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Quick And Awesome Honey Recipes

10.12.2009 · Posted in Home and Garden Articles

It has been a well known fact since the times of the ancient Greeks and Romans that honey boosts the strength and endurance of athletes. Honey, which is a powerful antioxidant, offers many benefits that we’re losing out on thanks to refined sugar being easier to use in most recipes.nnHoney contains phenolic acids and flavonoids, both of which are known to fight free radicals, a necessary health benefit in today’s world. Honey recipes (or recipes that incorporate honey sugar) are actually quite easy to prepare, and have the same sweetness – and a much finer flavor – than the processed food containing refined sugar we buy at the market without even thinking about what ingredients they really contain.nnHoney barbecue sauce, for example. Have you looked at the back of the bottle to see if there’s even any honey in that mixture of chemicals, additives, and flavor? There are many honey recipes that actually have honey in it, and here’s an easy one. Simply combine one can of condensed tomato soup, cup of honey, 2 tablespoons of worcestershire sauce, 2 tablespoons of your choice of salad oil, and one tablespoon of lemon juice adding 1 teaspoon of mustard and a dash of hot pepper sauce for bite. Stir it in a saucepan and bring it to a boil, then simmer while stirring until it’s at a desired consistency, and remove.nnIf you have a sweet tooth that just has to be fed, buy some frozen yogurt or custard and make up a honey caramel sauce fit for a four star restaurant. You will receive far less calories than ice cream loaded with chocolate syrup and a host of vitamins from your treat. Mix 1 cup honey, cup heavy cream, 1 TBSP butter, 1 tsp vanilla and 1/8 tsp salt in a heavy saucepan. Cook the first two ingredients to 238 degrees F, remove from the heat and add the remaining ingredients. Your sauce will thicken and be absolutely luscious.nnThere are also honey recipes for sweet, healthy snacks that, once made, can be kept for weeks. Rather than chips, candy, or cookies, try granola. Cover it with milk and eat it like cereal. You can add salty nuts to go with the honey sugar flavor, depending on preference.nnFor one of many simple, honey recipes, grease a cookie sheet and preheat your oven to 350 degrees; then, add four cups of oats, two cups of coarsely chopped nuts and one cup of raisins in a large bowl. Mix them thoroughly and set it aside. In a large saucepan mix three fourths cups honey, half a cup of melted butter or margarine, two teaspoons of ground cinnamon, a teaspoon of vanilla and a dash of salt. Stir well and bring it to a boil, cooking the sauce for one minute. Then remove it from the heat, pour it over your oats, nuts, and raisins, and mix it well before spreading it onto the cookie sheet. Bake for twenty minutes, taking it out every five to stir. Let it cool, crumble it up, and eat!nnIf you make an effort to replace your granulated sugar with a small amount of honey sugar, it won’t be long before you don’t even notice that absence of refined sugar. Test your regular recipes with honey sugar, taking care to account for the liquid measure. Remember to reduce your liquids by a quarter cup per each cup of honey, and add half a teaspoon baking soda for each cup of honey used in baked goods.nnThe more we revert back to natural foods, the more we realize how much our bodies have taken a toll for empty calories and fast living through processed foods. Honey recipes are simple to use with any meal that calls for sugar. Get creative and make your own honey recipes to serve your family.

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