Elderberry Gummies for a Healthy Winter

We have been so blessed by friends and family since our little guy was born. They’ve provided some delicious meals for us, which means our afternoons are not so stressful, and I’m spending my time snuggling my little guy rather than putting meals together. This time is priceless! I also haven’t had to go to the grocery store in weeks– freeing up more time for my little ones! Today I opened up the cupboard and there were literally no snacks in it. With a four year old and a two year old, this will not do. So I needed to make something- quick! I thought of a recipe I used to make often; gummies! And I decided to update it with elderberry syrup, which I’m late jumping on the bandwagon for. In just a few minutes, (plus 45 minutes of waiting for them to set in the fridge) I made elderberry gummies. These are delicious, and they can help boost immunity (source.)

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Elderberries boast lots of health benefits (you can read about them here). But I was mostly interested in their immune-boosting effects. We don’t need any colds around here this fall or winter! I bought dried elderberries and made them into a syrup. I’m still experimenting and perfecting the recipe so I can get it just right, but I’ll share it with you soon. These gummies use gelatin, which I know is not for everyone, but it also has tons of benefits. So, these healthy snacks are doubly good for my children, and they are pretty inexpensive to make! I have to mention also that I literally made these one-handed while holding my newborn in the other hand. While my toddler and preschooler “helped.” So they are extremely easy to make!

Elderberry syrup

I personally think this will work best with homemade elderberry syrup. The store bought stuff is Expensive with a capital E. It is sometimes more than $3 an ounce! The homemade syrup is much more cost effective. I think it cost me less than $4 to make 16 ounces, making it cost less than $.50 an ounce. I wasn’t crazy about the taste of this syrup, because it was very honey forward 🙂 When I mixed a tsp with some water, my son wouldn’t even drink it. So putting it in gummies seemed like the perfect solution.

Recipe

I used a combination of a recipe I’ve used from memory for years, and this one from Paleo Running Mama. Neither recipe actually uses elderberry, but this gummy recipe is so flexible. I’ve made them with just apple juice before, and also with a little pureed mango. (We love mango around here- have you seen my favorite fruit leather recipe?)

First, pour apple juice and homemade elderberry syrup into a saucepan. Don’t turn on the heat yet! Sprinkle the gelatin over the liquid and watch it “blossom.” It will start to expand and it won’t look dry anymore.

Once this happens,(in just a minute or two) turn on the heat to medium-low. Heat the liquid just until the gelatin isn’t lumpy anymore, and you have a smooth, syrup consistency.

I bought this silicone mold for about $0.50 after Christmas! It makes really cute gummies 🙂

 

Pour the liquid into a glass dish. I chose a really small storage container, but you could do an 8×8 pan. Your gummies will be kind of thin.

Put the dish into the refrigerator and let the gummies set for 45 minutes (more or less, depending on your fridge and the size of your dish.)

Now, take them out of the fridge and watch your kids devour the healthy goodness! If your kids are patient, you might want to cut the gummies into fun shapes with a cookie cutter.

#Elderberry #gummies are easy to make, and contain elderberry syrup, which some people say boosts the immune system!

Elderberry Gummies

Elderberry gummies have the healthy ingredients of gelatin and elderberry syrup, which each have multiple health benefits! Whip up these yummy treats for your little ones and they will be devoured quickly!

Course Dessert
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 16

Ingredients

  • 3/4 C apple juice
  • 1/4 C homemade elderberry syrup
  • 3 tbsp gelatin powder

Instructions

  1. 1. Pour apple juice and elderberry into a small saucepan. Sprinkle with the gelatin power. Watch as the gelatin expands and gets pillowy. This will take one or two minutes. 

  2. 2. Turn on the heat to medium low. Constantly stir the liquid as it heats. Heat it until the gelatin has melted, about two or three minutes. 

  3. 3. Once the gelatin has melted, turn off the heat and pour the liquid into a small glass pan (8x8 or smaller.) 

  4. 4. Put the liquid mixture in the refrigerator until it sets, about 45 minutes depending on the size of your pan. 

  5. 5. Cut the gummies into 1/2 inch squares, or use a cookie cutter to cut shapes. 

Cost Break Down

Gelatin- about $1.90

Elderberry syrup- about $1 (for 1/4 C.)

Apple juice- less than $0.20

Total= about $3.10

Three dollars for an immune boosting, healthy treat? Yes, please!

Have you ever made gummies before?

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