Vegan Honey (with apple juice & clover) 🍯 A sweet & delicious vegan honey substitute made with just 4 simple ingredients: Apple juice, sugar, lemon, and clover tea. This bee-free alternative is yummy on toast & biscuits, in baked goods, marinades, dressings or anything else you love with honey.
1 a honey jar, honey pot or clean mason jar with lid
2cupsapple juice fresh or bottled
1cupsugar raw, organic, or regular white granulated
Pour apple juice, sugar, and lemon juice into a 2 quart saucepan.
Drop in one teabag, hanging string tag over lip of pan.
Place pan over high heat and bring liquid to a boil, stirring frequently.
Once liquid comes to a rolling boil, reduce heat to medium-high and allow liquid to simmer at a low boil for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
At 10 minutes, remove teabag.
Continue to let liquid simmer for about 20 minutes while stirring.
When the liquid starts to form small foamy bubbles, and reduces in volume by about 50%, the syrup (honey) is close to being done.
Test for doneness by slowly stirring the honey. It will still be runny, but with a thicker viscosity. Dip a spoon or spatula in it and watch for stringy drips. The honey will thicken as it cools down. Don’t over-cook it or it will caramelize.
Remove from heat and pour into a clean glass mason jar or bottle.
Allow the honey to cool down before using so it can thicken. Store at room temperature or refrigerated (it will get even thicker).
🍯Honey hintsIf it isn’t as thick as you would like (after it has cooled), simply pour it back into a saucepan and bring it to a boil again, reduce heat to a simmer and stir it for about 10 minutes (don’t let it caramelize). Remove from heat and pour into a clean jar.In this recipe, we use one teabag filled with organic red clover blossoms to infuse the apple juice and sugar while boiling. The addition of the clover tea adds a hint of clover blossom flavor.You can infuse your honey with other flavors by using different types of tea, such as: Orange blossom, chamomile, peach, lavender or any aromatic floral tea. Unless you want a strong tea flavor, I suggest using only type of tea and just one tea bag.🍯StorageVegan honey contains sugar, which acts as a natural preservative. It can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for a few weeks and longer if refrigerated. Refrigeration will make the it thicker. Honey pots and jars are great for serving, but if you want it to last (and keep ants or dust from getting inside) I suggest keeping a tight lid on it.🍯 Serving SuggestionsEnjoy as you would with bee-made honey!