Sweet, sticky and a dead ringer for the original product, this vegan apple honey is a delicious substitute for pancakes, waffles, granola, cold brew and even ice cream.
Ingredients for Vegan Honey
- Apple Juice: Apple juice is a staple for this vegan honey. Make your own apple juice by pressing apples, or simply pour some juice out of a container. Any type of apple juice will work for this recipe.
- Lemon Juice: Adding a bit of acid will help cut through and balance the sweetness of the honey.
- Sugar: Honey is known for being sweet. Add in your favorite sweetener to make your favorite topping sticky and delicious.
- Chamomile Tea: Adding in a floral tea will add those subtle notes that are present in natural honey. Use lemon or orange tea in a pinch as a replacement for the Chamomile.
How to Make Vegan Apple Honey
Most of making this vegan honey is having patience.
Add all of your ingredients into a medium-sized stock pot – add in the apple juice, sugar and lemon juice. Mix so that the sugar is dissolved and heat over medium heat. When the juice mixture begins to simmer, add the tea bag.
Let the tea bag seep for about 10 minutes, then remove and discard.
Continue reducing the juice mixture until it has reduced to a thick syrup. When the syrup is stringy when you insert a spoon, and slowly drips off of the spoon, it is finished reducing.
Cool the mixture slightly (it will be hot!) and then transfer to a heatproof dish.
Best way to store your Vegan Apple Honey
After you spent this time making your vegan honey, you will need a safe place to store it.
Look for an airtight container that you can place it in.
The good news, is that because this recipe is sugar-dense, the sugar acts as a natural preservative and make the shelf life much longer.
You can store your honey in the fridge (just make sure it’s cooled first!) but it will make the honey slightly thicker.
If you want a gooey, smooth consistency for your honey, store it in a cool dry place like a kitchen cabinet.
The good news is that this recipe will keep well and for quite some time, so you will have your vegan honey at an arms reach!
Other Vegan Subs for Honey
If you don’t have time to make this recipe, there are other options that you can replace honey for in a pinch.
This sweetener is made from the agave plant, a type of cactus typically found primarily in Mexico and the Caribbean. Agave is also the same plant that tequila is made from! This agave nectar is much 150% more sweet than honey and also have a more neutral flavor.
Maple syrup is made from the sap of the Maple tree. This sweetener has the distinct flavor that is synonymous with pancakes. This syrup tends to be higher in calories and sugar per teaspoon when compared to honey, but it also is nutrient dense. You’ll find folic acid and other antioxidants packed into your Maple syrup.
Molasses is a product of making refined sugar. It’s also the ingredient in brown sugar that gives it its distinct taste. Unlike refined sugar, molasses is rich in iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium and B6. When compared to natural honey, molasses has a lower glycemic index than honey and is more nutrient dense.
Trying to go Vegan?
A question that is often asked is, “Do vegans eat honey?” You might be surprised to learn that Vegans do not in fact, eat honey! Since honey is a product that is created by bees, and bees are a high-risk insect, it is not considered a vegan product.
There is however, other ways to make honey if you are a new vegan missing that honey flavor in your tea or on your toast in the mornings.
This recipe is for freshly-minted Vegans as well as those that are more seasoned.
How to Use Vegan Honey
Are you looking for some recipes to use your vegan honey?
I enjoyed making a healthy honey nut granola with my vegan honey.
Another option is making a vegan honey mustard.
Frequently Asked Questions about Vegan Honey
Is honey vegan?
No, natural honey is not vegan. Since it an animal byproduct, it is not considered a vegan food item. Honey is a special product that only honeybees can create.
How long does it take for my apple honey to reduce?
The honey will take about half an hour to reduce and begin to thicken. I suggest turning down the heat on your stove as your vegan honey thickens and reduces so that you don’t overboil your pot!
Why should I add Chamomile to my apple juice to make honey?
Adding a floral flavor, such as Chamomile, or even a orange or lemon tea bag, will mimic the natural floral flavors naturally found in organic honey.
Is making vegan honey easy?
Making this vegan honey is incredibly easy! All you need is 4 ingredients (sugar, apple juice, lemon and a tea bag) and then simmer them on the stove for half an hour.
Why should I make vegan apple honey?
You should give this vegan honey a try because it’s a sustainable alternative to natural honey. No bees are harmed in the making of this honey!
How do I get the right consistency in my vegan honey?
The best say to know when your honey is finished when you dip a spoon into the syrup and the drops of hot honey slowly drip from the spoon – very similar to how hot natural honey would act! Check your honey after about 20 minutes to see what the consistency is like. Cooking the honey for too long will result in a overly thick honey that is difficult to use.