was much older.
On a more positive note, let’s talk about how I make them now (in the whole-food variety) for my kids who love them just as much as their mom! I choose the coloring – purple from elderberries, the gelatin – from grass-fed cows, and how much sugar goes in – 3 tablespoons of honey for a batch of 50 or so. I suppose what gives me the “cool factor” in the eyes of my kids (if that is even possible) is the silicon molds that I use to shape these gummies into animals. There are silicon molds for nearly any child-adored object out there. Customize it to your child. If you’re an adult, and would prefer to eat food not shaped like a bee, you can simply pour this mixture into a shallow glass container (a rectangle or square) and cut them into 1″x 1″ more sophisticated gummies.
I make these gummies quite often when flu season starts to hit in the fall. Elderberry syrup has been shown to have a positive effect on the influenza virus (Dr. Mercola article referencing NIH study) and gelatin supports a healthy gut. Since your gut is where 80% of your immune system resides, it’s your first line of defense, so best to give it some love.
Cheers to your health and immunity!
Ingredient and Product Notes:
- Dried Elderberries – I have only used the Frontier Brand and have been very happy with the product.
- Gelatin – If possible, choose gelatin from grass-fed cows. I prefer the Vital Proteins brand, which you can buy from Amazon.
- Gummy Molds and Food Storage – I use grade stainless steel, glass or silicon.
- ⅓ - ½ cup dried elderberries
- 3 tablespoons honey *
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
- ½ cup grass-fed gelatin (collagen peptides will not work)
- Warm 3 cups of filtered water in a small pot to a slow simmer.
- Add dried elderberries to water and simmer (try not to boil) for 20 minutes.
- While elderberries are simmering, add honey and spices to mixing bowl.
- After 20 minutes, pour the elderberry syrup through a strainer, pouring the liquid into the mixing bowl. Stir to dissolve the honey and to release some of the heat.
- When liquid has cooled for about 5 minutes, add the gelatin and stir until well combined.
- Using a spoon or a turkey baster (to lift the liquid out), divide the mixture among the molds OR pour the entire mixture into a square or rectangular glass container.
- Set containers in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes, or until set. Gummies should be stored in the refrigerator.