Vegan Dandelion Honey – Syrup

Vegan Dandelion Honey – Syrup

Interesting but delicious! I have never been a honey fan! Sure, I will drizzle maple syrup on my pancakes, or make flapjack cookies with golden syrup, but honey has never been my thing! Why then, would I decide to make vegan dandelion honey syrup? Well, I wanted to see how it was! Does it taste like honey (I have a honey fanatic in my house)! What do steeped dandelions taste like (eating them on a salad is a bit weird for me)! I also wanted to see if it took as long as all the other recipes I have seen! It doesn’t! You can make this delicious vegan dandelion honey – syrup in a morning, then drizzle it on your ice-cream in the afternoon! Why have I named it honey – syrup instead of just honey? Well, as the aforementioned honey fan pointed out – only bees can make honey!


Photo by Heather Barnes on Unsplash

The Honey – Syrup Recipe

Dandelions

Obviously as this is Dandelion honey – syrup, the main ingredient will be Dandelion flowers. Now, several points here. Dandelions are one of the first flowers to appear in the Spring (in the UK). As there are not many other flowers about, the bees need these flowers! Later on (around June time in the UK) when there are plenty of other flowers around, then picking Dandelions is okay!

Secondly, ideally you want to pick flowers from your garden, or the middle of a field – as far away from any polluting vehicle fumes as possible. Thirdly, you want to pick the flowers on a sunny day! If you watch the flowers, they will open out in the sun and show their yellow petals! On an a dull day, the dandelions will remain tightly closed and you will just see green at the top of the stalk! Lastly, gently flick each flower before picking as this makes it easier to get less insects in your collection!


Insects?

Yes, there will be insects as of course, they love flowers! There are several ways you can get rid of them. First, as aforementioned, flick each flower before picking. Second, you can lay the flowers on a paper towel or a tray and wait for the bugs to crawl away. Third, a very time consuming but effective way I found was to hold each flower upside down and twizzle the stalk between your fingers. Lastly, you can just put the flowers in water and hope the bugs all swim to safety! The last option is not always recommended as you ideally want all that Dandelion goodness in your honey – syrup!


Mini wooden spoon, white jug and jar with Dandelion honey - syrup on a rustic wood plank background
Delicious Dandelion honey – syrup

Other ingredients

You will also need sugar… quite a lot! White sugar will give a clearer honey – syrup, brown sugar will give a richer taste and a deeper colour. If you wish, you can add other edible flowers – I would suggest lavender or rose (or other edible fragrant species if you are certain they are edible)! Lemon is also needed, although you can also use orange or lime, and water.

Birds eye view of a pan with dandelion flowers, lemon slices and lavender in. Dandelion honey - syrup in the making.
Dandelion flowers, lavender and lemon ready for honey – syrup

Dandelion Honey – Syrup

A sweet, sticky syrup made from fresh dandelion flower heads.

Keyword: dandelion, honey, syrup, vegan
Serves: 1 jar
Created by:: Laurena @LifeDietHealth
Gather
  • 60-100 flower heads of dandelion (we had 20g in total)
  • 3 slices fresh lemon (can sub orange or lime slices)
  • 650 ml water
  • 300 g sugar
Prepare
  1. Pick the dandelion flower heads when they are open (on a sunny day)! Turn the heads upside down and leave for the insects to crawl out! You can also twizzle the flower heads upside down between your fingers to help get them out. Remove the heads and set the creatures free. Repeat! Some of them just want to stay home! When you are sure your flowers are creature free, move to the next stage. You can rinse the petals briefly, but I would weigh them first!

  2. Put the dandelion heads in a saucepan along with any other flower heads, add the lemon slices and cover with the water. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat, squash the lemon slices to release their juices, then simmer for 20 minutes.

  3. Strain the mixture through a sieve and remeasure the liquid. Ideally you want around 500-520ml. Put this back in the saucepan (rinse the saucepan first) and add the sugar.

  4. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat. Simmer for 30-90 minutes checking frequently. You can bring it back to the boil once or twice if you are standing watching it, then reduce the heat again. You should gradually see the liquid reducing, and the honey – syrup getting thicker. The syrup will thicken on standing, so it is up to your judgement to notice when the syrup starts to thicken (hence the wide variation in cooking time)! Also, you may like a very runny honey for easier pouring, so 30 minutes might suffice. We cooked ours for 75 minutes and it is reasonably thick.

  5. Sterilse a clean 300ml jar by slowly adding boiling water, then set in a cool oven upside down to dry.

  6. Pour the warm honey – syrup into the jar and seal.

  7. Enjoy!


Dandelion water after first stage of cooking and Dandelion honey at heating stage.


What do I need?

For this recipe you need a good saucepan and utensil which can withstand hot temperatures. You also need a jar to store the honey in – re-use one you already have, or a get yourself a nice kilner style one. If you are going full fancy, how about a honey spoon for easy drizzling? We do receive a small commission if you click and purchase through these links.


What to eat with your honey – syrup

Well, where to start! First… I would try eating it off a spoon (or a finger)! Then once you know its taste add it to everything! Drizzle it on your porridge or overnight oats. Stir it into your yogurt, smoothies or coconut whipped cream. Spread it on toast, or on fresh crusty bread and butter! Spoon it into your coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. Add it to cake batters, cookies and cheesecakes instead of maple syrup. You know, you could even use it to coat your tofu with some spices or make a sticky glaze for carrots or sprouting broccoli!


Dandelion honey - syrup dripping from a spoon into a jar.
Drizzle your Dandelion honey – syrup

Storing

So long as you have used a clean and sterile jar, with a clean lid and use a clean dry utensil every time you use it, this should keep for at least 6 months! Just pop it in the cupboard (or on a shelf where you can see it)! You can of course use smaller jars when you first make it if you are worried about it’s life… it will store longer unopened if sealed properly!


Jar of Dandelion honey - syrup and a small white jug full too. Wooden spoon and dandelion flowers in the background.
Dandelion honey syrup jar and jug

Sharing

I’m sharing this Dandelion Honey-Syrup over at Angie’s Fiesta Friday this week. It’s fantastic to see what people all over the world are making, baking, sharing and have a virtual chat with old and new friends! 😀 If you’re sharing something, remember to link up with the Fiesta and with the co-hosts – this week it’s the lovely Mollie @ Frugal Hausfrau


Glass jar of golden coloured Dandelion honey - syrup, with a white jug and teaspoon sized wooden spoon.
Dandelion honey – syrup straight off the spoon…

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Speak soon

Laurena x

16 Comments

  • Eva Gallon 26th June 2020 at 21:55

    Dandelion honey… Mind. Blown😜 I used to drink dandelion coffee many years ago but this really has taken me by surprise. Although honey may as well be in my DNA I’d be happy to try this…my garden back in the UK had loads of dandelions! If you take out the main ingredient, the recipe sounds like middle-eastern sugar wax (also good enough to eat😉) Feeling like a zombie here in the heat; is it a bit fresher over there after the storm?

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    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 26th June 2020 at 22:21

      I know right! I was amazed at myself too! 😋 Dandelion coffee🤔I’ve had chicory coffee… Anyway, there must be a field somewhere you can pick dandelions? You really should make this! Oh, sugar wax, yes, I’ve seen that on my travels! Not any cooler today – I was back in the pool! 😋🌞🤗

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  • Eva Gallon 27th June 2020 at 04:47

    Defo chicory coffee for me now 😉 I’ll have to look out for dandelions, it’s mostly poppies around here lol. It’s that time of year when I can’t sleep due to the heat and mosquitoes (I may as well be back in Spain… and we had a communal pool!) Have a nice weekend ☺

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    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 27th June 2020 at 11:39

      A LOT of years ago, ‘Caro’ was the only chicory drink available here, then I switched to ‘Barley Cup’ … now it’s more popular I’m not too fussed on the brand! I hope you find some dandelions somewhere – maybe I should pick some and see if they freeze! Oh, I did notice you were posting at some ridiculous pre 5am hour! I was like that a couple of nights ago! Our temperature has dropped from 31c (88f) yesterday to 17c (63f) today!!!

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  • Eva Gallon 27th June 2020 at 11:58

    I got my in-laws into drinking Caro! However, I’ve been drinking chicory coffee from The Chicory Co. ever since I had it at my parents ‘ a few years ago (it’s the best, can I say that here?😉). Yes, it’s silly season again – I’ve so jealous of your cool 17’!😁

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    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 27th June 2020 at 12:26

      Ooo.. I’ll have to check that out! Yes, I thought you might like the 17! Not really weather for the pool today though! 🙁

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    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 27th June 2020 at 12:27

      Oh my… they have a cocoa version! Have you tried that?

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  • Eva Gallon 27th June 2020 at 14:09

    Ooh no, I hadn’t heard of the cocoa version- I’ll keep that in mind but thanks for the suggestion👍 I’ve just spent the last few hours vacuuming and mopping when it’s really humid, and now fancy jumping into a cold pool lol (I also thought of a former line manager who kept telling me I was making a rod for my own back: I’d not heard that expression before but that’s just one of many)😁Enjoy the rest of the weekend, whatever you’re up to x

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    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 27th June 2020 at 14:17

      Haha… Dad would have said that! 😋👍🏼 It’s still raining on & off here so I’m going to find a film (& bake something… any requests?)

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  • Eva Gallon 27th June 2020 at 14:25

    I think you’re rubbing it in about the rain😁😜 I always feel a bit cheeky telling you what to bake hehe… You choose between a citrus drizzle (surprise surprise!), Madeira cake or fudgy, gooey choc brownies… Or make whatever you want👍

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    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 27th June 2020 at 14:36

      ☔😋 Nooo… I love suggestions and I guess I should do a citrus drizzle cake as you have asked for that before! I know that’s missing from here! Do you have a bundt tin? (recipe needs creating differently to regular cake).

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  • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 27th June 2020 at 14:42

    Lol… I got one for my birthday and excited to use it! A loaf tin?

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  • Eva Gallon 27th June 2020 at 20:44

    Sorry, I’ve only just seen your comment about the loaf tin (they keep going into my Junk box even though I mark it ‘not Junk’). Anyway, I imagine it would have to be a 2- or 3Ib tin but you’ve probably made it by now☺

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    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 27th June 2020 at 22:24

      That’s okay… I got lazy and we still had cakes to eat anyway! I’ll play with a loaf cake tomorrow now! 👍🏼🎂

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  • frugal hausfrau 2nd July 2020 at 01:06

    I wondered right away at the “vegan” but I can see what a great sub this would be! I love love love it and wish we were not past our dandelion season! The school down the street has literally thousands and every year I think I should sneak over and relieve them of a few and make something! Next year!! Thanks for sharing at FF!!

    Mollie

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    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 3rd July 2020 at 08:27

      Thanks Mollie! It really is very delicious and not as difficult as I imagined! We still have loads of dandelions here… I think picking them increased their population! Yes, put it in your diary for next year! 😛 Thanks for co-hosting Fiesta Friday again! Stay well. x

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