Substitutes for Honey

that work best!

Whether you just ran out of honey in the middle of a recipe or need a vegan-friendly replacement, these are the best substitutes for honey!

Maple Syrup

Maple syrup makes an excellent substitute for honey since the consistency, color, and sweetness are very similar.

Agave Syrup

Agave syrup, also know as agave nectar, is very similar to maple syrup but comes from the agave plant. Yes, the same plant tequila is made from.

Apple Honey

Homemade vegan honey made from apples or apple juice and sugar. You only need 3 simple ingredients and 30 minutes to make! It has a delicious syrupy consistency.

Date Syrup

Date syrup is made from boiled and blended dates. It is thinner than honey so keep that in mind in baking recipes where you may need to adjust the liquids.


Molasses has a stronger flavor than most other syrups so you'll want to look for light molasses or cane syrup as it is sometimes referred to. This has a higher sugar content than blackstrap molasses which makes it a better substitute for honey.

Brown Rice Syrup

This is a common honey replacement for vegans as the taste is one of the most similar. You may also see it referred to as Rice Malt Syrup. It is harder to come by but you can find it in most natural food stores.

Golden Syrup

It has a very similar color and consistency to honey. It is made from sugarcane or sugar beets and has a milder flavor than maple syrup.


You can easily substitute honey for sugar. Keep in mind when baking that honey adds moisture so if your batter comes out dry, you may want to increase the liquids a bit. Better yet, make a simple syrup!