Hungry for honey

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You asked for it, so here it is! A post about delicious and easy honey recipes that anyone can make. There are thousands of recipes out there ranging from sweet to savoury that use this delicious ingredient, so I’m only going to mention my top 5 favourites. However, if you’re finding yourself strapped for time and wanting a quick honey fix, there are plenty of other quick ways to enjoy honey by adding it to teas or smoothies and drizzling it over ice-cream or porridge.

Baklava cups – Yes, you read that right. Baklava cups. Baklava is one of my top favourite desserts. I love biting into the filo pastry and tasting the sweet and nutty flavour combination. Making baklava can be a bit tricky, so I’ve settled on a baklava cup recipe today. This recipe is much simpler compared to the original. The only downside is the 5 hour refrigeration time, but the wait is so worth it!

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Bliss balls – Bliss balls are another quick and easy dessert. They’re also pretty damn healthy and can be made using a variety of ingredients. All you really need to make them are a few high quality ingredients, a food processor, a fridge and your hands to roll them into cute, little balls.

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Banana wraps – Banana wraps, also known as banana burritos or banana in a blanket, are so delicious and so quick to make that you’ll have to restrain yourself from eating more than one a day! You don’t really need a recipe for this, but I’ve linked one anyway. All it takes is one wholegrain tortilla or mountain bread (as I like to use here in Australia), one banana, a nut butter or similar textured paste to spread over the wrap, some honey to drizzle inside and on top of the banana burrito and other fillings like cinnamon, shredded coconut or raisins, if you’re feeling adventurous. After you’ve spread out all the fillings onto the wrap, you place the banana at one end, fold in the side edges and gently roll it along until you’ve got a banana in a blanket! Drizzle more honey on top if you’ve got an extra sweet tooth.

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Granola – Granola is great as a snack or as a breakfast food! It is also the perfect base to any meal, as you can add any sort of topping to it, from yoghurt to fruit! I found this really simple granola recipe that combines three of my favourite ingredients together – coconut, almond and honey! Mmmmm

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Grilled Fruit – Imagine biting into a warmed, sugar coated, juicy peach drizzled with honey. Just delicious! Grilled fruit and honey is the perfect combination, and while this recipe uses peaches, it can pretty much be substituted with any other fruit.

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I bet your mouth is watering for some honey right about now! So get the honey jar out and start making one, or all of these recipes!

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Oh honey honey

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HONEY! GLORIOUS HONEY! It’s the delicious golden substance that we love and adore. We spread it on toast, add it to tea and even slather it on our bodies.

Honey is pretty much as old as time itself. One of the first records of honey being used comes from a rock painting found in Valencia, Spain, dating back 8000 years ago! In this rock painting, a person is shown robbing a wild honeybee colony by smoking out the bees and opening up the hive with a rock. Jumping forward in time, the ancient Egyptians were also found to use honey, as evidenced by the pieces of honey comb found in Egyptian tombs.

Today, honey is widely found on any supermarket shelf, but we often take it for granted. When bee populations decline, honey production declines too. If bees were wiped out we would be left without honey, but also left without an outstanding variety of fruit, vegetable and plant species. Most people don’t appreciate the great role honey-makers have and the effort it takes to make honey. They also don’t appreciate all the benefits of honey itself, and that one day we may not have this beautiful and rich substance anymore.

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THE BENEFITS OF HONEY: 

You’re probably getting hungry for some honey right about now? Not only is honey delicious, but it also has a range of amazing benefits. But remember, it is best to use raw and organic honey.

  1. It boosts your immune system – Organic honey is loaded with a healthy dose of vitamins, minerals and enzymes that can protect your body in times of sickness. Take 1-2 teaspoons of honey by itself or mixed with a tea to soothe a cough or sore throat.
  2. It is nutritious – What a treat that honey is tasty and beneficial! Honey is found to contain small amounts of vitamins and minerals, including niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. Swapping sugars for honey provides you with a more nutritious diet.
  3. It helps you lose weight – Great news! A sweetener that isn’t bad for you. Drinking warm water with honey and lemon first thing in the morning is believed to cleanse your liver, remove toxins and get rid of fat from your body.
  4. It clears your skin – Honey contains anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties which are great for removing blemishes from your skin. At night, apply a small dab of organic honey to a spot and leave it to work its magic overnight. Wash it off in the morning and with regular use you should notice clearer skin!
  5. It soothes indigestion – The antiseptic properties in honey can relieve the acidity in the stomach and alleviate digestion. Taking 1-2 teaspoons before a big meal can help combat indigestion, or if you already have it, try adding honey and lemon to a glass of warm water.
  6. It boost your energy levels – The natural sugars found in honey provide a great source of calories and energy for your body. Try adding a tablespoon of honey to your water bottle during workouts and see if you notice a difference in your energy levels.