Raw Honey Recipes You Can’t Resist

Why bother with white sugar when raw honey is just as sweet–and good for you?! “Raw” refers to the non-filtered, non-processed form of this sticky substance, made by bees from the nectar of flowers. In its pure, natural state, honey is swimming with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, live enzymes and other beneficial nutrients. Plus, it tastes great, whether swirled into a cup of hot tea, drizzled over a warm muffin or eaten straight from the spoon!

Raw honey is the perfect natural sweetener for homemade lemonade. Click here to browse raw honey options at Vitacost.

Here are three ways my family regularly enjoys raw honey. I’d love to hear how you like to use it. Share your suggestions in the comments below!

1. Beverages
Beat the summer heat with one of these cooling, raw honey quenchers served over ice.

Lavender or Vanilla Lemonade
In a large pot over medium heat, place 12 cups of water, juice from eight or nine lemons (or 1-3/4 cups lemon juice) and a handful of fresh lavender (roll gently in palms and place in pot) or a piece of vanilla bean. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in a cup of raw honey and stir to dissolve.

Citrus Spritzer
Add the following to your blender: 3 quarts of sparkling mineral water, 1-1/4 cups of raw honey and 1-1/4 cups of fresh or jarred lemon, oranges, grapefruit, lime or a combination. Blend for no more than 15 seconds, until well blended. Serve over ice with fresh fruit slices as garnish (your friends will think you’re so fancy!).

Stone-Fruit Sangria
In a large bowl, combine one bottle of white juice (grape works best, or use mommy juice) and ¼ cup raw honey; stir to break down honey. Add: 1 cup white grape juice, 1 sliced stone fruit (nectarine, peach, etc.), 1 sliced tangerine or orange, 1 cup halved grapes and 1 cup of berries.

Let sit in the refrigerator for 2 hours. Before serving, add 1 cup of club soda or ginger ale.

2. Baking
Raw honey is one of my favorite sweeteners for baking for many reasons, but the most important one is that it’s real food! When replacing sugar with honey in a recipe, here are a few rules to remember:

  • When using raw honey instead of sugar, you’ll only need half the amount. 1 cup sugar = 1/2 cup raw honey
  • If your recipe calls for other liquids, reduce them by 1/4 cup.
  • Add 1/4 teaspoon baking soda per cup of raw honey.
  • If melting honey, do so using the lowest temperature possible.
  • Make measuring and pouring easy by coating measuring cup with oil or butter.
  • When baking with raw honey, lower the oven temperature by 25 degrees and bake a few minutes longer.
Raw Honey Strawberry Shortcake

Make your own creamy, dairy-free topping with silken tofu, coconut milk and raw honey.

Raw Honey Strawberry Shortcake

Ingredients
1-1/3 cups cold coconut milk
2 tsp. vanilla extract, plus 1/2 tsp.
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 cup oat flour
1 cup yellow corn meal
2-1/4 Tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2/3 cup raw honey, plus 1 Tbsp.
2/3 cup coconut oil (not melted)
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 Tbsp. raw sugar
Fresh strawberries
1 lb. silken tofu
1 tsp.  cinnamon

Directions
1. In one bowl, mix 2/3 cups coconut milk and 2 tsp. vanilla extract.
2. Use food processor to mix pastry flour, oat flour, cornmeal, nutmeg, baking soda and salt until combined. Add 2/3 cup raw honey and coconut oil; and pulse until it looks like little peas. Add coconut and vanilla mixture and blend until sides of the food processor are clear, adding remaining coconut milk as needed (save extra coconut milk).
3. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface about 8-10 times; pat down into ½-inch thick rectangle. Cut into 12 even squares. Brush on coconut milk; sprinkle on a light coating of raw sugar.
4. Bake at 375 degrees F for 18-20 minutes on a parchment paper-lined pan.
5. While baking, wash and cut strawberries.
6. To make tofu cream: in a large glass bowl, combine tofu, 1 Tbsp. raw honey, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, a splash of coconut milk and 1 tsp. cinnamon; mix well with a submersion blender. Place in freezer until cakes are finished.
7. When cakes are finished, let cool for 5 minutes; place on separate serving plates. Top with strawberries, a spoonful of tofu cream add a second cake on top. Add additional tofu cream and strawberries. Garnish with fresh mint.

(Note: For a vegan version, replace raw honey with agave syrup, maple syrup or strained applesauce.)

3. Just as is!
You don’t need a special recipe to enjoy raw honey. Here are a few ways you can use it every day. (Please remember, honey should not be given to children until they’re over a year old””check with your pediatrician!)

  • Mix into hot tea for taste or to help soothe a cough or scratchy throat
  • Mix into yogurt
  • Spread on toast
  • Broil it on grapefruit
  • Use as a dip for fresh fruit
  • Add to salad dressing
  • Honey facial: apply a small amount to your face, then rinse clean
  • Apply to cuts or scrapes

Dana Zucker is a home cook that likes to do it her way! She gets creative with nutritious ingredients to keep her active family””teenage twins and a vegan, triathlete husband””healthy and happy. Cooking with organic, local and whole food ingredients is key, whether she’s whipping up an early-morning breakfast, prepping afterschool snacks or getting dinner on the table at 10 p.m. Dana says, “We do eat out sometimes, and even cheat with some pre-made foods. But I try to balance making delicious foods with the reality of a busy schedule.” Dana’s recipes are a great starting point to find a style of cooking that works for your family. Her advice? Keep it real””and keep it easy!

About Dana Zucker

Dana Zucker is a home cook that likes to do it her way! She gets creative with nutritious ingredients to keep her active family””teenage twins and a vegan, triathlete husband””healthy and happy. Cooking with organic, local and whole food ingredients is key, whether she’s whipping up an early-morning breakfast, prepping afterschool snacks or getting dinner on the table at 10 p.m. Dana says, “We do eat out sometimes, and even cheat with some pre-made foods. But I try to balance making delicious foods with the reality of a busy schedule.” Dana’s recipes are a great starting point to find a style of cooking that works for your family. Her advice? Keep it real””and keep it easy!

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8 comments on «Raw Honey Recipes You Can’t Resist»

  1. Chad Stainback says:

    I’m lookin for something called valerian root to help me with sleep & muscle craps

    1. Redd Ryder says:

      I have been using labeled Hops-Valerian combo for a long time. It’s an anti-stress formula to support relaxation. I take it during the day to keep me cool and calm. I tend to be on edge all the time. I tend to be Agora Phobic, get very nervous around people. Only place that has it is Puritan Pride, prod. no. 10342.
      For sleep I need Chamomille capsules. I have been using these for a long time and depend on them for peace of mind. Don’t misinterpret, I am not ‘dependent’ on any of these, but, find that without them I have a hard time.

    2. Par says:

      Valerian root is available at any health food store and GNC stores as well as online at swanson vitamins, vitacost, etc.

    3. Juice says:

      What is with the supplement pitching here? This is an article focused on honey. Not problems that valerian or magnesium can fix, where did that come from people?

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  3. guest says:

    Magnesium oil sprayed/rubbed on your feet/legs will eliminate the cramps AND make you sleep better! Dr Carolyn Dean and Dr Mark Sircus have both written books about the magnesium “miracle”. too bad its not more widely known, yet….

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