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14 Delicious Vegan Recipes Using Honey Alternatives

14 Delicious Vegan Recipes Using Honey Alternatives

Delicious Vegan Recipes Using Honey Alternatives

One of the “hardest” parts of becoming a vegan is finding alternatives to your past favorite non-vegan foods or drinks, you may even think that there aren’t vegan alternatives for some of the more uncommon food or drink items but you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find out that’s not always the case. For example if you workout a lot and normally take a supplement drink before going to the gym to workout you might have been led to believe that there isn’t a vegan supplement drink but that’s not true, taking a vegan pre-workout drink instead of your current pre-workout supplement drink is easier than you think, you just need to look in the right place, search online and you’ll find a wealth of options at your fingertips!

You may not even realize that much of the foods you’ve already been eating are accidentally vegan. If you’ve got a sweet tooth for honey, and are looking for alternatives, we’ve got you covered. In this post, we’ve included recipes for honey alternatives. We’ve also included popular dishes/desserts typically made with honey. Before we jump into the recipes, we have to discuss a controversial topic.

Is honey vegan?

A vegan is defined as a person that does not eat or use animal products or byproducts. This means that honey, as an animal byproduct, is not classified as vegan. While honey production is moving into more sustainable practices in some regions, in current trends, reproduction of bees, trapping bees and harvesting honey are not always ethical in commercial farming.

Bees can be injured and killed during the honey-making process, making it pretty clear that honey isn’t vegan. Having said that, we do support ethical beekeeping and well being of bees everywhere. Bees are absolutely critical for the worlds food supply, especially for vegans.

While the debate seems to rage back and forth, if something sweet and sticky is what you’re after, you can get your hands in another non-animal jar.

Still get the sweet end of the stick

Be kind to bees and get your sweet fix with these delicious (and vegan) honey alternatives:

  • Agave nectar
  • Coconut nectar
  • Maple syrup
  • Molasses
  • Barley malt syrup
  • Brown rice syrup
  • Date syrup
  • Butterscotch syrup
  • Golden syrup

Easy and Delicious Vegan ‘Honey’ Recipes

Delicious Vegan Recipes Using Honey Alternatives
Delicious Vegan Recipes Using Honey Alternatives

If you’re after a honey substitute and feeling handy in the kitchen, check out the following recipes that show you how to make vegan honey. No honey, no problem. We’ve rounded up plenty of delicious honey-free recipes.

1. Not-so-honey Joys

Not-so-honey Joys
Not-so-honey Joys

Crunchy, crispy, sweet and surprisingly moreish, they bite-sized treats are no mess to dole out and dig into, and super easy to make. Perfect for a slightly sweet snack that suits your crisp cravings.


  • 4 cups of Corn Flakes, or similar corn cereal
  • 2 tablespoons rice malt syrup (or sweetener of choice, like maple syrup)
  • 1/2 cup of dairy free margarine or coconut oil


  1. Melt margarine or coconut in a large a saucepan on medium heat.
  2. Add sweetener until boiling.
  3. Turn of the heat and add cornflakes.
  4. Stir together thoroughly, then spoon into muffin pan.
  5. Bake at 300 degrees F for 10 min or until golden.
  6. Cool and store in airtight container for up to a week.
Thanks to Vegan Easy for the photo and recipe. Make sure to check out their 30-day vegan challenge.

2. Vegan Baklava

Vegan Baklava
Vegan Baklava

Sink your teeth into layers of melt-in-your mouth sticky sweetness that doesn’t cost the earth, using honey alternative as a sweetener. The construction is well worth the effort when you taste how delicious this treat is. Bring in to work to be the office hero, or enjoy at home for a light after meal dessert or snack. We guarantee that these won’t last long.

Check out the full recipe here.

3. Vegan Date Honey

Healthy Fruit Honey Dates Sweet Food Dessert Date

A thick, Manna-from-the-Gods style fruit puree with the texture of apple butter. It looks decadent and tastes even better, plus it only has 3 necessary ingredients.


  • 1-1/3 cup water or black tea
  • 1 cup pitted dates (Deglet Noor or Medjool)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange flower water (optional)

Date honey pairs nicely with banana bread or date cake. Or, you can make some healthy date fudge.

See full recipe here.

4. Healthy Date Fudge

Healthy Date Vegan Fudge
Healthy Date Vegan Fudge

Dense and delicious, without the guilt of regular, calorie-dense fudge, this cruelty-free dessert almost looks too good to eat. Easy and simple to make, you may have to restrain yourself from making these too often!


  • 1 cup pitted Medjool dates, soaked in warm water for 30 minutes
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup roasted almond butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder or cacao
See full recipe.

5. Dandelion Jam – “vegan honey”

 Dandelion Jam – “vegan honey”
Dandelion Jam – “vegan honey”

Make bee food, not bee byproducts with this flowery bouquet of sweetness. It smells beautiful and has a golden bright color. You’re sure to impress your dinner guests by presenting them with this floral sweet option.


  • Dandelion blossoms (200 grams or about 1 cup)
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 medium lemon (juice only)
  • 2 cups jam sugar
See the recipe here.

Try your dandelion jam on a vegan biscuit or spread across a Chocolate Puffed Quinoa Snack Bar.

6. Chocolate Puffed Quinoa Snack Bar

Chocolate Puffed Quinoa Snack Bar
Chocolate Puffed Quinoa Snack Bar

Like a bit of crunch? Try this healthy, chocolate-y Rice Krispies Treat alternative. Pack the nutrients punch with the following healthy ingredients, and never feel guilty about an afternoon sweet pick-me-up snack again. You won’t be buying ready-made granola bars when you have these readily available at home.

Check out the full recipe here.

7. Vegan Muffins with Apple and Pecan (gluten free)

Vegan Muffins with Apple and Pecan (gluten free)
Vegan Muffins with Apple and Pecan (gluten free)

From the Dutch book, Easy Vegan with Julie…these muffins are sure to rock out your next brunch, or will take you through the working week breakfasts on-the-go in healthy style. Add some applestroop on top for a kind kick of yumminess to your mouth. Vegan never tasted so good!


  • 1 tablespoons chia seeds + 3 tablespoons of water
  • 2/3 cups rolled oats
  • 2/3 cups almond flour
  • 4 tablespoons rice flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 small teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 pinches of vanilla powder
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 large apples, in small cubes
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
See full recipe.

8. Vegan Pear Honey

Vegan Pear Honey
Vegan Pear Honey

Just like honey and perfect on a biscuit, muffin or in a loaf! This ‘honey’ also makes great holiday gifts or housewarming gifts for your vegan (or non vegan friends). You can make large batches and divvy out to friends and neighbors, or just steadily work through on your toast, baked good, treats and breads.


  • 1 cup chopped and cored pears
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/8 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
See full recipe.

A fruity pear paste to use in or spread over Pear & Coconut Cake (Sugar and Cinnamon).

9. Pear & Coconut Cake (Sugar and Cinnamon)

Pear & Coconut Cake (Sugar and Cinnamon)
Pear & Coconut Cake (Sugar and Cinnamon)

A vegan Bundt cake perfect for tea time and an easy inclusion for dinner parties, this cake is dense and delicious, moist and textured, packing a healthy sweet treat pick-me-up with nutritious ingredients. Power to the pear!


See Also

  • 1 1/2 cups of pears (2 large pears) cut in chunks (after preparing cake batter)
  • 1 cup plain white flour
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • ½ cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup vegan pear honey
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds mixed with 3 tablespoons water, or 2 eggs
  • 1 cup coconut milk (you can substitute light milk without difficulty)
  • ¼ cup coconut butter
See full recipe here.

10. Vegan Pineapple Honey

Vegan Pineapple Honey
Vegan Pineapple Honey

Sweet and sticky delicious, this tropical ‘honey’ alternative using the natural sweetness of pineapple to make a divine syrup. Pineapple has been shown to regulate weight in some findings and also has many added bonuses like helping the body detoxify and hydrate. If you’re making these to try and lose some weight, I’d recommend hiring some Weight Loss Trainers instead!

Ingredients & Recipe

  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 cup coconut sugar

11. Vegan Date Paste

Vegan Date Paste
Vegan Date Paste

Naturally sweet and naturally golden, date paste has the consistency of creamed honey, without costing any animals in production. Even more simple is the fact that the paste only requires two ingredients: dates and water. Dates are naturally very sweet and provide the added benefit of fiber. Boil, combine, mix and set – voila!


  • 1 cup pitted dates packed
  • 1/2 cup boiled water

Thick, dark and decadent date paste tastes amazing on its own or use in Salted Dark Chocolate Tahini Fudge for a daring kick in the mouth.

12. Vegan Cornbread

Vegan Cornbread
Vegan Cornbread

So nice they don’t even need any added sugar! This vegan take on a classic dish doesn’t use any eggs and has a subtle sweetness that requires none of the negative additives of artificial or excess sugar. Try swapping it with your regular cornbread recipes, or adding it to soups and casseroles as a hearty side.

13. Simple Ingredient Vegan Gluten-Free Waffles

7-Ingredient Vegan Gluten-Free Waffles from The Minimalist Baker

A staple breakfast treat and touted as a hedonist dessert, if you’re vegan and/or gluten free, this recipe means that you don’t need to miss out on crispy, chewy scrumptious-ness. Customize how you like and go nuts (or add them!)

Get the full recipe here

14. Vegan ‘Honey’ Mustard

Vegan 'Honey' Mustard
Vegan ‘Honey’ Mustard

Dress your ‘honey’ up in salads and dishes with a sweet and savory offering. Sauces can make or break a dish, and mustard based sauces with a sweet and tangy hit are a diverse inclusion for salads, rice dishes, as dipping sauces and sandwich spreads.


  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar or white wine
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or water
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Combine and mix all ingredients in a jar.
  2. Seal the jar lid and shake until combined.
  3. Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper to preference.

If you’re after a more creamy honey mustard sauce, check out this vegan mayonnaise version with veggie fritter nuggets.

Are you happy to bee vegan and not eat honey?

NOTE: All photos and recipes are published with permission from the original recipe creator in accordance with copyright law.

Haylee Perez is the health nut behind Vida Soap. Her company produces a 100% all natural soaps that are gluten-free, cruelty-free and 100% vegan. She promotes environmentally safe practices that’s why her soapbox comes with eco-friendly, biodegradable packaging infused with wildflower seeds to grow in your garden and feed the bees!