Instant Pot Elderberry Syrup

Since becoming a mom of two and sending our toddler to preschool I try to do as much as I can to prevent sickness from spreading in our house. That is when we started using Elderberry Syrup. My husband and I usually only take it on an as need basis but I give my son Elderberry Syrup every day.

Elderberry Syrup is known to:
– Reduce Inflammation
– Reduce Cold Duration
– Fight the Flu

At first I was buying Elderberry Syrup. If you want to buy it and don’t want to make your own here is what we used: Organic Elderberry Syrup
But I wasn’t a fan of the other ingredients listed and I found that it was cheaper to make my own. So below you will find an easy and fast way to make your own elderberry syrup.

Make your own Elderberry Syrup:

Ingredients:
– 1 cup of dried elderberries
– 3 cinnamon sticks
– 4 cups of water
– 1/4 tsp of ground cloves
– 1 tbsp fresh ginger/ or ginger cut into 1/4
– 1 cup raw honey

Instructions:
1. Place Elderberries, cinnamon sticks, water, ground cloves, and ginger into the Instant Pot.
2. Put the lid on and turn nob to SEALING, Set Instant Pot to manual for 12 minutes.
3. Once the pot has finished turn to QUICK release, then turn on the sauté function for an additional 10 minutes.
4. Turn off your instant pot and grab a potato masher; Use this to get additional syrup out of your elderberries. Then poor through a strainer, make sure all berries are removed and keep only the syrup, discard the rest of the ingredients.
5. Wait for elderberry syrup to reach room temperature and add 1 cup of raw honey.
6. Store in your refrigerator. I like to store mine in a mason jar.

Recommend Dosage:
Daily Maintenance: Adults; 10mL/day Children; 5mL/day
Intensive Use: Adults; 10mL/4xday Children; 5mL/4xday
If you have any questions regarding the use of elderberry syrup of course consult you doctor first.


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IP Must haves!

So have you bought your Instant Pot? If you haven’t, you should!

Having an Instant Pot makes life so much easier! Now that I have had mine for a while and cooked a wide verity of meals I have found my top 5 accessories that make the Instant Pot even better!

Top 5 Instant Pot Must Haves!

1. Stainless Steel Inner Cooking Pot

Your Instant Pot already comes with one Inner Pot61zteQNThkL._SL1500_but having a second one has been a game changer for me. With an additional pot you can store on in the refrigertor with left overs or when you are cooking more than one thing you can prepare two meals and cook them back to back. You can buy one here .

2. Silicone Lid Cover

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Are you storing your left overs? Or prepared a meal that you’re taking with you to a party? Then you need one of these covers. It fits over the inner pot perfectly with no leaking. I ordered 2 for each pot. You can get one here.

3. Silicone Egg Bite Molds

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This is one of my favorite accessories for the Instant Pot, with it  you can make:
-Egg Bites
-Muffins
-Mini meatloaf bites
-Baby Food; if you have a baby these are the perfect size to make your own.
I would say get one of these as your first purchase for your Instant Pot. Get one here.

4. Steamer Basket

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Any type of veggie, hard-boiled eggs or if you’re making homemade broth. The steamer basket is perfect for this. There are 2 options for the steamer baskets and you can get them both here or here.

5.Silicone Loaf Pan

I just recently got one of these and I’m already loving it. This loaf pan is perfect for making your own bread, cakes and meatloaf. The loaf pan was also very inexpensive. You can get one here. 71Vm8lgdVoL._SL1500_

So once you have your Instant Pot or if you already have it, these are the best most usable accessories to ease cooking. Let me know if you decided to try these and how it goes. Enjoy cooking in your Instant Pot!

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Banana Muffins (Whole30, Paleo)

We are in week 3 of Whole30 and feeling great! I’m not going to say that I still don’t really want a Reese cup or have a desire to have a piece of stuffed crust pepperoni pizza, BUT we are feeling good and seeing the difference that it is already making in the way we feel.

This week I decided to make a new recipe for banana muffins. I made these in the oven and in the Instant Pot. I wanted to try out both ways of cooking to see if one was better or easier over the other.

The difference in the two:
The Instant Pot: The muffins were good and moist, but my husband and I both felt like something was missing.
Oven: This was perfect for us. The muffins were still moist but had a crisper outside.

Check out the recipe below and let me know what you think!


Whole 30 Banana Muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: Instant Pot: 8 minutes; Oven: 20 minutesIMG_1297

Ingredients:
– 2 ripe bananas
– 1/2 cup apple sauce: I made me own apple sauce, you can find the recipe here
– 1/4 cup coconut oil
– 3 eggs
– 2 cups almond flour
– 1 tsp baking powder
– 1 tsp baking soda
– 2 tbsp cinnamon

Instructions:
1. Add all ingredients into your KitchenAid, or a bowl to mix with your hand-held mixer.

Instant Pot:
2. Add all ingredients into your silicone tray
3. Cover with Foil
4. Place 1 cup of water and trivet to the bottom of your instant pot.
5. Put silicone tray in Instant Pot
6. Set to manual high pressure for 8 minutes. Then QR. Enjoy!

Oven:
3. Preheat Oven to 350ºF
4. Line muffin tin with liners
5. Add mixture evenly in liners
6. Bake for 20 minutes. Enjoy!


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