Real Food Facts:

5 Most Common Swaps for Honey

Start swapping honey for processed sugar with these 5 treats!

Thanks to those hard-working bees, we are blessed with the sweet joys of honey. And did you know that because of raw honey’s natural quality it is one of the best processed sugar replacements around? It’s a 100% real sweetener that contains vitamins, enzymes and antioxidants. With raw and unfiltered honey, you can keep the sweetness and ditch the processed guilt!

If you’ve been looking to switch to honey but haven’t been sure where to start, or if you’ve just bought a big bottle of honey and don’t know what to do with it, these 5 desserts are common and easy ways to begin adding in honey. We think that dessert is always a great place to start.


For a classic cookie recipe, try these amazing chocolate chip cookies. If you’re craving some yummy Girl Scout recipes, whip up a copycat version: Girl Scout copycat samoas and Girl Scout copycat s’mores cookies. Have dessert for breakfast with these yummy honey breakfast cookiesthat will perk up your morning.


Next time you have to bring brownies to an event or fundraiser, try these classic honey brownies–they’re a crowd-pleaser. If you want to add some nuts into the mix try this raw honey almond brownies recipe or this cocoa-nib honey browniesrecipe.


To start the day off right, try these blueberry and honey kumquat muffins. With a little citrus and berry, these muffins are a delicious grab-and-go breakfast or an impressive addition to the break room.


Honey works wonders in a cake. And we’ve got so many cakes you should try! For something more classic try this honey ginger carrot cake or this gluten-free honey cake. If you’re in the mood for a fruity flavour, try a strawberry corn cake or a paleo banana upside down cake. And for the kids, make these adorable and delicious pumpkin spice cake balls!


Replacing processed sugar with honey is as easy as pie! In fact, you can even have some delicious pie along the way. For a traditional dish try the honey apple pie. But don’t forget about the honey ricotta lazy day pie, the rustic honey pear pie or the hazelnut and honey pumpkin pie. And for an individual pie, maybe even for Valentine’s Day, try these conversational heart pies,

Honey Conversions

If you have passed-down or go-to recipes that you don’t want to change, you can simply swap in honey for processed sugar with these simple honey conversions. Honey can slip right into your beloved family recipes to add in natural sugars, vitamins and enzymes!


¼ cup of refined sugar = 3 tbsp. honey

½ cup of refined sugar = ⅓ cup of honey: Decrease potential liquids by 1 tbsp. and add ¼ tsp. baking soda

1 cup of refined sugar = ¾ cup of honey: Decrease potential liquids by ⅛ cup and add ½ tsp baking soda

2 cups of refined sugar = 1 ⅜ cup of honey: Add ¼ cup of potential liquids and add tsp. baking soda


For more honey how-to’s check out our Honey Hacks: Tips and Tricks. And tag us in your honey swaps with #choosereal!