We’ve loved silan date syrup for almost as long as we’ve been obsessed with tahini. Similarly to tahini, it follows the three pillars that Soom products stand on: delicious, nutritious, and versatile. Our silan is rich, not cloyingly sweet, and adds depth to whatever it’s added to. It’s the alternative sweetener that doesn’t taste, well, alternative!
As mothers, we’re always looking for ways to serve and consume less refined sugar without cutting back on sweetness. Not only does silan date syrup naturally have less sugar than maple syrup, honey, agave, and refined sugar, but it’s also packed with nutrients! Plus, silan is vegan, making it a wonderful less sweet alternative to maple syrup and a great plant-based sweetener for honey.
Read below to learn five different ways you can use Soom Silan instead of honey for all of your (vegan) dishes.
We’ve shared this recipe time and time again and for good reason. Registered dietician Jamie Vespa created this sauce that pairs with everything. You can use it to top off a vegan grain bowl or an Asian-inspired tofu dish. You can even use it to coat proteins like seafood, fish, or poultry. Although tahini is the base of the sauce, the silan adds a subtle depth of sweetness.
Highlight roasted vegetables’ sweetness by adding a natural sweetener. Silan and carrots are a perfect match. In the Ashkenazi Jewish culture (those from Eastern Europe), we eat a dish during the High Holidays: tzimmes. Tzimmes usually contains root vegetables like potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, meat, prunes, and sugar. While this recipe isn’t close to tzimmes, it has a slight resemblance thanks to pairing roasted carrots (and parsnips) with the sweet, fruity flavor of silan. Make this dish shine by topping it off with feta or goat cheese for a flavor that will excite your palate.
This sticky silan teriyaki sauce is an exciting sauce to add to your favorite Asian-inspired dish. The sauce is sticky, salty, sweet, savory, and full of umami flavor. It hits all of the notes your taste buds crave with every single bite. Typically, teriyaki sauce recipes call for honey and brown sugar. Make this healthier and vegan option using only silan. Pair it with cauliflower and fried or baked tofu for a delicious vegan, Japanese-inspired meal.
One of our favorite ways to use Soom Silan is by using it to add a touch of sweetness to our breakfast. And this is especially true when it comes to oats! Similarly to using it in other instances, it adds this deep complexity that no other sweetener does to whatever you’re making. If you’re not feeling up to gingerbread this “early” in the year, swap in your favorite warm fall spices. This recipe is perfect for a quick, eat on-the-go breakfast.
There are hundreds and thousands of salad dressing recipes out there, many that are sweetened with honey or maple syrup. Switch out both of those substitutes for silan. One of our absolute favorite dressings of all time is this silan and tahini vinaigrette. It has a balanced flavor between the nuttiness of sesame, the sweetness of dates, and the acidity of vinegar. Drizzle it on top of a salad with green apples, Craisins, and other textural and tart flavors to please your taste buds.
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