Whether creating a culinary masterpiece in the kitchen, or just a sweet snack, honey has a lot to offer. If you haven’t tried cooking with honey, its time you learned more about this special substance. It can be combined with many common ingredients. Having a jar on hand is a must for any well stocked pantry. Check out some of these easy honey recipes – they are so much fun to try.
Easy Recipes Using Honey
What makes honey such a good partner in the kitchen? For one thing it is a natural sweetener, made by bees from plant nectar.
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When bees combine plant nectar from many plants, the result is a poly-floral product called -Wildflower Honey. But, beekeepers can also harvest special varieties such as Clover, Orange Blossom, Buckwheat or Sourwood. These will have special unique flavors.
Actually, regular honey can vary in flavor and honey color from one harvest to the next. This gives you many options for pairing it with different types of food. It is also wonderful in baked goods.
If you store honey properly, it never spoils. No wasted money here! One of the keys to keeping it fresh and ready to use is choosing a storage container with a tight lid – especially when buying in bulk. For smaller amounts, use a regular jar that seals.
Raw honey has many uses that go far beyond the kitchen. It is a popular ingredient in many healthy and beauty products. But, lets not forget the kitchen – for that is where it really shines.
Here are some great recipes that feature honey as an ingredient. Whether making a hearty lunch or delicious dinner – you are sure to find something to love.
Air Fryer Honey Chicken Dinner
The air fryer is a popular tool for many cooks because it makes fast work of producing a meal. Using less oil than deep frying, it can be a healthier option. Of course, I had to try it out.
This recipe for Easy Air Fryer Honey Chicken has awesome flavor and no oily aftertaste. If you want to spice things up a bit you can always add a bit of hot sauce.
Baked Honey Chicken Tenders
Another great way to enjoy chicken is straight from the oven. But, getting that well-done but still moist-baked chicken is not always easy.
This recipe is one of my favorites for the oven – Baked Honey Chicken Tenders. They are flavorful but not too strong for picky eaters.
Perfect for those of you who hate soggy breading on tenders. Crispy, moist and delicious, your family will love them.
If they begin to get a bit too crisp before they are done, cover them with tinfoil for the last few minutes.
Honey Chicken Stir Fry
Need a quick dinner that is easy to make and healthy too? This Honey Chicken Stir Fry with savory sauce will encourage everyone to eat their vegetables.
I paired it with rice but you could also use noodles or another vegetable. It comes out moist but it was not overly sweet.
Honey Shrimp Stir Fry
While our family does not eat a lot of seafood – my husband loves shrimp. This delicious stir fry recipe will have the gang asking for seconds and maybe thirds.
Shrimp, honey and lime team up with a little butter and garlic to create an awesome dish. I served this with pasta and parmesan. Give Honey Shrimp Stir Fry a try!
Baked Honey Mustard Pork Chops
Dry tough baked pork chops are a thing of the past with this recipe. The honey, mustard and mayonnaise combine to the create the best darn Honey Mustard Pork Chops around. Be sure that you do not over cook them and you will have a winner.
Honey Pork Chops on the Grill
I’m personally not a big pork fan but many folks do enjoy a nice juicy pork chop. This fast easy recipe adds a little extra flavor to grill chops.
This simple ingredient list features honey, garlic and soy sauce. Honey Grilled Pork Chops are delicious on the grill but you can bake them too if you prefer.
The sweet, golden goodness of honey can not be left off the desert menu. After all, it is the ultimate natural sweetener when used straight from the jar or in cooking.
Here are just a few honey snack recipes that will bring a smile to anyone’s face. Be warned in advance that you may find yourself making them more and more often.
Honey Glazed Pineapple Rings
There is just something festive about grilling – especially when the weather is nice. One of our favorites is grilled pineapple. This Honey Glazed Grilled Pineapple is quick and easy to fix and sure to please.
Chocolate Honey Caramel Turtles
These are just almost too good – seriously! I only let myself make them occasionally 😉 They look complicated but are actually very easy to make. Like many candies, they come out better when the humidity is not very high.
Using pecans, chocolate and caramel made with honey, these fun and delicious turtle candies are a crowd pleaser.
Express your friends and family with Honey Caramel Turtle Candy. A delightful treat when your sweet tooth has a serious craving for chocolate and caramel.
Honey Caramel Apples
Create a twist on the traditional recipe and make our own honey caramel apples. Often paired with a tangy green apple, you can use any kind of apple that your family likes. This caramel is thinner than tradition caramel. You can adds nuts for extra flavor.
Dehydrated Pineapple with Honey
Dehydration is a useful form of long term food storage. One popular snack is to make dehydrated pineapple slices with a honey dip or glaze. The honey adds a bit of sweetness to the dried fruit and helps prolong freshness too!
Peanut Butter Cheerios Bars
Sometimes there is no time for breakfast. A handy cereal snack to eat on the run may be just what you need. Even better, they can be made ahead of time and frozen.
Honey Peanut Butter Cheerios Bars is made using plain Cheerios cereal. Of course you can use varieties but you will be added more sugar and calories. A 1/2 cup serving size is easy to manage when eating on the road.
Honey Roasted Almonds
Almonds are a healthy snack and taste good right from the bag. But sometimes you might want to dress them up a bit?
When you want something really quick and really delicious, reach for this Honey Roasted Almonds with Sea Salt Recipe.
Oh boy, talk about tasty – and yes they do have fat but its mostly healthy fat. A nice snack option and they will keep in a sealed container for several weeks – but trust me – they won’t last that long!
Honey Roasted Cashews
A variation on roasted almonds is using cashews instead. Toasting cashews in a butter, honey mixture creates a unique flavor that is a great treat for every day or any special occasion. Honey Roasted Cashews. These festive nuts are great for the holiday.
Honey, Peanut Butter & Oatmeal Balls
These small snack bites combine the healthful properties and tempting flavor of peanut butter, oatmeal and honey.
They are delicious and provide a boost of energy for an afternoon pick up. Easy to make, they store well in the freezer.
Honey, Peanut Butter & Oatmeal Balls do freeze well, but you can still eat them frozen. Do not put them there to hide them from yourself – it does not work.
Honey Popsicles – With Greek Yogurt and Berries
Looking for a cool, sweet treat? You don’t have to visit the ice cream isle at the market. You can make your own. These cool ice pops with no regular sugar added are healthy treat.
Don’t let the heat of Summer get you down. Make your own Honey Popsicles featuring Greek Yogurt and avoid the empty calories found in some many cool snacks.
Using Honey in Baking
Honey is a fan favorite when it comes to baked goods. The use of honey in a recipe helps make baked products more moist. This natural sugar can be used in many recipes.
If you need something super quick and easy – this Recipe for Simple Honey Joys is a fan favorite. Most of the needed items are probably already in your pantry.
Crispy Honey Bee Cookies
Baking cookies is a fun activity that the whole family can enjoy. Well sugar cookies have met their match. Besides – who doesn’t love a bee shaped cookie?
Of course you can use regular cookie cutters to make these Crispy Honey Bee Cookies but the bee shapes are so cute.
Homemade Honey Cheesecake
You will love the delicious creamy texture of this homemade Cheesecake make with Honey instead of granulated sugar. This recipe is designed to work with your Instant Pot which makes success almost guaranteed. Top with a honey drizzle and fresh berries of your choice.
Honey Cranberry Cookies
Let’s face it, sometimes you just really need a cookie….right? These cookies have great flavor and will satisfy your cookie craving. Featuring nutritious cranberries Cranberry Cookies may become a holiday favorite.
Easy Blueberry Scones
Are you a lover of fresh baked scones? If so, you really need to try my Easy Blueberry Scones. It features nutritious blue berries and raw honey. It is truly a taste explosion in your mouth.
Honey Blueberry Muffins
How about a tasty muffin? These moist Honey Blueberry Muffins are a great choice. Not too sweet and filled with nutritious whole foods, they are great right from the oven.
You can make them ahead and store in the freezer too. A quick way to have breakfast on the go. They are not too sweet so depending on the tartness of your blueberries you may adjust the sweetness.
Pumpkin Pie Sweetened with Honey
Making a pie never gets any easier than this recipe for honey pumpkin pie. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and pour into a pie crust.
Bake until done, let cool and then enjoy. You only need a few ingredients and the cleanup is minimal. Consider making a homemade pumpkin pie for your family.
Peanut Butter Honey Cookies
The peanut butter extravaganza continues with these Peanut Butter Honey Cookies. They are the perfect answer for those of you wanting to feed your craving for peanut butter.
This recipe makes a firm cookie that has body and lacks the greasy feeling that so many peanut butter cookies have.
Honey Bee Cake – Deliciously Sweet
In addition to adding flavor, and moisture to your baking, honey also can be used as a theme. Who would not be delighted with this adorable honey bee cake with fondant bees to complete the theme.
Honey Bee Latte Coffee Drink
Want to create a special coffee drink that you will love and save some money too? The Honey Bee Latte is a wonderful combination of warm milk, espresso and yummy honey.
Having an espresso machine with a steam wand is the easy way to make one. However, a handheld frothing wand will do the trick too!
Homemade Honey Lemonade
Yes, you can make your own lemonade and use honey as the sweetener instead of refined sugar. It is easier than you may think and only requires 3 ingredients. Honey Sweetened Lemonade is very refreshing for any occasion.
Other Great Honey Ideas
We have just barely scratched the surface of possibilities when it comes to cooking with honey. It is not a requirement to have a recipe, you can enjoy eating honeycomb as a stand alone treat. Another idea, dehydrate it to make your own honey powder.
Honey Apple Butter in the Crockpot
Got a few extra apples sitting around? Or maybe you are in the mood for a new spread to use on those bagels or biscuits? Make your own Honey Apple Butter Crockpot Style.
This recipe makes up to 6 half pints of homemade honey apple butter. It’s a great item to make for yourself or to give at Christmas. You can take it through the canning process for long term storage or keep in the frig to eat right away.
Homemade Blueberry Syrup
We have several blueberry bushes that “thanks to the bee pollination” produces a lot of berries. I struggle to find ways to use the berries and not make too many cobblers!
What a great way to utilize fresh blue berries! You don’t have any fresh berries? No worries. This recipe works great with frozen blueberries too. Grab a few cups of berries, a lemon and a little water – viola – Homemade Blueberry Syrup with Honey.
Best Homemade Honey Teriyaki Sauce
Sure, it is easy to pick up a bottle of sauce at the grocery – but who knows what it in there. Make your own delicious honey teriyaki sauce at home with this easy recipes. You only need a few items and the sauce has so many uses in the kitchen. Best Honey Teriyaki Sauce
Those who follow a strict vegan diet do not eat honey. But, some members of this lifestyle do include honey in the menu. What about something to soothe an itchy throat? Get infused with this honey lemon ginger tea.
Go forth and explore, you can find honey recipes for every taste preference. You can even make gummy bears with honey. And, don’t forget to try different flavors of honey as this too affect the final flavor of your food.