6 Amazing Vegan Honey Alternatives You Didn’t Know About
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As a vegan, I got over my cheese cravings pretty quickly even though I thought that product would be the hardest to remove from my diet. So many vegan cheese alternatives are now widely available which makes it so easy to live dairy free!
To my surprise, my only true craving was honey! I didn’t really use it that frequently but I really loved the taste and texture. It wasn’t until my first cup of tea as a vegan, that I began having honey cravings! The only alternatives I had in mind were carob syrup (which is widely used in Cyprus as a sweetener) and maple syrup. I also made some date paste which actually resembled the texture of honey. All of these alternatives were really delicious and sweet but none actually tasted honey-like.
Searching for a replacement
I soon began searching for the perfect product that would make an excellent honey replacement! And guess what! There are actually a lot of products out there that truly taste and feel like honey! And they are all plant-based!
Consumption of honey has always been a controversial subject just as eating eggs from your own rescued chickens for example. But veganism is about excluding the use of any animal derived products, thus ensuring that no animals were harmed in any way for our personal satisfaction or gratification.
Here is an article by the The Guardian that I believe thoroughly explains why honey is not vegan: Why don’t vegans eat honey? Be sure to check it out and if you still have any queries feel free to contact me with your questions here. I’d be more than happy to chat and engage in exchange of opinions!
But, for the time being, let’s get back to our vegan honey alternatives!
6 Amazing Vegan Honey Alternatives You Didn’t Know About
There are so many plant-based alternatives that resemble the flavor and texture of honey, that it’s practically impossible not to find one you really enjoy consuming! If you are looking for a great sweetener, your search is over! Here are 6 amazing vegan honey alternatives that you didn’t know about!
1. Bee Free Honee
Bee Free Honee is plant-based, gluten free, vegan and women owned! Katie Sanchez, the founder and co-owner of bee free honee, was in the process of making apple jelly when she realized that the end result tasted and felt more like honey!
To get your hands on some Bee Free Honee, follow the link: Bee Free Honee
2. Brown Rice Syrup
Brown rice (malt) syrup, also known as rice syrup or rice malt, is a sweetener which is rich in compounds categorized as sugars and is derived by culturing cooked rice starch with saccharifying enzymes.
It is able to provide your body with fiber, as well as 3 percent of your recommended daily intake of sodium and potassium. The slower absorption of the sugars also allows you to maintain your energy helping to prevent the negative effects of sugar including fatigue, irritability and the desire for more sugar.
However, as it’s still a highly processed product, brown rice syrup can contribute to weight gain if used in excess.
You can find organic brown rice syrup here
3. Barley Malt Syrup
Barley malt syrup is an unrefined natural sweetener processed by extraction from sprouted malted barley, containing approximately 65 percent maltose, 30 percent complex carbohydrate, 3% protein. It is dark brown in color, with a pleasant malty taste.
Barley malt syrup contains some minerals and vitamins. It is a natural product and does not contain any chemicals. It is reputed to have a lower glycemic index than table sugar.
Meridian has a fantastic tasting barley malt syrup which you can check out here: Meridian Barley Malt Syrup
4. Yacon syrup
Yacón syrup is a sweetening agent extracted from the tuberous roots of the yacón plant, indigenous to the Andes mountains.
In Peru, people eat yacón because of its nutritional properties—few calories and low sugar levels. Countries like Bolivia, diabetics and people with other digestive or renal disorders eat yacón roots. In Brazil, the dried leaves are used to make yacón tea, said to be anti-diabetic.
It is usually made with an evaporator, like the ones used to make maple syrup and it has a taste similar to molasses or caramelized sugar.
In a study by Yoshida et al. (2002), an enzyme solution of yacón was determined to be a better antioxidant than enzyme solutions of potato, mushroom and eggplant.
Get your hands on some Yacon syrup!
5. Sweet Sorghum Syrup
Sorghum syrup comes from a plant usually called “sweet sorghum,” a plant popularly grown in climates too hot and dry for corn. It originated in Africa before traveling to Asia, Europe, and North America.
Unlike sugar, which is 100% empty calories devoid of nutrition, you can actually expect some nutritive value from a purely natural sweetener like sorghum. Before multivitamins, doctors sometimes prescribed sorghum syrup to help folks get the necessary iron, calcium, and potassium.
6. Coconut Nectar
Coconut palms have been traditionally tapped for their sweet nectar for centuries throughout the tropics, especially in the Philippines and parts of Indonesia.
It has a very pleasant sweet mineral dense flavor with a maple syrup type sweetness.
Raw coconut nectar only contains low amounts of glucose, sucrose and fructose. But it is also high in the polysaccharide inulin, a prebiotic fiber that aids in the process of digestion.
The rich volcanic soils that coconut palm trees grow in are full of nutrients and are the primary source of food for these tall resilient trees. The sap and nectar is therefore considerably high in amino acids, minerals, many vitamins and trace elements.
Try it out here! It really is super tasty!
Vegan Honey Alternatives
There you have it! Amazing natural sweeteners! 6 vegan honey alternatives that will make your life a lot sweeter! Give them a go and let me know in the comment section which ones you like best!