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Vegan Honey

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Vegan Honey is cheap, delicious and easy to make! You can drizzle it on some biscuits or toast, add it to your tea and use anywhere you would use bee honey!

Before going vegan I honestly didn’t eat honey too much. At least not in its pure form. I’m sure I ate stuff sweetened with honey all the time. But I never really kept a jar in the pantry. But that’s all gonna change now that I’ve made this vegan honey, which I like a lot more!

Now, in a lot of vegan recipes, honey can be substituted with maple, date syrup or agave. However, since vegan honey is relatively easy and cheap to make, I think having some on hand makes sense from now on!

Why you’ll love vegan honey

This vegan honey is cheap and easy to make. It’s thick, sweet and delicious, and you can literally use it anywhere you would use regular honey. I love it on toast with peanut butter and bananas!

Or why not make a Vegan Honey Pepper Pimento Sandwich like Chick-fil-A?

You could even drizzle it on a biscuit! Whatever you like!

how to make vegan honey

Making this honey is super simple! First add some apple juice to a saucepan.

Next, some sugar, lemon juice, corn syrup and some extracts.

Reduce the mixture down by half.

Then store it in a jar and let it cool and thicken. That’s it!

It will be pretty runny / watery when it’s hot, but once it cools down you should have some lovely vegan honey!

How do I make Vegan Honey taste like Real Honey?

For this honey I like to add in some orange extract and rose water. This is gonna add a nice floral undertone to the honey. In my opinion this really helps elevate the honey and gives it a nice POP!

how to make dark vegan honey

To make a darker and thicker vegan honey, simple swap one of the cups of white sugar with brown sugar. Add 2-3 tsp of molasses (not blackstrap though) and that’s basically it! I think I actually prefer the darker thicker stuff, but the golden honey is great too!

Ingredients for vegan honey

  • Apple Juice – In just about every vegan honey recipe you’ll see apples. And for good reason, it tastes good and does a great job of replicating honey. I’ve only ever used the cloudy unfiltered apple juice for this, so I’m not sure how the clear stuff will work out.
  • Sugar – A lot of people seem surprised how much sugar is in these kinds of recipes, but honey is almost 80% sugar, so it makes sense! You can use white sugar, or half white and brown for darker honey.
  • Lemon Juice – for some acidity and brightness!
  • Orange Extract & Rose Water – These are optional but HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! I’ve made vegan honey with and without them, and to me they are the icing on the cake!
  • Corn Syrup – A tablespoon of corn syrup should keep the honey from crystallizing (a tip I got from America’s Test Kitchen).
  • Molasses – A few teaspoons of molasses will bring some nice depth of flavor and a dark color if you want to make dark honey!
  • Red Pepper Flakes – add 1-3 tsp for some HOT HONEY!

Storage notes

Store in a jar at room temperature.

I’ve made this a few times over the past year and I end up using all of it with in 2 – 3 months and it’s never gone bad. I don’t know exactly how long it’ll keep, but just use your eyes, nose & mouth and if it looks, smells, or tastes off then I’d probably toss it.

You can also store it in the fridge to extend its shelf life and to be extra safe, though it will firm up as it gets cold. You can let it sit at room temperature for 20 minutes or so, or just microwave it for 5 – 10 seconds.

Here’s some more info from somebody much smarter than me that commented on my Instagram:

For those wondering if this is shelf stable, it depends because the evaporation process of the sugar / water can break or make its insured antimicrobial properties. As long as the water content is less than 20% you should avoid microorganisms feasting on the sugar.

The best way to properly estimate with the method used is to measure all the ingredients before boiling (note the weight of the sugar, water and total weight of the initial product). Then weigh it after which you can then use cross multiplication to determine final concentration.

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Why Don’t Vegans Eat Honey?

Honey is one of the most confusing things for a lot of folks. Like I said, I never ate it much before going vegan, so making it at home is easier than trying to source it “ethically” and I don’t think that’s really possible either. But check out this link on Why Honey Isn’t Vegan.

Another common question is, how do vegans say honey isn’t vegan, but are okay with eating foods that were pollinated with bees? The answer is simply that veganism it about what’s possible and practical.

I can’t avoid eating bee pollinated crops anymore than I can avoid walking down the street and accidentally stepping on some bugs. Check out THIS ARTICLE and THIS ONE for more info!

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Vegan Honey

Thee Burger Dude
This Vegan Honey is my go-to! I like it better than bee honey. It's made with apples, sugar, and some special ingredients for some extra floral flavor!
4.60 from 15 votes


  • 2 cups apple juice
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp corn syrup
  • 1/2 tsp rose water
  • 1/2 tsp orange extract

For Dark Honey

  • Sub one of the cups of white sugar with brown sugar
  • Add 2-3 tsp of molasses not blackstrap

For Hot Honey

  • Add 1 – 3 tsp of red pepper flakes


  • Add everything to a medium saucepan and heat over medium.
  • Once you add everything to the pot, you should have a little over 3 cups worth before you start heating it. Reduce it by half, so 1 ½ cups. Depending on your stove, pot and heat, this can take anywhere from 20 – 35 minutes or longer even. Just keep an eye on it and whisk it every couple of minutes.
  • You can test the consistency by scooping out a tablespoon or so and letting it cool on a small plate. After about 5 minutes, touch it with your finger. If it feels sticky like honey it's good to go! Just measure the honey and make sure it's about 1 1/2 cups and it should be reduced enough.
  • Store in a jar and let it cool for at least 4 – 6 hours (overnight is best). You can also store it in the fridge, though it will firm up. You can let it sit at room temperature for 20 minutes or so, or just microwave it for 5 – 10 seconds. Use anyway you would use regular honey!
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  1. Hi there,

    Love your recipes! I had a question on the apple juice. Do you use clear or unfiltered apple juice for your vegan honey?

    Thanks in advance 🙂


    1. Oh wow, that was fast I just posted this! I use unfiltered. I haven’t tested it with the clear stuff, but I’ll make a note of that, and thank you!

  2. Do you think this would work with brown rice syrup? I try to avoid corn syrup if possible. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. I’m not sure, the corn syrup is meant to help avoid crystallization so not sure if it’ll have the same effect.

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