Got a sweet-tooth? New Year comes with a lot of cookies and cakes to pacify your cravings like all past years too, but with a twist! Yes, this year holidays brings the goodness of organic honey to your doorsteps.
Organic honey is one of the most nutrients-rich organic liquid sweetener available in nature. Unlike man-made or processed artificial sweeteners, that simply adds calories often robbing your body of essential minerals and nutrients especially Vitamin C when consumed in excess, organic honey comes packed with a steady energy supply and add nutrients like protein, mineral and vitamins to your diet.
Introduce yourself to spoonful of health this New Year with organic honey and sweeteners with these lip-smacking recipes. Treat family and friends with delicacies that could leave them wanting more of your exceptional culinary skills.
Try making Honey Lemon Doughnuts for kids!
Bake a gluten-free, honey lemon doughnut with organic honey. For the doughnuts you would need two doughnut trays sprayed with non-stick cooking spray and sprinkled with some almond flour. Take 2 cups of finely ground blanched almond flour in a blender jar and mix ½ tsp of baking soda and fine sea salt respectively and blend the mixture.
Add 4 tbsp. of organic honey to the jar now along with three eggs,1/4 cup grapeseed oil, 1 tsp pure vanilla extract & 2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice and blend it into a batter. Pour the batter in the greased doughnut tray and bake it for 10 minutes in an oven preheated to 350 degrees. Let it cool for few minutes.
For the frosting, take into a mixing bowl 2/3 cup of pure vegetable shortening (Vegetable shortening is hydrogenated vegetable fat. It is virtually flavorless and a good substitute for butter in baking of pie pastry, cookies, and cakes), 4 tbsp. of organic raw honey, 4 tbsp. of freshly squeezed lemon juice and 2 tbsp. of finely grated lemon zest. Lemon Zest can be prepared by scraping or cutting from the outer, colorful skin of the lemon. Beat this mixture with a hand beater until smooth and fluffy. Ice the cooled doughnuts for a yummy doughnut treat for kids this New Year.
Make Some Sauces and Dips
Yes! Use organic honey to make sauces and dips that go well with crackers and organic cookies or as side-accompaniment with assorted vegetables. Prepare creamy Honey Sesame sauce by whisking together ¾ cup non-fat mayonnaise, ¼ cup rice vinegar, ¼ cup liquid honey and 3 tbsp. toasted sesame seeds with 1-2 tbsp. grated ginger, 1 small minced garlic clove, 1/8 tsp of red pepper flakes and some salt to taste. Keep the preparation in an airtight container and refrigerate.
There are many more such sumptuous recipes that can be prepared using honey.
Make Appetizers and holiday beverages for Your Guests
What can be more prideful that treating guests with homemade beverages and appetizers on New Year! Make some mouth-watering appetizers and whisk up a cool, refreshing beverage to greet them when friends come over.
Try honey roasted nuts which are not just yummy to eat but very appetizing too. For preparing this recipe you would require 3 cups of nuts, ½ cup honey, 2 tbsp. butter, ½ tsp grated orange peel and ½ tsp grounded cinnamon. Mix all ingredients well and microwave at ‘high’ for 5-7 minutes. Spread the roasted nuts on a foil to cool and they are good to serve. Easy, isn’t it?
For the beverage, try something new to add the punch to your party. Yes! Try making Holiday Party Punch! Just combine 2 cups of boiling water and ¾ cup raw honey. Chill the concoction. Combine 4 cups of cranberry juice, 2 cups orange juice and 1 cup lemon juice in a large punch bowl and mix it with the chilled honey mixture. Add a quart of ginger ale, ice cubes and garnish with fruits just before serving.
Make your beverage the highlight of this year’s New Year party.
Organic Honey provides numerous health benefits. It is not just cardio-protective and anti-hypertensive but has tremendous anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor properties. However, it is still sugar and exercise caution if you have a diabetic at home.
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