Homemade Elderberry Gummies
Homemade gummies are a great nutrient-packed and delicious treat. Store bought varieties are usually made from a combination of gelatin, corn syrup (more common), sugar, water, and artificial food coloring and flavors. My family reacts to artificial colors and corn syrup isn’t my favorite sweetener option for an everyday snack so a lot of store bought options are ruled out. My niece (and cute hand model) and nephews went on a camping trip the day we left California, so before I left I made a batch of elderberry gummies for them to take along.
This recipe uses Vital Proteins beef gelatin (pasture-raised, grass-fed, non GMO), raw local honey, cold-pressed fruit juice and elderberry syrup (high in vitamin C and antioxidants, known to support immune system) from a company I trust. It is definitely more time consuming than buying, but I enjoy making them for a treat!
1 cup of juice (I used 3/4 cup organic cold pressed tart cherry juice and 1/4 cup #wisewomanherbals elderberry syrup)
2 Tablespoons of raw honey
3 Tablespoons of gelatin (I used vital proteins noted above in green container)
Warm juice over medium/low heat (don’t boil)
Add honey and whisk until dissolved
Add in gelatin a half a tablespoon at a time, making sure it is incorporated before adding in more.
Whisk until (most) lumps are gone.
Pour into a glass baking dish or syringe into fun silicone molds.
Put in the fridge to set.
Once set, gummies will keep their shape at room temp in a sealed jar, but are best stored in the fridge!