Whether it’s a splash in your pre-sleep tea or a spread on your morning toast, there are many instances throughout a typical week in which you may want to reach for something sweet. But using honey is far from sweet to bees and should be avoided at all costs.

In the honey industry, beekeepers often clip queen bees’ wings to prevent swarming, kill and replace a queen after just one or two years, and artificially inseminate them using drone bees who are killed in the process. These practices are cruel, so add these vegan and cruelty-free alternatives to your food cabinet:

Agave Nectar

Made from various species of agave plants, this delicious substance contains fructose, which makes it perfectly sweet.

Coconut Nectar

OK, this one’s a bit more niche—but don’t stop reading just yet. Coconut nectar is the equivalent of maple syrup but comes from coconut trees. It contains various vitamins, like B and C, along with 17 amino acids.

Maple Syrup

Maple syrup is good for more than just topping your pancakes—it also works well in hot drinks and as a sweetening agent in many different baking recipes! It occurs naturally in maple trees, and no animals are harmed in its production.


This thick, brown syrup comes from raw sugar and is best used in baking—so get cookin’. (Pssst, here’s some inspo.)

Brown Rice Syrup

Also called “rice malt syrup,” brown rice syrup is exactly what it sounds like: a sweetener that comes from cooked rice starch. It should be used in moderation (like most sweeteners), since it’s 100 percent glucose.

Yacon Root Syrup

Believe it or not, along with tasting fantastic, yacon root syrup aids in blood sugar stabilization AND weight loss. It even has lots of iron.

Date Paste

If you looking for power this morning you have to try this amazing delicious and nutritious date paste with crushed pecans, it’s tasty, and smells great it’s reminds me of my childhood memories, if you try to make it you don’t need any air freshener because the smells strong and sweet, all that you need is 2 cups of date, 4 cups of water , one tsp coconut butter (optional) let the water boiling and reduce heat to medium then add the date and leave it until the date absorbers all water and get very soft ,add the butter and finally put the mixture on food processor for couple seconds and enjoy , you are going to feel like eating date butter very smooth and light #datepaste #vegan #vegetarian #healthyfood #foodphotography #foodstyling #foodgawker #foodlover

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Date paste is yet another natural sweetener that has no cruelty behind it. You can find it at many health-food stores, or make it yourself. All you need to do is blend a handful of pitted dates with water until the mixture reaches a thick liquid state.


Even though it only started trending hardcore over the last few years, stevia has actually been around for thousands of years. It’s calorie- and cruelty-free.


So as you can see, there are many natural sweeteners that don’t support the abusive honey industry. Be sweet to bees and always choose vegan honey alternatives!