Manuka Honey is considered one of the best natural gifts in the world of traditional medicine, with its antibacterial properties that make it a much healthier alternative to conventional honey. However, only a little is said about its taste. It is less sweet than honey, does it mean that you can't make manuka honey recipes? Absolutely not. Manuka honey's highly viscous texture and subtle sweet properties are perfect for making amazing treats. You can have them during breakfast, as snacks during lunch, or even during dinner. Manuka honey recipes are not only filling but also support a healthy gut.
To find those recipes, you need to look beyond what you traditionally do with honey.
Dairy-Free Protein Shake
If you're an aspiring athlete, or someone who likes to sweat out at the gym, you realise how important it is to fulfill your protein needs. You need to rebuild all those broken muscle fibers after a session of heavy and slow lifting. The hunger pangs you get after working out move you towards the sweet stuff. And the protein companies agree; they have provided a lot of options for whey protein brands with little sugar to make them taste good.
However, these "flavoured" proteins have low protein bioavailability. The added flavours compromise the protein content, and you end up taking more than you should. Thankfully, Raw whey exists. But although tasteless, its texture and smell are enough to make anyone puke.
You can add a tasteful spin even with raw whey if you use Manuka honey as a sugar replacement. Here is the recipe for the perfect dairy-free and sugar-free protein shake.
- 250grams of soy milk
- One frozen banana
- One tablespoon of peanut butter
- One tablespoon of Manuka honey
- 10 Soaked and peeled almonds
- Chia seeds for an extra kick of protein
- 1 scoop of raw whey
Blend them all together, and you'll get a dairy-free protein shake with approximately 50 grams of protein. You can add more Manuka honey for taste. It has a lower calorie count than traditional honey so you won't mess up your macros.
For a health nut, fried stuff is a no-go. But if you're willing to make some adjustments to your expectations, you can give these Apple Nachos a try. Now, these nachos are different. For one, they are sweet, but not too sweet. Apple's malic acid adds some tanginess to it. And while it won't have the same effect as the cheesy heavy nachos with bacon bits cut on top, you won't feel a bit of bloat after eating it.
And with Manuka Lab's Manuka honey, you will get all the antioxidant goodness you need with this mid-evening snack.
The recipe is simple. You'll need the following:
- Two cups of apple slices. If they are green, that would be better.
- A 5th of butter or almond butter if you're cutting down on dairy
- A handful of walnuts for that extra crunch
- A tablespoon of manuka honey
Spread the apple slices on the plate and pour softened butter over it. Mix well until the butter covers all the surfaces of all the apple slices. Put walnuts over the mixture, then give it a good shake. Finally, smoothly spread a tablespoon of Manuka Labs' Manuka honey over it and serve. Enjoy it right away. Keep it on, and the butter might get cold.
The saltiness of the butter combined with the acidity of the apple gives you that perfect tangy taste with a creamy texture that you might miss not eating real nachos. The crunch of walnuts is an added bonus. Manuka honey, with its only slightly sweet taste, will act as a good vehicle to balance the flavors.
This isn't your grandma's banana split that, while tasty, is also full of enough sugar to give you a sugar high. It is a subtle dessert with a balanced amount of sweetness and the goodness of healthy carbs and healthy fats. The best part is you can customise it in any way you want.
To make a manuka honey banana split, you will need the following:
- Greek yogurt
- One banana
- Blueberries or strawberries
- One tablespoon of Manuka honey
Split the banana and put Greek yogurt between it. Top it off with some walnuts and blueberries, and drizzle a tablespoon of Manuka honey on top. Enjoy this healthy and hearty breakfast.
If you don't have walnuts, you can use cashew or almonds. If the market is out of berries, get some apple slices. If you don't want to use Greek yogurt, a full-fat yogurt will also do.
And if you want to go all in with the flavour and capture the true essence of a banana split, use low-fat ice cream. It will go great with the thick Manuka honey and the honey will enhance the flavor of low-fat ice cream.
If you're tired of putting the same sugars in your morning latte, time to spice it up with some Manuka honey instead. Prepare your golden latte mix with the following ingredients and add Manuka honey as a sweetener.
Turmeric is a great antioxidant, and its spicy undertone is perfect for giving your coffee a more energizing taste. Ginger is great to add freshness to your latte, and since it clears the throat, that's a plus. Cinnamon adds sweetness, savoriness, and a bit of spiciness in one package. And with you topping all that with Manuka honey, you have the perfect pick-me for the morning.
Serve it hot and sip it slowly for maximum impact and taste.
Frozen Energy Bites
Get your energy on in the middle of the day with these frozen energy bites. It is the perfect healthy snack for those who're looking for the forbidden candy-like delight but want to keep their sugar levels in check. You'll need the following:
- Frozen strawberry
- Steel-cut oats
- Coconut shavings
- Manuka honey
Take some strawberries and wash them thoroughly. Mix oats and coconut shavings in a separate bowl. Dunk the wet strawberries into that bowl and let the oats-coconut mixture stick to it. Leave the strawberries in the freezer overnight. Take it out the next morning and drizzle a tablespoon of Manuka lab's finest Manuka honey on top. You can either have one right now or leave the honey-drizzled strawberry candies back in the freezer. It will be good for about a week.
Now the next time you feel any hunger pangs, you know where you'd need to go rather than the store to buy candy.
Crispy Honey Chicken
Sometimes, you need that whole bag of fried chicken as a reward for all the healthy foods you've been eating. But with a manuka honey-infused crispy honey chicken, you don't have to compromise your health…too much.
It is easy to make, you can serve it over rice, and it is far better than a take-out. There is also a vegan alternative if you've got Tofu or Tempeh or access to some Beyond Meat.
- Fill 2/3rd of a large pan with vegetable oil.
- Put the boneless and skinless chicken into a bowl after cutting them into bite-sized chunks.
- Put some salt and pepper over them.
- Mix all-purpose flour, cumin, coriander, and onion powder in another bowl.
- Put some buttermilk into another bowl.
- Take some Manuka honey, add some sriracha and two teaspoons of soy sauce.
- Put the honey sauce mixture in a pan over a stove and get it to boil. Keep stirring, and use a non-stick bowl to prevent the sauce from sticking to the bowl.
- Now take two pieces of chicken and drop them in the flour mix of step 4, then dunk it in the buttermilk and then put it into the pan with vegetable oil.
- While the chicken is cooking, bring the honey sauce to a boil and then slowly turn down the heat to let it simmer.
- Take out the chicken from the pan after it is cooked and let it cool on a plate.
- Slowly pour the honey sauce over it and mix. Flip the chickens well to coat it all with the honey sauce.
Then serve the crispy honey chicken hot. To make the sauce thicker, you can use more honey. But don't let it become too thick, or it will get difficult to coat the chicken breasts. Use tempeh, beyond meat or soy, instead of chicken for vegetarian options.
Enjoy Unlimited Recipes with Manuka Honey
Manuka honey has the texture, consistency, and to some level, taste of regular honey. You can use it as regular honey. However, if you're looking to use Manuka honey on healthy meals, make sure to use more than two tablespoons. The consistency and sweetness of this product are perfect for most desserts.
At Manuka Lab, you'll find MGO-certified manuka honey for your needs. Our products undergo rigorous testing before being launched in the market to ensure that you get the best honey.