I've never come down definitively on the old is-it-OK-for-vegans-to-eat-honey-or-not debate, probably for one main reason: I've never been a honey-user. I mean, my family growing up didn't keep honey, and it never occurred to me to keep honey either. Once I got to cooking from books, I only ever had vegan cookbooks, and they never called for honey, so I just went straight to agave without issue. The only honey product I missed was honey-mustard dressing, but I really stopped eating honey-mustard dressing because it's made from mayonnaise, which I think is the less-controversially logical vegan reason to stop eating that particular food item.
Whatever your opinions on the matter, I don't think you can argue against the absolute brilliance of the product Bee-Free Honee. Why? Because it's made from domestic agricultural products: apples, beet sugar, and lemon juice. I mean, we know we're getting agave from abroad and that it's highly processed (I'll leave the googling about that to you), but Bee-Free Honee is made really by one woman's small company that puts forth a serious effort to source locally. I mean, rad, right?
The first thing I thought to do with it was to look up a honey-mustard dressing online, use some vegan mayo in place of the regular mayo, and use some Bee-Free Honee in place of the honey. This was, like, two months ago, when strawberries were still in season, hence the strawberries in the salad.
Oh, but here's where I really let that Bee-Free Honee shine: in oatmeal. Here I could taste it for sure and tell you it's the perfect sweetener for oatmeal, and probably for tea also, but I cannot say for certain, because I'm also just not a tea-drinker; rather, I'm an alien from outer space, apparently.
***The folks at Bee-Free Honee gave this to me to sample and review when I simply wrote to them to ask where I could get some, which was totally awesome of them, as well as a first for this blogger. That said, I was in no-way compensated for this review, and if I thought it was crap I'd totally tell you, because loathing is kinda how I roll.***