Looking for vegan sweeteners or just simple alternatives to honey?
You're in the right place!
In this guide, we're going to cover...
- Vegan brands that make honey-specific substitutes.
- Other vegan liquid sweeteners you can use.
- Granulated vegan sweeteners you can use for baking or dissolving in sauces.
- Guilt-free sweeteners made from 100% whole foods.
Click any of the sweeteners below to learn more about them.
- Bee Free Honee
- Blenditup Vegan Honey
- Nature's Hollow Honey Substitute
- Vegan Liquid Sweeteners
- Maple Syrup
- Agave Nectar
- Molasses / Black Strap Molasses
- Golden Syrup
- Yacon Syrup
- Brown Rice Syrup
- Stevia Drops
- Coconut Sugar
- Beet Sugar
- Cane Sugar
- Brown Sugar
- Powdered or Granulated Stevia
- Monk Fruit Extract
- Date Sugar
- Date Syrup
- Lucuma Powder
Vegan Alternatives to Honey
There are several products that have been created specifically for the purpose of replacing honey. While we think the other liquid sweeteners listed above can work just as well, if you really want to match the flavor of honey, these are definitely worth checking out.
Designed to work without having to modify any recipes, Bee Free Honee works as a 1 to 1 replacement for regular honey. It's made with three simple ingredients: apple juice, cane sugar, and lemon juice.
Flavor-wise, it tastes quite similar to real honey, but has some mild notes of apple.
Being that it is apple juice based, Blenditup Vegan Honey has a similar ingredient list as Bee Free Honee. It can also be used as a 1 to 1 replacement in any recipe. The ingredients read: Apple Juice Concentrate, Water, Vegan Cane Sugar, Lemon Juice.
As you might imagine, it has a similar flavor profile to the first option. Whichever you like better will come down to your personal preference, but we don't think you'll be dissatisfied with either one!
Nature's Hollow Honey Substitute is a bit different than the other two products. Firstly, it is sugar-free. It's sweetened with xylitol (we cover this later) and "natural honey flavor". We've personally reached out to the manufacturer and confirmed that is is 100% vegan. It's great for diabetics and does a pretty good job matching the flavor of honey, although the texture is slightly different.
Vegan Liquid Sweeteners
Below is a list of vegan liquid sweeteners.Any of these products can technically be used to replace honey, if you didn't want to use any of honey specific substitutes. We’ve also made specific application recommendations for these sweeteners, but cooking is as much an art as it is a science.
There’s no hard and fast rules!
4. Maple Syrup
Maple syrup is a vegan liquid sweetener that is extracted from maple trees. It’s commonly eaten on breakfast foods such as waffles and pancakes, but actually makes a delicious sweetener for almost anything!
It has a deep, rich, and complex flavor that's completely unique. It doesn’t dissolve as well as some other liquid sweeteners, but a quick pulse in a blender and/or some heat should get the job done if you're having trouble.
Maple Syrup Applications: Baking, Tea, Coffee, Marinades, Cereals, Pancakes, Waffles
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5. Agave Nectar
Agave syrup or nectar is a relatively thin vegan sweetener that’s produced from the agave plant. It comes in several different varieties which have slightly different uses. The varieties range from light to dark, with the lighter syrups being more mild and neutral. With the darker varieties, you’ll notice more complex caramel-type notes. It tends to be easy to dissolve, which means it works well in coffee, tea, or other beverages.
Agave Nectar Applications: Baking, Tea, Coffee, Marinades, Cereals, Pancakes, Waffles, Mixed Drinks
6. Molasses / Black Strap Molasses
Both Molasses and Black Strap Molasses are fantastic vegan options to use as sweeteners. You may also see it referred to as “black treacle”. It’s made by boiling sugar cane down to a syrup and then extracting the sugar crystals. After the sugar crystals have been removed, the dark liquid that’s remaining is known as molasses. The Black Strap variety is derived from the third round of this process and thus is the most concentrated form of molasses.
Stevia Drops or Sweet Drops is concentrated liquid stevia which is sold flavored or unflavored in small little bottles.
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