Updated: Dec 17, 2021
These fruity gummies are delicious and are a perfect way to get some immune supporting nutrients into your child’s daily diet without the added sugar.
Black elderberry has been used for years to help support the immune system by protecting our bodies cells from harm. Elderberries are a concentrated source of flavonoids called anthocyanins and are responsible for the dark colour of the skins.
Ascorbic Acid or Vitamin C is also an antioxidant like black elderberry and helps to support the immune system. It’s a water soluble vitamin which means we need to take it daily because it is not stored in the body. Vitamin C is better taken through out the day rather than all in one go as your body can only absorb so much in one go and the rest comes out in your urine. Adding vitamin C to these gummies not only adds in some extra immune support but it adds a slight sourness to the flavour.
Raspberries for extra flavour and more Vitamin C and antioxidants and my daughters favourite fruit!
Collagen Peptides & Gelatin
They both come from the same source, they are a protein made of amino acids (glycine, proline and hydroxyproline) and eating them contributes to the making of our own collagen. Gelatin is heated collagen that when cooled turns to jelly. There is a great article on Bare Biology giving more detail about the differences between gelatin and collagen.
We need collagen to maintain healthy cartilage and therefore it helps with joint pain. Collagen helps build muscle mass, support bone health, reduce hair loss and improve skin tone. Our bodies need vitamin C to help make our own collagen and so these gummies contain the perfect combination.
These gummies are an enticing way to get some goodness into your children without the added E-numbers and sugar from commercial sweets. I used small moulds in different shapes to make them interesting and played around with different flavours to see which one my daughter liked the best.
Other flavours I tried: apple and Montmorency cherry flavour and a vanilla and oat milk probiotic flavour.
Immunity Gummie Recipe
150ml of warm water
one handful of frozen raspberries
2 tsp of Elderberry syrup
2 tsp of collagen powder
3 tsp of gelatin powder
¼ tsp of ascorbic acid optional
Heat the frozen raspberries in your 150ml of hot water until melted.
Strain the liquid through a sieve into a glass jug and discard the seeds.
Add the strained liquid back onto the stove and stir in 2 tsp of collagen and 3 tsp of gelatin then whisk until blended in to the liquid.
Take off the heat and add 2 tsp of black elderberry syrup and ¼ tsp of ascorbic acid
Pour liquid back into the glass jug and pour into silicon gummie moulds.
Leave in the fridge to cool overnight.