Honey is a foodstuff produced by the processing of the nectar collected by bees from various flowers with the enzymes in the bees’ own bodies. Its raw material is nectar. It consists of substances such as glucose, fructose, iron, calcium, phosphate, sodium, chloride, potassium, and magnesium. It is also a very rich food source in terms of vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, and B6. Honey carries the nutritional values of the flowers from which the nectars are collected and its nutritional value is very strong. There are approximately 300 calories of energy in 100 grams of honey. Honey can be consumed plain or used in many recipes. Do you know any of these recipes?
Recipes prepared using honey are getting popular day by day. Honey can be used both in meals and desserts as well as in beverages. The potent aroma of honey gives the dessert or beverage in which it is used a sweet taste, where it can be used as a flavoring agent in meals in order to give the meal some caramelized savor. I am going to list the best recipes with honey under different topics. Let’s take a look at those honey recipes together!
Recipes Sweeter Than Honey
Honey is a very useful nutrient formed by the chemical change of nectar, which is swallowed by bees from flowers and fruit buds, by the invertase enzyme in the organs of the bees. Its fragrance is given by the aromatic essential oils in the flowers, which are also the oil that provides the scents of the flowers.
900 thousand bees have to work for a day to collect ½ kg of raw nectar in honey production. The amount of honey obtained depends on the sugar concentration of the nectar brought in. Honey varieties take names according to the vegetation where the bees are and according to the name of the region. Honey such as pine honey and chestnut honey is included in the class of honey types according to the vegetation in the region. Here are sweet recipes from honey:
- Oatmeal, Honey, Banana Milk
- 200 gr of oats
- 250 ml of milk
- 1 banana
- 150 g of flower honey
- 100 g of raisins
- 100 g dried apricots
- 100 g almonds
Place the oats in a medium deep bowl. Add the dried apricots, almonds, and raisins in small pieces to the oats. Add milk to it. Chop the bananas and add them. Crown it with flower honey.
- Flower honey
Very different and mixed flowers are produced in places where vegetation coexists. In other words, honey produced in places where a different flower does not predominate becomes flower honey. For example, it is difficult to produce flower honey where there are chestnut trees. Because the scent of chestnut honey prevails as the bees will go and collect honey from the chestnut trees while collecting nectar. But if the flowers on the side arms where the bees collect nectar will not change the normal flower vegetation, bees can get nectar from different trees and plants.
- Pear Honey Tart
- 1/2 cup butter (solid)
- 1/2 cup mild cream cheese
- 1.5 cups flour
- 3 pears (peeled and sliced)
- 1/4 cup of orange juice
- 1/2 cup pine honey
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon of coconut
- 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
- 1.5 tablespoons cornstarch
Add the butter and mild cream cheese into the flour and blend with a blender until smooth. It should be able to form a ball when you squeeze it in your palm. Spread the dough in a round tray, cover with a plastic bag and refrigerate for at least an hour. Put the sliced pears in the orange juice. Whisk the honey, cinnamon, coconut, cardamom, and cornstarch in the mixer. Pour the honey-spice mixture over the pears and set aside. Preheat your oven to 190 degrees. Place your dough in your pie mold or in a glass bowl (slightly oiled is an advantage when removing it). If you are going to use a glass container, you can make a tart shape by bending the edges. Place the fruits you prepared on top and decorate them properly. After taking the tart out of the oven, decorate it with honey and cinnamon.
- Pine honey
Pine honey obtained from scotch pines is included in honey types according to flora. Bees make honey with this secretion secreted by pine trees in certain periods. Pine honey is exceptional honey that bees produce not from flower pollen, but by using the secretion of an intermediary insect that lives on the trunk of some pine tree species-specific to the Mediterranean and Aegean climates.
- Whole Grape and Honey Cookies
- 1 egg
- 1 tea glass of cold water
- 1 tea glass of chestnut honey
- 2 tablespoons of hazelnut oil
- 1 packet of vanilla
- Half a pack of baking powder
- 1 tea glass of raisins
- Wholemeal flour as much as it takes
Put the hazelnut oil, egg, vanilla, water, and chestnut honey into the dough kneading bowl. Then add wholemeal flour a little until you get a soft dough. Mix well and knead a little. Add baking powder, cinnamon, and raisins. Give the shape you want by tearing pieces of the size you want. Set the oven to 190 degrees. Put the cookies lined on wax paper into the oven. Cooking time 15-20 minutes.
- Chestnut Honey
It is a type of honey that is generally obtained by placing beehives inside the chestnut trees, in coastal areas and areas facing the sea. One of the three species of the chestnut Fagaceae family known as honey. The blooming time of the branches, which are about 30 meters high, is in June and July. The honey bee collects pollen, nectar, and secretion from the chestnut. While bees collect nectar from chestnuts, they also contribute to chestnut production by providing pollination. The honey of the plant is dark brown like its fruit. It crystallizes slowly, forming very fine granules when crystallized.
- Honey Sugar-Free Pancake
- 1 egg
- 1 coffee cup of citrus honey
- 2 tablespoons of oil
- 1 glass of water Milk
- 1.5 cups flour
- 1 packet of baking powder
- 1 packet of vanilla
- 1 piece of butter
Whisk all the ingredients in a bowl until it forms a cake. Heat your pan on the stove and turn the stove to the lowest level. Pour the dough into the pan with a spoon and turn it after a short time. Cook the other side and remove from the stove, repeat the same process until the dough is finished. Three pancakes fit in a pan, if you pour more than a spoon, it will be larger and touch each other. But if you want to make it bigger, prepare it one by one. You can also make false waffles from this dough. Lay the pancakes on top of each other, put the butter on top, and add the citrus honey. Bon appetit already.
- Citrus Honey
A type of honey obtained from nectar in the flowers of trees, generally found in lemon, tangerine, and orange groves. Citrus honey has a clear appearance and the intense aroma and scent of a distinctive citrus flower. With its sweetness and lasting taste, it has a high, fluid, and rapidly dispersible texture.
Special Honey Recipes
Sweet foods and beverages can complement a balanced diet, regular physical activity, and other healthy lifestyle options. How about trying different dessert recipes made with honey instead of sugar? When preparing desserts, the amount of fat and sugar we add in calories affects. The addition of flour, of course, increases the calories. For this reason, milk and fruit recipes with less fat can be used instead of flour and oily recipes. Honey can be used as a healthier and natural substitute for sugar in desserts, as well as a richer in vitamins and minerals. When making changes to your recipes, instead of removing the sugar completely, you replace it with honey in half. Here are some very practical honey recipes.
- Honey Fruit Ice Cream
You can get delicious homemade ice cream when you slice a medium-sized melon and freeze it with a little water and 1 spoon of honey.
- Honey Chestnut Dessert
Arrange the chestnuts that you have scratched their shells and boiled on the dessert plate and drizzle honey on it. You can get a different but delicious dessert when you decorate it with cinnamon.
- Cocoa Pudding
Mix a few bananas, a few spoons of cocoa, honey, and vanilla in the robot. Share it in bowls and keep it in the fridge. When you serve it cold, it will be a delicious pudding recipe.
- Honey Apple Balls
Knead the grated juice with squeezed apples, oatmeal softened with milk and honey. Make small balls and arrange them on a flat plate and sprinkle with cinnamon. Serve after keeping in the fridge.
- Honey Mugs
Clean berries such as blueberries, blackberries, raspberries. In a bowl, mix the yogurt and vanilla sticks. Pour yogurt, then fruit, then honey into the mugs and continue until the glasses are full.
- Crispy Cookies
Take some of the breakfast cereals onto the plate and break them into smaller pieces. Mix it with a little honey and dip it into a bain-marie melted chocolate and form a ball. At this stage, consume it with pleasure after freezing or baking.
When you add honey to a mixture of eggs, granulated sugar, and water, you can create a sweet or sweet Italian-style meringue mix.
- Honey Almond Milk
This recipe can be an alternative for people and children who cannot drink milk. A spoonful of honey and cocoa you will add to a glass of almond milk will make it easier to consume.
- Honey Pancake
You can get a satisfying taste when you apply honey to the pancakes prepared with the known ingredients before they cool.
- Honey Carrot Halva
Boil the grated carrots with a little water. When it softens well, solidify the remaining water with starch and remove it from the stove. Mix well with honey and serve warm.
- Honey Walnut
Roast a glass of honey, a piece of butter, and whole picked walnuts over low heat until they are integrated. Lay it out on greaseproof paper and wait for it to dry and eat it.
- Honey Pumpkin Dessert
After boiling the squash in a little water, puree it and spread it on a glass tray 2 fingers thick and add crushed walnuts, cinnamon, and honey.
- Honey Quince
Cut the quince in half, peel off the peel and remove the seeds, add one or two cloves and 1 tablespoon of honey, and bake.
- Honey Cinnamon Fruit Puree
Mash 2 bananas with a fork and add a grated pear, 3 tiny diced dried apricots, half a cup of crushed nuts, 1 tablespoon of coconut, and cinnamon. After portioning in small bowls, you can serve by adding a tablespoon of honey.
- Honey Cinnamon Apple and Pear Crunch
Slice 1 medium apple and 1 medium pear very thinly, cover the baking tray with greaseproof paper, and line the fruits. In a separate bowl, mix 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1 tablespoon of honey and add it over the fruits.
- Honey Cookies
Beat 1 egg with half a glass of brown granulated sugar for 3 minutes. Add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1 pack of vanillin, 3 tablespoons of honey, half a glass of oil, half a glass of crushed walnuts, 2.5 cups of whole wheat flour, and 1 pack of baking powder and knead. Place it on an oven tray giving the desired shape and bake in an oven preheated to 180 ° C for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
- Dried Fruit Honey Pudding
1 liter of light milk, 10 tablespoons of plain corn flakes, 4-5 dried apricots, 30 dried blueberries, 30 raisins, 15 prunes, 1-2 tablespoons honey.
Slice the dried apricots into small slices and put them in a pan with all the ingredients and cook until they have a thick consistency. Pour 1-2 tablespoons of honey on serving bowls and serve warm or cold. Optionally, cinnamon can be added.
Honey has a very high effect on our immune system. Especially in winter, the use of honey in diseases such as flu, cold and sore throat will help the body recover more quickly.
Sugar Free Dessert Recipes Made with Honey
For centuries, honey has been used both for the treatment of wounds and as sweet food. The harm of sugar next to honey cannot be denied. We use sugar in many desserts made today. While honey may not be completely innocent next to sugar, it is certain that it is more beneficial than the other. Both contain glucose and fructose. However, the ratio of those two simple sugars to each other is different for honey than refined sugar. That is why sugar is quite more harmful and less beneficial than honey.
The details about this controversy are as follows: In sugar, glucose and fructose are linked. That means, there are strong bonds between them and they require more energy to be broken, as well as giving more energy when digested. On the other hand, in honey, those two simple sugars, glucose, and fructose are separate from each other. They also give you energy when digested, but the amount of this energy is lower than that of sugar. Besides, when you consume honey, the energy you receive comes stable. For this reason, while sugar turns into great energy and increases blood sugar suddenly, the situation in honey is to keep blood sugar constant. Honey has many benefits for the human body:
- Honey contains flavonoids and antioxidants that prevent heart disease and cancer.
- Recent research shows that honey can help with ailments such as ulcers and bacterial gastroenteritis.
- In New Zealand, Peter Molan, director of the Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato, said, “All types of honey are antibacterial because bees have an enzyme with hydrogen peroxide.”
- Honey enhances athletic performances. Today, honey is a very important food for many athletes.
- It reduces cough and prepares the body for sleep more easily.
- Honey with antibacterial properties is used in the treatment of wounds.
- Honey also has beneficial bacteria. That’s why it is an ideal probiotic.
- According to a study at Cardiff University Medical School in England, honey promotes the production of immune cells. Therefore, honey strengthens the immune system.
On the other hand, sugar has many damages to our body. First of all, sugar is very harmful to teeth as it does not contain essential nutrients. It supports rotting. Due to the high fructose that it contains, it loads the liver. This accelerates liver diseases. Even if you do not smoke, it causes fatty liver.
On the other hand, sugar can cause insulin resistance, which is the stepping stone of metabolic syndrome and diabetes. This insulin resistance can progress and increase in severity in type 2 diabetes. Plus, insulin is one of the main hormones that regulate the growth of cancer cells. Especially in metabolic cancer types, it can be called the main cause. On the other hand, one of the biggest reasons why we cannot use the brain effectively is that simple sugar production causes massive dopamine secretion.
In addition to all these, sugar causes 60% of obesity in adults and children. It increases cholesterol levels in the elderly and even younger ages and increases the risk of developing heart disease. To avoid all of this, I have compiled 5 recipes for you that do not use sugar.
- Honey and Fig Yogurt
- 3 tablespoons pine nuts
- ¼ cup honey
- ½ teaspoon of rose water
- 3 cups of yogurt
- 16 figs
Turn the stove on at medium-low heat. In a small Teflon pan, roast the pine nuts for 4 minutes. Remove the peanuts from the heat and put them in a corner. Heat the honey and rose water over medium heat, boil for 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Put the figs on the yogurt and pour over the sauce in the pot, then add the peanuts. Serve cold.
- Dream with Fruity
- 2 ripe nectarines or peaches
- 2 spoonful butter
- Ricotta cheese
- ¼ tablespoon of cinnamon
Divide the nectarine in half and remove the seeds. Place the nectarines face down; Bake for 1 to 2 minutes until the cut side of the fruit is lightly caramelized. In a small bowl, combine 2 teaspoons of cinnamon with ricotta. Spoon the ricotta mixture on the nectarines. Drizzle honey over it and serve with mint as an ornament.
- Sea Salt Honey Ice Cream
- 2 cups of heavy whipped cream
- 500 ml of milk
- ¼ cup honey
- ½ teaspoon of sea salt
Stir the cream on low mode. Then take the mixer high and beat for 2 minutes. Using a spatula, add milk, honey, and salt into the cream. Mix gently. Place the mixture in an airtight, lidded bowl and drizzle 1 tablespoon of honey over it and stir gently. It should wait for at least 6 hours in the freezer. Serve in bowls with extra salt and honey.
- Oatmeal Cookie
- ½ cup of softened margarine
- 2/3 cup honey
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1+ ½ cup of oats
- 1 cup of white whole wheat flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
- Cup of raisins
Preheat the oven to 350 ° C. Spread wax paper on a baking tray. Put butter and honey in a mixing bowl to make it creamy. Add egg and vanilla extract as well. In another bowl, whisk the oats, flour, baking powder, and salt together. Combine the two pots and mix. Add the grapes last. Tear pieces of dough with your spoon or hand and place them on the tray. Bake for 8-10 minutes until it turns golden. Take the cookies to be served after they are cooked and let them cool. Store the rest in an airtight glass container.
- Honey Lemon Cake
- 3 eggs
- 1+ ½ cup of yogurt
- 2/3 cup olive oil
- 1 glass of honey
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1 tablespoon of grated lemon peel
- 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
- 2+ ½ cup flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon of salt
Pre-set the oven to 350 ° C. Grease your cake pan. In a large bowl, whisk the egg lightly. Continue whisking and add yogurt, olive oil, honey, vanilla, lemon peel, and water. Add remaining ingredients and mix until completely smooth. Pour the mixture into the cake pan and bake for 60-70 minutes (cover with foil if the top becomes burning). Cool in a bowl for 10 minutes; remove and let cool completely. Serve by slicing.
Light Summer Desserts Made with Natural Honey
Now I will give you practical dessert recipes and good recipes on how to use natural honey in summer desserts.
- Natural Honey Fruity Ice Cream
In these recipes, we use organic, which is the first choice of natural honeycomb honey in Europe. Are you ready for magnificent flavors with the naturalness and energy of melted honeycomb honey?
- 50 grams of crushed honeycomb honey
- 1.5 cups of strained yogurt
- 350 grams of fruit (strawberries, raspberries, peaches)
First, we mix the honey and strained yogurt well. We can mix it with a mixer. If necessary, we cut and wash our fruits, not exceeding the size of a walnut. We add our fruits into our honey yogurt and mix it again. After the fruits are covered in yogurt, we put them on a tray and put them in the freezer. After a few hours, you can take your desserts from the freezer and serve them when they get a little warm.
- Natural Honey Tahini Cookies
Now we will give you a natural honey cookie recipe that you can prepare in minutes. You will surprise your guests with this recipe.
- 1 cup of walnuts
- ½ tea glass of tahini
- 3 tablespoons of lightly melted honey
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
We mix all the ingredients we have in a bowl that can hold it. It is important that this mixture is homogeneous. We take walnut-sized pieces from the mixture and shape it into a round shape with our hands. Finally, we can decorate with cinnamon and serve.
- Natural Honey Walnut Butter
You can make this recipe with walnuts as well as hazelnuts and peanuts.
- 300 grams of walnut butter
- 80 grams of lightly melted honeycomb honey
- 6 tablespoons of cocoa
We roast our walnuts in a light oily pan, stirring for 15 minutes at medium heat. Here, we make sure that the walnuts do not burn. After taking the walnuts from the pan, we wait for them to cool a little and pass them through the rondo. We add cocoa and lightly melted honey. In the meantime, you can check the taste and add extra honey if you want. You can serve walnut paste with honey with different molds. You can keep the natural honey walnut paste in your refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
If you want light but natural desserts in summer, you should definitely try these recipes with honey! Believe me, you will not regret it!
Meal Recipes Made With Honey
Honey is widely used in world cuisine to make not only breakfast tables but also special tastes more enjoyable.
- Honey Chicken Meal
It is possible to obtain a very delicious taste by adding honey to the sauce used in fried chicken. An indispensable flavor emerges, especially for those who love sweets and savory together. Chicken fried is ready to eat by adding a sauce prepared with honey. While butter and flour are roasted, honey, lemon juice, soy sauce, and grated lemon peel are added. The sauce that has the consistency of the cream is added to the fried chicken breast and served.
- Honey Tenderloin
Tenderloin with honey will be indispensable for a very delicious and sweetmeat feast. Those who think about how to combine honey and meat should definitely taste the unique taste of beef fillet. While preparing the honey steak, it is included in the meal in the honey sauce stage and creates a wonderful taste. The sauce prepared with soy sauce, mustard, chili peppers, natural honey, and thyme adds a unique flavor to the dish. Meats in tenderloin with honey are not only sweet but much more delicious and nutritious. Tenderloin with honey, which is a delicious meal, is also an extremely effective presentation dish.
- Honey Roasted Peanuts
Natural honey has a great effect on making the cookies more delicious. The mixture prepared with spices, honey, and sesame makes peanuts much more delicious. Peeled peanuts, sesame seeds, and spices are roasted in a pan. In the first stage, sesame and peanuts are roasted, then spices and natural honey are added. As a result, delicious honey and sesame peanuts are formed. Honey is very effective in the formation of this practical and delicious cookie.
- Honey Cookies
The honey cookie is the recipe for those who love natural products. It is made with the method of sweetening with natural honey, using little or no sugar in cookies. The fact that honey leaves its unique flavor to the honey cookie makes it a much more delicious cookie. These delicious cookies are also an ideal treat for guests.
- Honey Cinnamon Butter
Butter and honey on hot bread are a favorite food for everyone. Honey, butter, and cinnamon bread is a part of breakfast tables. An example of the different consumption of honey on the table is honey cinnamon butter.
- Cinnamon Honey Apple Balls
Natural honey is still effective in preparing light and healthy snacks. Natural honey meets with fruit and becomes extremely delicious. A unique flavor is created with apple, oatmeal, cinnamon, almond, and natural honey. It is made and consumed as a healthy and practical dessert recipe. For those who don’t like cinnamon, it is also made with cocoa.
- Grain-Free Muffins
Grain-free and lightly prepared muffins attract a lot of attention with their delicious taste. It is a very special dessert with the flavor of almond flour and natural honey. Almond flour, which is used instead of cereal flour, makes the muffins very light. Honey is effective as it is delicious and nutritious.
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