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Nature’s Sweetener

Nature’s Sweetener

Honey is sweet – that’s a given. But did you know that honey also adds a special touch to almost any recipe? It’s the whisper at a party. It’s the sigh after the perfect bite. It’s the nostalgic feeling of childhood. It’s your secret ingredient with endless possibilities.

Many people think of honey as a drizzle in desserts or a topping for toast. But now more than ever, honey’s being recognized as a versatile ingredient and pantry staple in the kitchen. All-natural honey gives your recipes unbeatable flavor and unmatched functional benefits. From balancing flavors to providing moisture to baked goods, one-ingredient honey performs a slew of tasks, all from one little bottle.

Discover the versatility of honey…

Sweetener: Honey is slightly sweeter than sugar, so less can be used to achieve the same sweetness intensity.

Flavor: Honey not only imparts a unique flavor to any dish, but it also balances and enhances the flavor profiles of other ingredients used in a recipe.

Emulsifier: Honey acts as a binder and thickener for sauces, dressings, marinades and dips.

Humectant: Honey provides and retains moisture to a variety of dishes and can even extend the shelf life of baked goods.

From the National Honey Board website

 

Want access to LOTS more recipes that use honey? 

You will find lots more  recipes like these for appetitizers, baked goods, beverages, desserts, energy foods, main dishes, sauces, glazes and a WHOLE LOT MORE by visiting the National Honey Board's website at  http://www.honey.com/recipes 

Honey Kiwi Raspberry Fruit Dip

Honey Kiwi Raspberry Fruit Dip

In the bowl of a food processor, combine kiwi, raspberries and honey; puree. Stir in yogurt. Serve with sliced fresh fruit (strawberries, pineapple, watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, grapes, bananas, etc.)

Yield: about 2 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 - ripe kiwi, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup - unsweetened frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 cup - pure honey
  • 8 oz. - low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • - Fresh fruit, for dipping

Directions

In the bowl of a food processor, combine kiwi, raspberries and honey; puree. Stir in yogurt. Serve with sliced fresh fruit (strawberries, pineapple, watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, grapes, bananas, etc.)

From the National Honey Board website

Honey… Natural Energy 

Honey is also a rich source of carbohydrates, providing 17 grams per tablespoon, which makes it ideal for your working muscles since carbohydrates are the primary fuel the body uses for energy. Carbohydrates are necessary in the diet to help maintain muscle glycogen, also known as stored carbohydrates, which are the most important fuel source for athletes to help them keep going.

Whether you’re looking for an energy boost or just a sweet reward after a long workout, honey is a quick, easy, and delicious all-natural energy source!

From the National Honey Board website

Bee Birthday Cake

Bee Birthday Cake

Yield: 10 servings

Nutritional Information

  • calories: 390
  • fat: 19 g
  • cholesterol: 92 mg
  • sodium: 242 mg
  • carbohydrate: 55 g
  • fiber: 2.5 g
  • protein: 7 g

Ingredients

  • - Cooking spray
  • - All-purpose flour, for dusting pans
  • 2 cups - white whole wheat flour, sifted
  • 2 teaspoons - baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons - cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon - baking soda
  • 1/4 cup - butter, softened
  • 2 - eggs
  • 1 cup - honey
  • 1 teaspoon - vanilla
  • 2/3 cup - 1% milk
  • ===== - FROSTING, =====
  • 8 ounces - cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup - honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon - vanilla extract

Directions

 

Heat oven to 350°F. Spray two 8-inch cake pans with cooking spray and dust with all-purpose flour. Whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon and baking soda. In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment with electric beaters, cream butter on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add honey and vanilla and beat until smooth. On low speed, add flour mixture to mixer alternately with milk, starting and ending with flour mixture, and mixing just until blended. Portion batter into prepared cake pans, dividing it evenly. Bake 20-25 minutes or until top of cake springs back when lightly pressed. Cool cake in pans 15 minutes; unmold onto a rack and cool completely.

Frosting:

Beat cream cheese, honey and vanilla until light and fluffy. Spread half the frosting onto one layer, place second layer; on top and spread remaining frosting on top. If frosting is soft, refrigerate about 30 minutes or until frosting starts to firm up; cut into 10 pieces.

 

From the National Honey Board website

Honey-Lime Chicken Skewers

Honey-Lime Chicken Skewers

Yield: Makes 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsps - honey
  • 3 tbsps - soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp - olive oil
  • 1 - lime, juiced
  • 1 lb. - chicken breast strips, skinless and boneless

Directions

In a small bowl, whisk all liquid ingredients together until completely blended. Pour mixture into a freezer bag and add in chicken strips. Reseal bag and gently shake to cover chicken strips. Allow to marinade for 2 hours.

Next, prepare skewers by soaking bamboo sticks in water for 15 minutes. Remove chicken strips from marinade and skewer onto bamboo sticks. Grill on medium to high heat for 8 minutes or until juices are clear and chicken is fully cooked.

From the National Honey Board website