There are several options if you’re all out of honey or need a vegan option! Here’s the best honey substitute to use in baking or recipes.
In the middle of making a recipe and don’t have honey on hand? Or need to replace honey with a vegan option? Here are all the best honey substitutes! Honey is a natural liquid sweetener with a nuanced flavor. It adds gentle sweetness to baked recipes and a subtle honey flavor.
No refined sugar recipes have become quite popular, so you’ll find many online recipes that use honey (we love using honey in desserts and even as honey syrup to sweet cocktails). If you’re fresh out or need a vegan sub, here are your best options.
Best honey substitute
Note that how these options work depend on the type of recipe and how the honey is used.
1. Maple syrup
The best honey substitute? Maple syrup. Maple syrup has a similar texture to honey, and it’s the perfect vegan substitute! In fact, we prefer maple syrup for its more neutral sweetening flavor. It works great in recipes like no bake cookies, banana blueberry muffins, granola, salad dressings, smoothies, and sauces. Use maple syrup as a 1 for 1 substitute for honey.
2. Sugar of any type
Often honey is used in recipes to replace sugar. So you can simply replace sugar for honey! Sugar actually makes a much better texture in baking recipes like cookies. You can also use it as a replacement in sauces and salad dressings. In small quantities, you can use sugar as a 1:1 replacement for honey. If it’s in larger quantities like in cookies, you can do a 1:1 replacement and you may need to add a little liquid to account for the moisture that honey adds.
Here are some honey recipes:
- Hot Honey Recipe
- Best Honey Mustard Sauce
- Easy Honey Mustard Dressing
- Honey Almond Granola
- White BBQ Sauce
- Gold Rush Cocktail
- Bees Knees Cocktail
- Crispy Brussels Sprouts
About the Authors
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.