Three Easy Recipes for Delicious Alternatives to Honey

Agave’s not the only substitute for honey: Get creative with some pineapple-, apple-, and kiwi-based honey alternatives!

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Left to right: Pineapple Coconut Sugar Syrup, Apple Honey, Kiwi Jam. Photos: Laura Vincent

1. Pineapple Coconut Sugar Syrup

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  • ¾ cup coconut sugar
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2. Apple Honey

This next recipe is a result of my trying to work out what the exact flavors of honey actually are — other than just, “honey” — and I pinpointed it down to a kind of mellow fruity sweetness that hits you in the back of the throat. To emulate this, I thought apples and lemons might come close. It turns out that I was not alone in thinking this, as several other people online have come to the same conclusion. This is my recipe, and it makes something that is the closest to pure honey in texture and taste — sweet yet complex, robust yet delicate, with a fantastic thick texture and gorgeous color. The apple flavor is present, but not overpowering, perfectly balanced by the lemon juice — I am simply delighted with it.

  • 1 cup sugar
  • Juice of one lemon (including pips)
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3. Kiwi Jam

Another fruit that struck me as having a somewhat honeyed flavor was the kiwi. This might be surprising, given how sour they are, but honey is in fact quite acidic — and you can see from the ingredients that this is balanced by plenty of sugar. This jam isn’t anything like traditional honey to look at and I wouldn’t use it entirely interchangeably, but it does have some of that same delicious sweetness with fruity bite. This makes a small quantity of jam — you could easily double it to make more, or thin it with some boiling water to make it into a syrup.

  • 1 cup sugar
  • Juice of one lemon (including seeds)

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