Goodbye Summer! The end of summer, for me, is a bit bittersweet– I’m always said to see the warm, sunny days go away, but on the other hand, I love the cool, crisp autumn days and seeing the beautiful fall foliage around me. (And do I need to mention, pumpkin spice lattes?!) Yes, I’m a sucker for everything fall.
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But what I’m not a sucker for is my kids getting sick. The cooler weather always brings on those seasonal ickies– Mother Nature’s reminder that it’s officially time to put the swimsuits away–the dreaded cold and flu season.
During this time of the year, I would rather stay in my house every single day then to risk exposing my kids to a potential germ. However, that is not possible and since nobody has invented a human bubble yet, my plan has been to load my kids up with vitamin goodness.
Which brings me the reason for my post: Elderberry gummies.
I will tell you how to make them…keep reading!
Last winter, I discovered the amazing benefits of Elderberry syrup. Holy moly. I swear by this stuff now. I really do. My I’m a believer story is when I was feeling a sickness coming on, so I took a tablespoon every 2 hours– I kid you not when I say that I felt better the next day. No Advil, Day or NyQuil needed! Elderberry syrup has since been stocked in my fridge ever since.
all that yummy goodness!!
With the cold/flu season approaching, I wanted the syrup in full-stock for my family, but I also needed an easier way to make sure my two toddlers were getting the goodness into their tiny bellies. Because if you have toddlers, you know how, *ahem* difficult, they can be.
It’s when elderberry gummies came into my mind– so I began to research how to make them. It turns out, making your own elderberry gummies is INSANELY easy. I mean, really, really, stinkin’ easy. And wayyy cheaper than buying them already made.
Before you make your gummies…
You will need elderberry syurp. I make my own because again, it’s so insanely cheap and easy.
Here is my favorite (and I’m tried quite a few) recipe that is tasty and equally easy to make!
2/3 cup dried elderberries, or 1 1/3 cups fresh or frozen
- 3½ cups water
- 2 TBSP fresh ginger
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder
- ½ tsp cloves or clove powder
- 1 cup raw honey (local honey is best)
- Pour water into medium saucepan and add elderberries, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves.
- Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour until the liquid has reduced by almost half.
- Remove from heat and let cool until it is cool enough to be handled.
- Mash the berries carefully using a spoon or other flat utensil.
- Pour through a strainer into a glass jar or bowl.
- Discard the elderberries and let the liquid cool to lukewarm.
- When it is no longer hot, add the honey and stir well.
- When the honey is well mixed into the elderberry mixture, pour the syrup into a quart sized mason jar or 16 ounce glass bottle of some kind.
- Ta-da! You just made homemade elderberry syrup! Store in the fridge and take daily for its immune boosting properties. Some sources recommend taking only during the week and not on the weekends to boost immunity.
Standard dose is ½ tsp – 1 tsp for kids and ½ – 1 tablespoon for adults. If the flu does strike, take the normal dose every 2-3 hours instead of once a day until symptoms disappear.
Now, what you have all been waiting for…..
recipe adapted by Coconut Mama
- 3 Tablespoons gelatin
- 1/4 Cup Homemade Elderberry Syrup
- 2 Tablespoons honey
- 1/4 Cup water
- In a small bowl mix 1/4 cup of elderberry syrup with gelatin.
- Let the gelatin sit in the water for a minute or until it gels up.
- Heat 1/4 cup of water in a saucepan on low heat. You want the water to be hot but not boiling.
- Pour the hot water over the gelatin mixture.
- Use a whisk and mix the ingredients together.
- Add the honey and mix until thoroughly combined.
- Pour mixture into molds.
- Refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until set.
- Store fruit snacks in a closed container in the refrigerator.
Take 2-3 gummies a day for optimal well-being!
toddler approved by my picky three-year old (:
I’m happy that I could share with you my trusted and well-loved recipe for elderberry gummy bears. These gummy bear vitamins will help keep your little ones healthy this cold/flu season.
Did you make these? I want to hear what you think in the comments, please!