Here's What You Can Substitute For Honey

Ever reach for the honey bear in your pantry only to find out that it's empty? Or perhaps you're trying out a vegan kick, which means that honey is no longer an option. Whether you need a substitute for baking or cooking, or even just in your cup of tea, fear not, there are plenty of good options to swap out for honey. 

One of the most popular options for a honey substitute while cooking or baking is light corn syrup (via The Spruce Eats). This option is good if you're trying to add sweetness to your recipe without changing the flavor too much, as it has a very similar consistency and neutral flavor. 

If you're looking to get a bit adventurous or you aren't concerned about following the recipe religiously, you can also try maple syrup as a substitute (via One Green Planet). As it has a strong and recognizable flavor, using maple syrup may significantly alter the taste of your dish, so you'll definitely want to be careful. 

More substitutes for honey

In a cup of tea, agave nectar will work in a pinch (via The Vegetarian Times). Agave nectar is extracted from the core of the agave plant — and is similar to the substance which is used in the beginning steps of making tequila. If dealing with the toughness of room-temperature honey is the bane of your existence, you might be happy to hear that agave nectar is much easier to dissolve than thick, gloppy honey. If you add it to the bottom of a mug before adding the boiling water or tea, you won't even have to stir it. 

If you don't like the flavor of honey to begin with, you can also substitute white sugar (via My Recipes). But because honey is comprised of about 20 percent water, you'll have to be sure you mix the sugar with some water to come up with a similar consistency (via The Kitchn). Granulated white sugar is the best option as a substitute, although brown sugar will also work, which will impart a deeper, richer flavor in your dish.