Watson’s Vegan Honey is made with rose and chamomile. This light floral syrup is perfect for tea, on a cheese board or serve in a sandwich with their walnut Camemberti cheese.
Although many people eat real honey, many others don’t, due to concern that some commercial beehives smoke out the queen, resulting in bees dying each harvest. Some hives use sugar to replace the honey for bees,. One worker bee makes just a spoonful of honey in its 60-day life.
If you eat real honey, only choose local sustainable suppliers that don’t smoke out bees after harvest, as this sometimes kills the Queen, and never feed honey to babies (or pets), as it can cause botulism. Save honey (in moderation) for dog biscuits, not neat.
Plant-based alternatives to honey are made with fruit, agave nectar or brown rice syrup. Some foods (avocados, almonds, melon, kiwi & butternut squash) can use ‘migratory bee-keeping’ which leaves bees to starve, after harvest. So choose suppliers that don’t do this: The Conversation.
Plant-Based Artisan Honea But+er is made from cashew nuts and cocoa butter – a bee-less vegan honey. Keep it in the fridge, and use it on sourdough or crumpets. It has a sumptuous creamy flavour, with a hint of umami to delight the palate. A sweet yet savoury profile, with a natural honey-like flavour. Also in Orange Blossom Honea and Lavender Honea.
The same company makes Plant-Based Artisan Brandy But+er blended with 3-year old French brandy that’s aged in oak casks for a sumptuous creamy flavour, and a hint of umami to delight the palate. It has a sweet yet savoury profile, with hints of vanilla. Pairs wonderfully with pancakes, crumpets or vegan mince pies. Made with cashew nuts and cocoa butter. Sent in an insulated gel pack box to maintain temperature for up to 72 hours (keep ice packs away from pets and children). Keep refrigerated.
- Bnutz Beefree Honei (Surrey) is a distinctive vegan honey alternative, made with apple juice, cocoa butter and inulin powder. Use for marinades, sauces or general baking. Bnutz are premium nut butters
- Northern Pantry (is made from Cheshire apples and infused with edible flowers. 10p from the sale of each jar goes to Lancashire Wildlife Trust. Do not refrigerate (if clouding appears, heat gently). Also in citrus twist and pear punch alternatives.
- Bee Approved offers an organic honey alternative made with brown rice. It has the same texture and flavour, ideal for drinks, sauces and desserts.
Vegan Honey from Dandelions (Carlo Cao) is a unique recipe by a super-talented chef, who wanted to make a vegan honey that everyone can afford. You can buy good artisan vegan honeys, but they tend to be very expensive. Just ensure the dandelions you collect are not covered with pesticides or dog pee! You’ll need 2 days to make this recipe, as it involves steeping the flowers, then simmering on low heat to make it thick, like real honey.
This recipe is by a young Swiss-Italian chef, who is a rising star in the vegan world. His recipes and photographs are phenomenal, and he has already published his first ‘Vegan Party Food’ book that you can buy from his site.