Elderberry Syrup and Gummies Recipe – infused with essential oils!
This is me. Combining two of my favourite things. Eating and wellness – lol!
But seriously, I love to eat and I’m a complete geek with wanting to not only make every meal a feast of deliciousness, but get back to good old fashioned simple foods that are free from chemicals and nourish our bodies with each bite. These gummies are no exception, packed with vitamin c and on guard blend to boost our immune systems left, right and centre.
I found it extremely useful to have an instant pot, as it reduced the cooking time to just 7 minutes. If you don’t have one, simple simmer the elderberries for 7 hours on a low/medium heat, stirring occasionally to prevent them from catching on the bottom of your pan.
You can use any molds for the gummies, I reckon it would even work to set the jelly liquid in a Pyrex glass baking dish and then cut them up once set – it really is extremely easy.
Add 2 cups dried organic elderberries and 3 cups filtered water into your instant pot. Select manual, high pressure for 7 minutes, release pressure, then strain. I used a cheese cloth to strain the mixture and squeeze out all the goodness. I will be easier to do this once it had cooled – but I just wore marigolds as I was impatient as always!
Add your sweetener of choice, I added 1/4 cup honey and 1/4 cup maple syrup. Then 10-20 drops of On Guard blend for the extra immune boosting properties and delicious Christmassy flavour.
Note: traditionally you would add lemon peel, orange peel, 5 cloves and 2 cinnamon bark stick to the mixture before cooking. I didn’t need to do this because I was adding them after cooking in the from my essential oil blend On Guard. The only difference is, if using as a syrup, you’ll need to shake the bottle before using. The recommended dose is 1 tsp/day, or if using when unwell then it’s 1/tsp hourly – less if fine for kids, and more is fine for much bigger kids (aka husbands!!). Excess vitamin C is excrete in the bowel, so if you experience loose stools simply cut back your dose.
So once you have your beautiful syrup you can have some fun! I added a little extra maple syrup with the batch pictured as Ollie is a little fussy, and I was making them for him primarily as Charlie will take it from a spoon. So far he will eat them, but weirdly he wants them cutting up very small. I have no idea why, but they are being eating so I’m a happy mum…
You will need: 1 cup of your delicious elderberry syrup, 1/4 cup very hot water, 2-3 tablespoons of gelatine power (we used Great Lakes brand), a small whisk and chocolate molds.
Directions: Working fairly quickly to avoid a lumpy mixture, take a 1/4 cup of the elderberry syrup and whisk in the gelatine power. Next add the hot water (I had it sitting in a saucepan next to me) and keep whisking for your life! Once all the gelatine has been dissolved into the mixture you may whisk in the rest of the elderberry syrup. Pour into mold, set in the fridge and enjoy!
Loved by kids and adults alike! A great way to add immune boosting goodness into their day in the form of a sweet!
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