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!
Baking with Raw Honey
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.
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. Some varieties have subtle differences and others are more noticeable.
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.
Honey Baked Recipes
Enjoy the taste of fried chicken using the “baked” 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 entrée on the stove. Try various flavors of honey – such as orange blossom or clover to vary the taste. Even the kids will love them! Enjoy Honey Chicken in the Air Fryer.
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. Baked Honey Chicken Tenders work with many different side dishes.
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. Honey Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins.
Delight your taste buds with this easy honey scone recipe that features blueberries. The addition of honey adds moisture any 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. Honey Scones with Blueberries.
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.
Baking cheese cake in the instant pot is the easiest way to go. Try it – Honey Cheesecake Instant Pot Recipe.
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. Your family is sure to enjoy these Honey Cranberry 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. Make a batch of Honey Bee Cookies.
This honey cake recipe should definitely 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 – Honey Bee Cake.
Yummy 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. Homemade Peanut Butter Honey Cookies are a healthier option.
11. Honey Sweetened Pumpkin Pie
I must confess that pumpkin has never been my favorite pie. However, this recipe went a long way towards changing my mind.
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. Honey Sweetened Pumpkin Pie.
12. Baked Honey Mustard Pork Chops
Pork chops can be prepared in so many ways – they are a nice change from beef or chicken. However, sometimes they do end up being tough.
Now you can experience baked pork chops that are moist and delicious every time. Pork chops cooked in the oven with this honey mustard sauce will be juicy and delicious. Honey Mustard Pork Chops.
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.
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.
FAQs about Baking with Honey
Yes, honey is a great companion to baking. It attracts moisture and helps prevent cookies and cakes from becoming too dry.
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.
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.
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.