Instant Pot Elderberry Syrup and Gummies

A Natural Defense Against Illness

I am always looking for ways to boost my immune system, especially during the colder months of the year when illness becomes more prevalent.  Elderberry tinctures and syrups are supplements I commonly use to prevent illness. These forms work very well for my husband and I, but it is always a struggle to convince the kids to take them. Elderberry Gummies solve that problem! The gummies are delicious and you would never guess that they are actually good for you.

 
Benefits of elderberry

These deep purple berries come from the Elder tree and are well known for their many health benefits. Elderberries help build up the immune system by increasing cytokine production and stimulating the immune response. They are also high in antioxidants which protects cells from damage.

Elderberry can be used to:

  • Fight off and decrease the duration of viral infections such as a common cold and influenza
  • Lower blood sugar levels
  • Promote urination and bowel movements
  • Improve skin health
  • Provide relief for allergy symptoms

 

 

 

 

Elderberry syrup can be purchased at pretty much any grocery or drug store but I prefer to make my own since it is quite pricey. It is a much more cost effective option especially when the whole family is using it.  Frontier Co-op sells organic dried elderberries on Amazon for a very reasonable price. They really go a long way when made into syrup. My one pound bag lasted for over a year. I love making the syrup in the Instant Pot because it is so fast! It can also be made on the stove top if you prefer that method.

The Gummy Bear Molds I used are adorable and make small-sized gummies. Using these molds, the recipe made over 300 gummies!I chose to use gelatin powder from grass-fed cows due to the numerous health benefits which include improved digestion and gut health. You can read more about the health benefits of gelatin here.

The gummies have been a huge hit with my kids (and my husband)! I start giving them one gummy a day during the fall to start boosting their immune systems. I bump it up to 2-3 gummies per day if they have been exposed to anyone who is sick or if they start exhibiting early symptoms of illness. Elderberry is most effective when given in the first 24-48 hours of an illness.

Give this elderberry syrup and gummy recipe a try to help keep your family healthy this year!

 

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Instant Pot Elderberry Syrup

Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

Elderberry Syrup

  • 1 1/2 cups Elderberries
  • 1 tbsp ginger
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup honey

Elderberry Gummies

  • 1 cup elderberry syrup
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup gelatin

Instructions

  1. Add all the ingredients into the Instant Pot EXCEPT honey. 

  2. Lock the lid in place and close the pressure release valve. Using the manual button, set the time to 10 minutes. 

  3. Using the quick release method, release the pressure and then remove the lid.

  4. Set the Instant Pot to saute and let the liquid cook down for 10 minutes. This will allow the syrup to thicken.

  5. Place a fine mesh strainer over a medium-sized bowl, and pour the berries into the strainer.  Mash the berries in the strainer to make sure all the liquid is drained into the bowl.

  6. Place the bowl containing the syrup into the freezer for 15 minutes or until it is room temperature.

  7. Remove from the freezer and stir in honey. If you don't want to make gummies with the syrup, pour into an airtight container and store in fridge for 2-3 weeks.

Elderberry Gummies

  1. Only one cup of the elderberry syrup is needed to make the gummies. Whisk together 1/4 cup of the syrup, water and gelatin until well combined. Then slowly mix in the remaining 3/4 cup of syrup.

  2. Pour into silicon molds and place in freezer for 20 minutes or until the gummies are firm.

  3. Remove from molds and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three weeks.

Recipe inspired by The Awe Filled Homemaker

 

 

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Have you ever tried using elderberries? What other things do you do to boost your immune system?

 


 

 

*The information in this post is in no way meant to replace the advice of a physician. Always consult your health care provider before taking any new supplement.

About Hannah Bayn

I’m Hannah, wife to my high school sweetheart, mother of three amazing kiddos, and a part-time ER nurse. What began as an effort to start cooking healthy meals for my family has turned into an inspiration to live a more self-sustainable, healthy lifestyle. My husband and I are both passionate about our journey towards starting our own homestead one day. For now, we live on a few acres out in the country where we raise chickens for eggs and meat and grow a large garden every year.

84 thoughts on “Instant Pot Elderberry Syrup and Gummies

      1. They really only last 3 weeks? How do you go through them all? I don’t want to make them and then waste. Have you ever tried to make 150 just halving the recipe? I know gelatin can be fickle.

  1. Thanks for sharing these recipes! What “dose” do you give your kids or yourself for the syrup or the gummies? Thank you. 🙂

    1. I give the kids one gummy per day as it is approaching winter and cold/flu season. If they start exhibiting signs of sickness, I increase it to 2-3 per day. For myself, I just take 1 tsp of the syrup a day for preventative purposes. I would up that dose to 3 times a day if I was sick.

  2. I LOVE this!! My grandmother and aunt have been telling be the benefits of elderberry products my whole life, but honestly nothing has tempted me as much as these. Great idea!

  3. What is the amount you give your kids and yourself? Is it daily? I’m assuming if I don’t have an instant, I could do this on my stove? Thanks for the recipe!

    1. I give the kids one gummy per day as it is approaching winter and cold/flu season. If they start exhibiting signs of sickness, I increase it to 2-3 per day. For myself, I just take 1 tsp of the syrup a day for preventative purposes. I would up that dose to 3 times a day if I was sick. This recipe could definitely be modified for the stove top. I’m not sure the length of time it would take. I would bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat and just simmer it until it is thickened.

    1. I love the benefits of elderberry syrup but my kids weren’t huge fans. They really like the gummies though!

  4. I had no idea dummies were so simple to make. I haven’t really eaten elderberry’s before I I can’t remember ever seeing them – accept in jam maybe. I’m going to keep an eye out for them.

  5. I love the gummy molds! How cute. Even though I am a nurse, I am becoming more and more convinced at natural medicines’s role in healing and health.

  6. Elderberry plants are easy to grow. Picking these tiny berries is time consuming . We make syrup every year. Also makes great healthy wine.

  7. So, I’m making this for everyone I know for Christmas! I’m a big fan of diy gifts! So instead of honey I’m using maple syrup. Has anyone ever tried this. I get you don’t want to heat the honey because of the health benefits of honey. But, with maple syrup would it be better to saute it with the mixture so it might be more thick?

  8. Can you preserve the syrup or gummies beyond three weeks? There are only two of us, and it would take time to go through 300 gummies! I would like to try this out.

    1. Unfortunately our recipe is not shelf stable and does require refrigeration. There may be other recipes that make a shelf stable gummy, but we have not tried them.

  9. so awesome! I just got an instant pot for Christmas, but am slightly intimidated by it. I need a tutorial:). I need some moral support to start using it.

    1. It can be difficult to get started but it really is such a huge time saver! I recommend starting with easy recipes so you don’t get overwhelmed. I really like doing things like chicken, rice, and soups in mine.

  10. I am SO upset! I followed this exactly-to make the gummies and they still haven’t set up 1hr later!!!!
    #singlemomprobs #wastedmoney

    1. Amanda,

      We are so sorry to hear this didn’t work out for you! Did you combine a total of 1 cup elderberry syrup with 1/4 cup gelatin? If the gummies didn’t set up, then they may require more gelatin. Do you have any elderberry syrup leftover? I would try it again and slowly add in more gelatin until it is a thicker consistency. What brand of gelatin did you use? Please let us know if we can help in any way. We have made this recipe many times and they have always set up, so we are disappointed to hear it didn’t work out for you.

  11. I just made the gummies…quick question I guess in my head I was thinking the consistency would be more like a kids gummy vitamin/gummy bear…the texture of these gummies are different. Is this how they are supposed to be? I have never made elderberry anything so I just want to make sure it’s right. Thanks so much!

    1. What is the consistency of the ones you made? When I make then they are similar to that of a gummy bear, but a little softer.

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