Use honey for delicious desserts & natural skincare
A collection of more than fifty delicious and creative honey recipes. Make everything from desserts and treats to handmade skincare and medicine
Honey is one of nature’s most delicious treats. It’s sweet and sticky and might be your favourite for flavouring herbal tea and greek yoghurt. It has a lot more than that going for it though — eating raw honey is linked to supporting heart health, lowering blood pressure, and preventing heart disease1 . Using it on your skin can help heal wounds2 and treat skin conditions like psoriasis3 and eczema.
This collection of creative honey recipes will give you inspiration on how to use honey everyday. If you want to help honeybees, you could also take up beekeeping. Honeybees are important for the environment but you can also expect 30 or more jars of honey from a mature colony every year. Here’s how to get started keeping honeybees.
Honey dessert recipes
If you’re concerned about processed sugar, honey can replace some or all of it in many dessert recipes. These recipes feature honey as a prominent ingredient and flavour though. The first five are main desserts and further below are ideas for honey cookies and treats.
- Honey & Almond Baklava Recipe — a traditional Greek dessert
- Crispy Calendula & Honey Funnel Cake — a crispy deep fried cake
- Honey Lavender Cheesecake
- Salted Honey Pie
- No-churn Honey Rhubarb Ice Cream
Honey cookie recipes
- Lavender & Honey Cookie Recipe — five stars!
- Honey Orange Cookies
- Tahini Shortbread with Salted Honey
- Old German Honey Cookies
- Healthy Raspberry Oatmeal Cookies
Treats made with Honey
- Homemade Honey Vanilla Marshmallows
- Salted Brown Sugar & Honey Fudge
- Crunchy Sesame & Honey Brittle
- Homemade honey candy
- Honey Lollipops Recipe
Using honey in skincare
Honey is a natural humectant, meaning that it pulls moisture from the air to your skin. Aside from its skin healing properties, this property of honey makes it an ideal ingredient for nourishing lotions and creams. It can also work to help tint soap a natural caramel colour and makes a great base for gentle skin cleansers.
- Honey & Lavender Soap Recipe — honey tints the soap a warm brown
- Organic Aloe Face Cream Recipe + Instructions
- Gentle Honey Facial Cleanser recipe — ideal for sensitive skin
- Dandelion & Honey Liquid Soap Recipe
- Rose & Honey Hand Cream Recipe
Honey as Medicine
The honey and lemon tea you have when your sick isn’t just a comfort — it helps to make you feel better. Honey’s stickiness and healing properties soothe sore throats, stop coughing, and improve sleep4.
- Honey is one of these 7 natural remedies for Colds & Flu
- Sweet Lemon Honey & Thyme Cough Syrup Recipe
- Herbal Honey Throat Spray Recipe
- Immune boosting Elderberry Infused Honey
Honey wine & liqueurs
The natural sugar in honey makes it a great ingredient for drinks. It’s not just for sweetening tea either! Use honey to pep up cocktails, mocktails, lemonade and liqueurs. If you’re into brewing and fermenting, go the full gamut and make wine with it too. Mead is a sweet wine made with honey and is a sweet and mellow dessert wine.
- Sweet Honeyed Rum with Spices — a delicious autumn ‘Shrub’
- Spiced Wine with Honey & Ginger
- How to make a Gallon of Mead (honey wine)
- Lithuanian Honey Liqueur
- Honey & Cinnamon infused Vodka
Alcohol-free Honey Drinks
- Homemade Honey Lemonade
- Honey Blackberry Mint Mocktails
- Pineapple Agua Fresca
- Ginger & Honey Iced Tea
- Honey-Ginger Limeade
Preserving with honey
A lot of preserving and canning recipes call for sugar but if you’re keen on reducing the white stuff, use honey. It can replace at least part of the sugar content of most jam and jelly recipes and works beautifully in chutneys and sauces.
Honey works as a natural preservative too. It lasts indefinitely which is why 5000 year old honey has been found in Egyptian tombs. You can use honey to preserve other foods and flavours and an easy and pretty way to do so is to infuse honey with herbs. Lavender honey is divine!
- Blueberry & Lavender jam recipe sweetened with honey
- Honey infused with Herbs & Edible Flowers
- Homemade Ketchup with honey
- Rose Petal Infused Honey
- Fermented Honey Garlic
- Pumpkin Spice Honey Butter
Savoury honey recipes
Though honey isn’t a traditional savoury ingredient most of us will have tried a honey-mustard recipe of some sort. These ideas will help you get inventive with using honey in main dishes, starters, and bread.
- Roast Chicken with Caramelized Onion and Apple Honey Stuffing
- Crispy Honey Sesame Tofu with rice
- Honey Cilantro Lime Salmon
- Honey Sriracha Chicken Zucchini Zoodles
- Vegetarian ‘Meatballs’ with Soy Sauce & Honey Glaze
Starters & sides
- Baked Goat Cheese Cigars with Honey & Thyme
- Honey Mustard Garlic Shrimp
- Pear Naan Pizza with Honey Whipped Goat Cheese
- Roasted Root Vegetables with Rosemary & Honey
- Honey Mustard Coleslaw
Bread & Rolls using Honey
Make your own honey
I started keeping honeybees several years ago and currently have two busy and buzzy colonies. ‘Primrose’ and ‘Bluebell’ not only pollinate my edible garden but they produce jars upon jars of honey every year too. I always leave them enough of their own honey for winter but they make so much more than they need. That surplus is perfect for making as many honey recipes as I’d like!
I truly believe that more people should take up beekeeping. If you’re already a honey fan already and want to help honeybees survive then it makes sense to learn more. Have a read of these pieces to understand how to get started, see how honey is extracted, and why I think everyone should eat honey.
- Getting started with Beekeeping
- How honey is extracted from the honeycomb
- Why I think Vegans should eat honey