Honey is often a controversial topic in the vegan world as many people debate whether or not the sweet nectar is actually suitable for vegans or not. Luckily for your sweet tooth, there is a profusion of different types of honey alternatives out there and they’re all just as heavenly as the real deal!

These 5 bee-free substitutes are sure to satisfy your cravings without buzzing off our little friends.

5 Vegan Honey Alternatives to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth


1. Agave Nectar

Agave nectar is a natural sweetener that comes from the leaves of the agave plant which is commonly found in Mexico. It’s often used similarly to honey to sweeten tea, drizzle on top of pancakes, or even in baked recipes. This syrupy delight is sweeter than honey, so you can use less! It also contains 55-90% fructose – meaning it won’t raise your blood sugar levels as much as other sweeteners.

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2. Dandelion Syrup

Yes, those little “weeds” that always appear in your garden can be handy in the kitchen. Dandelions have multiple health benefits such as improving digestive health and relieving pain – and that’s not all! They also make for a great blood and liver cleanser and detoxifier. You can easily prepare them at home too – all you’ll need is dandelion petals, water, lemons, vanilla beans, and some granulated sugar.

3. Maple Syrup

Maple syrup is made from a sugary substance found in maple trees and is a 100% natural sweetener – although different brands are more processed than others. This sweet delight is low in calories and is perfect for people who are trying to avoid sugar in order to lose weight and for those who are trying to find a syrup that is just as good as honey.

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4. Date Syrup

Date Syrup is a natural sweetener that comes from extracting the liquid from cooked dates. It’s used in the same way as other liquid sweeteners: on top of pancakes and waffles or inside baked goods and desserts. Whole dates are rich in fibre, antioxidants, and minerals. However, date syrup from supermarkets don’t contain the whole fruit, so the fibre does not make it into the final product.

If you’re looking for a healthier way to consume date syrup, it is recommended to make your own at home. This is done by mixing pureed dates with water – so none of the good stuff is wasted!

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5. Bee Free Honeebee free honee

Bee Free Honee is a vegan liquid sweetener made from certified organic, non-GMO apples, sugar, and fresh lemon juice that looks and drizzles just like the real thing. The brand was founded in 1999 by co-owner Katie Sanchez when she accidentally created a honey-like syrup while attempting to make apple jelly. Bee Free Honee, which was featured on “Shark Tank,” now comes in several flavors such as Original, Mint, Red Curry, and more. It can be used as a sweetener for tea or can stand in for honey in baking.

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