The Benefits of Raw Honey & A Honey Latte Recipe
I am un-bee-lievably excited for today's post! (Had to do it, and its true.)
Honey is one of my favorite things to cook with, one because it is so so yummy and sweet, and two because it is a simple, easy way to make things a little bit healthier. I suggest honey in a lot of recipes, but the most common place I use it is definitely in my beverages, like this tasty and easy to make latte, to minimize use of refined sugars and processed creamers.
I'm saying it now and I'll say it again: honey is still sugar! Replacing table sugar in your diet with honey does not mean you're replacing sugar, however, a little honey goes a long way and when its raw, there are some added health benefits making it a great natural substitute for processed sugars.
We all know that consuming too much sugar can have some negative health effects. But, its important to understand that sugar is a naturally occurring substance in foods like fruits, dairy, meat, and bread. Natural sugar in these whole foods is a part of nutrition and a source of energy- they don't have to be avoided! The real problems occur when we consume too much added sugars and processed sugars.
We can go on and on about how bad processed sugar is for the body, but cutting it out isn't really realistic for everyone. Sugar is added to many things for flavor, preservation, and more. And its labeled differently on products (high-fructose corn syrup, cane juice/syrup, fruit juice concentrate) making it a little difficult to watch for all the time.
Also, like, sometimes ya just n̶e̶e̶d̶ want brownies and ice cream.
I used raw honey from Raw Honey USA to make this sweet and simple honey latte right at home. It is the perfect morning pick me up on a chilly fall day and a healthier alternative to most store bought lattes.
Using Raw Honey as a Sweetener
is one option to help lower your intake of refined sugars and also get some other health benefits! Honey still has sugar. Replacing sugar with honey does not mean you're not eating sugar, but it does have a stronger flavor profile, meaning you might need less to get the sweet flavor you desire.
Why do I choose raw honey? Not only is it delicious, Raw Honey is not heated, so no healthful properties/enzymes are destroyed and its unprocessed, or as close to nature as you can get, full of natural healthy benefits. Raw honey has several varying vitamins based on its origin, antioxidants, and minerals such as zinc, iron, and magnesium.
Processed honey also loses the bee pollen it naturally holds. Hear me out on this one, but bee pollen is actually good for you! It has amino acids, essential fatty acids and antioxidants to vitamins and other micronutrients.
Raw Honey USA makes things so easy because they've created an online shop for authentic, raw, unprocessed honey by responsible, local beekeepers across the US that have a passion for saving the bees and the planet. They have many varieties too, including hemp and flavor infused honeys, which are also raw and have additional natural ingredients or essential oils in them.
Quick & Easy Honey Latte Recipe
This sweet, simple latte can be made in a matter of minutes right at home. Skip the processed creamers and use raw honey with your milk of choice to have a healthy and delicious warm mug of coffee that's perfect for the Fall weather!
For this recipe, all you need is
Espresso or Coffee
Raw Honey from Raw Honey USA
Milk of Choice
Mason Jar with a top or a pan and stove
First step is to brew coffee or make espresso, this choice is up to you and your taste preferences. If you're at home and only have a coffee maker available, brewing a strong cup will work just as well as espresso.
While your coffee or espresso is brewing, put a scoop of raw honey into the mug you will be using to enjoy your latte. Remember, a little goes a long way, and the more you use the sweeter your latte will be.
Heat the milk, either in a microwave safe jar in the microwave (one that you can put a lid on after, like a mason jar) or on the stove. If you use the stove, simply stir the milk as it heats until it begins to get frothy. For the microwave, cover the jar and shake for 60 seconds or until milk starts to froth.
Add your coffee/espresso to the mug of honey. Then, using a spoon to block the froth, pour milk into coffee. Scoop froth on top (see image below) and add toppings as desired! Cinnamon is always a great topping for a fall latte.