This homemade vegan honey mustard recipe is incredibly simple to make. It uses maple syrup instead of honey for a simple and delicious vegan alternative! With this switch, it could also be called “maple mustard”!
It offers all the same sweetness with easy to find ingredients, and creates a delicious, sweet-yet-tangy dipping sauce or spread for sandwiches. It’s made with 3 ingredients, is super versatile and customizable and doesn’t require any mayo!
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Is Honey Mustard Vegan?
While some vegans debate the use of honey, it’s generally not seen as vegan therefore honey mustard is not vegan. Veganism is about reducing harm/ use of all animals, and honey production conflicts with the principle of not using animals.
Luckily, it’s easy to create the classic flavors of honey mustard with completely vegan. Using maple syrup instead of honey leads to a sweet and tangy maple mustard dipping sauce or spread!
Vegan Honey Mustard Ingredients
Making vegan honey mustard at home is incredibly simple! All you need is:
- Yellow mustard: A perfect blend of mustard seed, vinegar, salt and often a “blend of spices” which varies by brand. This is the base ingredient for a delicious vegan mustard dip. Select your favorite brand for best flavor.
- Maple syrup: This is a simple vegan substitution for honey in many recipes! Just like honey, it’s a sweet liquid with light flavor!
- Garlic powder: I couldn’t resist adding some garlic to this dip! Technically this is optional but adds a nice flavor.
Yellow mustard contains enough salt and vinegar already, and I didn’t find benefit to adding more to this dip/ spread.
How to Make an Easy Maple Mustard
This recipe could not be easier to make! It’s also easy to scale the recipe yield depending on how much you need!
Step 1: Stir Ingredients
Stir the ingredients together… that’s it! So quick and simple. Mixing the mustard directly in a container or jar that you can store leftovers in helps to save on dishes!
Step 2: Serve
This vegan maple mustard dip is perfect as a spread for sandwiches. I especially love using it to make a vegan ham sandwich since mustard and ham is such a classic combo. I make my seitan ham recipe without the glaze to slice for sandwiches!
It’s also a delicious dip for soft pretzel bites or anything else you use honey mustard for.
Honey Mustard Recipe Variations
I use yellow mustard for this recipe, but you can choose any type of mustard! Grainy mustards and/ or Dijon mustard can work in place of the yellow mustard.
Another option is to mix a couple mustards together for a great blend of textures and spices. I love using half yellow mustard with half grainy mustard.
I caution against using straight Dijon mustard unless you’re a huge fan of its spicy kick. The flavor is extremely strong, and this may be what you like, but it was too much for me. If you love Dijon and just want this for sandwiches, then go for it; but as a pretzel dip it may be best to use more mild mustard options!
How to Store Vegan Maple Mustard
As noted above, it’s best to mix your maple mustard recipe directly in a small jar or container. Any leftover mustard can then be stored right in the container you made it in (lid on, of course).
The ingredients in this recipe all have a long shelf life, especially when stored in the fridge. I haven’t tested how long this mustard will last in the fridge when mixed, but I believe as long as the syrup/ mustard being used (you can check the best before dates on those ingredients and decide for yourself).
This should certainly be okay for a month in the fridge, but most likely longer. You can easily cut the recipe in half and make it more frequently if there’s any concern about using it in time!
Before I was vegan, honey mustard was a go-to sauce for me. I settled for plain yellow mustard after going vegan until I learned about making vegan honey/ maple mustard!
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Vegan Honey Mustard Recipe (Dip or Spread)
- Place all ingredients into a sealable jar and stir together until well combined.½ cup yellow mustard, 3 tablespoons maple syrup, ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- Use as a dip or spread whenever you want a tangy-sweet flavor boost!
- Store in the fridge in a sealed jar (up to a month).
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About Nicole Stevens
Nicole is a vegan Registered Dietitian (RD) and founder of Lettuce Veg Out.
She helps people thrive on a vegan diet with balanced recipes and easy-to-understand nutrition science.