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elderberry jello

Elderberry Jello Bites

Simple recipe for transforming elderberry juice into a yummy jello dessert lightly sweetened with only fruit. Helpful for immune support as prevention or to reduce cold/flu symptoms.

Prep Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours
Servings 54
Calories 15 kcal
Author Sarah Pope MGA

Ingredients

Equipment

Instructions

  1. Pour elderberry juice into medium glass bowl. Mix in date syrup and blend well. If you are using fresh pressed elderberry juice, you MUST boil it on the stove for a few minutes to pasteurize it. Raw elderberry juice is a gastrointestinal risk.

    elderberry juice and date syrup
  2. Mix 4 Tbl boiling hot water with the gelatin powder. Stir until mixed and dissolved thoroughly and no lumps remain.

    gelatin and hot water
  3. Pour gelatin water into the elderberry juice/date syrup mixture. Blend well.

    mixing gelatin into elderberry mixture
  4. Carefully fill the silicone candy molds 3/4 full with elderberry mixture. Each mold will hold about 1 tsp of the elderberry juice mixture.

    *If you don't have candy molds, make the elderberry jello in one large bowl and then once set, scoop out jello shots one at a time with a melon baller.

    Refrigerate for 4+ hours or overnight. 

    elderberry jello in molds
  5. When set, pop the elderberry jello shots out of the molds one at a time as needed placing the mold back in the fridge after each use. Use 1-4 bites per day per child. 1 after each meal works very well.

    elderberry jello shot

Recipe Notes

I recommend California date syrup for this recipe as it is thinner and mixes better than date syrup from other parts of the world.

If you are using fresh pressed elderberry juice for this recipe, you must boil it for a few minutes first before making the jello. Raw elderberry juice is a gastrointestinal risk.

If using pasteurized commercial elderberry juice, the recipe works best when the juice is about room temperature when you blend in the date syrup and gelatin/water mixture. If the juice is cold right out of the refrigerator, sometimes little chucks of gelatin form in the jello, compromising the texture slightly.

Silicone candy molds are safe as they are not heated.

Do not use collagen hydrolysate (peptides) or hydrolyzed collagen as this will not gel the liquid. Only plain gelatin should be used.

Nutrition Facts
Elderberry Jello Bites
Amount Per Serving (1 tsp)
Calories 15
% Daily Value*
Total Carbohydrates 3.5g 1%
Protein 0.3g 1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.