Homemade Immune Boosting Gummies (Elderberry Gummy Bears, With Video)
Healthy, homemade immune-boosting gummies are a staple during cold season (along with these homemade cough drops). These elderberry gummy bears are flavored with acai powder, raw honey and contain no artificial fruit juices. Learn how to make homemade gummy bears and boost your immune system while enjoying a tasty snack!
Making homemade healthy gummy bears is a sure-fire way to boost the immune system during cold and flu season.
However, many recipes call for added fruit juice. Instead, these immune-boosting gummies are made without juice or dyes. This gives them maximum health benefits.
Plus, the homemade gummies are:
- Simple to make
- A fun snack for kids
- A great idea for non-candy advent calendar ideas
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How To Make Homemade Gummies
Learning how to make gummies can seem daunting as there are a few “tricks of the trade”.
You can check out the video above for a quick view of how to make them. Likewise, here is a quick Facebook video that contains a few more helpful tips (and a lot of what not to do).
Which Gelatin To Choose
The quality of the gelatin you use will impact the quality and potency of the gummies. Thus, don’t just grab any old brand.
Gelatin comes from animal bones. So, you want to make sure the animals used are also healthy.
These gummies are made with gelatin from Perfect Supplements. Their gelatin (like their bone broth powder) is made from pasture-raised (grass-fed) cows. It’s natural, non-GMO and pesticide, and hormone-free.
Plus, it melts well into the mixture and ensures the gummy bears don’t come out “gritty”.
Moreover, these are foods that all kids should have in their diet because they’re such great immune boosters.
Grab your gelatin from Perfect Supplements and use code mamabear10 to save some money.
Do Gummies Boost The Immune System?
It depends on how the gummy bears are made.
Gummies made from fruit juices and sugar are more candy-like and will not help your immune system.
However, homemade gummy bears that have no fruit juices or added processed sugars, are dye-free, and contain anti-inflammatory ingredients will boost the immune system.
Raw Honey: these gummies use raw honey. The honey is whisked in while the liquid is warm (not boiling) to preserve its properties. Raw honey is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. Furthermore, it's a great help to the immune system (learn more about the benefits of using raw honey).
Elderberries: elderberries have been a staple for cold and flu season for years. They’re used most in homemade cough syrup (And if you don't know what to do with the berries after making syrup with them- reuse them to make elderberry tea!) because they have such immune-boosting properties. However, make sure to use them cooked. Elderberries by themselves can have toxic effects.
Acai Powder: a small fruit with a big punch of antioxidants. This is one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. Thus, another thing to grab from Perfect Supplements.
Coconut Water: super hydrating and extremely similar to our own blood plasma. Coconut water is one of the best ways to replenish electrolytes.
How Long Do They Last
These immune-boosting gummies need to be stored in the fridge. Keeping them at room temperature will not only cause them to melt slightly but they would also go bad pretty quickly.
However, if stored in the fridge in an airtight container, the gummies should last 2-3 weeks.
FAQ’s & Tips
How many the batch makes will depend on the mold you choose. Do not use the very small molds as the gummy bears are horrific to remove. Instead, use regular candy molds.
You can eat 1-2 gummies each day when trying to boost your immune system.
When making the gummy bears, you need to move fast.
Gelatin binds very quickly. So, if it’s not mixed properly you end up with problems. Common problems are:
- half-hard gummies
- only half the batch too hard and the other batch too liquid
So, make sure everything is ready before you mix the gelatin.
These particular homemade gummies are a bit dense for my personal liking, but my daughter loves them. Give them a shot and then tweak as needed for your next batch (lower the amount of gelatin by a tablespoon)
Cough & Cold Tips
Below are a few other helpful resources you may love if you're looking to boost your immune system and beat cold season!
How To Make Homemade Gummies – Berry Blaster Flavor
- ½ cup frozen blueberries
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1.5 tablespoons freeze-dried elderberries
- ⅓ cup water
- ½ tbs perfect supplements acai powder
- ¼ cup of coconut water
- 2.5 tbs gelatin
- ⅓ cup boiling water
I get my elderberries (freeze-dried) from well.ca!
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Immune Boosting Homemade Gummies – DF/GF
These immune-boosting homemade gummy bears make an awesome snack for kids! They’re gluten and dairy-free, full of berry-blasting nutrients, and contain everything you need to support your gut and immune system!
Kids love the color (and the fact that they’re gummy bears!) and the taste and as a mom, I love the ingredients.