- Honey can be added to virtually any dish to add a subtle layer of sweetness.
- Our favorite things to add honey to include drinks, breakfast foods, savory sauces, ice cream, and baked goods.
- We recommend using raw Manuka honey for your culinary adventures for a rich depth of flavor paired with its benefits as a superfood.
How to Include Manuka Honey In Your Diet
Raw honey is a delectable food that’s a welcomed sweetener for most palates. Upgrade that to Manuka honey, and you add a rich, deep-flavored sensory experience that can elevate an entire dish.
While honey is often enjoyed stirred into tea or drizzled over peanut butter toast, there is much more it can do with a little creative culinary thinking. All honey — especially Manuka honey — can be savored in more than just a handful of ways!
What Foods Pair Best With Honey?
Whether you love Manuka honey for its one-of-a-kind sensory experience or the fact that it offers superpower-like benefits on top of being downright delicious, here are our five favorite ways to indulge in its golden goodness.
1. Elevate your beverages with a dash of honey.
For centuries, honey has been paired with tea of all kinds, but what about elevating your other beverages?
Adding a heaping teaspoon of Manuka honey to your drink adds a depth of sweet flavor. It can also help naturally energize you too, thanks to its wealth of nutrients.
2. Start your day right, and add honey to your breakfast.
Breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day, and we say — rightfully so. The first thing you consume in the morning can affect your body's energy production and mood for the rest of the day.
Instead of opting for processed pastries or cereal bars packed with high fructose corn syrup or artificial additives, amplify your balanced breakfast by drizzling a little honey on your oatmeal, yogurt, toast, or pancakes.
We love a tasty breakfast as much as the next person, and luckily, you can add a little sweetness to your meal without sacrificing its nutritional value.
3. Add a sweet twist to savory dishes with honey.
Honey doesn’t have to be reserved just for sweet foods; you can use honey in sauces, glazes, and just about anything else to add a hint of sweetness to a classic savory flavor. A great bite offers a variety of flavors to greet your tongue and tastebuds.
Drizzle a teaspoon of Manuka into your favorite hot sauce for a sweet and spicy twist, or brush it onto your protein of choice as part of a salty-sweet finishing glaze.
4. Enhance your ice cream experience with a honey drizzle.
There’s no better way to follow a wholesome dinner than with a scoop of ice cream drizzled with liquid gold. Whether you opt for a drizzle over a scoop of classic vanilla bean or use it to complement matcha green tea, Manuka honey plays well with virtually any flavor as a natural sweetener.
5. Incorporate honey as a healthy sweetener in baked goods.
Whether you consider yourself an amateur in the kitchen or a locally loved pastry chef, using honey as a sweet finish or topping is a great way to add both extra nutritional value and a new depth of sweetness to your favorite baked treats.
Important to Note: Honey is actually sweeter than sugar due to its phenolic compounds and can provide a more robust sweetness to your baked goods. This means you need less honey than sugar to achieve your desired sweetness.
Bonus: Savour the richness of Manuka honey straight from the spoon!
Many people describe a spoonful of Manuka as a palate-pleasing sensory experience because of its rich, creamy texture and deep, distinct flavor profile.
While Manuka honey is a perfect addition to the foods above, you can also enjoy it as a healthy indulgence all on its own.
Manuka honey contains unique wellness benefits thanks to beneficial nutrients such as MGO, DHA, Leptosperin, and oligosaccharides.
MGO (Methylglyoxal) is a naturally occurring nutrient with antibacterial properties. However, its potency can vary depending on which MGO grade you choose. The higher the MGO level, the more potent these properties are.
On top of MGO, Manuka honey contains naturally-occurring prebiotics called oligosaccharides. Prebiotics are essential for digestive health and wellness.
This means eating this nutritious honey in the morning on an empty stomach is a great way to kick start your day with the nutrients your body needs to feel energized.
We recommend at least 200+ MGO for daily wellness and vitality, 600+ MGO for daily immune support, 850+ for daily digestive support, and 1000+ for advanced support.
Which Honey is Best for Your Culinary Adventures?
As you’ve probably gathered by now, we will always choose and recommend Manuka honey over any other kind — we love Manuka’s complex flavor, thick, creamy texture, and the bonus of wellness benefits.
More often than not, your average store-bought honey undergoes a pasteurization process to achieve that uniform taste, color, and texture typically associated with honey.
Initially, the process of pasteurizing honey was developed to extend shelf life and prevent crystallization (honey hardening). Crystallization is entirely okay and natural, and it’s fairly easy to soften hardened honey. In fact, raw, unpasteurized honey isn’t prone to spoiling when stored correctly — namely, in a cool, dark place, out of direct sunlight.
To reap the benefits of honey while experiencing a flavor like no other, choose honey in its most raw form, free of pesticides and glyphosate, non-GMO verified, and ethically produced (Like the Honey With Superpowers™ you’ll find right here at Manukora).
At Manukora, we offer traceability for every batch of Manuka honey, including what hive it originated from and even the beekeeper who cared for the hive. We also provide third-party lab results and other details for every batch, so you can see the care put into our ethically-created products through the unique QR codes on each jar.
Enjoy the Sweet Goodness of Honey in Your Meals
We hope we’ve given you plenty of ideas to try, and we’re sure you’ll love each one of them! Whether you choose hot, cold, sweet, savory, or even straight from the spoon, your dish will be satisfying, delicious, and a little nutritious, too.
One last thing to note… If you want to truly gain the benefits from the nutrients in Manuka honey, be careful heating this precious nectar! The honey’s precious nutrients deplete when heated to 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. If adding to boiling water, let the water cool first. (This also isn’t to say you can’t enjoy some honey heated in a variety of different recipes!)
At the end of the day, Manuka honey is like no other honey — it's a delicious and easy-to-use superfood that can brighten and elevate anything you add it to!
Ready to try Manuka honey for yourself? Explore our best-selling Manuka honey products here.
Looking to learn even more about this super honey, or even just about honey and bees in general? Check out our blog for everything about honey and the busy bees that make it.
Q1. What can I eat with honey to enjoy its unique flavor?
A: You can enjoy honey in various ways. Use it as a sweetener in your favorite drink. Drizzle it on ice cream or use it as a finish for your baked goods.
Q2: What dishes pair well with honey?
A: Honey pairs well with both sweet and savory dishes. You can add it to your breakfast for a sweet start to your day or use it in savory sauces for a unique and flavorful twist.
Q3: What benefits can I gain by incorporating honey into my diet?
A: Besides its delightful sweetness, honey, especially Manuka honey, contains plenty of nutrients that offer various wellness benefits. It has unique nutrients like MGO, DHA, Leptosperin, and oligosaccharides that support digestion, immunity, and general health and well-being.
Q4: How does Manuka honey differ from regular honey in terms of flavor and health benefits?
A: Manuka honey offers a deep, distinct flavor profile along with unique wellness benefits. It contains MGO, a compound with antibacterial properties, and prebiotics beneficial for digestive health. The nutrients in Manuka honey also provide a boost to your immune system.