How To Use Honey to Replace Other Sweeteners

There is a lot of information out there on how to use honey to replace sugar.

But a customer at the Ferndale Market (Washington) asked me how to replace agave and stivia with honey.  I was at a loss.  “I don’t know” is honest, but it doesn’t help much.

A google search later, I was still at a loss.  So I turned to the National Honey Board (  They, in turn, asked one of their consultants.  His answer and little math, lead me to the solution.  I’ll put up the chart he sent me at the end.  It’s fascinating: the different sugars and how they relate.  But I’ll jump to the quick here and put down some “how to’s” on using honey to replace other sweeteners.

Remember: in all cases, personal taste will come into play.


Honey replacing Sugar (this one I know)

* For ½ cup or less of sugar, use the same amount of honey

* In general: substitute ¾ cup honey for 1 cup  (Personal taste

comes into play here)

* You may need to reduce your liquids by ¼ cup for each cup of honey used.

* When baking, lower oven temperature by 25 degrees to prevent over browning

* Jelly with added pectin: use up to 2 cups of honey to replace sugar (i.e. 7 cups of sugar becomes 5 cups sugar, 2 cups honey)


Honey replacing Agave.  

It’s pretty much one to one.

Use one cup of honey for each up of agave.




Honey replacing Stevia:

Stevia, now there’s a powerfully sweet herb.

Use 3 oz of honey for each teaspoon of stevia (or about a cup of honey for 1 Tablespoon stevia)

So about 1 cup of honey for a tablespoon of stevia

Now, this is a guess, but I figure if you’re adding a cup of honey to recipe, you might think about reducing the water in your recipe by just under 1.5 ounces.  This is because all honey has water in it, but never more than 18%.




Here’s the chart from the National Honey Board:

Average % Sweetness Intensity by Sugar type Equivalent pounds
HONEY:  1 pound
   Fructose 49.67 69.54
   Glucose 39.21 29.41
   Maltose  9.44  9.44
   Sucrose  1.68  1.68


100 20000 .0055 pounds
AGAVE SYRUP .81 pounds
 Fructose 90 126
  Sucrose 10   10


Do you substitute honey for your sweeteners?  If so, how do these amounts compare to what you have discovered in your culinary creations?  I’d love to know, and I bet others would too.

That’s the news from Brookfield Farm Bees and Honey, in Maple Falls, Washington.  Good eating.


About brookfieldfarmhoney

Brookfield Farm, a small off-grid apiary in Maple Falls, WA focuses on the beauty and bounties of Washington’s wilderness. I sell honey from our bees, whose naturally-treated, antibiotic-free hives are home to bees who fly Washington’s mountains and farmlands. Herbal salves and lip balms from Brookfield beeswax. Delicately infused honeys and vinegars. Varietal honeys from independent Washington beekeepers. Karen Edmundson Bean: beekeeper, photographer. Her love of the wilderness inspires her to discover new ways of bringing the wonders of nature to others. Brookfield Farm : the tastes, textures, sounds, and images of nature.
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26 Responses to How To Use Honey to Replace Other Sweeteners

  1. Natalie says:

    Very helpful, thanks!

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  3. Kitti says:

    Thanks so much! This is great information. 🙂

  4. jessica says:

    stevia has ingredients that are known to aggravate the symptoms of adhd and iv been looking everywhere for replacements for it.We cut a lot oof these type of things from my sons diet wich it turns out,these harmful ingredients are in EVRYTHING. We don’t want him to feel like he cant have things such as cake,cookies ect….this was all I needed to complete a recipe for chocolate cake.Thank you so much.

  5. fitandbusy says:

    Reblogged this on fit and busy and commented:
    Attempting to use Honey as a substitute in my protein bars today… This was helpful!

  6. Johanna says:

    Thanks so much. I have a lot of allergies, and recipes I’ve found contain stevia, which would drill holes in my pockets. Honey is a cheaper sweetener. . .and just as awesome. Thank-you again for the conversions. Long live bees!

  7. annettepk says:

    Are the substitution amounts for white (refined) stevia, or the green (unrefined) herb? I use both in baking.

  8. i never knew you could crystal honey

    • It’s the natural state that honey wants to reach after leaving the happy 92F confines of the hive (well, 92F sounds good to me here in the cold pacific northwest of the US)…some honeys just take longer than others. “Creamed” honey is really just crystallized honey that’s been “told” what size to make the crystals (tiny)…

  9. True Truth says:

    Just want to add my thanks from Manchester (UK) to your many other comments.

  10. Pallavi Bohra says:

    Thank you…great infomation

  11. Cheri says:

    It’s difficult to get agave syrup over here and I don’t like using refined sugar. This is great. Thank you from Japan! 🙂

  12. Cindy says:

    My recipe calls for 1/2 teaspoon of Stevia. If I’m understanding your conversion, I could replace it with 1.5 ounces of honey. Would I still need to reduce the liquid in the recipe for that tiny amount of honey? Thank you

    • Sorry for the delay in getting back to you – my husband was terminally ill and died, so I’m just catching up now.
      I’d drop the water a bit – but you’ve probably sorted all that out by now.

  13. Carolyn Gaylord says:

    My recipe for protein bars calls for 4 drops of stevia, I don’t like to use stevia how much honey would that be? Thank you! Sorry to hear about the loss of your husband, I pray God’s Blessing to you!

    • Sorry for the awful delay in getting back to you – the winter that won’t stop has me shoveling snow 3-4 hours a day (good for my health, I tell myself) I would grab a 1/4 teaspoon and drop 4 drops of stevia in it. I bet it’s about 1/2 full, but you judge. Then figure: 3 oz of honey for 1 teaspoon stevia. If my calculations are correct (anyone jump on this) That would be .375 oz of honey / 1/8 teaspoon stevia. .375 oz = 2.25 teaspoons of honey for every 1/8 teaspoon stevia (very sweet stuff). Hope that makes sense.

      • Carolyn Gaylord says:

        Thank you that is a big help. Have fun shoveling. I had a joke on Facebook that Vancouver what us from the east to take some of their snow….I said they could keep it, we had our turn a couple of years ago, it’s your turn now. Ii am in Hamilton, Ontario Canada. right on the tip of lake Ontario so we get our share of participation…it has been raining all day, will turn to freezing rain through the night, tomorrow is supposed to be sunny and then snow on Thursday. I’d rather have snow than rain,find rain dull & dreary…depressing!

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