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Raw Honey
                                              Raw Honey with Honeycomb, Bee Pollen and Bee Propolis

 

I have been asked a lot lately “How do I substitute healthier ingredients in a recipe?”  So today I thought I would expand a little bit on how I might add honey to make a dish healthier.   It is best to buy honey raw. Raw honey has not been pasteurized, clarified, or filtered.  It is cloudy or opaque in color.  Honey has so many healthy benefits to it. Raw honey is an anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal substance and has been used for thousand of years for medical uses and in food preparation.  Substituting processed sugar, artificial sweeteners and other forms of sweeteners with raw honey can often times be a much healthier alternative.

 

Here are a few tips when substituting honey for sugar in a recipe.

  1.  When using honey, start out with 1/2 of the amount of sugar. So if a recipe calls for 1 cup of sugar, substitute it with a 1/2 cup of raw honey.
  2.  When measuring honey, coat your measuring cup with olive oil to allow your honey to smoothly and quickly come out of the measuring cup with no mess.
  3.  Reduce temperature by 25 degrees to prevent over browning.
  4.  For every 1 cup of honey replaced in a recipe, reduce the liquid amount (milk, water or other liquids)in recipe by 1/4 cup.
  5.  For each cup of honey used in a recipe, add 1/2 tsp of baking soda.
  6.  If you need your honey to be runny or in a more liquid state, it is ok to melt your honey on the stove top using low heat.  Be sure to heat it as little as possible, just until it is melted.

With these simple tips, you can make any recipe a bit healthier for you and your family.

Here are some delicious recipes that I have used raw honey as a sweetener in.

Holiday Egg Nog The Best Gluten Free & Grain Free Sandwich Bread Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt Spiced Hot Cocoa

Halle's Healthy Granola Grass Fed Sloppy Joe's Fruit Dip Stuffed Acorn Squash

Holiday Egg Nog

The Best Gluten Free & Grain Free Sandwich Bread

Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt

Coconut Flour Cut Out Cookies

Spiced Hot Cocoa

Halle’s Healthy Granola

Grass Fed Sloppy Joe’s

Fruit Dip

Stuffed Acorn Squash

 


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