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10 Must-Try Sweet Adeline’s Elderberry Syrup Recipes

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  • Written by: Candice Wenzel Sweet Adeline’s Elderberry Company
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Did you know there are tons of ways to incorporate Sweet Adeline’s Elderberry Syrup into your everyday diet? Candice Wenzel, owner and founder of Sweet Adeline’s Elderberry Company, makes and sells elderberry syrup using organic elderberries from Three Sisters Farm, raw honey from Soffel Farms, and oranges from Jacinto Farms.

What is Elderberry Syrup?

The name elderberry syrup is quite misleading. If you haven’t heard of it before, you may automatically think it is like a blueberry or strawberry syrup thickened with sugar to add to the top of your pancakes or waffles, but that’s not what it is at all. Elderberry syrup has been around for hundreds of years. Elderberries themselves are a small berry that may have powerful antiviral properties, boost the immune system, and are loaded with things like vitamins A and C, flavonoids (specifically anthocyanins believed by some to have antioxidant properties that may prevent damage to the body’s cells and help with inflammation), fiber, and potassium. Because of the antiviral properties in elderberries, they may be helpful in relieving upper-respiratory infections, colds, and the flu, naturally as a home remedy. Sweet Adeline’s Elderberry Syrup is made with certified organic elderberries (from Three Sisters Farm in Redlands when in season). In addition to elderberries, elderberry syrup usually has honey in it, which can help with seasonal allergies, especially if the honey is from within a 50-mile radius of where you live (the closer you live to the hive, the better for your allergies). Sweet Adeline’s Elderberry Company uses raw, local honey from Colony & Keeper in Redlands, CA. And we never hot pour our elderberry syrup because that would heat the honey and kill the living enzymes in it. Our elderberry syrup also includes organic grated ginger root, organic Ceylon cinnamon, organic turmeric, organic cloves, and orange zest - each ingredient has beneficial health benefits of its own. Since we’re huge fans of elderberry syrup in our household, I like to incorporate it into some of my recipes. Here are some of our favorite recipes. If you try one, I’d love to hear your thoughts about it! Oh, and I didn’t include adding Sweet Adeline’s Elderberry Syrup to tea in my recipes, but that’s a fabulous one, too! I like the Traditional Medicinals brand because they’re organic and tastes wonderful!

Our Favorite Sweet Adeline’s Elderberry Syrup Recipes:

Oatmeal

We eat oatmeal weekly over at our house. It is one of Sweet Adeline’s favorite breakfast choices! I tend to add a ton to our oatmeal - it's kind of like a smoothie to me - it's just screaming for add-ins. And I love how long it keeps us full. 

  1. Use your favorite oatmeal (our favorite is One Degree because the oats are sprouted and organic) and start to make your oatmeal on the stove.
  2. Once oats are in the pan, add in one tablespoon of chia seeds, one tablespoon of unsweetened coconut flakes, one tablespoon of freshly ground flaxseeds, one
    tablespoon hemp hearts, one teaspoon of ceylon cinnamon, a dash of sea salt, ½ cup of coconut milk, and ½ cup of blueberries. Stir.
  3. Once oatmeal is cooked to your desired doneness, add one tablespoon of Sweet Adeline’s Elderberry Syrup and a sliced banana.  

Popsicles

Homemade popsicles are Adeline’s favorite treat! I love that I can use healthy, clean ingredients, and can add things that wouldn't normally be thought of in a popsicle (avocados, spinach, spirulina, gelatin, probiotics, etc.). 

  1. Blend two cups of water mixed with one tablespoon of HYDRATE by Goodonya (you can skip the HYDRATE add-in, but it’s a clean electrolyte and mineral powder that I love), five tablespoons of Sweet Adeline’s Elderberry Syrup, ½ cup of coconut water, one frozen banana, and juice of one orange. *Sweet Adeline loves to help measure out the ingredients and add them to the blender. She also loves to turn the blender on and off. 
  2. Pour into popsicle molds and put them in the freezer.
  3. Enjoy!

Cocktails + Mocktails

There are days when a cocktail/mocktail is in order, and when we make one, we love to add Sweet Adeline’s Elderberry Syrup. There are a ton of different ways to use elderberry syrup in a cocktail, just use it when a sweetener is called for, but our favorite is this one. And since Sweet Adeline is very much an active participant in our kitchen and loves to have everything we’re having, we make her a mocktail by omitting the whiskey. 

  • Add one shot of whiskey (I like JR Riley), 3/4 shot of Sweet Adeline’s Elderberry Syrup, juice of one orange, ½ cup of apple juice, and ice to a glass. Mix. Enjoy.
  • Making a mocktail is easy! Just omit the whiskey.

Vegan Ice Cream

When we’re in the mood for ice cream that’s not in a popsicle mold, this one is perfect! Sweet Adeline feels like she’s eating “real” ice cream and I feel good about the ingredients she’s putting into her body.

  1. Blend two frozen bananas, ½ cup of frozen mixed berries, one tablespoon of Sweet Adeline’s Elderberry Syrup, and some coconut milk (just enough to get the ingredients moving). 
  2. Pour into two bowls and enjoy.
  • If you want to make these into popsicles, add more coconut milk. 

Salad Dressing

Sweet Adeline isn’t the biggest salad lover, but when I add this dressing, she gobbles it all up and goes back for more! The first time I made it, Adeline left the kitchen table, went to her drawer in the kitchen, grabbed her stainless steel straw, brought it back to the table, stuck her straw in her bowl, and started drinking the excess dressing. She always gives her honest opinion of the food I make, so when she says she loves this one, I know it’s good! 

  • Using an 8-ounce mason jar or an old Sweet Adeline’s Elderberry Syrup bottle, add ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, ¼ cup olive oil (I like Lot22), one teaspoon of Sweet Adeline’s Elderberry Syrup, one teaspoon of Dijon mustard, one clove of garlic, and salt and pepper to taste. Shake (with the lid on) and enjoy.

Cherry, Orange, and Sweet Adeline’s Elderberry Syrup Gummies

Gummies are a big hit with most littles and adults! Plus, this is a fun way to involve the littles in making a healthy treat. Unfortunately, they don’t have the longest shelf life (about a week in the fridge), but maybe you can freeze them. Let me know if you do. 

  1. In a shallow dish, add ¼ cup fresh-squeezed orange juice and ¼ cup tart cherry juice. Sprinkle three tablespoons of gelatin (I use Bovine Gelatin) over the juice and let it sit for 3-5 minutes (this allows the gelatin to bloom, which helps it dissolve evenly when heated).
    Pro tip: Let your kids do the measuring! Sweet Adeline loves to help measure out the juice and pour it into the dish. 
  2. Heat up ⅓ cup of water over medium heat in a small saucepan and turn off the heat as soon as it starts to boil. 
  3. Add hot water to the shallow dish and whisk until gelatin has dissolved.
  4. Add ¼ cup of Sweet Adeline’s Elderberry Syrup and one tablespoon of honey or maple syrup to the dish and mix. 
  5. Quickly pour into silicone gummy molds - any shape will do. *I don’t use the dropper that comes with gummy molds - I just pour the mixture over the molds and use a spatula to spread the excess around. 
  6. Put in the refrigerator for an hour or two to set. Store in the fridge for up to a week (Good luck getting them to last that long!).

Smoothies

Smoothies are one of those things that adapt to the different stages of my life. There are so many things you can sneak into a smoothie! I had one specifically for while I was pregnant, one for while I was breastfeeding, one for dessert, one for a veggie boost, etc. For Sweet Adeline, I use smoothies to load her up on veggies and whatever else I think she needs that day. Add a tablespoon of Sweet Adeline’s Elderberry Syrup to every smoothie!

  • Add a handful of spinach, kale (removed from the stem), one frozen banana, one tablespoon of Sweet Adeline’s Elderberry Syrup, ¼ cup of apple juice, one cup of coconut water, and one cup of water or one cup of almond milk to a blender and blend until smooth. *If Adeline hasn’t taken her probiotic for the day yet, I add that, too. *I normally buy a large container of spinach and a couple of bunches of kale, steam handfuls of both spinach and kale for a quick minute or two, add it to a blender with a splash of coconut water and blend. Then I add it to large ice cube trays and use two of them in place of fresh spinach and kale in the above smoothie recipe. That way, I don’t have to worry about the produce going bad before using it and it makes it quicker when making the actual smoothie.  

Jam

Jam is something that’s often full of sugar. This recipe only uses natural sugars (raw honey in Sweet Adeline’s Edlerberry Syrup + maple syrup) and is something I feel good about when making almond butter and jam sandwich for Sweet Adeline. 

  1. Cut up 2 cups of fresh strawberries and heat over medium heat for 3-5 minutes in a saucepan. *Cutting up strawberries is a perfect job for the littles! Get them a kid-friendly knife. 
  2. After the strawberries have softened, mash them up and let them cool a bit.
    Pro tip: This is fun for the littles to help with! But be careful of the hot saucepan. 
  3. Add ¼ cup chia seeds, two tablespoons of pure maple syrup, and four tablespoons of Sweet Adeline’s Elderberry Syrup and stir. 
  4. Pour into two 8 ounce mason jars and store in the refrigerator. Enjoy within the week. You can freeze a jar, but make sure to freeze without the lid on. 

Frozen Cubes

This is a simple frozen treat that just requires Sweet Adeline’s Elderberry Syrup, an ice cube tray, and a freezer. Because of the raw honey, Sweet Adeline’s Elderberry Syrup doesn’t harden like ice, so no thawing time is required. A frozen cube can also be added to sparkling water, a mocktail, and/or cocktail. 

  1. Freeze 1 tablespoon or 1 teaspoon amounts of Sweet Adeline’s Elderberry Syrup in a silicone ice cube tray. 
  2. Once frozen, pop one out and enjoy!

THE Topping

If your heart is set on using Sweet Adeline’s Elderberry Syrup more like an actual syrup for pancakes or waffles, this recipe is for you. Sweet Adeline loves this one and often sneaks in a spoonful or two before it actually makes it to the food item. 

  1. Place a handful of fresh or frozen blueberries into a small saucepan with a tablespoon of coconut oil and heat over medium heat for 1-2 minutes.
  2. Turn off the heat and mash the blueberries with a fork or masher and let them cool a little. *This is fun for the littles, too, but be careful of the hot saucepan.
  3. Add one tablespoon of Sweet Adeline’s Elderberry Syrup and one teaspoon of pure maple syrup, and mix. 
  4. Add to pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, or applesauce.

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