How to substitute honey for sugar in cooking

How to substitute honey for sugar in cooking

Did you know that honey can be used as a replacement for sugar in cooking? It can replace sugars such as white sugar, brown sugar, maple syrup or corn syrup. Be sure to follow our handy tips to ensure you reap all the benefits of your raw honey.

Cooking with honey tip #1

For every 1 cup of sugar, substitute 1/2 to 2/3 cup of honey.

Honey being mainly fructose is much sweeter than refined sugar.  Depending on the honey variety you use it can be 2 to 3 times sweeter.  Therefor we suggest follow our handy chart below for getting the conversion right. 

Cooking with honey tip # 2 Add a little baking soda

honey is naturally acidic and adding baking soda help balance this acidity to allow baked goods to rise properly.  We suggest 1/4 tsp of baking soda for every 1 cup of honey


Cooking with honey tip #3 Turn down the heat

Honey will burn faster than granulated sugar. Lower the heat by 10deg and ensure you stir more often when baking and cooking. 


Cooking with Honey tip #4 Less Liquid

Honey will add liquid to the recipe.  When substituting honey for sugar, you will need to ensure you reduces the amount of liquid ingredients by 1/4 cup for each cup of honey

Cooking with honey tip #5 Use RAW honey

Ensure you use raw, locally sourced honey.  Most commercial honeys on the supermarket shelf have been mixed with sugar syrups, defeating the purpose of substituting sugar for the healthier honey.  All our honeys are locally sourced from Western Australia, and are 100% RAW.  Meaning they have come straight from the bee hive to you.  You can contact us for a tasting in Wanneroo, Western Australia or contact us for shipping inquiries. 

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