Seeded and Walnut Honeys

The simple act of stirring together a mixture of seeds (or walnuts!) and honey yields big flavor results.

Seeded and Walnut Honeys

Every great cheese plate needs a condiment that ties all of the components together. When you're in a rush, honey is a great choice -- it goes with just about every cheese there is. But sometimes it's a bit too one-note or overly sweet. With these recipes, honey is transformed into a much more complex and savory spread through the simple process of toasting some seeds or nuts and stirring them into whatever honey you have on hand.

The recipes are completely adjustable to suit your preferences or pantry supplies -- as they are below, Vanns Fennel Seed adds some aromatic complexity to earthy sesame, flax, and sunflower seeds, while a touch of Vanns Black Walnut Flavor amps up the nuttiness of toasted walnuts.

Spices used in this recipe

Sesame Seeds, White
Fennel Seed
Black Walnut Flavor


Seeded Honey:

Walnut Honey:



Seeded Honey:

  1. Place sesame and flaxseeds in a small, dry skillet and heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until starting to turn golden, 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and pour into a small storage container
  2. Place fennel and sunflower seeds in the same skillet and toast over medium heat until starting to turn golden and fragrant, 3-5 minutes. Pour onto a cutting board and coarsely chop, before pouring into the same container as the other seeds. 
  3. Pour honey over seeds until desired consistency is achieved. Less honey will make a thicker spread with more seeds, while more honey will give you a more drizzleable texture. 

Makes about ½ cup.


Walnut Honey:

  1. Heat oven or toaster oven to 350°F and place walnut pieces on a small baking sheet. Toast, stirring occasionally, until starting to turn golden, 8-10 minutes. Roughly chop.
  2. Place chopped walnuts into a small storage container and sprinkle with Vanns Black Walnut Flavor. Pour honey over the reach desired consistency. Less honey will make a thicker spread with more seeds, while more honey will give you a more drizzleable texture.

Makes about ½ cup.

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