Elderberry syrup is a popular remedy (especially during the flu season). But there are plenty of 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 a lot of 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!
A New Take on Elderberry
Recently, I was making 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
- 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 basic 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 to only use the berries and remove the stems and leaves, as these can be toxic if eaten. The brand that I use sells organic or wildcrafted elderberries that 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, for this recipe, you need actual gelatin. 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 gently smooth the top out some.
Finishing the Marshmallow Recipe
Once the mixture has set long enough and is stiff enough to cut, you can use a knife, pizza cutter, or even sharp scissors. Just be sure they’re well-oiled or the marshmallows will stick to them. I added more oil to my knife every few cuts
I like to dust the cut marshmallows in cinnamon sometimes 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
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? How did it go? Leave me a comment and let me know!