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Vegan Honey

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Vegan Honey is so easy to make at home and has so many applications. Sweeten cold or hot beverages, drizzle it over vegan fried chicken or baked tofu, or use it as an ingredient in sauces and/or baking. You only need 20 minutes and 4 ingredients to make this super easy vegan honey.

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It’s no secret that honey is not vegan, but I still miss it after all these years. Agave syrup is pretty good, and you know I love maple syrup! But honey just hits different. 

But I’ve developed a super easy vegan honey recipe and I can’t wait to share it with you. This delicious syrup only takes 20 minutes to make and you can store it for up to 2 weeks! You will love the flavour of this vegan honey and it just has so many uses.

Try using this bee-free honey in my Hot “Honey” Dijon BBQ Tofu Bites, Vegan Honey Garlic Meatballs, or BBQ Honey Mustard Chick’n & Mushroom Caesar Wraps.

This vegan honey is also really delicious when used to sweeten tea or coffee, drizzled over toast (or on a peanut butter sandwich!), as a dip for fruit, or you can even use it in place of simple syrup when making mixed drinks.

Why You’ll Love This Vegan Honey Recipe

  • Super easy to make. Even beginners in the kitchen can make this simple recipe. It’s not hard, and all you need is a pot, a whisk, and a burner.
  • Simple ingredients. You only need 4 ingredients to make this recipe and you probably already have them on hand. And if not, add them to your next grocery store order as they’re pretty inexpensive and easy to find!
  • Delicious and versatile. This vegan honey looks, tastes, drizzles, and drips just like real honey from bees, but it’s cruelty-free and super yummy in drinks, on vegan fried chicken (and maybe waffles like my 5 minute vegan biscuit waffles!), desserts, and more. You’re going to be obsessed with this recipe!

Key Ingredients and Substitutions

  • Apple Juice: Use one you enjoy, but keep in mind that a “light” or low-sugar apple juice might not thicken enough.
  • White Sugar: Use granulated cane sugar for this recipe. In some countries (like the United States), conventional cane sugar may not be vegan (but organic usually is).
  • Lemon Juice: Fresh or bottled, doesn’t matter!
  • Agave Syrup: You only need a little agave for this vegan honey recipe. Don’t leave this out, it adds a lot to the flavour and texture of the syrup.

How to Make Vegan Honey

  1. Mix Ingredients: Add all ingredients to a pot and whisk them together.
  2. Cook: Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook for 15 minutes until mixture has thickened slightly.
  3. Storage: Let the vegan honey cool completely and pour into a glass jar or container. Store at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

Ideas for Serving

I think the better question is, where can’t you use this vegan honey? This cruelty-free honey is so versatile you’ll want to use it as your new all purpose sweetener.

Use my vegan honey in marinades and sauces like my Vegan Teriyaki Chicken (instead of the brown sugar), or mix it with hot sauce and drizzle it on top of your favourite vegan fried chicken or baked tofu.

Drizzle it over Soft & Buttery Vegan Cornbread Loaf or Vegan Jalapeño Popper Cornbread. And of course, you have to try it over still-warm muffins, like these Giant Bakery-Style Blueberry Muffins or Vegan Banana Date Muffins with Chocolate Chips. Or on biscuits like these ​​Vegan Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Biscuits or rolls like these Fluffy Vegan Dinner Rolls.

You’ll definitely want to try it on any dessert you’re serving, whether that’s ice cream or even just fruit.

Use it in mixed drinks, coffee or tea, and more. Try using this honey instead of sugar in one of these amazing coffee drinks: Oatmeal Cookie Iced Coffee, Iced Blueberry Latte, Iced Apple Crisp Macchiato, Peppermint Mocha Latte, or Gingersnap Latte!

How to Store

Simply let the vegan honey cool completely and store it in an airtight jar or container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks! If you get a lot of sunlight in your kitchen, you may want to place the jar in a cabinet where it’s dark and cool. You can also store the vegan honey in the fridge if you prefer.

Recipe FAQs

Does it taste like apples?

Since my vegan honey is made with apple juice, this is a valid question! I’d say yes, there is a hint of apple flavour, but it doesn’t taste like straight up applesauce or anything like that. It actually just really tastes like honey!

Why do vegans not eat honey?

Vegans do not eat any animal product, by-product, and many vegans won’t eat products that exploit animals. Since bee colonies are often manipulated with smoke and gas, queen bees can be killed without warning (which disrupts the hive), and bees are exploited by having their honey harvested, many vegans will not eat honey for this reason.

How do you know if vegan honey has gone bad?

It will smell sour. If your vegan honey still smells sweet, then it’s still good.

Can I halve the recipe?

You sure can! It might take less time to cook, so keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn.

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Vegan Honey


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  • Author: Liv B
  • Total Time: 20
  • Yield: 2 cups

Description

Vegan Honey is so easy to make at home and has so many applications. Sweeten cold or hot beverages, drizzle it over vegan fried chicken or baked tofu, or use it as an ingredient in sauces and/or baking.


Ingredients

  • 2 cups apple juice
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp agave

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a pot and whisk them together.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook for 15 minutes until mixture has thickened slightly.
  3. Let the vegan honey cool completely and pour into a glass jar or container. Store at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

  • Apple Juice: Use one you enjoy, but keep in mind that a “light” or low-sugar apple juice might not thicken enough.
  • White Sugar: Use granulated cane sugar for this recipe. In some countries (like the United States), conventional cane sugar may not be vegan (but organic usually is).
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 15

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