A few years ago, I set out to make another batch of Elderberry Syrup because Luv had a cold/croup sick thing going on and she had depleted our supply.
If you’re following the paleo autoimmune protocol, it’s best to be cautious with adaptogenic herbs and potential immune stimulators (such as elderberry) and treat them like you would any reintro food; testing them out when you’re feeling well and watching for symptoms. Elderberry is something I personally do quite well with. But every body is different. Only you can best determine if elderberry works in your favor or not. Work with your doctor before adding elderberry to your protocol.
You can, of course, make this recipe without the Elderberry Syrup and still have tasty gummies – just without the extra health immune boosting boons and it won’t yield quite as many as you’d get with the original recipe.
- 1 cup pure pomegranate juice
- ½ cup elderberry syrup
- 2 organic clove buds
- 1 organic cinnamon stick
- 1 orange, zested and juiced
- 2 TB grassfed gelatin
- optional: 1 TB raw organic honey
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring the pomegranate juice, elderberry syrup, clove buds, cinnamon stick, orange zest and juice just to the start of a low simmer.
- Remove the saucepan from heat. Carefully fish out the clove buds and cinnamon stick. Slowly whisk in the gelatin until dissolved. At this point, if you're adding optional honey, I'd recommend grabbing a candy thermometer. Check the liquid's temperature. Once the mixture drops below 115° F, you may stir in the raw honey. Adding raw honey to a hot mixture can compromise the raw honey’s pollens/enzymes - a.k.a. the benefits!
- Pour into individual sized dishes/jars or an 8x8 casserole dish and chill in the fridge until set. Serve.
It’s an easy recipe, just be prepared to make more. AND MORE. Because these gummies were gone in a flash. Everyone loved them, especially Bugsy! They’ve become a favorite for autumn and I always make another batch especially for Thanksgiving.