some buzz worthy recipes with honey…

Step off, sugar!!  Honey is the new sweet thing on the block!

Honey can be used instead of sugar or sweetner to sweeten any drink or baked good.  Bear in mind that the type of honey you use will add it’s own subtle flavor.  Think dark honey instead of white sugar, just like choosing dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate.  Besides, the darker the honey, the more antioxidants and the stronger the flavor which is the bees knees, for sure.

Remember these tips  before going all crazy in the kitchen:

  • Substitute honey for up to half the sugar
  • Reduce the amount of liquid in the recipe by 1/4 cup for each cup of honey used
  • Reduce oven temperature by 25 degrees to prevent over-browning
  • One 12 oz jar of honey equals a standard 8 ounce measuring cup

Here are a couple of drinks and smoothies that will keep you buzzing all morning!

Honey Strawberry Smoothie (4 servings)

1 pint Vanilla frozen yogurt

2 cups strawberries

8 oz skim milk

2 Tblsp honey

Combine all ingredients in blender.  Add more honey to taste.

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Banana Smoothie (4 servings)

1 pint skim milk

2 ripe bananas

2 small containers plain yogurt

2 Tblsp honey

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

pinch of nutmeg

Ice

Blend all of ingredients except ice.  Taste for adjustments and add ice cubes one at a time until smooth and desired thickness.

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Mexican Coffee (makes 4 cups)

4 cups hot espresso style coffee

7 oz milk

4 oz honey

2 Tblsp cocoa powder

1 tsp ground cinnamon

Whipped cream and chocolate shavings (optional)

Combine the cocoa powder and cinnamon with a little milk and honey to form a paste.  Add the coffee and milk, stir to combine.  Pour into mugs and garnish with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

Yummy dressings and marinades

Mint and honey dressing

3 Tblsp olive oil

4 Tblsp apple cider vinegar

2 Tblsp honey

1 Tblsp chopped, fresh mint

Place all ingredients in a pint sized mason jar, or other jar with screw-top lid.  Shake together until blended.  Great with a watercress or arugula salad.

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Sweet and sour salad dressing

2 oz. honey

2 1/2 Tblsp rice wine vinegar

8 Tblsp olive oil

1 Tblsp minced onion

1/4 tsp garlic salt

Salt and Pepper

In blender, combine all ingredients except olive oil.  Blend until smooth.  Pour in the olive oil in a slow, stead stream and mix until smooth.

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Orange Honey Marinade 

6 Tblsp honey

6 Tblsp soy sauce

10 oz orange juice

3 Tblsp water

5 oz dry white wine

1 tsp mustard

1 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp allspice

1 clove of garlic, crushed

1/4 tsp tabasco sauce (optional)

Combine all ingredients and let stand for about 20 minutes for flavors to develop.  Use as a fabulous marinade for pork or chicken!

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Honey-Caramelized figs with yogurt (via)

1 Tblsp honey, plus more for drizzling

8 oz fresh figs, halved

2 cups plain low fat Greek yogurt

pinch ground cinnamon

1/4 cup chopped pistachios

Heat honey in medium skillet over medium heat.  Cook figs, cut sides down until caramelized, about 5 minutes.  Serve over yogurt with cinnamon and pistachios.  Drizzle fo shizzle, more honey.

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FYI…there are about 3,000 types of honey around the globe.  So if you are dirt poor and can’t make that trip to some village on the other side of the world, how about just trying a honey from that region?  See?  I just saved you money and the hassle of an international airport.

Another piece of information regarding honey…..get this……If honey is stored in sealed containers it can remain stable for decades….even centuries!!!  But for all practical purposes, a shelf life of two years is often stated on the container.

Has your honey crystallized in the jar?  No problemo…just place the jar (minus lid) in a saucepan with warm water over low heat and stir until the crystals dissolve.

You can find more cool info HERE and HERE!!

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7 responses to “some buzz worthy recipes with honey…

  1. Ooh yummy, especially the dressings! And thanks for the substitution scoop. I always wondered about that!
    You ROCK, Sandi 😎

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  2. Honey is amazing. If you have a spoonful of locally produced honey everyday during the spring/summer months it will reduce & in some cases totally eliminate hay fever. Sadly, since I became vegan, honey is on my no, no list.

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  3. I have a syrup which is made of fruit sugars, it has a kind of honey taste to it, but I am not so sure It would be any use for beauty or medicinal use. lol. You are welcome! as always, a great post, lovely lady. 🙂

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  4. Anita Taylor

    Everything here is yummy. I love honey, How about trying agave too. 🙂 Thanks for posting the recipe.

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