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This Instant Pot Elderberry Syrup and gummy recipe can help keep your family well this cold and flu season!

As cold and flu season is quickly approaching I knew I had to share my top secret recipe that helps keep this family healthy! I’m kidding of course this has long been a method people have used to stay healthy. Before I had kids I was never sick but once I had them I felt like I was always getting whatever they had.  I first heard about Elderberry I naturally had to investigate this magical syrup right away! It has helped keep us on the up and up for years.

I have made Elderberry Syrup on the stove for years but the Instant Pot makes it even easier!

For thousands of years the Elderberry has been revered for it’s healing properties. It’s an effective way to support immune function during cold and flu season!

Elderberries are a great source of betacarotene, vitamin B6, and iron. They contain a flavonoid called anthocyanin, an antioxidant that supports immune health. It is antiviral, anti-inflammorty, and contains anticancer properties.

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Studies have shown that “chemicals in elder flower and berries may help reduce swelling in mucous membranes, such as the sinuses, and help relieve nasal congestion.”

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This elderberry syrup is a staple in our house during cold and flu season. My kiddos take a teaspoon a day and if they get sick we increase the dose to every 2-3 hours. Their favorite way to have it is in gummy form, it’s my favorite too! My husband and I take a tablespoon a day.

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These are great to have on hand to give to the kids to keep them from getting sick. Since they look like gummy bears, they love them that much more.

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Instant Pot Elderberry Syrup 

Print Recipe


  • 1 cup dried elderberries
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, cut into 4ths
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 cloves or 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup raw honey

Homemade Elderberry Gummies

  • 1 cup elderberry syrup
  • 4 tablespoons grass-fed gelatin


  • Place all ingredients, EXCEPT for the honey, inside of your Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.
  • Put the lid on your pot and make sure the valve is in the SEALING position.
  • Using the display panel select the MANUAL/PRESSURE COOK function. Use the +/- buttons and select 12 minutes.
  • When the pot has finished administer a QUICK RELEASE, move the vent valve from the SEALING position to the VENTING position. When the pressure has been released remove the lid.
  • Press the CANCEL button and select the SAUTE function (SAUTE on Less not Normal or More). Let Sauté for about 10 minutes, do this to ensure that any toxin in the seeds has been removed. Liquid will be reduced by half.  (You do not need to stir)
  • Mash berries with a potato masher and strain through a fine mesh strainer or your Instant Pot strainer basket. Add berries to your compost pile or discard. Let liquid cool to room temperature before adding the honey. You want to make sure the liquid has cooled to at least 118F to persevere the enzymes in the raw honey.
  • Store in a jar in the refrigerator for a few weeks. Children should take 1/2-1 tsp a day and adults should take 1 1/2 tsp- 1 tbsp a day during cold and flu season. During illness you can increase frequency of use to every 2-3 hours, until symptoms resolve. Our favorite way to take it is in gummy form. For longer storage, place in ice cube trays and freeze for later use.

Homemade Gummies

  • Warm elderberry syrup, add gelatin, and whisk until fully dissolved.
  • Spray molds with coconut oil. Using a medicine dropper add liquid to a silicone mold.
  • Put full molds in the fridge over night or until liquid solidifies into gummies! Approximately 3-12 hours.
Author: Brittany Williams


  1. I’ve never made this myself. How sensitive are the times? I.e. putting all together, start but didn’t quickly release pressure, so it sat a while..?

  2. Do you add the gelatin after you add the honey or do you reheat the syrup again? How warm does it need to be for the gelatin?

  3. Thanks for this recipe! Which molds do you use? I found that the gummy bear ones you posted are pretty small. How many of those would you think make a teaspoon?
    Do you happen to make vitamin c gummies as well?

    1. Fresh ingredients are usually three to one. Shouldn’t really matter too much if it’s off a bit,

      1. Thanks. Now I need to get more honey. I saw this recipe last year on the instant pot community page and I have the molds and everything else. Now. I need to make it. How much ground cinnamon should I use- like 2 tsp.?

          1. Hi Brittany,

            Finally made the syrup today and gummies. I had molds that are 1 inch tall. It made 56 gummy bears. I tried some and it isn’t bad. Should’ve made it sooner because we have a few kids with coughs and runny noses. Now just need to wait for them to form into gummies.

  4. So do you give your children 1 small gummy per day? Did I read it correctly that 1tsp =2/3 of a bear? Thanks for the idea! My children love the gummies!

    1. I have always used dried, but have seen several recipes that call for double the amount of berries if fresh.

        1. The problem with using ground ginger is you won’t get the health benefits of ginger. You will get some of the flavor. If I don’t have fresh ginger I just go without.

  5. When making the gummies, is the honey already added to the syrup? Then you reheat and add gelatin? Or does this ruin the benefits of honey?

  6. I just purchased some of the ingredients to make later this week. How tart is this syrup? I read that elderberries (which I never had before) can be pretty tart.

    I am also planning on adding the syrup to some San Pell, in order to get an elderberry soda. Thanks for the recipe!

  7. Does it effect the medicinal properties of the honey when you heat it up to add the gelatin?
    Should I just add the gelatin while warm and then stir in the honey after it cools? Thanks for the recipe, I look forward to trying it.

    1. You want to make sure the liquid is just warm as to not effect the medicinal properties of the honey. I usually add my honey and gelatin when it’s slightly warm and don’t have any issue with the gelatin dissolving.

  8. Do you recommend any other spray options? My husband is allergic to coconut oil. Also, I have a pressure cooker, not an Instapot. Do you have the alterations for cooking it without the Instapot? I want to make sure they are well cooked to rid the toxins.

  9. Do you put a label on yours? I didn’t see one here. If you had one I could print I would put it on my jars that I make for friends and would be able to give you credit:)

  10. Does it have to stay in refrigerator for few weeks before it is useable? Or is that just how long it will last?

  11. My 5 month old granddaughter will be using this as well as my daughter and son-in-law. I have raw honey, but am concerned using it with a baby. Is there an alternative?

  12. I just made this today. Thank you for the recipe! I ran into an issue trying to make the gummies the syrup and gelatin was setting up faster than I could fill the molds. ☹️ I my dropper would only fill 2-3 with each fill so didn’t think I was going too slow. I used the regular gelatin from my local grocery store. The packets we’re slightly less than a Tbsp but still just used 4. Any guess what I might have done wrong? Any suggestions? We tried the syrup and it seemed fine.

  13. I am making this now and just received my strainer. The one that the link takes you to doesn’t fit the 6 qt instant pot. Just wanted to give a heads up. The handles on it prevent it from going into the pot.
    Excited to see how this turns out!!

  14. For the gummies we followed your directions but the gelatin formed so quickly in the Bowl- had to spoon it into the molds. Did we add to much gelatin? Used 1 cup syrup to 4 tbsp of gelatin.. thanks!

  15. I have ginger juice (organic). Any idea how much I could use of that?! Also, I was wondering if I could add vitamin c powder? Any thoughts?

      1. Yes, I used gelatin and stored it in the refrigerator. I’ve been reading online that you have to “bloom” the gelatin? Is that why it didn’t process?

  16. How do you store your unused elderberries? And how long do they last. I was planning on putting them in the freezer, but want to be sure that won’t hurt them.

  17. I’m very excited to try this but I can’t seem to find the link for the gummy portion that you refer to in this post. Once I have the syrup made how do I make it i to gummies?

  18. How long does the syrup keep for ? And in the fridge ?
    And the gummies ? Are they kept in fridge and how long do they keep for ?

    1. I am pretty lax on the gummies and syrup. If it doesn’t have mold on it then they should still be good.

      Ally-Instant Loss Team

        1. Hi Carly!

          You can purchase the elderberries at Sprouts or Whole Foods. Brittany typically buys them on Amazon.

          Instant Loss Team

  19. 5 stars
    If I make a large batch (2-4 x recipe) do I need to times my cook time by the appropriate amount also? double batch = cook twice as long, and so on?? I’d like to make large batches and give some away. Thanks!

  20. So, if I make the gummies and the syrup… do we need to take both the gummies and syrup each day or just one or the other??

  21. 5 stars
    What about adding lemon oil? My kids really dislike the taste but elderberry syrup is a must in our house!

  22. My daughter is allergic to all things nut, including coconut (ALL tree nuts and peanuts) as well as sunflower (seeds and oil). What kind of oil would you recommend as a substitute? Thanks!

  23. Hello, if I were to multiply this recipe quantity by 5 would that increase the time it should be in the Insta Pot?
    Thanks for your awesome post!

  24. LOVE LOVE LOVE this recipe and making my own syrup! Just wondering how much (approximately) you usually get when you make this? I have made it before, but this time I seem to have a lot less. Thanks!

  25. Please help. You mention using strainer while pressure cooking and keeping the elderberries in the strainer while sautéing. Is this correct?

  26. I made some and used avocado oil spray. They seemed kind of wet and oily when I was done. Maybe I sprayed too much? I want to try it without oil next time. Not sure if that’s a great idea or not. Love to hear what Brittany has to say about it though.

    1. It sounds like you may have used too much oil and my dummies have stuck really bad before when I didn’t use the oil even in the silicone. It’s totally up to you if you want to give it a try though.

  27. I made elderberry syrup, set 10 minutes on my instant pot and then totally forgot about it. It sat in the pot for 1hr 10 min 😬. I followed through the instructions and sautéed with for 10 min afterwards. My question is, did I cook our all the nutrients? Ha

  28. Hi I accidently bought the beef grass fed gelatin instead of the unflavored. can i still use it for the gummies. I’ve read it shouldn’t really have a flavor but don’t want to waste my elderberries. Thank u

    1. Hello Cynthia,
      All gelatin is beef but it shouldn’t be flavored. Beef gelation comes unflavored so unless it has flavoring added to it for seem reason it should be fine.

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