Disclaimer: I received a complementary box of Nektar Naturals Honey Crystals in exchange for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.
It’s been forever and a day since I last shared a recipe post on the blog, but I’d like to think it was because I was spending every spare moment perfecting this one. When Nektar Naturals reached out to me to try their Honey Crystals I was instantly intrigued.
Nektar Naturals’ motto is ‘Honey Without the Sticky Mess’ and that sticky mess is half the reason I don’t use honey more often. Plus, we all know how much I love trying different substitutes for refined sugars when baking. How could I pass up the opportunity to play around with a new one?
Spoiler Alert: I LOVED them & I’m giving away a free box of Nektar Naturals Honey Crystals on Instagram if you want to head there now to enter!
The first thing I did after opening the package I got in the mail, was test out the Nektar Naturals Honey Crystals on their own. So many sugar substitutes just taste plain bad, so I had to make sure I wasn’t gonna waste a perfectly good baking session on the stuff.
Luckily, it tasted just like honey. Apart from the obvious granulatedness (not a word, but necessary nonetheless) it really was honey without the sticky mess. Score one to Nektar Naturals for truthful marketing.
Honey Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
The next test was to actually try it in something. Since the Nektar Naturals Honey Crystals are granulated and not liquid, there was no need for complicated calculations. It was a straight 1:1 substitution for brown sugar. But, I was worried about the baking temp since honey usually browns faster than other sugars at the same temp.
Apparently, that’s only something you have to worry about with liquid honey, cuz the first batch at 325F needed to stay in for far too long and ended up burned at the bottom. The batch at 350F, on the other hand, was perfect after 10 minutes.
I ended up with Honey Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies are dairy free and free from refined sugars, thanks to Nektar Naturals Honey Crystals. But they still manage to be soft, chewy and decadent, like any good oatmeal chocolate chip cookie should be. Needless to day, I ate almost all in one sitting.
- 1 flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax + 3 tbsp water)
- ¾ cup Nektar Naturals Honey Crystals**(see notes for vegan option)
- ⅓ cup melted coconut oil (use a little more if dough seems is too dry)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup rolled oats oats
- ¾ cups whole wheat flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ - 1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
- Combine ground flax and water in the bottom of a mixing bowl and set aside about 10 minutes
- Pre-head oven to 350F, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside
- Beat together the flax egg, Nektar Naturals Honey Crystals, coconut oil and vanilla extract
- Whisk in oats, flour, baking soda and salt until well combined
- Fold in chocolate chips
- Spoon out dough onto the baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes
- Allow to cool on a wire rack before devouring
For thicker cookies, refrigerate balls of dough for at least 2 hours or pop in the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes before baking
Nektar Naturals Honey Crystals Giveaway
If you want to give the Honey Crystals a go yourself, Nektar Naturals has kindly offered a free box to one lucky ExSloth reader in Canada or the US. Details on how to enter will be found on my Instagram page. The Honey Crystals are also available at Wal-Mart stores across the United States or on Nektar Naturals online store.
p.s. If you’re not on Instagram, or want an extra entry, you can also sign up for my mailing list, then leave a comment below telling me you did and I’ll add you to the draw.
p.p.s. You must have a mailing address in either Canada or the US (no P.O. Boxes) to be eligible to win. I’ll randomly pick a winner next Friday (Sept 18th, 2015).
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What about you?
- Have you ever tried Nektar Naturals Honey Crystals before? What did you think?
- What’s your favourite substitution for refined sugar when baking?
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