Regardless of where you stand on the “is honey better than sugar” debate, there’s no doubt that if you’re going to use a sweetener, honey is the way to go. Rich in antioxidants, this “liquid gold” can help boost memory, suppress coughs, improve sleep and even positively impact blood pressure, cholesterol and heart health.
If you’re trying to reduce your sugar consumption, but struggling to rein in your sweet tooth, honey may be a better alternative. That said, the old refrain of “sugar is sugar” still applies and you’ll still want to be conscious of how much you consume…although, frankly, we can’t help but eat it by the spoonful.
To get you started, below is a list of how to use honey in meals from breakfast to dessert! While raw honey is recommended, pasteurized honey can also be used.
1. Sweeten your breakfast with Honey
Pancakes? Waffles? Oatmeal? Corn flakes? Whatever your style, all are perfect hosts to honey. Drizzle it on your pancakes and waffles instead of maple syrup, or mix it into hearty oatmeal for a satisfying start to your day.
2. Smoothies with Honey
Boost the flavor factor of your daily smoothie, and satisfy your sweet tooth with a spoonful of honey. Just add it to the other ingredients and blend!
3. Honey on Toast
Spread a little honey instead of jam. You can even keep the butter!
4. Honey-Sweetened Tea
Boost the antioxidant power of your tea with a teaspoon of honey for a delicately sweet cup.
5. Honey Lemonade
Lemonade takes on a whole new twist when you replace sugar with honey.
6. Peanut Butter & Honey
Replace the jelly in your peanut butter sandwich with honey for a delightful new take on a classic.
7. Sesame Paste & Honey
Popular in the Mediterranean and Middle East, the combination of sesame paste and honey make a to-die-for spread. It’s easy to make at home by mixing together equal amounts of sesame paste and honey.
8. Honeyed Fruit Salad
A little honey and lemon can brighten up an ordinary fruit salad.
9. Honey Ice Cream
Possibly (no, definitely) the very best thing on this list! Here’s a basic vanilla ice cream recipe:
2 whole eggs
1 egg yolk
1/2 cup raw honey
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Mix ingredients together until honey is thoroughly incorporated, pour into ice cream maker and set according to manufacturer’s directions.
10. Honey Simple Syrup
Brought to you by the National Honey Board, simply “heat 4 parts honey to 1 part hot water in a saucepan over medium-low heat until the mixture reaches a simmer.” Cool and store at room temperature or refrigerate. This is a perfect way to sweeten your lemonade!
11. Milk & Honey
What’s more comforting than a warm cup of milk and honey in the evening? Aside from helping lull you to sleep, the combination of milk and honey may also help improve bone health.
12. Apple Cider Vinegar & Honey
If you’re already on the ACV bandwagon, you know how beneficial it is for your overall health. You can use honey in your Apple Cider Vinegar drink to possibly boost its therapeutic properties, while making it more palatable.
13. Honey & Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
The health benefits of coconut oil are numerous, and regular consumption of it may help strengthen your immune system, improve brain function, prevent cancer and heart disease, and even aid in weight loss. But if you’re not keen to cook with it everyday, and the idea of swallowing a spoonful of oil makes you a little queasy, you can use honey to make it easier. (Actually, it might be dangerously delicious.) Simply mix equal amounts of extra virgin coconut oil and raw honey and store in an airtight jar. It should remain solid at room temperature.
14. Honey Salad Dressing
15. Honey BBQ Sauce
Spice up (and sweeten) dinner with a homemade honey bbq sauce!