Why Smart Bakers Ditch the Sugar and Reach for the Honey

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Trade sugar for honey and you’ll get rich flavors and moister baked goods

Why Smart Bakers Ditch the Sugar and Reach for the Honey

We tend to rely on processed white sugars when baking, stiffening our egg whites for meringue, and sweetening our pie fillings, but you can easily substitute honey for sugar in most baking recipes. The subtle floral notes and vibrant acidity of honey add a dynamic depth of flavor to classic baked goods, such as this Hummingbird Cake or this Pumpkin Bread.

Baklava Honey Biscuits

These Greek-inspired biscuits can be used as dessert or for a sweet campfire breakfast. Take refrigerated biscuits to a whole new level.

For the Baklava Honey Biscuits recipe, click here.

Bayou Chewy Honey Bars

Don't settle at snack time — make your own protein bars at home. Peanuts and peanut butter are good sources of non-meat protein, and honey adds a touch of natural sweetness. — National Honey Board

For the Bayou Chewy Honey Bars recipe, click here.

Blueberry Muffins with Salted Honey Crumble

Give classic blueberry muffins a makeover with a salty-sweet crumble topping made with all-natural honey. — National Honey Board

For the Blueberry Muffins with Salted Honey Crumble recipe, click here.

Fluffy Coconut Flour Pancakes

These fluffy pancakes use honey instead of sugar for even more delicious flavor.

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Honey Lemon Baklava

This classic Greek dessert features phyllo dough, spices, honey, and walnuts. 

For the Honey Lemon Baklava recipe, click here.

Honey Paleo Cake

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Most honey cakes contain coffee, but the coffee is left out of this recipe for simplicity. Serve this gluten-free cake after dinner with coffee for the perfect ending to your meal.

For the Honey Paleo Cake recipe, click here.

Matzo Strawberry Tart

This quick and easy tart recipe glazes vibrant summer berries in sweet honey for a wonderful light dessert tart.

For the Matzo Strawberry Tart recipe, click here.

Pumpkin Bread

This pumpkin bread uses honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves for a rich fall flavor.

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Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Pie with Homestyle Honey Crust

A step up from the classic cheesecake, this vanilla bean cheesecake is sweetened with honey and placed in a whole-wheat-honey crust. — National Honey Board

For the Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Pie with Homestyle Honey Crust recipe, click here.

Vanilla and Honey Shortbread Pie

Vanilla and honey are two flavors that complement shortbread's warm and comforting taste, and this recipe combines the three in a creamy, indulgent pie. — Kayle Blogna

For the Vanilla and Honey Shortbread Pie recipe, click here.