Did you know Manuka honey’s benefits outshine that of regular honey? Today I’ll be sharing all about why this is along with a delicious donut recipe featuring a manuka honey glaze! As with anything though, it’s important to know where you’re getting your honey from. My friends at Pacific Resources International (PRI) are a perfect example of a quality brand and have kindly sponsored this post to help me share a little Manuka 101!
What is Manuka Honey?
Manuka honey is a specific type of honey that is native to New Zealand and Australia. Manuka is produced by bees who pollinate the manuka bush also known as the Leptospermum scoparium “flower” or “tree”. Unlike regular honey that produces a “liquidy” texture, manuka is thick and spreadable due to it’s formulation of stable crystals.
Texture isn’t the only thing that separates manuka from other honey though. While it is true that all honey contains some antibiotic and antibacterial properties, none compare to that of manuka. The reason for this is due to a natural process known as non-peroxide activity. A Methylglyoxal (MGO) component only present in manuka makes this possible as it’s high concentrations keep the honey’s properties active. Unlike manuka, regular honey’s properties are short lived.
True manuka can also be purchased in varying concentrations. This is indicated by a number of 5 to 20 on the jar followed by a plus sign. The numbers represent the concentrations of MGO present in the bottle with the higher numbers signifying stronger antibacterial properties.
PRI also offers UMF certified Manuka Honey ( “Unique Manuka Factor” ) that detects the presence of DHA (dihydroxyacetone), MGO and Leptosperin for a non-peroxide activity rating.
Manuka Honey Benefits
Manuka’s high antibiotic, antibacterial and low ph properties make it a great option for a variety of uses and benefits. Some of the most popular may include:
• Soothing burns and wounds – Manuka’s high antibacterial properties makes is a great option to effectively sooth burns and wounds.
• Supporting gut health: Manuka is both a prebiotic and anti-inflammatory food that may aid in the support of a healthy gut.
• Easing a sore throat – Manuka’s thick, spread like consistency helps to line the coating of the throat while combating bad bacteria.
• Natural Skincare – Manuka’s antibacterial benefits and ability to trap hydration makes it a wonderful natural skincare product.
PRI Quality and Standards
What I love most about PRI is their commitment to quality and ethical practices. Here are a few reasons why I choose to support this brand.
To retain the health benefits of manuka honey, it can not under go any heat processing. PRI ensures the highest quality in all their honey by using a cooling process to filter and extract any particles or honey comb.
Certificate of Analysis (COA)
Perhaps my favorite thing about PRI is their transparency. For every manuka jar they carry, they proudly offer a Certificate of Analysis to verify the levels of DHA, MG and UMF.
Bottling & Batches
All of PRI‘s honey is packed, bottled and tested by family owned bee keepers in New Zealand. Each jar also contains a specific batch number as well as the bee keepers name and address.
All PRI honey is Non GMO per the New Zealand country guidelines. The jars do not contain a GMO project label because the government strictly monitors GMO’s throughout the country.
Now that you have an understanding of what manuka honey is and why it is beneficial, lets get into another fun and delicious way to use it!
Manuka Honey Glazed Donuts
Manuka Honey Glazed DonutsCourse: DessertCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
These manuka honey glazed donuts are super fluffy with the perfect amount of sweetness! You can enjoy them glazed or coated in PRI’s manuka honey chocolates.
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp pink himalayan salt
- wet ingredients
1 cup plant-based milk
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 flax eggs ( 2 tbsp ground flax meal + 5 tbsp water)
1/4 cup melted non-dairy butter
1 tbsp PRI Blue Borage Honey
- glaze ingredients
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tbsp PRI manuka honey
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 squeezed lemon
PRI manuka honey chocolates
Natural food coloring
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine all dry ingredients in a medium bowl.
- Combine all wet ingredients in a medium bowl.
- Slowly add in dry ingredients to wet and stir well.
- Pour into a silicone donut mold (you can also use a pan) and bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
- While the donuts are baking, begin working on your glaze or chocolate melt. For the glaze, simply combine all ingredients and mix well. Add in coloring if you wish.
- For a chocolate melt coating, add a small amount of coconut oil to a saucepan and add in 5 chocolate candies. Stir on low until the chocolate has melted.
- Dip donuts in your preferred coating, top with sprinkles and enjoy!
- If you enjoyed this recipe and plan on trying it, be sure to pin it!
For more information on PRI and the other products they offer click here.
Best of luck,