Not everyone is aware that honey isn’t vegan. Not only is the sweet sticky stuff actually food for bees, but sadly our furry friends are often harmed and killed throughout the honey production and collection process (via The Vegan Society). The good news is: There are plenty of plant-based alternatives. Agave syrup is a popular honey replacement because it tastes, looks, and feels similar to honey (via Vegetarian Times). This diabetic-friendly, all-natural sweetener is touted as a healthier alternative to sugar as it has a low glycemic index, so it doesn’t trigger a surge in blood sugar levels. Unlike honey, however, agave syrup easily melts in liquids.
Coconut nectar — while slightly more niche — is another great substitute for honey (via Epicurious). It shares a similar consistency, which means that it can be used in much of the same way. Extracted from the sap of coconut flower blossoms, coconut nectar has a mild flavor that’s probably more similar to molasses or maple syrup than coconut. It’s also relatively low on the glycemic index, not to mention high in nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, and essential amino acids.