My absolute favorite syrup to use for pancakes, waffles, and making fruit dips is Young Living's Ningxia Berry Syrup. Then, it went out of stock, and I started thinking: Is there a cheaper (and healthier) way to make the homemade Ningxia Berry Syrup than to use Ningxia Red? That led to some time in the kitchen with my kids, creating this homemade wolfberry syrup recipe.
That's when it all clicked in my mind. I could get a 16 oz bag of dried wolfberries for $28.50. Dried elderberries aren't expensive to purchase and can grow almost anywhere if you have space in your yard for them. Tart cherries are also fairly simple to grow, but you can also find concentrated tart cherry juice easily too. We do grow our own elderberry and tart cherry bushes in our yard but often supplement with purchasing them locally or online.
Why wolfberries, elderberries, and tart cherry juice? I'll explain after giving you the recipe!
Plus, we'll chat about different ways to use your wolfberry syrup.
Homemade Wolfberry Syrup Recipe (A Ningxia Berry Syrup Alternative)
As mentioned earlier, this is a great alternative to the Ningxia Berry Syrup by Young Living.
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Homemade Wolfberry Syrup Recipe Ingredients
One batch of this recipe makes approximately 2 and 3/4 cups of Syrup.
- 3 ½ cups water
- 1/3 cup of dried elderberries
- 1/3 cup of organic dried wolfberries (can also be replaced with Gogi Berries)
- 1/4 cup of concentrated tart cherry juice (this is my favorite, but you can also buy it on Amazon)
- 1 cup of raw local honey
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 drops each of Lemon Vitality and Orange Vitality Essential Oils
This recipe can be made on the stove or in the instant pot.
Homemade Wolfberry Syrup Directions (Stovetop):
- Add berries and water to a large saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Lower heat and simmer until liquid reduces by half (takes about an hour)
- Using a spoon, mash the berries and then pour through a strainer into a large bowl
- Allow your mixture to cool to slightly above room temperature
- Add the honey, and once you have it mixed in well, add the essential oils
- Pour Syrup into jars or bottles
Homemade Wolfberry Syrup Directions (Instant Pot):
- Add berries and water into the Instant Pot and cook for 8 minutes.
- Allow for the natural pressure release.
- Stain the liquid from the berries into a large bowl.
- If the liquid measures more than 1 ¾ cups place it back in the Instant Pot, and using the Saute setting, reduce the liquid to 1 ¾ cups (watching it carefully)
- Once the liquid has reduced, pour it into a large glass bowl
- Allow your mixture to cool to slightly warmer than room temperature
- Add the honey and essential oils
- Pour syrup into jars or bottles
*Store in the fridge for up to 2 months.
Clever Ways To Use Your Wolfberry Syrup
- Drizzle on top of pancakes, waffles, and crepes
- Use as a topping for your favorite homemade ice cream or other favorite dessert.
- Add to your favorite smoothie or homemade juice for a touch of sweetness, nutrition, and extra flavor.
- Use as flavoring for a homemade Paleo frosting
- Add to your homemade yogurt recipe for a unique, fun flavor
- Whip 2 tsp of the Wolfberry Syrup and 1 tsp vanilla extract with 1 cup of cream cheese and 1/4 cup of maple syrup or honey to create a delicious fruit dip
- Use as a base for homemade Wolfberry-elderberry gummies
- Ingest a tsp each day to help support your immune system
Of course, you can add other oils to it, too (like Thieves Vitality or any citrus Vitality oil) to create additional flavor options.
How Do You Use Your Homemade Wolfberry Syrup?
Have you made your own homemade wolfberry syrup? Tell us about it in the comments!