10 Amazing Elderberry Recipes (Easy!)

Elderberry jam, honey, ice cream, and pie

If you spot an elderberry tree in the wild or in your own backyard (like I did), you can make plenty of delicious things by using those black berries that are full of vitamins and nutrients. Here is a list of 6 amazing recipes you can make by using whether fresh or dried elderberries with a few additional ingredients!

1. Elderberry Jam (No Pectin)

Elderberry Jam spread on a piece of Bread
Elderberry jam is great on toast!

You can make elderberry jam by using fresh ripe elderberries that you can find in the wild (or in your backyard!), slightly unripe apples, lemon juice, and sugar. This jam is not found in most grocery stores, yet, is a healthy and delicious condiment to add to your breakfasts and desserts!


2. Elderberry Syrup

elderberry-syrup-in-a-bottle
You can store your elderberry syrup in a tall bottle with a seal for convenience.

Elderberry syrup can be used throughout the year to flavor your drinking water turning it into delicious fruit juice. This recipe only requires dried elderberry, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and raw honey and is ready in less than one hour!


3. Healthy Elderberry Tea

Elderberry tea in a cup
You can drink elderberry tea warm or cold. It is full of Fall spices and is great for a cold evening.

This recipe calls for similar ingredients as elderberry syrup: dried elderberries, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, ginger, and honey. The process is very similar to elderberry syrup making, the difference is that with the tea you get is not as sweet and concentrated. You could make this tea by using elderberry syrup as well!


4. Elderberry Cake (Gluten Free)

Elderberry Lemon Curd
This elderberry curd is decorated with figs, blueberries, and blackberries for a deeper flavor profile.

This elderberry cake’s crust is made with crushed almonds and dates and filled with delicious elderberry curd. The recipe is very easy to make, so if you’ve got some elderberry juice then all you need is some staple pantry ingredients to complete the recipe!


5. Elderberry Gummies (Vegetarian)

elderberry gummies in hands
You can grab a handful of these healthy gummies and snack as you go!

You wouldn’t believe how simple this recipe is! All it requires is 3 ingredients – elderberry syrup, honey (or another sweetener of choice), and a gelling agent like agar agar. This is a delicious and healthy snack full of vitamins!


6. Elderberry Powder

Elderberry Powder in a small bowl
Elderberry powder is a great substitute for dried elderberries if you would like a smoother texture.

All you need for this recipe is dried elderberries and a grinder. You can use elderberry powder for jelly, jam, muffins, as a flavoring for yogurts or oatmeal, you can use it to make lollipops, gummies, syrup, teas, and even wine. Check out the recipe for more details!


7. Elderberry Ice Cream (In an Ice Cream Maker)

elderberry ice cream on a plate
Serve the ice cream on its own or along with some cake!

This recipe will require an ice cream maker. The special ingredients in this recipe are fresh elderberries and a touch of elderberry liquor. You don’t need a whole lot of liquor, just a tablespoon per the whole batch of ice cream. The liquor helps with the ice cream texture as well as adds to the overall flavor of the dessert!


8. Elderberry Cough Drops (3 Ingredients)

Elderberry Cough Drops on a table
These cough drops don’t only look like candy, they also taste like it!

This recipe only calls for freeze-dried elderberries, honey, water, and coconut oil. Super easy recipe to make! Elderberries are full of vitamins and help in soothing flu symptoms. A great choice for the cold seasons!


9. Fermented Elderberry Infused Honey

fermented elderberry honey in a jar
The berries on the top of the jar need to be strained before eating the honey.

This honey is not just infused with elderberries, it is also left to ferment so that you don’t only get the benefits of honey and elderberry but the good bacteria that develops during the fermentation. A great remedy for cold and flu symptoms!


10. Elderberry Pie

elderberry pie in the pan
You can make the pie in a cast iron pan for a crispier crust!

Delicious elderberry pie calls for common ingredients and is pretty easy to make. A great recipe for a Fall family dinner table!


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Have you made any of these recipes? Share your experience and questions in the comment section below!

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