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From Paleo Ginger Ale to DIY Body Scrubs, 7 Raw Honey Recipes We Love

March 31, 2017

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

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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

Raw Honey Citrus Sugar Scrub Recipe

Ingredients

1 cup granulated or raw sugar
1 teaspoon Thrive Market Raw Honey
¼ cup olive oil
2 teaspoons fresh citrus zest

Instructions

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

Ingredients

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)

Instructions

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 8×8-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

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Melinda Gross

Melinda writes about health, wellness, and food for the Thrive Market blog. She started her career as a financial journalist in NYC and has written for Where Magazine, Worth, Forbes, and TheStreet.com. When she's not reading or writing, she enjoys working out, sketching, and playing with her daughter and mini-dachshund, Goliath.

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