15 Simple Ways to Incorporate Black Elderberry Syrup

Published on October 06, 2015

Black Elderberries have a long-held reputation for their immune-supporting properties.* The simplest, tastiest way to integrate this convenient antioxidant source into your day is to add it to your favorite foods.*

Here are some of our team's favorite ways to use Gaia Herbs Black Elderberry Syrup or GaiaKids® Black Elderberry Syrup every day. (You'll want to use one teaspoon of Black Elderberry Syrup per person-the daily suggested serving-for each of the ideas listed below.)

  1. On pancakes and waffles. Drizzle on top in place of (or in addition to) maple syrup.
  2. In yogurt. Swirl a teaspoon into plain, unsweetened yogurt (dairy or non-dairy-we like coconut!), or layer in a parfait with granola, berries and yogurt.
  3. On oatmeal. Use on top of your favorite warm breakfast; oatmeal, millet or rice congee each provide a blank canvas for the sweet and tangy flavor of Black Elderberries.
  4. Make into ice cubes. Mix with water, freeze, then add to unsweetened iced tea, lemonade or sparkling water.
  5. In condiments. The sweet taste can tone down the heat in spicy barbecue sauce, and it adds a layer of flavor to ketchup. Kids will love the purple color, too!
  6. In tea. Stir into a steaming mug of Bronchial Wellness Herbal Tea or your favorite herbal tea.
  7. In a smoothie. Add a flavor boost to any smoothie, or dip the rim of your glass to get little ones enthused about a green smoothie!
  8. In an acai bowl. Swirl on top of your superfood breakfast, or mix it right in before adding your favorite toppings.
  9. In orange juice. Swirl it in the bottom of a glass before pouring in your morning OJ to create a "Purple Sunrise."
  10. On ice cream. Drizzle onto a scoop of plain vanilla to make a sundae. Garnish with mint if you're feeling fancy.
  11. In a glaze. Mix with sriracha or another hot sauce and rub on chicken or tofu for a quick dinner.
  12. In a kombucha mocktail. Add it to top off a ginger or plain kombucha, for a twist on the classic Kir royale. Or create an Elderberry Switchel by adding it to the traditional apple cider vinegar-based drink.
  13. In compound butter. Mash with butter, minced basil and orange zest, then spread atop your morning toast or a homemade muffin.
  14. In freezer jam. Use instead of sugar in your favorite freezer jam.
  15. On fruit. Drizzle over tart and tangy fruit, like kiwi, Granny Smith apples and pineapple, for a delightful contrast.

We hope you discovered new ways to integrate Black Elderberry Syrup into your daily meals and snacks all season long. We'd love to see your ideas, so don't forget to share with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!