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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Thanksgiving Desserts


The best part of any Thanksgiving celebration is when the dessert tray finally arrives. Using Sue Bee® Honey in your desserts as a substitute for sugar can help eliminate some of the guilt that may arise. Take a look at some of our favorite dessert recipes that not only use honey, but offer healthy alternatives to help cure your sweet tooth craving.

Sue Bee® Honey Pecan Pie


1/2 cup Sue Bee® Honey
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
3 eggs, beaten
1 cup pecans
1 9-inch single pie crust


1. Blend Sue Bee® Honey and brown sugar in a saucepan and cook slowly over medium heat, stirring until it becomes a smooth syrup.
2. Remove from heat and stir in butter.
3. Mix in beaten eggs and pecans.
4. Pour into pie shell then bake at 400 F for 10 minutes.
5. Reduce temperature to 350 F and bake for 30 minutes, or until inserted knife comes out clean.

Sue Bee® Honey Healthy Pumpkin Pie

1/2 cup Sue Bee® Honey
1 28-ounce can of pumpkin
1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup 2% milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons melted butter
3 egg whites, whipped into soft peaks
1 unbaked pie crust


1. Heat oven to 425 F. In large bowl beat pumpkin and yogurt until well-combined.
2. Add Sue Bee® Honey, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, milk, salt, egg yolk and melted butter. Mix well until all ingredients are combined. Gently fold whipped egg whites into pumpkin mixture until well-blended.
3. Pour filling into unbaked pie crust. For stability place the pie pan on cookie sheet before baking. Place pie in oven and bake for 15 minutes.
4. Cover the edges of the pie crust with tin foil to prevent over-browning and reduce oven temperature to 350 F. Bake for about 1 hour or until filling is set at center of pie. 5. Remove pie from oven and cool on a baker's cooling rack.

Healthy Apple, Pecan and Honey Caramel Cheesecake from The Healthy Foodie

Salty Honey Pie from South Brooklyn Post

Buttery Honey Apple Pie from

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Honey Pumpkin Recipes


Whether you’re using yours to carve, decorate or cook, it wouldn’t be fall without pumpkins! Pumpkins lining the grocery store sidewalks and trips to the pumpkin patch are a sure sign that the temperatures are dropping and the days are getting shorter. Embrace the season by enjoying some of our favorite pumpkin recipes that use a little bit of honey!

And don’t forget to check out our favorite Fall Recipes and Apple Honey Recipes too!

Soft and Puffy Pumpkin Spice Honey Cookies from Averie Cooks

Sue Bee Pumpkin Cheesecake

Gluten Free Honey Pumpkin Muffins from Peanut Butter Fingers

Honey Pumpkin Dessert Bars from Recipe Doodle

Healthy Honey Pumpkin Pie from Miss Make

Honey Walnut Pumpkin Bread from Shrinking Kitchen



Thursday, September 26, 2013

Fall Recipes


The changing of seasons means a few things: sandals getting placed in the back of the closet in favor of boots. The return of sweatshirts, jeans and scarves. Football on the TV. And mealtimes filled with comfort foods and delicious recipes!

To many, autumn elicits feelings of warmth and coziness with smells of apple, cinnamon, pumpkin and ginger. There are so many great foods to try and experiment with, whether your cooking, baking or even canning! We’ve highlighted a few of our favorites using honey. Feel free to share your favorites with us as well!

And don’t forget to check out our favorite Honey Pumpkin Recipes and Apple Honey Recipes for even more fall-inspired ideas!

Honey and Cinnamon Chicken Drumsticks from Greedy Gourmet

Sue Bee Honey Wheaties Peanut Butter Bars

Sweet and Spicy Tomato Jam from Food For My Family

Honey Cinnamon Peach Cobbler from Buns In My Oven

Honey Packed Peaches from the National Honey Board

Ginger and Honey Carrot Soup from Food Network


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

After School Snacks


Schools across the country are back in session and that means hungry kids from coast to coast. Whether your little ones need a boost of energy in the morning, a healthy snack at lunch or something to tie them over until dinner time, there are plenty of quick and healthy options for them to enjoy. Here are some of our favorites:

Photo courtesy of the National Honey Board
The National Honey Board's Honey Turkey Rollers combine honey, mustard, cream cheese, colby jack cheese and turkey on a whole wheat tortilla for the perfect after school snack. 
Chef in Training's No Bake Energy Bites
Photo courtesy of Chef in Training
These No Bake Energy Bites from Chef in Training taste just like granola bars and can be whipped up in no time for an on-the-go breakfast or packed in a lunchbox for a tasty treat.
Real Mom Kitchen's After School Peanut Butter and Honey Popcorn
Photo courtesy of Real Mom Kitchen
Real Mom Kitchen combines two kid favorites – popcorn and peanut butter – with honey for her After School Peanut Butter and Honey Popcorn that is "soft, chewy, and ooey gooey." 
Sue Bee Honey Granola Bars
Who doesn't love a tasty granola bar? Our homemade Sue Bee® Granola Bars combine coconut, almonds, raisins, cranberries and, of course, Sue Bee® Honey for a delicious bite you just can't get from the grocery store.
Sue Bee Honey Banana Treat
For a snack using ingredients you may already have in your kitchen, cut a banana in half, insert a stick in the end and then drizzle it with honey before rolling the banana in graham cracker crumbs.
Laugh, Love, & Craft's Peanut Butter-Honey & Graham Cracker Squares
Photo courtesy of Laugh, Love, & Craft
All you need is three ingredients for another super easy treat from Laugh, Love, & CraftPeanut Butter-Honey & Graham Crackers Squares! Simply spread your peanut butter on the graham cracker and drizzle in as much honey as you like!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Tips for Baking With Honey


When is the last time you found yourself in a baking groove only to realize at the worst possible moment that you've run out of sugar? There's no need to panic and put your treats on hold while you make a beeline for the grocery store. There's a simple and effective alternative that you probably already have in your pantry that will add the sweetness your recipe calls for ... honey!

Different Types of Honey = Different Types of Flavor
Honey is often used as a substitute for sugar and other sweeteners in baking. Using honey as a baking substitute can be a quick fix but it's important to remember that different types of honey can have varying effects on the taste of your creation. Light honey, for instance, is sweeter and unlikely to be overpowering, while darker honey has a more distinct flavor and can potentially alter the taste of the recipe if one adds too much.

Add Honey and Subtract Moisture.
When it comes to using honey as a baking substitute, the first thing you need to remember about substituting honey for sugar is that when adding a liquid sweetener — in this case honey — to your recipe, you must account for the added moisture and take away liquid in other areas. Honey adds additional moisture to a recipe and is great for baked goods like breads, cakes, muffins and pies. A good rule of thumb is to subtract 1/4 cup of liquid elsewhere for every full cup of honey used.

One Cup of Sugar = One Cup of Honey
As for how much honey needs to be added to your baking, you can actually substitute equal parts honey for sugar. For example, if your recipe calls for one cup of sugar, use one cup of honey instead. Keep in mind, though, that for every cup of honey used, you'll need to increase the baking soda by 1/2 teaspoon to help neutralize the acidity of the honey and help the food rise.

Reduce Temperature to Prevent Overbrowning.
After you've got your all your ingredients mixed and you're ready to bake, it's important to remember that honey bakes faster than sugar so be sure to lower your over temperature by 25 degrees to prevent overbrowning. Once you're finished, brush your delicious treats with honey for a sweet, shiny glaze after they have cooled down and enjoy!