Dandelion Honey – a Fabulous Vegan Alternative to Honey

How to Make Dandelion Honey
I remember reading about dandelion honey a couple of years ago on a blog, but couldn’t remember which one. I saw it again last year on someone else’s blog but again couldn’t remember where. After enquiring via Twitter, I found out one of the blogs I’d seen it on was Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary, but by then it was too late and I’d already cobbled together a recipe from several I found online. This mixture of dandelions, sugar and lemon juice is purportedly meant to taste like honey. Well that was a claim that had to be tried to be believed.

Foraging Dandelions

Our plot was covered in a riot of glorious yellow dandelions. They were clean, organic and I didn’t want them to seed all over the vegetable beds. I love getting these unintended additional crops from the plot. We’ve had quite a few nettles and wild garlic so far this year, but that’s as far as our foraging has gone.

Dandelion Honey Recipe

Dandelion Honey

All of the instructions I saw said to pick out the dandelion petals and use these on their own or it would make the colour a rather mushy brown and would make the dandelion honey taste bitter. There was no way I was going to spend hours doing that, so I used the whole flower head and hoped for the best.

Astonishingly, it worked. The result was a wonderful dandelion honey that not only had the consistency of runny honey, but really tasted like it too. Despite leaving the green bits on, the bitter notes were faint and the colour was still golden rather than muddy. I’ve used it in several recipes already including this Figgy Bread. Now I know how simple it is, I shall be making this again next year.

18 April 2015 Update – I’ve just made dandelion honey for the 3rd year running and I’m as enamoured as I was back in 2013.

Dandelion Honey – The Recipe

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Dandelion Honey
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 5 mins
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins

This is a poor man's honey made from dandelion flowers and sugar rather than made by bees, but although it may not be true honey, it really does look and more importantly, taste like honey. It's vegan too.

Course: Jams, Chutneys etc
Cuisine: British
Keywords: dandelions, honey, vegan
Servings: 2 medium sized jars
Author: Choclette @ Tin and Thyme
  • 350 g dandelion heads - remove green parts if really keen
  • 1 organic lemon - thinly sliced
  • 1 litre water
  • 750 g golden granulated sugar or thereabouts
  1. Simmer dandelion heads and lemon in water for 20 minutes in a covered pan. Pour into a glass bowl and cover. Leave to steep overnight.
  2. Pour through a sieve extracting the liquid by pressing down with a spoon to make about 750ml.
  3. Discard the flowers and simmer the liquid in a pan with a similar quantity of sugar for about 45 minutes or until the mixture becomes syrupy and drips slowly off a spoon.
  4. Pour into two warm sterilised glass jars and leave to cool.
Recipe Notes

Ideally, all green parts of the dandelion flower would be removed to avoid bitterness. I have never done that as it's just too time consuming and I'm happy with the result.
Requires foraging for dandelions and overnight soaking.
Makes 2 jars.

Adapted from Elizabeth's Kitchen Diary


Dandelion is a wonderful herb. I often dig up the roots to make dandelion coffee. The leaves of the wild dandelion, I find too bitter, but some are happy to use them as salad leaves. There are myriad health benefits, but it is best known as a cleansing spring tonic. I am submitting my dandelion honey to Karen’s Herbs on Saturday over at Lavender and Lovage. It’s hosted this month by Anneli at Delicieux

As this is not only made from scratch, but is also picked from scratch, I am submitting it to Javelin Warrior’s Made with Love Mondays.

Dandelions are in full season this month, so I’m entering this vegan honey into Simple and in Season with Ren of Fabulicious Food.




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How to make dandelion honey from foraged dandelion flowers. It's easy to make and produces a great vegan alternative to honey as well as a frugal one. #vegan #honey #foraging #dandelions


  1. Leave a Reply

    Jen Price
    24th May 2013

    I’d never heard of dandelion honey before but it sounds quite tasty. I don’t have a garden or any outside space to call my own. But this is something I’ll remember to try in the future when we do get a place with a garden.

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      Alexa GI
      22nd September 2016

      great blogs,nice recipes. I am vegetarian not vegan but i will try this recipe for sure. thanks for share 🙂 and good luck with your blog, hun.. looking forward to discover more

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        23rd September 2016

        Thanks very much Alexa. Making dandelion honey is worth making at least once, just for the fun of it.

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    Johanna GGG
    24th May 2013

    amazing – I am surprised I don’t see vegans using this as a substitute for honey – I guess dandelions aren’t a commercial crop but I now wish I had a backyard knee deep in them so I could have a go at this

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    The Ordinary Cook
    24th May 2013

    What a brilliant way to get rid of the dandelions before they seed. I am intrigued by the dandelion coffee. What does it taste like, and more importantly does it make you wet the bed? 😉

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    24th May 2013

    Aw, thanks for the link back 🙂 I’m so glad you’ve made, tried and enjoyed this! I really ought to get more organized and make some again this year. I have a recipe for dandelion honey parfait I’m just dying to try!

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    24th May 2013

    How interesting. I suppose that’s a vegan way of making honey. Also, having just read this post, I clicked through a coupld of links from another page and ended up at this post on Lilac Honey . I know it uses actual honey, but I wonder if you could use Lilac in the same way as the Dandelion? I had no idea that Lilacs were edible anyway. It seems I have stumbled across a whole new world. Thanks!

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      24th May 2013

      Lilic must be the flower of the moment. I had no idea about using lilac in cooking either until recently, but I’ve just seen a whole spate of lilac syrup and lilac sugar posts – now I just need to find a lilac! Will check out the lilac honey post first though.

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    Sam Bilton
    24th May 2013

    What a great idea. I’ve tried dandelion coffee but not honey. I’ll have to give this a go!

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    24th May 2013

    Darn! The dandelions in my garden have already seeded so I shall wait for the next crop of flower to try this recipe because I am intrigued!

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    Galina Varese
    24th May 2013

    I have been weeding it mercilessly this year, so don’t have enough for any cooking. Looks fab!

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    Javelin Warrior
    24th May 2013

    Now if I can just find organic dandelions! I don’t think I should probably use the ones growing around our apartment complex – something tells me they’d be filled with all kinds of toxins :/ But I love the look of this and such a cool use of this common plant…

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    Victoria Lee
    24th May 2013

    This is amazing! I hate the dandelions that grow in my lawn, but to think I could pull them up and make them into yummy honey! Inspired!

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    Phil in the Kitchen
    24th May 2013

    Well, I’ve eaten the leaves before but this is definitely an intriguing variation. It seems to have been a remarkably good year for dandelions and usually that’s not a good thing.

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    24th May 2013

    Oh wow. The dandelions have fared marvellously in this crazy weather here in Scotland and are by far the most vibrant flower just now. Whilst very pretty, I am dreading all those tap roots that are going to have to be pulled out! I have never heard of dandelion honey before. I find the leaves too bitter too and don’t enjoy dandelion root coffee but this “honey” is definitely going to have to be made! Thanks for the recipe. Vohn x

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    belleau kitchen
    25th May 2013

    what a simply glorious idea!… I love the idea of this so utterly that I MUST make this when I get home, if i’m not too late! Alys Fowler swears by her dandelion fritters which I think sound wonderful too. Maybe it’s time for a dandelion revolution!

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    Anneli (Delicieux_fr)
    25th May 2013

    Wow – Dandelion Honey – how cool is that??!! I am super impressed. What a great thing to make from some foraged stuff. I never knew you could do that so I am so happy to be enlightened! Thanks so much for entering this very cool honey into Herbs On Saturday 🙂

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    Jacqueline Meldrum
    25th May 2013

    Huh, I’ve never heard anything like that before. Good on you for giving it a go. You always manage to surprise me.

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    Australian Honey
    27th May 2013

    A toast with honey. That’s a perfect way to start your day. Apart from its great taste, honey has lots of health and nutrition benefits.

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    27th May 2013

    Sounds intriguing. I use found food a lot at this time of year, with dandelions in smoothies the easiest by far, but also putting them in fritters too. I have yet to try dandelion honey but it may need to be made, what with the wet weather supplying so many!

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    27th May 2013

    Ah, if only I’d seen this before all of my dandelions went to seed! When we first moved house my mum used to tell my brother and I to pick the dandelions – we got a penny for each flower and 2p for a seed head, provided we got all the seeds into the bag. There were a lot and a lot of dandelions and it was her way of bribing us to help stop them spreading!

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    28th May 2013

    Oh, I’m so glad that you used the whole heads. I picked about a kilo of flowers, thinking I was going to do wine, but my wine making kit is elsewhere. I wasn’t looking forward to picking off all of the petals from them. Thanks for the tip on Twitter. I’m already thinking about what I can make with this (mine is about to get simmered down with the sugar).

    If you want to eat dandelion leaves, try forcing them by placing a teracotta pot on the young plant, and newspaper over that to block out the light. Then the leaves grow pale, like forced asparagus or chicory. Much more tender, too. Or you can cook them. I make a mess of greens with dandelions and nettles, which is good.

    Or find someone with a rabbit or a guinea pig, and you’ll soon have no more dandelions 🙂

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    18th April 2015

    I’ve never heard of dandelion honey before but it sounds delicious – thanks for sharing x

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      19th April 2015

      Thanks Stephanie, making dandelion honey is perhaps not the most obvious thing in the world 😉

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    18th April 2015

    Never heard of this before, but certainly going to give it a go because sometimes I feel honey a little too rich so this might be a good alternative.

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      19th April 2015

      Interesting point Rhian, I’d not thought of honey as being rich before, but now I think about it, I can see what you mean.

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    Glamorous Glutton
    19th April 2015

    This is an amazing idea, I’ve got to try it. Who would have thought I’d be out picking dandelions?! GG

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    19th April 2015

    I’m definitely going to make this once there are enough dandelions, they are just starting to flower now and we will soon have plenty.

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      19th April 2015

      Our plot is completely covered in them – don’t think I made even a tiny dent in them Janice.

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    Dawn Pearse
    7th May 2018

    I’m not vegan/vegetarian or even pescatarian but I really wanted to have a go at making this as I do forage and make all kinds of things. I was dubious as lots of recipes don’t turn out how they are supposed to and at the minute I have it simmering and hope it gets thick enough when it cools, but the taste is amazing! It tastes like honey in fact it’s nicer than honey in my opinion. I do write a blog and will be passing the recipe on and of course mentioning your site if I can figure it out I will even create a link lol

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      8th May 2018

      I hope it thickened up for you Dawn. I’ve never had a problem and each time I make it I’m impressed with the flavour all over again. Would very much appreciate a link. It’s very easy to do.

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    23rd May 2018

    Vegan honey for the win! I have already made dandelion jelly this year, and am waiting on my brewers yeast to arrive so i can make dandelion wine. In the meantime, I made this dandelion honey recipe (in addition to the lemon, I used half an orange). Its fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

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      25th May 2018

      Ooh dandelion wine sounds good Jenny. As does dandelion jelly. Glad you liked the honey and now I’ve read this, I might just have to try adding orange next time I make it.

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