This delicious vegan alternative to honey makes the perfect vegan honey substitute for your favorite recipes. Naturally vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free and refined sugar-free. It tastes just like honey!
This recipe comes courtesy of a request I received from a reader. It was brought to my attention that I have quite a few honey-centered recipes on my site, as well as a large vegan reader base, so I set off to create a vegan honey alternative that is vegan, tastes like honey and is cruelty free. I think I’ve succeeded! I’ve since used this vegan honey just as you would a conventional honey and it works beautifully as a 1:1 substitute. I hope you enjoy!
🍯 Veganism and Honey
Is honey vegan? As veganism is defined, no it is not. However, some people who are otherwise vegan, do allow for the use of honey. Just like many things in life, it comes down to personal choice and ethics.
📋 Recipe Features
- Creamy, sticky and drippy (just like honey!).
- Rich and sweet, with honey-like undertones.
- Works 1:1 as a substitute for conventional honey.
- Easy to make.
- Stores well.
- Vegan, dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free.
🔪 How to Make
This recipe simply involves simmering some ingredients together for some time in a pot on the stovetop and allowing it to cool before using and serving. Easy peasy!
🥣 How to Use
- Drizzle on pancakes, waffles, and french toast.
- Stir into tea (great in chamomile tea!) or coffee.
- Used in baked goods just as you would other liquid sweeteners like agave nectar, maple syrup, brown rice syrup, or, of course, traditional honey from bees.
💭 Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! This recipe works with any granulated sugar, including raw.
The combination of orange and apple juices in this recipe really is what creates a honey-like flavor in this recipe, however, you can replace the juices and experiment as you would like for some still-delicious natural sweeteners! You can even use orange peel powder instead of orange juice.
I tested this recipe a variety of ways and—hands down—the consistency (and slight sweetness) that tapioca provides really creates the closest flavor and texture to that of honey. You can still come up with some delicious flavored sweetener sans tapioca or with other thickeners of choice, but I was really aiming for the honey flavor with this recipe!
Maple syrup contains a compound called vanillin which is also found in vanilla bean itself. This subtle addition of maple syrup really adds some nice rich, vanilla undertones that round out the flavors and contribute to a honey-like taste.
With good care and the use of a jar with a tightly screwed-on lid, this bee-free honey will keep in the fridge for up to 6 months.
🥣 More Vegan Condiments You Might Enjoy
Delicious Vegan Honey
- 2 cups apple juice no added sugar
- 2 cups coconut sugar or any granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons orange juice pulp free, no added sugar
- 5 tablespoons tapioca starch
- In a saucepan over high heat combine apple juice, sugar, water, maple syrup, lemon juice and orange juice. Bring to a boil, turn heat to medium-low and let simmer (uncovered) for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Using a ladle, scoop about 1 cup of the mixture into a mixing bowl and add the tapioca starch. Whisk until smooth, then pour the mixture back into the saucepan. Simmer for 5 minutes longer, stirring frequently.
- Turn off the heat and let the vegan honey cool before storing and/or serving. It will continue to thicken as it cools and thicken even more after refrigeration. Keep stored in the refrigerator in a tightly closed jar for up to 6 months.