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February 3, 2022

Plant-Based Honey Butter (Oil-Free)

This 5-minute vegan Honey Butter is super easy to whip up. Make completely plant-based honey butter without oil or vegan butter. Quick, easy, and healthy - you can spread this honey butter on everything!

Plant-Based Honey Butter being poured onto waffles

I've lost count of the number of times I've made this delicious honey butter. It seriously tastes great on everything!

My craziest food to pair it with: broccoli.

But honestly, it tasted ah-mazing on broccoli. Like I said, it tastes great on everything.

Let's get into it...

What is Honey Butter?

Honey butter is (traditionally) a compound of honey and butter.

You mix softened butter, honey, and maybe some cinnamon for a sweet, rich spread.

Many people make honey butter chicken or honey butter biscuits. It's that full flavor + sweet combo that adds a little something to otherwise basic recipes.

Plant-Based Honey Butter with waffles

Is Honey Butter Vegan?

Traditional honey butter is not vegan.

Neither honey, nor butter, are technically vegan. Butter is made from dairy, which comes from cows. Honey is also an animal product - it comes from bees.

Strict vegans avoid honey because it is an animal product.

This honey butter IS vegan.

I've created that same rich, decadent, sweet flavor of traditional honey butter without the honey or the butter.

Why I love this Plant-Based Cinnamon Honey Butter

  • Dietary needs — this honey butter is completely vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, and refined sugar-free
  • Ready in 5 minutes — whip up this honey butter in literally 5 minutes. If you want it super thick and creamy, you'll need to refrigerate it first. But it can easily be ready in just a few quick minutes.
  • No Oil, No Butter — this plant-based recipe doesn't have any oil or vegan butter - no not-so-healthy ingredients here
  • No Honey — since honey isn't technically vegan, there's no honey in this recipe. If you're not a strict vegan, feel free to use honey in place of the maple syrup

Plant-Based Honey Butter

Ingredient Notes & Substitutions

  • Tahini: tahini is the 'butter' part of this honey butter. I highly recommend using it as opposed to other nut or seed spreads. If you need a substitute, I recommend almond butter.
  • Water
  • Maple Syrup: to make this honey butter completely fruit sweetened use date syrup instead. If you're not a strict vegan, you can use honey.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: don't skip the ACV. It helps cut through the density of the tahini. If you don't have ACV you can use regular white vinegar.
  • Spices: cinnamon, salt, nutmeg & ginger. Using several spices really rounds out this dish and helps eliminate any bitterness from the tahini. But if you want to skip on the nutmeg and ginger, the honey butter will still taste delicious.

Plant-Based Honey Butter Ingredients

How to make Plant-Based Honey Butter

Step 1. Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl.

Step 2. For extra creamy honey butter, refrigerate for 30 minutes, until the mixture is thick.

Step 3. Enjoy!

Uses for Honey Butter

Now that you have your super duper creamy vegan honey butter, what will you do with it? The possibilities are endless:

  • Spread on toast, pancakes, or waffles for a tasty sweet breakfast
  • Pour over a sweet potato and sprinkle with cinnamon
  • Roast sweet veggies - sweet potatoes, parsnips, carrots, apples, and use this honey butter as a sauce
  • Drizzle on oatmeal or berries for a decadent breakfast
  • Schmear on a bagel or English muffin for a sweet breakfast sandwich
  • Use as an ice cream topping (YUM)

Plant-Based Honey Butter on waffles

Recipe Prayer

Thank you God for this honey butter. Help us to enjoy the food we eat it with. Amen.

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Plant-Based Honey Butter (Oil-Free)

This 5-minute vegan Honey Butter is super easy to whip up. Make completely plant-based cinnamon honey butter without oil or vegan butter. Quick, easy, and healthy - you can spread this honey butter on everything!

Author:

Elizabeth

Serves:

8

Prep:

5

min

cook:

0

min

total:

5

min

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Tahini
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • 2-4 Tablespoons Maple Syrup (to taste)
  • 1 Teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Ground Ginger

Instructions

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. For extra creamy honey butter, refrigerate for 30 minutes, until the mixture is thick.
  3. Spread on toast, use to roast veggies, serve on a sweet potato, etc. Enjoy!
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April 28, 2022
Jean Mastin
Elizabeth: Thank you so much for making my meal times wonderful again. I am 86 yrs plus, and was finding eating dull and dreary. Now it is " scrum delicious time to eat". . Blessings de Jean
Hi Jean - Thanks so much for your kind words. I'm so glad you are enjoying my recipes. Please let me know if you ever have recipe requests or if there's anything else I can do to keep your meals delicious!
April 9, 2022
Katie
Can you leave nutritional info for your recipes? Serving size/calories would be so helpful! Trying mushroom lentil stew tonight! and looking forward to crispy chickpea stuffed sweet potatoes very soon. Thanks for creating healthy, attractive recipes!
Hi Katie - so excited to hear that you are trying some of my recipes! I'd love to hear how they go. I haven't posted nutritional information for my recipes because I know it can be difficult for some people with disordered eating to see nutrition facts. I've gotten a lot of requests to add them recently, so I'm working on a solution that can provide information for those who want it but not be triggering for others. In the meantime, if you're curious about the nutrient info about a particular recipe, I recommend using Cronometer. It's a website/app to track and understand nutrient info and I think it does a great job of emphasizing all the nutrients (not just macros). I hope this helps! Please let me know if I can help in any other way.
April 9, 2022
Vickey
U mentioned date sugar on this recipe but it’s not in the instructions. I know u add it but just in case u wanna add to instructions. Love ur recipes! Thank u. I’m thinking of going to vegan a little nervous tho lol
Hi Vickey - thanks so much for catching that! I am updating the post now. So happy to hear you enjoy my recipes. And exciting that you are thinking about going vegan!! If there's anything that I can do to help, please let me know.
March 28, 2022
Sr Maureen Egan
I'd love to try this soup. What are the nutritional values, like how much fat does it contain, carbs, etc.
Hi Sr Maureen - I usually don't post macronutrient information because I know each person has their own goals and I don't want to encourage or discourage anyone's specific goals. But I often use Cronometer as a tool to understand the nutritional profile of my recipes. I plugged the ingredient information for this recipe into Cronometer and got the following nutrient information per serving: 521 calories, 44g fat, 23g carbs, 16g protein. I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions and if you try the recipe!
March 26, 2022
Margareta Ahle
This curry is absolutely delicious.
Thank you so much! It's one of my favorites :)
March 23, 2022
Martha maloney
Thank you I have been doing the fruit and oatmeal, etc for years and I love it. I will try the pears. I refrigerate my left over oatmeal and with a touch of milk or fruit juice liquid it’s fine the next day. Just a warning about tofu; it interferes with some medicines especially Thyroid medicine. Thank you for the short prayers, there are lovely.
Hi Martha - thank you so much for your kind words. I'm glad you like the prayers! As someone who doesn't take any medications I have no issues with eating tofu and encouraging others to eat it too (it's a great source of protein!). That said, you should always consult with your doctor about possible interactions with medications. I have plenty of recipes without tofu, so hopefully you can find things that work for you!
March 3, 2022
Susan Cunningham
I made this for Ash Wednesday and it was delicious. It was also simple and not much work time once the mushrooms and onions were cut.
Hi Susan - I'm so glad you liked it!
March 1, 2022
Jade
When you say shape into a rectangular loaf, what dimensions? 1/2 thick by 8 inches long or?
My loaf was about 7" long and 4" wide with about 1" of height. Then I sliced it 1/2" thick along the long end to get 12ish biscotti. I will clarify this in the post! Let me know if this makes sense and if you have any other questions.
January 16, 2022
Tracy Henry
Made this tonight. Absolutely delicious Elizabeth. You got this one just right!
Oh yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed it :)
January 16, 2022
L Collins
Hi Could you please confirm two things:1. The amount of salt. Seems like too much. 2. The directions say there is lemon juice in the dressing but it’s not listed under ingredients. ThanksL.
Hi there! Confirming that the two teaspoons of salt in the dressing is correct. I didn't salt the cauliflower when roasting it or the salad after it was done, so this amount of salt was perfect. If you're concerned about it you can decrease the amount of salt in the dressing and then add more at the end if you need it. As for the lemon juice, SO sorry about that! It was a typo in my directions and I've removed it now. Hope this helps :)
December 20, 2021
Martha
This looks lovely! Do you have a recipe for the red pepper hummus also? Thank you!
Hi Martha! I don't have a recipe for red pepper hummus on my site. I suggest taking a traditional hummus recipe and blending in roasted red pepper.
November 22, 2021
Amanda J Lehmann
I tried these and they were delicious! A bit dense but flavorful and the "buckeye" blend of peanut and chocolate was on point! Recommend!
Yay! I'm so glad you liked them! -- Elizabeth
December 6, 2021
Grace
Hi, these look amazing. I was wondering, could I used powdered peanut butter in place of creamy for the recipe? thanks
Hi Grace! There is already some powdered peanut butter in this recipe, so adding more might make the texture more gluey. Also, the real peanut butter adds some fat, which helps create flavor. That said, if you want to use powdered peanut butter, I would suggest mixing it with a high-fat liquid like coconut cream and then measuring out 2/3 cup. Hope this helps! Let me know how it goes :) -- Elizabeth
November 15, 2021
Becky
You mention using vegetable broth in your introduction but it isn’t included in the recipe
Hi Becky - thanks for pointing this out. I have removed mention of vegetable broth from this post. You do not need any vegetable broth. The mushrooms will release natural liquid which will prevent any sticking. -- Elizabeth
September 23, 2021
Tracy Henry
Hi Elizabeth, LOVE you recipes. Please keep them coming. :)I was wondering, can you share what is the vegan chocolate bar you used in this recipe?
August 28, 2021
Henry (Hank) Mader
thank you for the oil free recipe. I'm getting introduced to wild Bolete mushrooms here in Colorado, and everyone sautes Bolete's in butter or olive oil. I'm on a veggie, oil free regimen for heart health reasons. and your recipe suggestion may fill the bill. I can't wait to give it a try.
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This is so fun! Loving your creamy photography :)
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This looks incredible! So yummy and pretty photography