Elderberry Syrup is one of my favorite remedies 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 wonderful. It saves you quite a bit of money compared to buying them and you know the quality of all the ingredients going into these tasty little treats.
These happy gummies combine the immune boost from elderberry syrup with the gut benefits of gelatin for a healthy and delicious treat. 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.
1 tsp either coconut oil, or a high quality coconut oil cooking spray
1 cup elderberry syrup
¼ cup gelatin powder
½ cup hot water
Grease molds or glass pan with coconut spray or oil to prevent sticking.
Place ¼ cup of the elderberry syrup in a 2 cup measuring cup and quickly whisk in the gelatin powder.
Add the ½ cup of hot 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 1-3 daily as needed as a preventative.
As with any homemade item, if you have any questions or are ill, consult your doctor. I believe in home remedies, there is a lot on wisdom in plants and home made health options. I also fully believe in modern medicine, research, and vaccination. The two mindsets are not exclusive, nor should they be, a single minded view helps no one. Elderberry is full of health benefits, it alone will not cure anyone of a serious virus or illness though. Like drinking hot water with lemon and ginger, it does a body good, undoubtedly, it also has limits. Thank you for understanding this balance with respect.
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 every 2 weeks during the winter months.
That sweet little water color peeking through is by Megan Aadland, her work is so lovely and diverse and feeling-ful, check her out at https://www.facebook.com/mkaadland/
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