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! Mandy
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.
Immune-Boosting Elderberry Gummies
- 1/3 - 1/2 cup dried elderberries
- 3 tablespoons honey *
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 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.