Vegan Honey

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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!

A jar of dark vegan honey resting on a white ceramic plate.
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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!

Dried flowers resting on a white plate next to an open jar of honey substitute.
A jar of a dark liquid on a dark wooden table framed by green plants.

🍯 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.

A top view of an open jar of honey alternative.
An open jar of honey resting on a ceramic plate drizzled with a honey dipper.

📋 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.
A honey dipper dipping into a clear jar of dark liquid.
Aunlight hitting an open jar of vegan honey giving a rich golden hue.

🔪 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!

A saucepan filled with the liquid ingredients.

🥣 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.
A wooden honey dipper drizzling honey into an open clear jar.

💭 Frequently Asked Questions

Can I replace the coconut sugar with a different sugar?

Yes! This recipe works with any granulated sugar, including raw.

Can I use different juices in this recipe?

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.

Why tapioca starch?

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!

Why maple syrup?

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.

How do I store vegan honey?

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.

Atop shot of a honey dipper coated in extra golden shiny liquid.

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  1. 5 stars
    This vegan honey really does taste just like real honey!! I was so happy to have a plant based alternative to regular honey too!

  2. 5 stars
    What a great idea! I am so glad to find his recipe as honey is something you miss out on as a vegan. Perfect!

  3. 5 stars
    Absolutely love this recipe and will be sharing it with my vegan friends. Thank you so much!

  4. 5 stars
    What a brilliant recipe! Thank you for developing this tasty vegan honey that’s such a perfect accompaniment to toast, biscuits, tea, and many recipes. Another winner from Moon and Spoon and Yum!

  5. 5 stars
    This recipe is actually amazing!! The perfect vegan substitute and great on so many things!

  6. 5 stars
    Oh my, I cannot wait to make this, having some ladies over for a tea party and one of my friends while not vegan is allergic to honey! So this will be perfect, looks simple and delicious!

  7. 5 stars
    Wow! this recipe took me by surprise. Who would have thought you could make your own delicious healthy honey. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  8. 5 stars
    I love that this is refined sugar free and that it is easy to make! Hope to make some; thanks for sharing!

  9. 5 stars
    As a healthy foodie this recipe ticks all the right boxes, coconut sugar and agave are usually my go to but I will definitely be trying this once I get some orange/apple juice this week, thank you so much!