A delightfully sweet and mild breakfast syrup perfect to pour over pancakes or oatmeal! This sweet elderberry breakfast syrup is not only delicious but also helps boost your immune system keeping you in tip top shape to fight off colds! Who wouldn’t want a little bit of germ fighting punch served along side their pancakes?
Why use elderberries?
Elderberry syrup has long been used for its cold fighting and immune boosting properties. Its actually known as one of THE top anti-viral herbs on the planet.
Woah. That is pretty powerful. I don’t know about you, but I definitely want to have that kind of anti-viral power at my disposal when germs and sickies come knocking at my door.
Scientists in Journal of International Medical Research have actually found that, when taken within the first 48 hours of symptom onset, this herb might even help shorten the duration and severity of the cold and flu (source).
Using elderberries has been found to be beneficial with the following:
- Cold and flu
- Chronic fatigue
- Sinus infections
- Lowering blood sugar
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Where to find elderberry syrup?
If you aren’t sure where to get elderberry syrup from, I would suggest supporting a small business by finding someone local to you or searching Etsy.
You can also grow elderberries and learn how to preserve them yourself, cool right? Heres a link about it.
Now that you’ve made some elderberry syrup…how do you make it into sweet breakfast syrup?
You could just pour it straight onto your warm delicious breakfast…but maybe go one step further and spice things up a little!
I really enjoy making this breakfast syrup to get those germ and virus fighting properties into picky eaters without a single complaint.
Lets go into detail on how to make this sweet elderberry breakfast syrup-
First, you’ll take a little bit of that elderberry syrup that you’ve made and add it to a sauce pan.
Then you will add maple syrup, blueberries and apples or pears and let that sit for a bit until everything is softened and heated through.
Once things are stirred and heated nicely, you add a squeeze of lemon juice to even out the sweet flavors.
And presto, you’ve got a great immune boosting elderberry breakfast syrup ready to go.
How long will my elderberry breakfast syrup keep?
I store my syrup in a glass jar with a tight lid in the fridge and try to use it up within the week.
I’ve seen others talk about freezing plain elderberry syrup to prolong its life, I would guess to say that the same could be done here as well.
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How do I use this breakfast syrup?
Simple, heat it up and pour it on!
You could probably use this cold in a smoothie even if you wanted to use it up as well.
I primarily use this sweet elderberry breakfast syrup on pancakes, oatmeal and French toast. Poured over muffins would probably be great too!
Elderberry Breakfast Syrup Recipe
- 3 tablespoons prepared Elderberry Syrup ( recipe link at top of blog post)
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 3 ripe pears or apples peeled and chopped into bite size pieces
- Squeeze of lemon
- Add all ingredients except lemon juice into medium size sauce pan and simmer on medium/low heat
- Stir well as ingredients heat up
- Keep the sauce pan on the heat until your blueberries and pears are heated through and soft- about 10 minutes or so.
- Let cool and add lemon juice
Any extra leftovers of this breakfast syrup are stored in an airtight container in the fridge for later use. I try to use them up within the week.
A word to the wise…
Raw uncooked or prepared elderberries contain a cyanide producing chemical which can cause diarrhea and vomiting. If you plan to make elderberry syrup please be safe and do your research.
Follow common dosing recommendations to avoid risks and side affects.
Please consult with your physician or child pediatrician to see if using elderberry syrup will react with any medications you are on or if you are unsure of allergic reactions.