Making homemade gummies are so fun and so much easier than you could ever imagine, and might I add so much less expensive than store bought! Even though I am guilty of occasionally buying the organic store bought gummies, I will admit there is hardly any real nutritional value to them. They are merely a sweet treat for your kids. If you want to take it up a notch and make some that are actually going to serve a purpose and really pack the punch nutrition wise, give these a try!  I love these because they are the perfect healthy snack, perfect to pack in lunch boxes, and kids love them! The addition of Vitamin C powder, which is known to help aid and prevent illness and boost the immune system, gives these an extra boost for little ones and even adults too. The elderberry gummies are made using homemade elderberry syrup and are more nutritional and concentrated than store-bought versions, therefore making them much more effective. 

Gelatin is also an important component to these and I highly recommend a good quality sourced from grass-fed sources.  You are probably most familiar with gelatin from your childhood days of consuming the colored packs of Jello, gelatin is what gives it the jiggle. Again, sourcing a higher quality is highly recommended to take in all the natural benefits it has to offer. Some of the benefits include immune system support, digestive and gut health support, repairs hair + skin + nails, balancing hormones, liver detox, promotes restful sleep, and also a great source of protein & amino acids! Convinced to try it yet? Give it a go!

If you don’t want to make the Vitamin C or Elderberry version you can use the base recipe and use organic grape juice or whichever flavor you prefer.

 

Vitamin C Gummies

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups organic fruit juice (I am using this) or fresh juiced oranges.
  • 4 tbsp grass-fed beef gelatin
  • 1-2 tbsp raw honey* optional, depending on preferred sweetness. 
  • 1 tbsp vitamin C powder

Directions:

1. Pour juice in small-medium sauce pan and evenly sprinkle all gelatin on top. Let sit for about 5 minutes until all gelatin is dissolved and it looks “wrinkly”.

2. Place on stove top and warm (NOT boil) all mixture until becomes liquid. Remove from stove and add honey and vitamin C powder.

3. Pour into molds and place into fridge for 2 hours until completely thickened. Remove from molds and store in air tight container or glass jar with lid. These will last 2-3 weeks.

Alternatively you can use a single baking pan or loaf pan if you do not have molds, and then cut into squares.

Elderberry Gummies

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups homemade elderberry syrup (recipe here)
  • 4 tbsp grass-fed beef gelatin

Directions:

Follow directions the same as listed above

*Since this is more concentrated I advise only taking 1 Elderberry gummy a day for children and up to 2 for adults. 

For all ingredients to make your own Elderberry syrup see here!

 

 

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