Creative Ways to Use Manuka Honey in Vegan Cooking

Creative Ways to Use Manuka Honey in Vegan Cooking
Krista Bugden

Krista Bugden

5 minutes

Executive Summary:

  • Manuka honey has a rich, caramel-like taste and a thick, creamy texture that enhances the flavor of various vegan dishes. 
  • Manuka honey is the perfect addition to breakfast recipes, like a fruit or power greens smoothie and oatmeal. It can also be an excellent finishing touch for main dishes, whether you mix it into a salad dressing or use it as a glaze. 
  • You can incorporate it into your favorite desserts and snacks, such as drizzled over ice cream or stirred into homemade energy bars. 
  • Use it to sweeten your favorite vegan lattes, teas, and similar beverages, both iced and hot. 


Innovative Vegan Recipes with Manuka Honey

While some may find it tricky to follow the vegan diet, there are more options today than ever before. In fact, exploring new flavors and ingredients is one of the most exciting parts of vegan cooking—and Manuka honey offers a fun way to elevate these culinary creations! 

From yummy breakfasts to sparkling teas sweetened, there are many ways to incorporate Manuka honey into your vegan recipes. So, let’s take a closer look at how Manuka honey fits into a vegan diet and what recipes you might want to consider making with this undeniably yummy liquid gold.


The Unique Taste of Manuka Honey

Manuka honey boasts a rich, creamy, caramel-like flavor that can transform ordinary dishes into extraordinary culinary experiences. The taste is deeper than the light sweetness of some kinds of honey, such as clover honey, adding a layer of intrigue to your favorite dishes and beverages. 

It further complements a wide range of vegan recipes, adding a touch of sweetness and depth that sets it apart from other sweeteners. Whether you’re looking to enhance the taste of your morning power greens smoothie or add a gourmet flair to your dinner (and while we may be a little biased), Manuka honey is an excellent ingredient. 


Breakfast Recipes

Add a bit of sweetness to your morning smoothies or oatmeal with Manuka honey. So, here’s an example of a yummy Manuka honey smoothie recipe you might want to try tomorrow morning:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon of Manuka honey
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
  • ½ cup of spinach
  • ½ cup of your favorite frozen berries

Blend the ingredients in a blender until smooth, then pour into a glass and enjoy! Garnish with fresh berries and a drizzle of honey for an aesthetically pleasing smoothie. 

If smoothies aren’t your thing, mix it up with an energizing bowl of oatmeal:

  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • 2 cups of almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon of Manuka honey
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • ¼ cup of chopped nuts
  • ¼ cup of dried fruit

In a pot on the stove, bring your almond milk to a boil. Add your oats, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for about five minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in your cinnamon. Once it cools slightly, top with a drizzle of Manuka honey, dried fruits, and nuts. 


Main Dishes

While Manuka honey sparkles in various breakfast recipes, it can also make an appearance in your lunches and dinners. 

For example, you could add it to your salad dressing for a sweet note:

  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of Manuka honey
  • 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Mix all the ingredients together, drizzle over your favorite salad, and toss to combine. The honey adds a hint of sweetness that offsets the acidity of the vinegar and the sharp flavor of the mustard.

Or, mix it up by making a sweet ‘n’ savory glaze for your roasted vegetables:

  • 2 tablespoons of Manuka honey
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar
  • Mixed vegetables, such as sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, or carrots

Stir your glaze ingredients together, then add the veggies of your choice and toss to combine. Spread the glazed veggies on a baking sheet and roast at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 25-30 minutes or until tender and caramelized.  


Desserts and Snacks

The sweetness of Manuka honey also makes it a perfect addition to various mouth-watering desserts and snacks. For example, it’s the perfect topping for a bowl of vegan ice cream. Simply drizzle it over a scoop of your favorite vegan ice cream and enjoy. You can even add a sprinkle of nuts to balance the sweetness. 

Or, you could add the honey to energy bars as a perfect on-the-go snack. Mix these ingredients together in a large bowl:

  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • ½ cup of almond butter
  • ¼ cup of Manuka honey
  • ¼ cup of chopped nuts 
  • ¼ cup of dried fruit
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Once combined, press the mixture into a baking dish lined with tin foil or parchment paper. Refrigerate for at least one hour, then remove from the pan and slice into bars. Then, enjoy!



Aside from its uses in your favorite dishes, Manuka honey also goes perfectly with various beverages. It’s a yummy addition to hot or iced teas, such as a refreshing iced passion fruit tea or a toasty peppermint tea. 

Simply brew your tea of choice, then let it cool to about 104 degrees Fahrenheit or less. The honey is heat sensitive and can’t handle boiling temperatures, so cooling the tea helps preserve its beneficial nutrients. Once it cools slightly, stir in the honey and enjoy it hot or over ice. If you want a little something extra, combine your sweetened iced tea with half a cup of sparkling water (flavored or unflavored). 

Alternatively, you could use it as a sweetener for your go-to coffee or a cozy vegan latte. You’ll need:

  • ½ cup of almond milk
  • 2 shots of espresso or ½ cup of strong coffee
  • 1 tablespoon of Manuka honey

Brew strong coffee or espresso to your liking. Heat and froth the almond milk, then add it to your cup of espresso or coffee. Let the beverage cool slightly, then stir in your Manuka honey and enjoy! 


Incorporate Manuka Honey into Your Favorite Vegan Recipes

Manuka honey is a versatile and delicious addition to vegan cooking. It offers unique flavors and depth, not to mention beneficial nutrients. From breakfast to dinner, desserts to beverages, there are countless ways to incorporate this delicious honey into your vegan meals. 

While these recipes can be a great place to start, feel free to make them your own. Add your favorite ingredients to customize the result, tinkering with each recipe until you find what best suits your palette. 

Ready to try Manuka honey in your vegan recipes? Share your creations on social media, demonstrating how you use Manuka honey in your vegan recipes. Join the community of health-conscious food lovers exploring the wonders of Manuka honey in vegan cooking!

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