Elderberry Syrup is one of my favorite remedies for avoiding or beating winter's cold and flu season. For the past 12 years I've lived between 7-8,000 ft, which means "cold season" is anywhere between 7-9 months of the year. Being able to make and have these on hand any time is almost essential. It saves you a ton of money compared to buying them and you know the quality of all the ingredients going into these tasty little treats.
These flu busting gummies combine the immune boost from elderberry syrup with the gut benefits of gelatin for a healthy and delicious way to beat the flu. First though, you’ll need to make homemade elderberry syrup (which is super easy) and then make them into gummies.
For this you'll need a shallow glass container or a silicon mold of either gummy bears, gummy dinos, gummy letters (you name it, they make it) - the shallow glass container works just as well, you simply cut them into squares and they taste the exact same ... and a cup of elderberry syrup, for a simple homemade recipe click here, or in link below.
1 tbsp either coconut oil, or a high quality coconut oil cooking spray
1 cup elderberry syrup
¼ cup gelatin powder
½ cup hot but not boiling water
Grease molds or glass pan with coconut spray or oil to prevent sticking.
Place ¼ cup of cooled elderberry syrup in a 2 cup measuring cup and quickly whisk in the gelatin powder.
Add the ½ cup of hot (not boiling though) water and stir quickly until smooth.
Add the remaining 3/4 cup of the elderberry syrup and stir or whisk until completely smooth.
Pour into molds and chill for 2 hours or until completely firm.
Pop out of molds and store in airtight container, if they seem extra sticky place a piece of parchment paper between layers. Take a few daily as needed as a preventative or take few every few hours to help beat the flu faster. Again, as with any home remedy, if you have any questions at all, consult your doctor first. These will last up to two weeks in the fridge in an airtight container; however ours have never lasted that long. I usually make a batch of these once a week during the winter months.
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