Eat What You Love Sneak Peek : Elderberry “Cold Buster” Gummies

purple LEGO shaped gluten free gummies on a marble table

It is officially less than 3 weeks until the release of my 4th cookbook Eat What You Love! This is a sneak peek gluten free gummies recipe packed with collagen for “cold busting”.

In addition to the easy sheet pan, Instant Pot, and slow cooker meals in the book, I also included an entire snacks chapter, and these little gummies along with an additional flavor can be found there. I love using Vital Proteins grass-fed beef gelatin to make these little fruit snacks, and I feel great knowing that my kids are getting the immune-support from the gelatin, as well as from the elderberry syrup. They're also packed with antioxidants and probiotics, all of which is great for gut and immune health.

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I use this Vital Proteins gelatin in tons of things – but the main thing that sets it apart from the collagen peptides is that it makes liquids gel. Think puddings, fruit jello, and gummy bears or fruit snacks. It can also work to help thicken a stew slightly! I started introducing gelatin and collagen into my diet years ago through homemade bone broth and powders like these to continue to heal my gut and to support my immune system. I don't go a day without it in some form, and this is an easy way to get a little bit into my kid's diets too. I also put a little collagen into smoothies for them, and they often eat soup with the homemade goodness.

Enjoy these little gluten free gummies during cold and flu season, and pre-order a copy of my book to unlock all of those other recreations of treats from your youth! 🙂 

Eat What You Love Sneak Peek : Elderberry “Cold Buster” Gummies


SERVES: 96 small gummies

Cuisine: American

Category: Snacks

PREP TIME: 15 mins

COOK TIME: 180 mins TOTAL TIME: 195 mins



  1. Place the elderberries and 1 cup water in a saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil. Turn the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 1 hour. Strain the elderberry juice through a fine-mesh sieve and return the juice to the saucepan. Discard the elderberries. Add the apple, pomegranate, and lemon juices.
  2. Sprinkle the gelatin over the mixed juice mixture. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes, until the gelatin has absorbed most of the liquid.
  3. Return the pan to medium heat and warm until the liquid is steaming but not boiling, then whisk until the gelatin has completely dissolved. Let the mixture cool to room temperature. Whisk in the honey and the contents of the probiotic capsule.
  4. Use a turkey baster or medicine dropper to fill candy molds with the mixture. Refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours, until set.
  5. Store the fruit snacks in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2 weeks.

Tidbits: If the mixture begins to solidify before the molds are full, warm it in a saucepan over low heat until it liquefies again.
If using another brand of gelatin, use 1 tablespoon less than what is called for.

*If you don’t have silicone candy molds, pour the mixture into glass baking dishes, filling them about1⁄2 inch up the sides, then cut into squares once the gummies are chilled and set.

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