Honey is such a versatile ingredient so I thought I would share the three ways I like to use it. If you can, I would advise buying the best quality honey you can afford because the process of making manuka honey is better regulated, meaning when you buy a jar of manuka honey it won't be full of sugar syrup and sweeteners like regular honey is and will have more antibacterial and antioxidant benefits. I recently tried the 15+ Active Manuka Honey by Manuka Doctor and I'm not sure I could go back to normal honey after trying this. It tastes much richer and purer and is a lot thicker in consistency.
1. To kickstart your morning// If you are a big porridge fan like me, then adding a teaspoon of manuka honey to it can really add some delicious sweetness. I particularly liked the combination I made the other day which was half a cup of oats, almond milk, chia seeds, raisins, cinnamon and then topped with honey. The perfect warming breakfast!
2. As a homemade face masks// I always say I'm going to try more DIY beauty things and I finally got round to it. I've heard how moisturising honey is for the skin and my skin was feeling particularly dry so I made up a quick face mask. It was soo simple, I just mixed together one tablespoon of manuka honey with the juice of half a lemon and applied it to my face. I'm not going to lie, it was a bit messy and did dry sticky (although my face smelt really good) but the results were worth it. My skin is still really soft a few days later! The acid in the lemon meant it tingled a bit when I first applied it but that soon went. So if you want a hydrating yet purifying face mask this might be worth a try.
3. A sweetener in baking// As you know I like to spend more of my time baking than cooking so I thought I would try using manuka honey as a sweetener in my next experiment. Normally I use coconut sugar or maple syrup to sweeten things so I was interested to see the difference. I decided to make some banana, peanut butter and honey flapjacks and they turned out really well!
To make about 9 squares you need: 2 ripe bananas, 2 tbsp honey, 2 tbsp peanut butter, 1 tsp vanilla essence, 100g raisins, 150g oats, 2 tbsp coconut oil. Mash the bananas in a bowl first, then add the other ingredients. Spread the mixture in a lined square baking tin and pop into the oven at about 200C for approximately 20 minutes or until golden brown. These flapjacks are full of really good ingredients so you can enjoy them as breakfast, a snack or dessert.
I am very impressed by the quality of Manuka Doctor's honey and won't be hesitating to try more ways to incorporate manuka honey into my beauty routine. What are some of your favourite DIY beauty treatments?