Homemade Vegan Apple Honey

Bee-free vegan apple honey is the same sweetness as traditional bee honey but without animal products. This easy recipe uses four simple ingredients and takes only 45 minutes to prepare. After that, you can enjoy cruelty-free honey anytime.

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Why is Honey Not Vegan?

Honey can be a confusing subject for vegans and non-vegans alike. Are bees an animal or an insect? The consensus is that it is not vegan because it involves practices that exploit bees. It is important to note the term ‘consensus’, because not all vegans feel that honey is non-vegan.

Exploitation happens when beekeepers disrupt bee colonies by taking their honey and replacing it with sugar water, clipping the queen bees’ wings, artificially inseminating queens, and culling drones when they are no longer needed. These actions can be stressful for the bees, leading to colonies collapsing. All of these actions contradict the fundamental principles of veganism.

Ingredients Needed

  1. Apple Juice: This is the backbone of vegan honey. It’s sweet, a bit fruity, and it has a similar color when boiled down.
  2. Vegan or Organic Sugar: Regular honey is super sweet because of natural sugars. To add that sweetness to this recipe, organic sugar is needed. Orangic because it ensures bone char was used in the refining process.
  3. Fresh Lemon Juice: A touch of lemon juice balances out the sweetness from the apples and sugar.
  4. Chamomile Tea Bag: Chamomile replacates the floral hint that bee honey has from the nectar of flowers.
Spoon resting on top of jar of finished recipe

Tips for Selecting the Best Apple for Homemade Juice

If you are making apple juice from scratch, consider buying organic vs. non-organic and what apple variety is right for you.

  • Fresh Organic Apples vs. Fresh Non-Organic Apples—Non-organic apples are usually coated with wax to give them a shiny look. For this reason, I recommend using organic apples. Using non-organic apples, use a peeler to remove the skin before juicing them.
  • Red Apples vs. Granny Smith Apples – I recommend using crisp red apples for this recipe. Granny Smith apples have a tart flavor that doesn’t work well with this recipe.

Vegan Hot Honey Variation

I have been obsessed with hot honey ever since I saw Garlic, Salt, and Lime post their recipe on Instagram. From then on, I could not stop thinking about making a vegan version. The result blew my mind; it tastes like hot cinnamon candy!!! The variation is simple to make and only takes a few extra steps. Those steps are so worth it!


  • 1 cup of vegan honey
  • 2 tablespoons dried red chili flakes


  • Combine ingredients in a small saucepan.
  • Gently cook on low to medium heat. Once bubbles begin forming on the saucepan’s edges, remove it from the heat. This happens quickly, so stay close and keep an eye on it.
  • Transfer to a jar and store in the refrigerator for up to one week.
  • For additional details, visit Garlic, Salt, and Lime.
A spoon with thick honey filled with dripping off.

Make-Ahead and Storing

  • Make-Ahead Instructions: Honey will take a few hours to thicken. Always make it at least three hours before you plan on using it.
  • Countertop Instructions: Once the honey has been refrigerated, it can be stored in an airtight container on the countertop for up to one week.
  • Refrigerator Instructions: Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one month. Hot honey can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Use Vegan Honey In These Recipes

Spoon resting on top of honey jar.

Apple Vegan Honey Recipe

Bee-free vegan apple honey has the same sweetness and texture as traditional bee honey, but without any animal products. This easy recipe is made using four simple ingredients in only 45 minutes. After that, you can enjoy cruelty-free honee anytime. 
5 from 9 votes
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Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 Ounces
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes



  • 4 cups (946ml) apple juice
  • 2 cups (400g) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (15) lemon juice
  • 2 tea bags Chamomile


  • In a medium saucepan, combine apple juice, sugar, and lemon juice.
  • Bring to a rapid boil over high heat.
  • Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 35-45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • At the 10-minute mark of the cooking process, add 2 chamomile tea bags to the pot and let steep for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the pot from heat and allow the honey to cool.
  • Strain the honey through a fine-mesh sieve (optional).
  • Transfer the honey to a jar or airtight container and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.


Consistancy –
  • For a thicker texture, continue to cook the honey over medium heat after removing the tea bags until it reaches the desired thickness.
  • If the honey is not as thick as desired after refrigerating, you can return it to a saucepan and cook over medium heat until it reaches the desired thickness.
  • If the consistency is too thin, return it to a saucepan at any time and cook until the desired thickness is reached. 
Make-Ahead Instructions –
  • Honey will take a few hours to thicken. Always make it at least 3 hours before you plan on using it.
Countertop Instructions –
  • Once the honey has been set in the refrigerator, it can be stored on the countertop in an airtight container for up to one week. 
Refrigerator Instructions –
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one month. 


Nutrition Facts
Apple Vegan Honey Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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