63 Easy Beltane Recipes Everyone Will Love

From bannock and caudle to mint ice cream, this list has it all.

Beltane Recipes and Foods

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The cross-quarter pagan holiday of Beltane happens every year on May 1st in the Northern Hemisphere. To celebrate the greater sabbat that marks the beginning of summer, you can light a bonfire, decorate your altar, dance around a maypole, frolic in the woods, or make one of these delicious recipes. Or, all of the above.

There are also many traditional Beltane recipes and more modern ones that use the traditional foods. From grilled meats to red fruits and spring vegetables, here are all sorts of recipes to try as part of this year’s holiday.
Beltane Recipes and Foods - Chive Butter

What Is Beltane?

Beltane is the Celtic pagan holiday that honors the coming of summer. Beltane (pronounced Bel-tain) means “bright fire” and refers to the god Belenus, who protected herds of cattle and offered healing and light to the ancient Celts.

For some pagans, it’s also the time of year when the God and Goddess are equal in power and when the masculine and feminine energies are united. The holiday celebrates their union through traditions such as fertility rites, fire festivals, handfasting, flower gathering, and dancing around the maypole. It’s a holiday that very intentionally honors both masculine and feminine energies.

What Is Beltane - Maypole

What Are the Traditional Beltane Recipes?

Foods symbolizing the sun, the warm season, and fertility are all welcome during Beltane celebrations.

Bannock cakes are one of the most traditional Beltane recipes. The cakes are similar to scones, but baked in fire and best enjoyed with honey. In the Scottish Highlands, Thomas Pennant wrote in his book a Tour of Scotland that they baked a nine-knob scalloped bannock. As they passed it around the group, they would tear off a knob and toss it over their shoulder to wish for a successful harvest or the health of their livestock.


Another traditional Beltane recipe is the caudle, which is a type of custard. Some of it would be poured on the ground as an offering, and the rest enjoyed during the bonfire.

The site Taris notes that the Beltane caudle, “was made with eggs, milk, oatmeal, alcohol and sugar and spices – ingredients that either represented staples of the diet that people were concerned with ensuring an abundance of in the future, as the first three ingredients would have been, or else they represented more luxury items that were mainly consumed by the wealthy, like the sugar…This implies that it was used to ensure future prosperity and abundance of both the essentials and the luxuries in life.”


Some traditional foods of Beltane include:

  • Bannock bread
  • Caudle
  • Goat
  • Beef
  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Oatcakes
  • Honey
  • Mead
  • Mint
  • Grilled foods
  • Seasonal herbs
  • Spring vegetables
  • Red fruits

Beltane Recipes

1. Bannock Bread

Beltane Recipes and Foods - Gluten-Free Oatcakes
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2. Caudle

Beltane Recipes and Foods - Custard
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3. Butter

Beltane Recipes and Foods - Floral Compound Butter
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4. Milk

Beltane Recipes and Foods - Vanilla Rose Moon Milk
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5. Goat

Beltane Recipes and Foods - Strawberry Toast with Goat Cheese
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6. Beef

Beltane Recipes and Foods - Flank Steak Marinade
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7. Mint

Beltane Recipes and Foods - Mint Ice Cream
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8. Seasonal Vegetables and Herbs

Beltane Recipes and Foods - Roasted Asparagus with Lemon
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9. Honey Desserts and Oatcakes

Beltane Recipes and Foods - Honey Cake
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10. Red Fruits

Beltane Recipes and Foods - Strawberry Vanilla Cupcakes
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