Find out more about low carb honey! Here's a zero carb recipe for you to try plus my reviews of store-bought sugar-free honey alternatives.
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Did you know that regular honey contains 17g net carbs per tablespoon? Which makes it definitely NOT suitable for anyone on a keto or low carb diet – or really anyone who is watching their sugar levels. In recent years we have seen a LOT of low carb sweeteners and alternatives to things like maple syrup – but not so many honey substitutes.
I have several recipes on this site that use a sugar free honey, but while researching other options I discovered that you could buy honey flavoring. This felt like a game-changer and I really wanted to try making my own recipe! So here are some options of honey alternatives that I have bought, my new recipe, and some ideas of how you can use your low carb honey!
Low Carb Honey Substitutes To Buy
Nature's Hollow: I’ve never seen this in stores, but you can buy it for $6.09 from Netrition, or an (untempting) $12.95 from Amazon for the same sized bottle!
I was excited to try this brand for two reasons: it is sweetened with xylitol – a sweetener that I've used for over a decade, and also it is 1g net carbs per tablespoon. It’s an all-natural product, and in my taste test it really DID taste natural. But, not exactly like honey! It was thinner than expected (which makes it easy to blend with other ingredients) and a little darker than normal honey.
Pyure: While I was looking for honey flavoring on Amazon this product came up as an option. It's sweetened with stevia and although it's organic, smells lovely and had a good consistency, I didn't like the aftertaste. It's also currently selling at $8.99 on Amazon and contains 4g net carbs per tablespoon – so it's a thumbs-down from me on this one.
Do you know of any other keto honey substitutes? Let me know in the comments!
How to Make Zero-Carb Honey
In a small saucepan, combine water and low carb brown sweetener – Lakanto is ideal for this recipe.
Place over a medium heat and cook until the sweetener has dissolved and the liquid is gently bubbling. Lower the heat and gradually whisk in some xanthan gum. Don't be tempted to add more as the mixture will thicken up further as it cools.
Add in some honey flavoring – and a pinch of salt, if liked.
Leave to cool completely to room temperature, then transfer to a lidded container (like this cute acrylic honeypot with dipper)!
Store in the fridge – it keeps for at least a month!
Recipes to Make with Low Carb Honey
- Low Carb Honey-Chipotle Chicken Skewers
- Keto Glazed Salmon
- Low Carb Honey Mustard Sauce
- Waffle Iron “Baked” Brie
- Keto Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce
- Flatbread with Prosciutto, Burrata, and Hot Honey
- Low Carb Honey Sriracha Chicken
- Honey Mustard Pork Chops
- Low Carb Honey Garlic Pork Bites
- Pork Ribs with Tamarind Glaze
Zero Carb Homemade Honey
A quick sugar-free and zero carb recipe for homemade honey!
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup brown Lakanto sweetener
- ⅛ tsp xanthan gum
- 1 tbs honey flavoring
- pinch of salt, optional, to taste
- In a small saucepan, combine water and sweetener. Place over a medium heat and cook until the sweetener has dissolved and the liquid is gently bubbling.
- Lower the heat and gradually whisk in some xanthan gum. Don't be tempted to add more as the mixture will thicken up further as it cools.
- Add in the honey flavoring - and a pinch of salt, if liked.
- Leave to cool completely to room temperature, then transfer to a lidded container.
- Store in the fridge.
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Nutrition InformationYield 8 Serving Size 2 tablespoons
Amount Per Serving Calories 1.5Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 0mgCarbohydrates 0.1gNet Carbohydrates 0.1gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 0g
Thursday 2nd of February 2023
Have you baked or cooked with this? Does it have the consistency and flavor of honey when it’s used in recipes?
Friday 27th of August 2021
I'm in the UK and bought Puresweet Hunee from Amazon for about £9. Tastes great, uses xylitol which is my go-to sweetener. Tends to go a bit crunchy when kept in the fridge but soon softens up!
Saturday 28th of August 2021
Good to know, thanks for sharing!