OH! I love Honey!

by brenda on September 7, 2012

I love Honey and I love Wholesome Sweeteners raw organic honey. There is nothing better than  a warm slice of  banana nut bread with raw honey (and extra butter from grass fed cows!) for breakfast.

I love honey almost as much as I love butter!

Now back to the Honey…

Wholesome Sweeteners offers many different organic, fair trade sweeteners including sugars, raw and amber honey and stevia products.

Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Raw Honey

Blended from multi-floral nectar collected on Fair Trade Certified cooperatives in Quintana Roo and Chiapas, Mexico, this luscious honey is processed below 110°F to maintain the nectar’s natural properties. Perfect in beverages, baked goods, fresh fruit, jams and spreads.

Fair Trade Certified Organic Honey ensures that a fair price is paid directly to the farmers and beekeepers tending the hives; it means they can develop the quality of the hives and forage areas and build thriving communities. By protecting the hives and forage areas, Fair Trade Certified encourages biodiversity and helps the forests thrive, too.

Raw Honey vs. The Regular Stuff

Natural raw honey is a living food, like veggies and fruits. It’s full of enzymes and phytonutrients that help digestion and can help to heal the gut, it also has antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties as well. Pasturization (sterilization through heating) kills the majority of these enzymes and that’s what you get with commercially produced honey, the sweetness remains, but many of the nutritional benefits have been destroyed. Raw honey has not been heat treated, and is bottled as harvested so that all its nutritional benefits are intact.

Raw honey can be used as a sweetener instead of using processed sugars in many recipes. What is less well known is that raw organic honey has been used for healing skin problems such as eczema sores, burns, cuts, scrapes and localized infections for thousands of years. It can help with digestive problems such as ulcers and colitis, and is also good for colds, coughs and sore throats.  As soon as one of my kids has a cough or sore throat, they always ask for some “honey medicine”!

Raw honey is not the same as organic honey. Honey can be either raw, organic, both, or neither!

Commercial honey producers and beekeepers may use synthetic drugs and antibiotics to prevent bee disease, or calcium cyanide to kill the bees to harvest the honey, or carbolic acid as part of the extraction process. Flowers from which the bees collect nectar may have been sprayed with pesticides. Conventional honey that is not certified organic may have been produced using some or all of these practices. To ensure the honey you consume is free from all of these, choose honey that is certified organic by one of the approved certification bodies.

So you have found your jar of certified organic honey. It may or may not be raw honey – that depends on whether it has been pasteurized or heat treated. Raw organic honey can be purchased from some health food shops, or reputable local beekeepers, Central Market and Whole Foods both carry it in Houston.

I’m not alone in thinking raw organic honey is one of the treasures of our world. It’s taste, its nutritional benefits, and its healing properties make it special. It’s a wonderful thing to keep in your kitchen both for eating and healing.

We go through a lot of honey around here, so I am thrilled to be writing about Wholesome Sweeteners Raw Honey today! Since we starting eating more wholesome foods, and less junk, I have had to tweak many recipes. Most of the time no one notices. My husband hates coconut, for example, but has no idea that the only oil I use in this house is coconut oil! Some recipes are easier to work with when trying to sub healthier oils, sweeteners, and grains.

 

My favorite Banana Nut Bread!

5.0 from 4 reviews

Banana Nut Bread
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Recipe type: Breakfast
 
Whole wheat banana nut bread with honey!
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup melted coconut oil
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed bananas
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon, plus more to swirl on top
  • 1¾ cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ cup hot water
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) and grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, beat oil and honey together.
  3. Add eggs, and beat well.
  4. Stir in bananas and vanilla, then stir in the salt and cinnamon. Lastly, stir in the flour, just until combined.
  5. Add baking soda to hot water, stir to mix, and then add to batter.
  6. Pour batter into the loaf pan.
  7. Sprinkle with cinnamon, and swirl with a toothpick for a pretty marbled effect.
  8. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes. Be sure to check that the bread is done baking by inserting a toothpick in the top. It should come out clean.
  9. Wait 5 minutes, then cool on a wire rack for ½ hour before slicing.

 

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*I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*

Brenda Farris

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Gena September 7, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Wow! That’s really interesting! We love raw local honey but I never was quite sure why it was raw. Good to know! Thanks!
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LaVonne September 13, 2012 at 10:14 pm

I love honey and banana bread. Thanks for sharing!
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Kelley Johnsen September 17, 2012 at 8:55 am

We love raw honey too! I like to get mine from local bee hives here, but I would love to try some of this. Thanks for the review and letting me know about this one!

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Susan Bewley September 17, 2012 at 9:02 am

I love raw honey! I get ours from a local farmer around here or from a member of my family’s church. Soooo good!
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Brittney Minor September 17, 2012 at 9:14 am

I would love to try the raw honey you are talking about in this post, as well as their new Organic Coconut Palm Sugar!

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Anne @ Authentic Simplicity September 17, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Awesome giveaway!
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Zhanna September 18, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Sounds so yummy. I totally agree eating raw honey is the only way to go. Thats the only kind i give to my family!

XO,
Zhanna
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Megan Eccles September 20, 2012 at 9:09 am

I just recently discovered raw honey and I love it!

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julieann r September 20, 2012 at 9:35 am

+1′d and shared for you!
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Kaitlin September 20, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Just got my first jar of raw honey, I think I’ll test it out with your banana bread recipe! It looks delicious & I love that it uses coconut oil :)

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Tim Gourdie September 20, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Will you make me some when I get home? Please…

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