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Baking with Honey- Easy Recipes

Baking is one of the most traditional ways of cooking food. If you have spent any time in the kitchen, you have likely baked something at some time. But perhaps, you are not familiar using honey in baked goods? This natural sweetener is actually a great companion for baking. Check out these easy recipes and give baking with honey a try!

Using Raw Honey in Baked Goods

Showcase of various baking recipes using honey as an ingredient.

Raw honey is unfiltered and unpasteurized. It is one of nature’s finest foods that can be consumed straight from the hive by most people. You can eat raw honeycomb and enjoy honey in its purest form but most people are familiar with the liquid variety.

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There are actually several different varieties of honey to try. Clover, Sourwood, Tupelo, Orange Blossom Honey are all natural products available in some areas. The nectar sources visited by bees results in different flavors and even honey of various colors or shades.

But for using honey in baking, any type works just fine. There is no need to spend extra money on a fancy brand. I might suggest a light colored variety as the taste is less bold and will not hide the flavor of your other ingredients. Here are some great simple recipes using honey in baked goods to get you started.

Easy Recipes

1. Air Fryer Honey Chicken

Enjoy the taste of fried chicken using the "baking" method with very little oil. Air Fryer chicken is crispy and delicious. Coated in a sweet and tangy honey sauce this dish lets the honey flavor shine through. You can make it in one pan or air fry the chicken pieces and finish the entree on the stove.
Try various flavors of honey – such as orange blossom or clover to vary the taste. Even the kids will love them!
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2. Baked Honey Chicken Tenders

Golden baked chicken tenders made using honey and bread crumbs for a crispy coating. Using only 1-2 tablespoons of honey adds flavor and locks in moisture.
Toss chicken in the flavorful coating and add some Italian Seasoning to give them more flavor if you wish. Moist and delicious.
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3. Honey Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins

Need a healthy snack or a quick "on the go" breakfast? These blueberry& honey muffins are just the ticket. Made using healthy ingredients like blueberries, raw honey, oatmeal and greek yogurt, they will pick you up without weighing you down.
If you don't have blueberries – chunks of apples work too. Stir up a batch and freeze the extras for future use.
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4. Blueberry Scones Made with Honey

Delight your taste buds with this easy honey scone recipe that features blueberries. The addition of honey adds moisture to baked goods. You can use fresh blueberries or frozen – a great way to use your harvest.
The combined flavors of raw honey and blueberries make this "not too sweet" treat something special. If you want extra sweetness, drizzles with a powdered sugar glaze when cool.
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5. Homemade Honey Cheesecake with Berries

This Graham cracker crust cheesecake is made right in your instant pot. Full fat creamed cheese and sour cream give you a smooth texture with a bit of honey flavor.
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6. Honey Cranberry Cookies

Enjoy the flavor of raw honey , dried cranberries and white chocolate in this easy to make healthy cookie recipe. The addition of dried cranberries combine with the other ingredients to give your taste buds a work out. A special recipe that is simple enough for everyday – yet special enough to have for the holidays.
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7. Crispy Honey Bee Cookies

Imagine the excitement when you take these simple honey cookies out of the oven. Kids of all ages will be drawn to them because of the fun shapes.
They are similar in texture to sugar cookies but are made with honey instead of granulated sugar. Sprinkle with cinnamon if you want to jazz up the flavor. Easy to make and freeze for later. A light cookie taste that goes well with coffee or tea too.
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8. Honey Bee Cake

This honey cake recipe should definately be near the top of your list of desserts. Sometimes cake can end up dry and tasteless. This recipe uses Wildflower honey to add flavor and moistness to your cake batter.
A wonderful choice for your after dinner desert-enjoy it plain or with the icing glaze. The fondant bees add a cute theme to your honey cake. Perfect for a bee loving party.
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9. Peanut Butter Honey Cookies

Yuumy peanut butter cookies made with honey and whole wheat flour. Cookies made with peanut butter are a sure crowd pleaser and nothing goes better with a cup of coffee. But, sometimes they can seem a bit greasy.
This recipe provides more nutritional value than a basic peanut butter cookie due to the special flower and added honey.
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10. Honey Sweetened Pumpkin Pie

Made with canned pumpkin, this honey sweetened pumpkin pie recipe is a perfect desert for any occasion. It is so easy to make that even the most inexperienced baker can have success.
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Tips for Replacing Sugar with Honey in Baked Goods

Honey is made by bees but it is still sugar. Sweet and delicious but it does have calories so lets keep everything in moderation.

When substituting honey in your recipe remember that it is a liquid. Therefore, when adding a cup of honey it is a good idea to reduce other liquid ingredients by about 1/4 cup. This helps keep the balance between wet ingredients and dry.

Be sure to try my other recipes using honey for snacks, entrees and special foods such as creamed honey – with or without cinnamon please!

FAQs about Baking with Honey

Is it okay to bake with honey?

Yes, honey is a great companion to baking. It attracts moisture and helps prevent cookies and cakes from becoming too dry.

Does honey become toxic when heated?

Raw honey does lose some of its nutritional benefits when heated. The color, texture and flavor may change but honey used in recipes for cooking does not become toxic.

How much honey is equivalent to a cup of sugar?

Most recipes suggest that you use 3/4 cup of honey for every 1 cup of sugar. This is based on the thought that honey is sweeter – therefore you need less. In my recipes, I often use the same amount.

Can I use honey instead of brown sugar in a recipe?

Yes you can use honey as a substitution for brown sugar. Just remember to reduce the other liquid ingredients a bit. The honey is adding liquids to the mixture.

Keep a Jar in Your Kitchen Pantry

Good food is not cheap but honey is a wise investment and everyone should have a jar on hand. In addition, to eating a spoonful every now and then, honey is used for many things.

Best of all, when stored properly – honey never goes bad. This means you don’t have to worry about throwing it out. Your food investment is safe.

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