If you are anything like me, you love the taste of honey. However, there are times when I don’t have any on hand and need to find a substitute. With that in mind, I created this list of 7 substitutes for honey!
The best vegan honey alternatives
- Maple Syrup
- Barley Malt Syrup
- Brown Rice Syrup
- Agave Nectar
- Coconut Nectar
- Golden Syrup
Maple syrup has a rich flavor, with hints of vanilla and caramel. This makes it an excellent substitute for honey when baking recipes that call for the sweetener or topping on your breakfast plate in place of other sugars like brown sugar.
Maple Syrup is not just delicious as a topping but also comes with some health benefits! It contains over 45% manganese which helps protect against free radicals (those pesky molecules). Maple syrup is often used to replace table sugar because maple’s natural sweetness can be reduced by adding more liquid so you end up using less overall calories per dish than if you were eating those same items made from refined white granulated sugar.
Barley Malt Syrup
Barley malt syrup is made from the barley grain’s natural sugars. It has a rich, sweet flavor that can be used as a liquid or solid sugar substitute in cooking and baking for those who have an allergy to honey or are vegan.
Brown Rice Syrup
Another well-known vegan honey alternative is brown rice syrup. This is made from rice and has a milder flavor than barley malt. Brown Rice Syrup also has the advantage of being gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, kosher certified, and non-GMO verified, making it an ideal substitute for specific diets or food restrictions.
With its sweet taste agave nectar is also a perfect vegan alternative for honey. It is made from the blue agave plant and has a light, natural flavor.
Coconut nectar is made from coconut palm sap and has a consistency similar to honey. As it’s processed, the liquid coconut nectar becomes thick like honey but remains slightly granular in texture. It can be used as an ingredient for baked goods such as breads or cookies or as a sweetener. Coconut will also impart its delicate coconut flavor into whatever you use it in!
The taste of molasses is quite similar to honey, but it’s much thinner and not as sweet. It also has a distinctive flavor that can overpower other flavors in recipes so you need to use molasses very sparingly.
Molasses is made from sugarcane (or beet) juice that has been boiled until the liquid evaporates and only thick black syrup remains.
Golden syrup is a good replacement for honey in recipes where the sweetness can be adjusted to taste. You may use it either the same way as honey or with reduced measurements. Golden syrup also has a subtle caramel flavor, which makes it prized by many cookbook authors.
Honey’s been around for thousands of years and is still a popular ingredient in many sweet dishes, but there are plenty of substitutes that can be just as delicious. If you’ve never tried any alternative to honey before, it might be time to broaden your horizons. The best way to do this would be by trying all the different options available! When we asked people on Twitter about their favorite substitute for honey, they had some really great suggestions like maple syrup or agave nectar. Which substitute has been your favorite so far? Let us know what you think in the comments below!