Did you know that September is National Honey Month? As sweet as honey is, there is a dark side to the commercial honey industry. Bees used for honey are often kept in hives that look more like filing cabinets than habitable homes. Populations are often genetically modified in order to increase honey production, and Queen bees, which can live up to seven years in nature, are often killed before their time, which can upset the natural order of bees. As you may or may not know, bees are incredibly important to our food system and without them, we’d be in trouble. To learn more about our relationship with bees, read Why Bees Matter so Much to Humans.

If you’re thinking about ditching honey (or if you already have), then maybe you’ve had a difficult time finding a replacement that suits your taste preferences and needs. But whether you’re using it to sweeten your tea or baked goods, the good news is, it can be done. We searched through the Food Monster App and found the perfect, homemade, plant-based honey alternative:

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This two-ingredient Pineapple Honey by Anja Cass can stand in wherever a recipe calls for honey.Pineapple Honey

 

To make this bee-free “honey,” equal parts pineapple juice and coconut sugar are heated to a boil, then simmered for about 15 minutes – don’t forget to stir constantly, to prevent the mixture from caramelizing or burning. It’s ready when the mixture is thick and gooey. It will thicken more as it cools, so don’t worry if your pineapple honey isn’t quite as thick as real honey.

If you’re looking for even more ways to replace honey, then we recommend reading 7 Sweeteners That are Perfect Replacements for Honey. You could also try this recipe for Date Caramel where a recipe calls for raw honey. Simply substitute water for the non-dairy milk and leave out the vanilla extract to make “date paste.”

If you’re looking for more delicious and seasonal plant-based recipes, then we highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 8,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to ten new recipes per day. Check it out!

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