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 blackberries that are full of vitamins and nutrients. Here is a list of 15 amazing recipes you can make by using whether fresh or dried elderberries with a few additional ingredients!
- Elderberry Jam (No Pectin)
- Elderberry Syrup
- Elderberry Tea
- Elderberry Cake (Gluten Free)
- Elderberry Gummies (Vegetarian)
- Elderberry Powder
- Elderberry Ice Cream (In an Ice Cream Maker)
- Elderberry Cough Drops (3 Ingredients)
- Fermented Elderberry Infused Honey
- Elderberry Pie
- Elderberry Vinegar
- Elderberry & Blueberry Cake Roll
- Elderberry Muffins (Vegan)
- Smoothie Bowl
- No Bake Power Balls
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One thing you need to know before grabbing a bucket to pick elderberries in the wild is there are two types of elderberry trees/bushes. One is edible and the other one is not! So it is important to sort out the difference before you step out the door.
Elderberries are not as nice to eat on their own, and this is why I wanted to share this round up with you. Don't discard those wild berries! They contain a boost of nutrients and vitamins and can benefit your household.
Rather, make these delicious recipes with them! Let's get right into it!
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! Also, it's a great alternative sweetener for a cup of tea.
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!
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!
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!
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!
All you need for this recipe is dried elderberries and a grinder. You can use elderberry powder for jelly, jam, and muffins, as a flavoring for yogurts or oatmeal, and you can use it to make lollipops, gummies, syrup, teas, and even wine. Check out the recipe for more details!
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 whole batch of ice cream. The liquor helps with the ice cream texture as well as adds to the overall flavor of the dessert!
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!
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 develop during the fermentation. A great remedy for cold and flu symptoms!
Delicious elderberry pie calls for common ingredients and is pretty easy to make. A great recipe for a Fall family dinner table!
This is a great alternative for balsamic vinegar and serves as a great dressing! You might need to let your vinegar mature for a couple weeks to get rid of the harshness.
This cake is soft, flavorful, and all together delicious. You will need blueberry elderberry preserves to make this recipe. However, you can simply use your elderberry preserves instead if that is what you have!
Elderberry Muffins (Vegan)
This recipe is quick, easy, and is made with fresh elderberries. Muffins are generally one of the easiest baking recipes out there, so this option is a quick-win if you are on a busy schedule!
When you want to start your day with a refreshing and energy boosting smoothie bowl, use your fresh elderberries in it! You can add an infinite amount of fruits and nuts in this recipe.
These can serve as a great snack both for you and for your kids. These are made with oats, so if you want a gluten-free version, make sure to use gluten-free certified oats. This recipe uses elderberry syrup, and guess what, you can make your own with the recipe I listed at the top of this post!
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