Elderberry Marshmallows Recipe (Immune Boosting & Kids Love)

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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.

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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!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Mixing Time 15 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 50 minutes
Calories 63kcal
Author Katie Wells





  • Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish with coconut oil, or line with parchment paper, leaving some on the sides to be able to pull up.
  • Bring the dried elderberries, spices (if using), and the 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, just 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 into the lined/greased dish and smooth 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.


Nutrition Facts
Elderberry Marshmallows Recipe
Amount Per Serving (2 g)
Calories 63
% Daily Value*
Sodium 7mg0%
Carbohydrates 14.5g5%
Sugar 12.5g14%
Protein 1.6g3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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. 

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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!

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


37 responses to “Elderberry Marshmallows Recipe (Immune Boosting & Kids Love)”

  1. Christine Avatar

    Can I make these with fresh elderberry jucice as opposed to dried berries? If so, what’s the ratio?

  2. Jana Avatar

    I’ll be picking fresh elderberries in my neighbourhood soon…can I use these instead or do they have to be dried?

  3. Alex Avatar

    These are so yummy! My son asked for them when he got the flu. Thanks for the treat!

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