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Elderberry syrup is a popular remedy (especially during the flu season). But there are many ways to get more of this delicious, healthy berry into your life. My family loves the taste of these elderberry marshmallows, and I love that they support the immune system and don’t have processed sugar.
A Better Way to Take Your Medicine
Hiding under the bed….
That was my solution when I was supposed to take medicine when I was sick as a kid. I didn’t like the taste, and my poor parents would have to chase me down to get me to take it. Fast forward many years (more than I’d like to admit), and it’s a much different story when I have to get my sick kids to take remedies.
They actually love it, beg for it, and wish they could take it all the time, especially when it’s elderberry syrup!
Recently, I made two of my kids’ favorite things on the same day: elderberry syrup and homemade marshmallows. I had some extra elderberry liquid from making the syrup and had a great idea: elderberry marshmallows.
The result was a light purple, delicious, and immune-boosting treat that my kids love!
Health Benefits of Elderberry
If you aren’t familiar with elderberries or can’t imagine why you’d want to make marshmallows with them, here are some of the benefits:
- Popular cold and flu remedy
- Many people use them in the cold months to ward off illnesses
- It helps lessen coughs, sore throats, and runny noses
- Natural source of antioxidants and vitamins
- Modulate inflammation during illness
- Kids love it!
Elderberry Marshmallow Ingredients
This recipe only requires a few essential ingredients. Most of them you probably already have in your pantry.
The only unusual ingredient you need to make these is elderberries.
In some areas, you can grow or wildcraft your own elderberries. Just make sure only to use the berries and remove the stems and leaves, as these can be toxic if eaten. The brand I use sells organic or wildcrafted elderberries you can get here.
You’ll also need gelatin to help the marshmallows reach the right texture. I use pasture-raised, high-quality gelatin. While I love mixing collagen powder into my tea and coffee, you need actual gelatin for this recipe. Gelatin is what “gels” and gives the marshmallows the right consistency. I get it here – it’s the one called “beef gelatin” in the green can.
How to Make Elderberry Marshmallows
Many people don’t realize how easy it is to make homemade marshmallows. They won’t be the artificially stiff and sickeningly sweet ones you find at the store. But they’re even better, in my opinion.
The only ingredients needed are water, gelatin, honey/syrup, and in this case, elderberries and optional spices. Once the mixture is done whipping, you have to work quickly to get it into the oiled dish. Otherwise, it sets up, and it’s hard to smooth out. They’ll still taste just as good, though.
If your marshmallow mixture doesn’t spread out evenly, you can use wet fingertips to smooth the top out some gently.
Finishing the Marshmallow Recipe
Once the mixture is set long enough and stiff enough to cut, you can use a knife, pizza cutter, or even sharp scissors. Ensure they’re well-oiled, or the marshmallows will stick to them. I added more oil to my knife every few cuts.
I sometimes dust the cut marshmallows in cinnamon to prevent them from sticking together. Powdered coconut sugar also works for dusting. For this batch, I used a blend of 2 parts arrowroot powder to 1 part acai berry powder to give it a nice purple color.
Elderberry Marshmallows Recipe
Simple immune-boosting marshmallows with a hint of elderberry. These are a kid favorite in our house, and I love that they get vitamins plus an immune boost!
- Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish with coconut oil or line it with parchment paper, leaving some on the sides to be able to pull up.
- Bring the dried elderberries, spices (if using), and water to a boil in a small pan. Gently boil uncovered for 10-15 minutes or until the liquid is reduced by half.
- Strain out the elderberries and spices and measure out the resulting liquid. If there’s more than 1 cup, then simmer it for a little longer. If you have less than 1 cup, then add enough filtered water to get 1 cup.
- Put ½ cup of the liquid in a stand mixer bowl or a large bowl if using a hand mixer, and sprinkle the gelatin on top. Mix lightly to incorporate and set aside.
- Combine the remaining ½ cup of liquid and the honey or maple syrup in a saucepan. Slowly bring the water and honey mixture to a boil. If you have a kitchen thermometer, you want it to reach at least 240 degrees. If not, keep boiling, stirring constantly for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Turn on the mixer with the gelatin mixture to medium speed. Whisk while slowly pouring the honey/water mixture into the mixing bowl with the gelatin mix.
- When all the honey mix is added, turn the mixer to high and whisk for another 10-15 minutes or until it forms a stiff cream, the consistency of marshmallow cream. It should form soft peaks.
- When the marshmallows are whipped, quickly pour them into the lined/greased dish and smooth them evenly with a well-oiled spatula.
- Let rest uncovered for at least 4 hours (overnight is better).
- Flip onto a cutting board and cut with a well-oiled pizza cutter or knife. Dust with cinnamon powder and/or coconut sugar if desired to keep them from being sticky.
Shelf Life and Storage: Do NOT store the marshmallows in the refrigerator, as they will melt. Store in an airtight container at room temperature. These will keep for 3-4 days.
Serving: 2gCalories: 63kcalCarbohydrates: 14.5gProtein: 1.6gSodium: 7mgSugar: 12.5g
Serving and Dosage
Since there aren’t a lot of elderberries in this recipe, I’ll give my kids a few of these without worrying about dosage. It’s more of a nutrient-enriched food. If we feel the sniffles coming on, then I’ll reach for some elderberry syrup and other home remedies too.
More Elderberry Recipes
Looking for more ways to get elderberry into your daily regimen? Try some of these delicious (and healthy!) recipes.
Ever made marshmallows or want to try them? How did it go? Leave me a comment and let me know!