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.  In addition to Instant Pot Bone Broth, 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.

*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.

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.

Elderberries 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

 

 

 

Supplies You Need

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. If they are sold out, which they tend to in winter months, here is another great brand of dried elderberries.  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.

Dosage

Give children over the age of one 1/2-1 tsp per day and adults 1/2-1 tbsp per day as a preventative approach to illness. If you get sick, take the same dose every few hours throughout the day.

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. You can keep the mixture in a pan on a warm burner to keep it from hardening too fast.

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

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

103 Comments

  • Diane
    Posted October 19, 2017 11:05 pm 0Likes

    How many gummies does this recipe make

    • Becca Hurst
      Posted October 20, 2017 6:22 am 0Likes

      It depends on what molds you use, but the ones we used made over 300 gummies!

      • Diana
        Posted January 7, 2018 9:25 pm 0Likes

        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.

  • Lisa
    Posted October 20, 2017 8:13 am 0Likes

    I’ve never hear of elderberries! I’ll have to try this. I am a mother of 5 and HATE flu season!

  • Sheila Schweiger-Rhodes
    Posted October 20, 2017 9:10 am 0Likes

    Thank You for this post! I have been wanting to start using elderberry syrup because of the health benefits. This is a great way to combine my love for my new Instapot and try out elderberries. I hate flu season too!

  • Rebekah
    Posted October 20, 2017 9:20 am 0Likes

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

    • These Lovely Acres
      Posted October 23, 2017 6:48 am 0Likes

      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.

  • Amy
    Posted October 20, 2017 1:30 pm 0Likes

    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!

  • Harmony, Momma To Go
    Posted October 20, 2017 3:06 pm 0Likes

    I used to take elderberry tablets. I stopped because I did manage to get sick while taking them 🙂 Ive also never made gummies… interesting medium!

  • Kimberly K
    Posted October 20, 2017 3:19 pm 0Likes

    What is the shelf life of the gummies and the syrup? Thanks!

  • Kaydee
    Posted October 20, 2017 4:41 pm 0Likes

    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!

    • These Lovely Acres
      Posted October 20, 2017 8:14 pm 0Likes

      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.

      • Sheri
        Posted September 18, 2018 1:04 am 0Likes

        Hi! I bought gummy molds online and they are bigger than I thought! My kids are under 4, should I make them in the big molds and just halve them? Does it make a difference? They’re probably the size of two of yours pictured.

  • Larissa H
    Posted October 21, 2017 3:25 pm 0Likes

    By ginger, do you mean ginger root?

  • Anna
    Posted October 22, 2017 10:35 am 0Likes

    I have seen this at the store but yet it’s too pricey . I might need to start making at home like you do.

  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    Posted October 23, 2017 7:34 am 0Likes

    How wonderful! Elderberry have such a great flavor too!

    • These Lovely Acres
      Posted October 24, 2017 7:50 pm 0Likes

      I like the flavor also, especially when sweetened with a little bit of honey.

      • Bethany
        Posted August 17, 2018 10:54 pm 0Likes

        Sonia the honey optional or does it contribute to the medicinal qualities?

  • Jen | My Healthy Homemade Life
    Posted October 23, 2017 8:13 am 0Likes

    Wow! This recipe looks so easy. My family loves Elderberry syrup but I never thought of making gummies. What a great idea.

    • These Lovely Acres
      Posted October 24, 2017 7:49 pm 0Likes

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

  • Yolanda
    Posted October 23, 2017 11:56 am 0Likes

    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.

  • Elise Cohen Ho
    Posted October 23, 2017 2:01 pm 0Likes

    What a brilliant idea. It sounds so easy and I know the health value is through the roof.

  • Carrie A Groff
    Posted October 23, 2017 3:54 pm 0Likes

    Awesome recipe! Thank you! I was just talking to my client this morning about her Instant Pot! I’ve never seen one before but now I totally want one!

  • Beth Ann
    Posted October 23, 2017 3:58 pm 0Likes

    How adorable! What a great idea! A nice way to boost immunity, especially during the summer. These instapots are the greatest gift to mankind!

  • Helene
    Posted October 24, 2017 9:41 am 0Likes

    These sound incredible! I’m saving this recipe for a rainy day!

  • Julie Hoag
    Posted October 24, 2017 10:17 am 0Likes

    Looks so yummy and it’s awesome that it is healthy! Thanks for sharing it!

    • These Lovely Acres
      Posted October 24, 2017 7:46 pm 0Likes

      You’re welcome!

      • Milli
        Posted November 17, 2017 9:03 pm 0Likes

        What happens if you accidentally add the honey to the instantpot?

  • celeste
    Posted October 24, 2017 1:23 pm 0Likes

    I have never heard of this berry. thank you for sharing its benefits!

  • K. Elizabeth
    Posted October 24, 2017 1:33 pm 0Likes

    Thanks for sharing the recipe! I had no idea that Elderberries had so many health benefits. I’ll definitely be making a batch of these gummies for me and my family.

  • Lauren
    Posted October 24, 2017 1:47 pm 0Likes

    What a great idea definitely need to try it!!

    Lauren

  • Emma @ theweekendabroad.com
    Posted October 24, 2017 5:22 pm 0Likes

    I’ve actually been eating elderberry gummies from the store, but never thought to make them myself! Thanks so much for the recipe!

  • Juli // Once Upon a Cheerio
    Posted October 25, 2017 12:29 am 0Likes

    I’ve never even heard of elderberries. But I’m so glad I have another recipe to add to my instant pot!

  • Melissa
    Posted October 25, 2017 1:03 pm 0Likes

    I’m so curious about elderberries. Pinning for later!

  • Justine Y @ Little Dove
    Posted October 25, 2017 11:22 pm 0Likes

    I’ve never tried Elderberry anything before but I’ve heard great things about it, thanks for this great tutorial!

  • Marie, Mamma's Cooking
    Posted October 27, 2017 11:31 am 0Likes

    I’ve never tried Elderberry but definitely could use some immune boosting! I also need to get an instant pot. Have you ever tried it in the slow cooker?

    • These Lovely Acres
      Posted October 27, 2017 4:11 pm 0Likes

      No, not in a slow cooker. It works well on the stove top also, but we prefer the instant pot!

  • Leslie
    Posted October 27, 2017 11:36 am 0Likes

    This is fascinating. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen elderberries, but given the health benefits, I will be looking into where I can find them.

  • Paula @ I'm Busy Being Awesome
    Posted October 28, 2017 8:01 pm 0Likes

    This couldn’t come at a better time as I’m feeling the first inkling of a cold coming on. I’ve NEVER heard of anything like this before – I’m so intrigued! I’m off to Amazon to look for these berries 🙂

  • Sarah
    Posted October 28, 2017 8:20 pm 0Likes

    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.

  • Robin Donovan
    Posted October 30, 2017 9:49 am 0Likes

    Totally going to make these! And thanks for the tip about buying dried elderberries on Amazon!

  • Renee
    Posted November 2, 2017 8:43 am 0Likes

    Wow. This is great! I had never heard of this syrup before now. Great read! Can’t wait to try!

  • jade
    Posted November 2, 2017 10:02 am 0Likes

    Definitely want to try this out!

  • Nicole
    Posted November 2, 2017 2:42 pm 0Likes

    My girls get croup every year. Once it begins it doesn’t end until March. I’ve been looking for this exact kind of thing. Thanks!

  • Sonia Potter
    Posted November 2, 2017 2:46 pm 0Likes

    This is so cool! I love natural remedies for healing, and I never thought of elderberries before. I will definitely be trying this at some point.

  • Kathie
    Posted November 12, 2017 5:15 pm 0Likes

    Love the photos!!

  • Karlene Nordgren
    Posted November 15, 2017 1:48 pm 0Likes

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

    • These Lovely Acres
      Posted November 19, 2017 10:10 am 0Likes

      I’ve never grown them myself. I might have to give it a try!

    • Mindy Sims
      Posted August 12, 2018 8:24 am 0Likes

      Can you use fresh elderberries to make syrup? A friend gave me some fresh but most recipes call for dried. I’ve been wondering if I needed to dry them first.

      • These Lovely Acres
        Posted August 13, 2018 6:58 am 0Likes

        I’ve never tried using fresh berries so I’m not sure if it would be an even substitution. You could dry out the berries in a dehydrator or oven (on the lowest setting) first.

  • Kerri @ HollyMuffin
    Posted November 27, 2017 9:47 am 0Likes

    This looks so yummy. I need an instant pot so badly!

  • April Kitchens
    Posted November 27, 2017 3:23 pm 0Likes

    I totally needed this recipe. I have elderberries and didn’t know what to do with them!

  • Kate | The Organized Dream
    Posted November 27, 2017 7:25 pm 0Likes

    I love the fact that this is so healthy for you and that it is also in gummy form. I am constantly snacking on my daughter’s gummies in secret!

  • Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife
    Posted November 27, 2017 8:23 pm 0Likes

    This looks delicious! Instant pots can do anything!

  • Joan Cajic
    Posted November 28, 2017 8:57 am 0Likes

    This looks very interesting, never knew elder berry had such great benefits.

  • Sarina O'Bar
    Posted December 6, 2017 3:25 pm 0Likes

    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?

  • Sally Gordon
    Posted December 15, 2017 11:00 pm 0Likes

    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.

    • These Lovely Acres
      Posted December 16, 2017 9:16 pm 0Likes

      We have not tried to freeze the gummies, but the elderberry syrup can be stored in the freezer!

  • Aimee
    Posted December 31, 2017 11:44 am 0Likes

    Hi! Do you think the gummies are stable enough for shipping? I have several friends and family asking for them!

    • These Lovely Acres
      Posted January 3, 2018 7:31 pm 0Likes

      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.

  • Julie Blackstone
    Posted January 7, 2018 9:34 pm 0Likes

    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.

    • These Lovely Acres
      Posted January 9, 2018 1:10 pm 0Likes

      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.

  • Amanda
    Posted January 10, 2018 10:56 pm 0Likes

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

    • These Lovely Acres
      Posted January 11, 2018 6:26 am 0Likes

      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.

  • Cindy
    Posted January 11, 2018 6:11 pm 0Likes

    Does the elderberry syrup need to be hot when adding in the gelatin?

    • These Lovely Acres
      Posted January 11, 2018 8:01 pm 0Likes

      You will want the syrup to be room temperature then add in the gelatin and the warm water.

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  • Jen
    Posted February 2, 2018 12:09 am 0Likes

    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!

    • These Lovely Acres
      Posted February 2, 2018 12:32 pm 0Likes

      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.

  • Carlye Sherrill
    Posted February 12, 2018 3:19 pm 0Likes

    What would the kiddo dose of the syrup be (I’d draw it up in a syringe)? I have a 2 year old.

  • Natasha Elliott
    Posted March 2, 2018 9:30 am 0Likes

    I found freeze dried elderberries locally, would these be ok in this recipe?
    My youngest human refuses western medecine 😂

    • These Lovely Acres
      Posted March 4, 2018 1:49 pm 0Likes

      I haven’t tried using freeze dried berries but I think they would work just fine. Let us know how it turns out if you end up giving it a try!

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  • Heather
    Posted August 8, 2018 10:39 pm 0Likes

    How much of the syrup would you give a 4 yr old? And how often? And this has to be stored in the fridge, right? I read your comment that it could be stored in the freezer-so I can store half of the batch in fridge and half the batch in freezer? Then when I’m ready for the freezer batch, just let it thaw in the fridge? I bought elderberry syrup last year but packaging said it was not intended for children (maybe it was really concentrated and dosage was too high?) so I’m looking forward to making my own.

    • These Lovely Acres
      Posted August 9, 2018 7:01 am 0Likes

      Give children over the age of one 1/2-1 tsp per day. Yes, store it in the fridge for up to 2-3 weeks or freeze it for several months! Good luck!!

  • Molly
    Posted August 13, 2018 9:45 am 0Likes

    I have tons of berries and would like to make syrup with all of them. Would the syrup keep longer than 3 weeks if I froze it in ice cube trays

  • Vicki
    Posted September 1, 2018 1:57 pm 0Likes

    Is that 1 and 1/2 cup of dried or fresh elderberries?

  • Julie
    Posted September 12, 2018 8:14 pm 0Likes

    When do you add the honey in?

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  • Aimee
    Posted October 24, 2018 4:29 pm 0Likes

    You have to keep the mixture slightly warmed between batches or it will start to solidify. I just keep the liquid on the warmer plate of the stovetop or on a burner on the lowest setting while the batches are chilling.

  • Patricia
    Posted November 5, 2018 12:50 pm 0Likes

    when you say 1/4 cup of gelatin, is that powder, or powder already mixed with water?

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