At Thrive Market, we’ve had a long love affair with honey—particularly the raw variety because it hasn’t been pasteurized. That means it maintains its beneficial bee pollen (which appears to have antifungal, antimicrobial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties) and propolis, a sticky resin that contains powerful antioxidants. In addition to being our go-to sweetener, we love using raw honey in DIY beauty treatments and homeopathic remedies, too. Here are some of our favorite recipes.
Danielle Walker's Ginger Ale With Raw Honey Recipe
Note: This is Paleo-friendly!
Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours
For the ginger syrup
4 ounces fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
4 cups water
1 cup Thrive Market Raw Honey
For the remainder of the drink
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
4 cups sparkling water
Ice, for serving
Make the ginger syrup
Combine the ginger and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat to low and simmer for 45 minutes, or until the liquid has reduce by half. Remove from heat and stir in the honey. Cover for 20 minutes to let the ginger and honey steep. Strain the liquid and refrigerate the syrup until well chilled.
Note: The syrup can be made up to 1 week in advance and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Make the drink
In a large pitcher, combine the ginger syrup, lemon juice, and sparkling water. Stir well. Serve over ice.
Reprinted with permission from Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain Celebrations: A Year of Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Paleo Recipes for Every Occasion by Danielle Walker, copyright © 2016. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.
Recipe from: Danielle Walker’s “Celebrations” cookbook
Raw Honey Citrus Sugar Scrub Recipe
Combine all ingredients in an airtight container and stir until fully incorporated. Seal and store at room temperature for up to 2 to 3 weeks.
Raw Honey Vitamin C Gummies Recipe
1 cup citrus juice, freshly squeezed (suggested combination: ½ cup grapefruit juice, ¼ cup orange juice, ¼ cup lemon juice)
2 tablespoons Thrive Market Raw Honey
7 tablespoons unflavored gelatin
1 teaspoon Vitamin C powder (optional)
In a small saucepan set over medium low heat, whisk together juice and honey until dissolved. Pour in gelatin powder slowly, a little at a time, whisking continuously until gelatin is dissolved and the mixture becomes syrup-like in texture. Remove from heat and whisk in the vitamin powders or contents from an opened vitamin capsule, if using.
Pour the mixture into silicon molds or a lightly oiled 8x8-inch baking dish and freeze for 10 minutes. Pop the gummies out of the molds or slice into small bites if using a dish. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks. Be sure to watch the video!
Guess what? We have even more raw honey recipes! Here are a few from our archives.
Photo credit: Paul Delmont and David Kalka